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Question DetailsAsked on 5/11/2013

what is the best sprinkler head for automatic lawn sprinkler?

This is for a lawn irrigation system.

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Having built or rebuilt a dozen or so such systems over the years (including several very large, golf-course sized commercial installations), I got tired of havingto replace the cheap heads and quickly decided never again to use them. I find Rainbirds, while more expensive, work pretty well and are easily adjustable, though like all brands they do have problems with the pop-up ones sticking up due to grass debris and lime buildup clogging them up. I have seen Hunter and K-Rain units out there on commercial jobs too, so obviously some contractors like them.

Honeywell used to make (don't know if they still do) commercial brass ones that were WAY more expensive, but really tough and can be walked on without breaking them, although they will do a real job on a mower if they stick up too high and are hit. They are also far more resistant to freezing damage.

Whichever way you go, I would emphatically recommend going with stationary heads wherever possible rather than pop-ups, even though it means you have to hand trim around the heads, and you need slightly unsightly 6-12 inch diameter depressions or dimples around the heads to provide a clear path for the spray.

Answered 7 years ago by LCD

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