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Thread: Which CONTROLLER is "best" ??

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    DIY Junior Member florida_wen's Avatar
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    Plant City, Florida

    Question Which CONTROLLER is "best" ??

    I need a brand new, 6 zone, high quality Controller. I have read quite a few forum posts on the web but unfortunately I'm still quite undecided between controllers. I actually had a RainBird and a RainDial controller in homes I owned before. We recently purchased a very nice home in Plant City, Florida but it was built in 1989 and still has the original Richdel 300 Series MECHANICAL Controller. I read a lot of great reports about the Hunter PRO-C and SRC as well as the RainBird ESP. I also heard that RainDial and Toro make some quality controllers. Luckily it's our "rainy season" here in Florida right now and Nature is providing more than enough rainfall for irrigation, but I still want to replace the Richdel A.S.A.P. as well as a few "tired" rotor-heads, etc. Please advise.... Thank you....

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    In the Trades Gary Swart's Avatar
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    I have always used Rainbird sprinklers and accessories, but I doubt that a RB is better than any of the other known manufacturers. This is a competitive business, and they are going to pretty much do the same thing which is to turn your circuits on/off at designated time(s). Me thinks you worry over nothing.

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    My personal preference is Rainbird. Their new contollers seem to work fine, but I prefer their older ones over the ones now on sale.


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    Plumber jimbo's Avatar
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    I seem to find Rainbird easier to program than Toro. Although Orbit makes decent products, for longevity I would stay with a "major" brand like Rainbird, or the commercial lines like Hunter or Irritrol.

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    Default Hunter Industries design is best for money

    I had a house that was built in 1989 and had a 12 station Richdel that had some undesirable limitations. After a thorough search, I settled on a Hunter Industries Pro C. It has many very useful features (like settings to avoid runoff, and shutting the system down for a specified number of days). It has options for a remote control (for less than $100) and the schedule programming is very "friendly". Hunter wins hands down in my book. Access the web site at hunterindustries.com.


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