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Wednesday, July 4th 2018, 5:57pm

Rotor sprinklers - need advice.


I have had my sprinklers since 2001 and the original system had Buckners rotor sprinklers. I have about 13,000sq feet of grass. My Buckners have failed over the years. The system was designed by an irrigation specialist and we installed it as it was set up. As time has gone on, my lawn is not getting watered in quite a few areas.

I hated the Buckners, they were a pain to adjust. I also was not able to find them to replace the broken ones. My current sprinkler system is a mix of Orbit, k rain and a couple of hunters with just a few of the original Buckners.

I had a sprinkler person tell me that all of my sprinklers needed to be the same kind, is this true? I liked the k rain, are they good? I liked the fact that they are 5 inch pop ups. I run each station for an hour at a time, twice a week. I don’t want to run it more than that due to water prices.

I need something that I can adjust easily. Any thoughts? K rain, Rainbird, Hunter, etc? I am a homeowner and sprinklers are not my favorite, but I don’t want to have to pay a lot to get my system working again. I have been also removing some grass and capping off sprinklers. They are all rotors.

Should I go with a bigger throw, over 50 ft, and then taper it down with the screw head to get more water on the lawn? I also water late night and early morning.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you, Justine.


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Location: Washinton


Wednesday, July 4th 2018, 7:14pm

It doesn't matter if your heads are mixed or not, as long as they are all the same type and nozzle size. I don't like K Rain heads when the first came out late 90's the adjust controls would easily strip out on them. They were covered under warranty, but having to dig up hundreds of sprinkler heads and replace them left a bad taste in my mouth.
If you already have Orbit, you can stick with those. They are pretty much a homeowner version of a Hunter PGP. When changing out your heads just make sure you match the nozzle size other than that you can install whatever you want. Rainbird and Hunter are my goto brands.

The only downside to the Hunter I20 series is how tight their springs are.It makes it hard to nozzle them up and they have issues on low-pressure systems sometimes they do not pop up. Rainbirds 5000 series is a great alternative.

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