Sidekick FM Universal Remote

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by RHayden, Nov 29, 2006.

  1. RHayden

    RHayden LawnSite Member
    Messages: 123

    Looking at possibly picking up a Sidekick FM24 Universal Remote. Anyone have experience with this unit? Pros and cons?
  2. PurpHaze

    PurpHaze LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,496

    The Sidekick appears to be comparable to the Eicon remote system. Our Eicon works good but the main problem with any remote system is the interface between the controller and your receiver that hooks to it. You'll need to establish this interface and since there are so many types of controllers you'll need a lot of versatility.

    I presented the first draft of our irrigation construction standards to the boss and he's accepted that we will spec out the Hunter ACC as our controller for now on. The consistent cabinet size, modular upgrade system, central controls compatibility and ET based watering availability are all a plus as well as the Smart Port for accepting the Hunter remote receiver.
  3. brookviewlawncare

    brookviewlawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 378

    I have the sidekick and it works good
  4. laylow1994

    laylow1994 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 114

    i have the rainmaster remote with the universal adapter... works great no complaints... very good distance....
  5. Hank Reardon

    Hank Reardon LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 599

    Same here.
  6. Remote Pigtails

    Remote Pigtails LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 581

    For all you remote users. I'm going to have a button put under irrigation to find me quickly but I sell pigtails for universal remotes. My web site is I've used remotes since RAINMASTER came out with their first one and they are the MOST important tool in our service trucks. Every job we see for the first time gets a pigtail installed and we don't ask for the customers permission. I service about 90% residential and I would estimate that we've got over a thousand of our customers hooked up for remotes. What makes this work is going the pigtail at a reasonable price which is where I come in. Hopefully this will be a constructive part of your business as it has been to mine.
  7. laylow1994

    laylow1994 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 114

    hey there what are your prices on your pigtails..... the people we use here in tampa florida always gives us the run around....
  8. Remote Pigtails

    Remote Pigtails LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 581

    Go to I give volume discounts. This is it in a nutshell.
    100 or more items
    12 station 13.90 ea, 24 station 17.50 ea, 32 station 27 ea.and no shipping charge

    20 to 99 items
    12 sta 16.00 ea, 24 sta 20.00 ea, 32 sta 30.00 ea and 20.00 dollars shipping

    Less than 20 items
    12 sta 21.00 ea, 24 sta 26.00 ea, 32 sta 32.00 ea and 10.00 dollars shipping.

    I use paypal so I have to have cutoff amounts. Obviously no one is going to buy 99 items because it is cheaper to just move up to a hundred items. I ship priority mail and try to keep good stock. Right now I'm backordered on the 32 station which should be delivered in a week but have plenty of everything else.I've been using this manufacturer for three years so I trust them to deliver. You can also download an order form at the web site. Give these a try, I think you will be pleased.

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