Sprinkler Rotors

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by JimLewis, May 22, 2001.

  1. JimLewis

    JimLewis LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,876

    Hey, a question for you fellow irrigation guys;

    I am looking for a good, reliable "stream" rotor. Specifically, the ones that shoot out multiple individual streams at once. Currently, the only ones I can find are the Toro 300 series. But we are constantly having challenges with these.

    Anyone know of any others on the market? Or if not, anyone have any good tips for how to keep the Toros from clogging,etc. ?
  2. greens1

    greens1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 352

    I am curious as to why you want a multi-stream rotor?
    Jim L
  3. JimLewis

    JimLewis LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,876

    Three reasons.

    1) We get requests for them.

    2) I'd love to push them more as a more exclusive (and more expensive) product but I am afraid to because of the problems we have with them.

    3) I personally prefer them in my yard. I live in a nice subdivision and we are known for having the nicest landscape in the neighborhood. I try hard to make our landscape outstanding. And these mutli stream rotors look the coolest. I know that sounds like a rediculous reason to use them but it's true. When they are on, they stand out from other, more common sprinkler heads.
  4. greens1

    greens1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 352

    The Rainbird Talon series has a multiple stream, minimum 11 gpm @ 50 psi to operate. The " solinoid in head " rotors that we used at the golf course, Rainbird 700 or 900 series heads have a multiple stream, they are 40 to 90 gpm heads and require 70 psi to operate .

    If you are looking for the most even water distribution then impact rotors are the best.

    Good Luck,
    Jim L
  5. gusbuster

    gusbuster LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,932

    Have you checked out the proseptive (brand names, RainBird, Toro, Orbit, Hunter, you know www. bla bla bla.com) web sites.

    Myself, I never have had a call to use multi streams before, but I can tell you that they don't work very well in high wind sites. That's why I do not see to many installs like that on commercial sites in my area. They were the way to go before, but as you said, to many problems.

    Do you have either Ewing,Horizon,or GreenMark in your area. At least the shops in my area have always been able to suggest,and if not, point me in the right directions.
  6. EarthWorks

    EarthWorks LawnSite Member
    Messages: 135

    To me it doesn't matter how good they look, if they don't work I dont use them, period. In this case, don't give the customer what they want. Explain the problems you have had and sell them a product that works.
  7. Keith

    Keith LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,979

    We used the Toros a few years back and were very dissapointed. Yeah they look kinda cool, but the customers are never using the system when people can see it :rolleyes: We with back to old reliable singles.
  8. Louis

    Louis LawnSite Member
    from Atlanta
    Messages: 15

    Ask your supplier if they have some type of screen for the bottom of the rotor.Also check your water source,why is so dirty.
  9. gusbuster

    gusbuster LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,932

    One place where the multi stream toro's are praticle:alien:: very steep slopes. Becuase they put water down in mini streams, tends to soak it and not run off as the single stream or impact sprinklers would. I do use this kind of head for watering shrubs and ground cover on my biggest client.
  10. Comet

    Comet LawnSite Member
    Messages: 165

    Whats a fair going rate to charge to replace 1 head please?<res>
    I have a chance to bid on a landscaping project <commercial auto store> to begin in Oct.01, I cant handle the irrigation end of it so I need locate a sub for that.. Anyone intrested on Long Island, NY?

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