Rated 4.0 out of 5 by 145
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by edsn Happy with it so far
I followed the instructions to the letter and anyone who buys this item should also, very important!!!!.
Even so, when I attached it to the faucet, I had to follow the procedure to make sure the valves were all closed TWICE!! But the little extra piece of paper that came with the instructions said this could happen because of problems with shipping, so I was warned. It finally worked on all of them and I was ready to program it. The programing is VERY GOOD, I really appreciate being able to set the time and amount EXACTLY as I want it. There were no leaks after I attached the hoses but I used white plumbers tape anyway. The manual setting on the knob is great for making sure all my sprinklers are working fine before the water goes on with the timer. The timer has started and stopped the water just fine for a couple of weeks and all is working well. I'm happy with it so far. Oh, PS, the customer service at Melnor is very helpful and very nice!!!
June 17, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by BuzzedAldrin Greatly simplifies automation of multiple watering zones
This timer is perfect for multiple watering zones for large or odd-shaped lawns, eliminating several separate timers and associated complexities (splitters, valves, adapters, etc), and multiple sets of batteries. It's basically like having 4 separate timers+valves in one unit at a price less than 2 separate timers.
- Outlets are independent of each other, and can be programmed with completely different watering schedules.
- Programming could not be easier, nothing to figure out. Any setting for any outlet can be quickly accessed and changed using the editing button -- no need to sequentially plod through and confirm other settings.
- Any outlet can be overridden to allow manual watering at any time without affecting any programmed settings.
- Changing the battery will not erase any programmed settings except for the current time, which is easy to reset.
- The display can be turned to either side to get it out of the way and avoid sunlight damage.
- One might presume that the plastic fittings aren't as good or durable as metal fittings, however I have found that plastic fittings, at least for water at residential pressure, are more leaktight than metal fittings, and without requiring teflon tape or pipe joint compound. Finally, plastic fittings don't corrode or tend to seize over time.
- The rain delay up to 3 days will be handy, haven't had to use it yet, can't comment.
- The display is mounted on a plastic arm (not discernible in the pic; the display is actually projected about 4" from the valve body). I would prefer a display mounted right on the valve body, perhaps on a rotatable hub. The arm-mounted display, when in the straight-ahead position, makes the display susceptible to impact damage and generally gets in the way.
- When programming settings, the numbers change rather slowly when trying to rapidly advance the numbers by holding the editing button down.
Since these cons are minor and don't involve product function, I don't think they're significant enough to deduct a star.
- If possible, put sprinklers that are on the same watering schedule together on 'Y' or even 3-way splitters (depending on how much flow capacity your system has). This will preserve unused valves for use if / when one wears out.
- My batteries initially lasted only a couple days. I found that this only occurred with the display in the side position, and concluded that the batteries weren't making good contact with the terminals. Bending the terminal tabs slightly outward to increase contact force solved it.
- LCD displays will go bad if continuously exposed to sunlight. Be sure to either stow the display to the side or cover it with something opaque. Per the photos, I put a ziploc bag over the display for additional waterproofing (put some holes in the bag to avoid condensation) and covered the whole thing with a piece of neoprene rubber.
- Make sure your hoses won't kink to ensure the same flow each time the water turns on. I'm using cheap hoses that kinked easily, especially near the timer where the hoses have to bend up to meet the timer. I prevented the kinks by taking remnant pieces of hose about a foot long, splitting them lengthwise, then wrapping them around the hoses near the fittings and tightly securing with pull ties spaced a couple inches apart.
- Be sure to read the troubleshooting instructions if the unit stays on (water doesn't shut off) or doesn't water at the scheduled time. Some of the comments I've seen suggest that the users didn't see these details in the instructions.
As for battery life and product reliability/longevity, I can't say yet. Even if I had to replace the timer every year, it would be many years before approaching the cost of an installed system and, based on performance so far, this timer makes automating multiple sprinklers about as simple as it can be.
October 7, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Dwleo A Perfect Controller
I needed a 4-6 output programmable water controller but not go to the idividual valve-type. This fits the bill perfectly. Compact and reliable, this sprinkler timer allows me to have individual operation for each of the vegetable boxes I have constructed.Different times, different length of times and allows daily repetition. Far better than the units I have cobbled together the past years.
May 7, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by lazyguy1 This was an excelent choise for me
The use of this timer watering system has made it easier for me to water a wide area. I may have to use more hoses, but it is worth while.
March 26, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Richard Before Installing an Underground Sprinkler System, You May Want To Try This
Keep in mind that our property is more than 1/2 an acre, so installing a permanent irrigation system is a significant financial undertaking. We were tired of losing a few plants during the brief summers in Oregon. Now, we're running impulse sprinklers, drip irrigation and planter irrigation.
Ok. We just stepped up to the 4-zone timer. We had been using the 2-zone Melnor timers for a number of seasons for the yard and hand watering the plants. This product does not disappoint. It works so well, we ordered another. Home Depot has unbeatable prices on this product. The rain delay function of the control failed to work. A call to Melnor customer service, a 5-minute wait, and I had a replacement control block in my hands in less than a week. Great customer service!
Eventually, we'll install a permanent sprinkler system. My DIY estimate is $1700. Professionally installed system estimate $5000.
April 21, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by njsd Works Well.
I bought this 2 or 3 years ago and it's still working perfectly. No problems with batteries. Still using the ones from last year. Need to buy one for my back yard since I can't seem to find my old, old one. LIke being able to adjust 3 sprinkling zones and leaving one spricket on manual for a hose without a sprinkler attached to it.
April 18, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by johnson A piece of junk. Bought two and will return both.
The water attachment had four connectors each. The timer didn't work properly on both and after a few days of wasting water, will return both. It's a good looking 4 way faucet connector but a piece of junk.
April 21, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Eagle great Watering System
Very easy to install. Not much complicated very simple. love this manual and timer option in one system. After installation two valve was open but after program it works perfectly.
April 14, 2015