Who is your distributor?

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by Island Lawn, Nov 10, 2001.

  1. Island Lawn

    Island Lawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 632

    A lot of guys around here use Home Depot and Lowes.
    Who live further than 8 miles from one of these store?

    About 45 miles away are a couple of irrig supply houses.

    Simmons Irrig Supply

    Century Rain Aid

    I understand that these are both nationwide companies

    Can anybody reccommend either?

    Are there other nationwide suppliers I could look for?
    (Hopefully, there is one that is closer than 45 miles!)

    Who do you use?

    Fess up, you superstore freaks!
    (I've been known to buy a replacement head, or two, from...)
  2. Turf King

    Turf King LawnSite Member
    from Ozarks
    Messages: 32

    Island Lawn,

    Im in about the same boat you are I have Lowes about 2 minutes away and nothing else.The next closest would be a good hour each way.Sorry but not much help.
  3. gusbuster

    gusbuster LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,932

    I never new about these companies until I was on the net (Simmons Irrig Supply ,Century Rain Aid )

    As for me,
    Horizon Irrigation 15 miles
    United Green Mark 7 miles
    Ewing Irrigation 9 miles
    LESCO 40 miles

    Depends where I'm installing, but specificly buy my stuff from Horizon. I go to the other places when I need a specialty part that I don't buy in bulk.

    As for Lowes', it just opened up this year. (7 miles)
    Home Depot, I have 4 different stores all within a 20 minute drive when traffice is normal.

    I guess thats what's nice about living in a major populated state.

  4. JB1

    JB1 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,904

    mine is century rain aid, oops i guess its john deere landscapes now.
  5. SprinklerGuy

    SprinklerGuy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,778

    Ewing Irrigation 95%
    Horizon 5%
  6. greasemonkey

    greasemonkey LawnSite Member
    Messages: 57

    here in michigan, the birthplace of century rain aid, I go there, although they just changed their name to jd landscapes...john deere bought them out. Back In New York where I used to live, I bought from GPM but there were also two other established independant distrubutors. Rain aid had one store in the area. The only time I ever bought from lowes or home depot was when the supply houses were closed and I absolutely had to have something.

  7. HBFOXJr

    HBFOXJr LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,712

    Century Rain Aid/John Deere Landscapes

    They have a catalog, make deliveries and UPS stuff. I can't speak for Lowes but you can't get the true professional products at Depot or the hardware store. Some lower end products are identical and others are cheap junk with the big name. Many people have been ticked off buying RainBird because they thought they were getting the same stuff they'd get from a contractor. Found out it was "consumer grade" product and less satisfactory.
  8. IdylGard

    IdylGard LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    I buy from CPS here in CO. I do know you can get excellent service over the phone or net and they will deliver to my job site. That way I don't have to make the trip out and back.
  9. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,226

    United Green Mark 85%
    LL Johnson 10%
    CPS 5%
  10. Planter

    Planter LawnSite Member
    from Utah
    Messages: 214

    85% Ewing
    15% local guy (need to have two suppliers, just in case)

    I hate to use Home Depot or Lowe's for part. They have consumer grade stuff that won't hold up. We've replace a few Home Depot timers, etc.

    I like a professional supply house, they tend to stand behind stuff and give technical advise when I need support.

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