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Old 03-01-2012, 12:15 PM
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I am needing to replace two sprinkler controllers this year. I have a few different brands and models in mind, but I figured I might talk to you fellers before I drop the cash.

Do you have an absolute favorite sprinkler timer? Generally speaking? # of zones and all that aside, what's your favorite brand and model?

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Old 03-01-2012, 02:27 PM
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Hunter ProC & Rainbird ESP are all I ever use. Once in a blue moon I'll use the Hunter XC...it's cheap, reliable, and works for small no frills system. Prolly what I'll use when I do my house.
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Old 03-01-2012, 04:13 PM
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I've heard great things about Rainbird ESP. It's not one I was considering but now it is.

There's an official poll going on here http://www.sprinklerjuice.com/2012/0...er-timers.html

I'm interested to see the outcome.
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i prefer the hunter over the rainbird. Pro c all the way if i have the choice, and i always do. veryeasy to do and super capable. seems to hold up well too so far.
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Hunter, Orbit put out dependable, well made, user- friendly irrigation controllers and Rainbird's "RainDial" is a good controller too, though I dislike many other RainBird products. You should figure out what model you need yourself, because that decision depends on the needs of the job and the client.

I call them"timers" like you do sometimes too, because it's easier for clients to know what you're talking about when you use the word "timer" rather than "controller" .
However, irrigation professionals and suppliers almost always call them "Controllers" because that's the proper name for them.
It red flags you as a rookie if you call them "timers". Irrigation people like to screw around with rookies heads . It's very entertaining to them.
They play little tricks on them ya know? Like sell them the "timer" they ask for, but get it from the RETURNS bin......kinda screw with ya. Just a little tip.
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Old 03-05-2012, 08:32 AM
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Im a Hunter pro c guy. Has all ya need and is priced right.
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i am in love with weathermatic controllers.
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