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Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by Some Sprinkler Guy, Sep 12, 2010.

  1. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 49,433

    With all the overseas manufacturing of controllers, it's a little more difficult to be all that enthusiastic about any of the entry-level controllers.
  2. irrig8r

    irrig8r LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,550

    I thought it was James Hardie. Australian industrialist. No?

    What did he do besides consolidate a few companies? (Hydro-Rain, Safe-T-Lawn and Rain Jet) and then somehow position them (along with Irritrol and Richdel) to be acquired by Toro... how was reducing all that competition good for the industry?

    Sounds like he made a killing in asbestos too... (pun intended.)


    Look at the logo:

    I installed a lot of HR-6100s, and a few Hr-6200s. A handful are still in use. (I wish they would die.)
  3. irrig8r

    irrig8r LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,550

    Correct. The new Hydro-Rain appears to be related to Orbit. Their facilities are right next door to each other in Utah... I Google mapped them a while back. I think they maybe even shared a phone number.
  4. irrig8r

    irrig8r LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,550

    The HR 6000 was all push buttons, like the Rain Bird CRCs.
  5. irrig8r

    irrig8r LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,550

    James Hardie Irrigation, Inc.
    Incorporated by Ripp, John G., Borgardt, Bryon G, Dale, Robin W., Stofle, Ken F., Goldberg, Allan M., James Hardie Irrigation, Inc. is located at 788 Fairview Dr Carson City, NV 89701. James Hardie Irrigation, Inc. was incorporated on Tuesday, November 30, 1976 in the State of FL and is currently not active.
    Source: Public Record data - Department of State - Division of Corporations.

    Source: http://www.corporationwiki.com/Nevada/Carson-City/james-hardie-irrigation-inc-2562552.aspx
  6. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 49,433

    I never liked those kinds of controllers. CRCs or Toro IC8s or Richdel whatevers, not for me.

    I think Safe-T-Lawn might have cataloged some plastic zone valves of their own design. They would have looked something like the Hydro-Rain "Century Series" but would have been piston-type valves.
  7. irrig8r

    irrig8r LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,550

    I'll look in my old ARCO Parts book... the loose leaf binder version. Always a good reference manual. ARCO was spun off from Automatic Rain Co. and changed to R-Co and now known under different ownership as The Source.

    Lots of old RB clocks and manuals here:
    Last edited: Sep 12, 2010
  8. sprinklerchris

    sprinklerchris LawnSite Senior Member
    from Georgia
    Messages: 281

    The Ericksens of Orbit purchased rights to the Hydro-Rain name. I believe the Toro folks had let them lapse since Hydro-Rain was merged into Hardie/Irritrol.

    So Hydro-Rain product today is a dressed-up version of Orbit.
  9. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 49,433

    I wonder what Orbit paid for what was essentially an abandoned trademark. Kind of reminds me of my first VCR, which was an Emerson, an old radio name bought by someone to stick on cheap imports.

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