Rated 2.6 out of 5 by 46
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by walknblues Don't buy it will fail
I bought this about 4 months ago and it worked fine. A couple weeks ago I noticed that the ground around the plants for this timer was saturated. The timer had failed with the valve stuck OPEN. I got my water bill last week and it went from around $120 to $175. I'll never buy another Vigoro product. The only reason I gave this one star is because I have to put in something. See attached pics. One shows the timer "off" the other shows the sprinkler watering.
July 25, 2011
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by BCK12 What an utter piece of junk
Took brand new unit out of the box and installed fresh batteries. Attached to faucet, set zone 1 to "on" and left zone 2 at "off". Zone 1 water came on as expected. About 5 minutes later zone 2 unexpectedly came on, and low battery light began flashing. I dismounted unit and opened battery compartment, to find it was completely flooded. True, the batteries are probably low now, after being shorted for 5 minutes. The valves appear to leak water directly into the battery compartment and electronics. If I put more batteries in, the value motors now just run continuously, opening and closing every few seconds. This was a brand new unit. What a piece of junk.
June 18, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Paul Not a dependable product
I've given this product the benefit of the doubt for too long. It's priced reasonably, but I've lost more money using this product than what I think I saved. It works fine for little while but soon craps out. I've gone back to get another just because I thought it was a fluke. The last straw was when I got my recent water bill. This product died in the "on" position...while I was on vacation. $130 in water later, I come home to find my well watered lawn. Another limitation, which is bothersome, is the inability to time the next watering session using the current time. I cannot set the current time and set it for a particular future time.
October 2, 2011
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by watermiser Love it!
This is the fourth one I have purchased over the past years. It is the only one I have found that can program two different lines. Not having an exact time to program has not been a big problem, I just go out about the time of day I want one to run and set the timer, then go back at the time I want the other to run and it's done! I have learned, the hard way to not leave them out over winter, as the battery compartment will get wet and die. Granted, mine are placed horizontally in the garden, not vertically as it would probably prevent this. The line was already in place, and I have not dug it up to change the configuration.
July 24, 2010
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Verified Reviewer Needs a clock
I bought this two-zone timer so that I could water my garden and my lawn different amounts on different days. The lack of a clock - allowing you to set it to water at a specific time of day - is a major flaw in the design. If you want to water in the early predawn hours, which is when one should water in hot dry Denver, you need to be up at that hour to set it.
That was annoying enough, but then, after a very early morning spent setting it, the unit short circuited after our first rain (my spigot is up against the house but not fully sheltered).
You will be much better off buying two $20 single-zone programmable timers with clocks than wasting $40 on this disappointing and inferior product.
July 1, 2010
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Trilogy7 Worked great for a couple of years - then quit
I bought the predecessor to this (Model 682CT) a couple of years ago. The first couple of years it worked fantastically and I had nothing but good to say about it.
This season it won't work properly. It only does rapid cycling of the water for either of the timers. Regardless of the setting I use, it turns the water on...a few seconds later turns it off...then on...then off, etc. I've tried new batteries but the behavior never changes...other than when it chooses to do nothing at all!
Maybe this problem is solved in this new model...I'm just not willing to spend $40 to find out.
June 4, 2009
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by bryan Works great and EASY to use
I use this handy little timer for my drip irrigation system. It made it possible to have a drip system with out tapping into my main waterline. I have one timer set to water shrubs that take more steady, regular water and the other to water trees less often but more deeply. What i like the most is that its very easy to set. Other timers i have used require you to set the date, time, time zone, zip code firlst childs middle name...ect. I just want to set a timer to come on when i want it to, and shut off when i want it to. This one does it. its reliable and easy to use. simple. I like simple. I have hard water in my area so it gets mineral build up and causes them to last about a season before needing replaced. but thats no fault of the product
September 28, 2011
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by BaronRay Poor longevity
Have had 5-6 over the past several years. It works for about 9 +/- months then batteries and replacement batteries won't work. Seems like the valves get rusty/ corroded/stick and unit grinds to open and close, not the sound you hear when new. Have had them stick "open" and water floods all over a couple of times.
Great idea and I need a timer for drip lines, but this product is not reliable and the life of the unit is very questionable.
Bought all of them hoping that I might have a lemon, but all have failed!!!!
December 20, 2011