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Melnor

Model # 558-219

Internet # 203062307

4-Zone Watering System

$39.98 /each

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Model # 558-219

Internet # 203062307

This 4 zone timer is 1 of the most innovative timers available on the market. Program up to four zones to water automatically or switch to manual watering with the twist of a knob. Each independent zone can be easily programmed providing you with total watering control.

  • Large LCD screen
  • Metal coupling nut with rubberized grip
  • Retains programming through battery changes
  • Manual or automatic rain delay

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Dimensions
Product Depth (in.) 
7.9 
Product Height (in.) 
4.00 
Product Width (in.) 
3.1 
Details
Automatic Shut-off 
Yes 
Features 
Digital Display,Drip and Soaker Hose Compatible,Electronic,Manual Bypass,Odd/Even Day Program,Programmable 
Hose-End Timer 
Yes 
Included 
Rain Switch 
Maximum Cycle Time (min.) 
240 
Number of Cycles 
Number of Zones 
Power Source 
Battery 
Product Weight (lb.) 
1.5 lb 
Returnable 
90-Day 
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty 
Limited 7 year 

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why does the flow of water from ports not stop when I turn the switch to manuel on the melnor timer?

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gifty jr
August 27, 2013
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May 2, 2016
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Where is the source input?
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June 14, 2015
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I have had several of their timers. The problem that I had with mine. Well water had sediment that will clog them up, and that is the end of them.Have about 6 of them now sitting in the shed that will not work. They did replace 2 of them. Now, ,,,,, I have purchased inline filters and wala, stops the gold from messing them up. Now when the water flow slows down, I take the filter off and clean them, I Read More
I have had several of their timers. The problem that I had with mine. Well water had sediment that will clog them up, and that is the end of them.Have about 6 of them now sitting in the shed that will not work. They did replace 2 of them. Now, ,,,,, I have purchased inline filters and wala, stops the gold from messing them up. Now when the water flow slows down, I take the filter off and clean them, I say gold because the sediment clogging up the screen, is yellow and looks like gold dust. It is sand.
So, could be your problem
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chicago, il
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June 24, 2014
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The manual setting is open. Turning to manual will open the valve. If you want to turn it off during a timer session you have to turn the program off.
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Waco, Texas
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June 24, 2014
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Shoddy construction causes the valves to stick.
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Charlotte, NC
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June 10, 2014
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You need to reset it as described in the set up manual.
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New York
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May 20, 2014
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There are two ways to set Manual on the Melnor 4 way automatic timer.
1) On the LCD, you scroll down to the 'Manual' option and turn it from OFF to ON.
If you do this, your port will open up even if the Program is not scheduled for now.
2) Use the yellow knob to turn from 'Timer' to 'Manual'.
If you do this, your port will open up even if the Program or the Manual option (1) is not on.
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There are two ways to set Manual on the Melnor 4 way automatic timer.
1) On the LCD, you scroll down to the 'Manual' option and turn it from OFF to ON.
If you do this, your port will open up even if the Program is not scheduled for now.
2) Use the yellow knob to turn from 'Timer' to 'Manual'.
If you do this, your port will open up even if the Program or the Manual option (1) is not on.
So, the reason you would use Manual is to turn your port ON, not to turn it OFF.
If you want to turn your port OFF when it is actually ON at the moment, you need to use the LCD to turn Program to OFF (turning off the Program for that Port) and also ensure that Manual is also OFF for that Port. Read Less
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May 2, 2014
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My personal experience is the valve does not completely close. I do not know if the electro-magnet is not strong enough (check batteries) or if the plastic valve just sticks after a while. I have talked to Melnor a few times and they act like there is no systemic problem but I could never get all four valves of ANY of my four 4-zone Melnor Watering Systems to work at the same time. There is at least one Read More
My personal experience is the valve does not completely close. I do not know if the electro-magnet is not strong enough (check batteries) or if the plastic valve just sticks after a while. I have talked to Melnor a few times and they act like there is no systemic problem but I could never get all four valves of ANY of my four 4-zone Melnor Watering Systems to work at the same time. There is at least one valve stuck and usually two or three will not close 100%. I now have four paperweights. Call and talk to Melnor. They will send you another one but it will be no better after a few uses, in my experience. Read Less
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Columbia, MD, USA
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April 29, 2014
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When you turn it to manual, that is opening up the port. Turn it back to Timer to turn it off. As long as you haven't set a timer for that port, it won't ever turn on.
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Las Vegas, NV, USA
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April 8, 2014
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Because on the 'Manual' setting it allows for free flowing water. I use the 'Manual' setting when I want to use one port like a regular spigot.
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Calfornia
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January 26, 2014
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On control panel first turn on "Manual" and then turn off for each zone.
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October 8, 2013
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My guess would be that the batteries were installed before plugging the timer into the valve body. Try removing the batteries, plugging the timer into the valve body, and then re-installing the batteries.
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Rochester, NY, USA
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September 19, 2013
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You have to do it using the programming module if you've never used the device before. If you set "MAN" to "on" and then back to "Off," the valves should close.
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Auburn, WA, USA
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September 10, 2013
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When set in manual mode, it just like the spigot off / on switch, so manual means that you will turn the water off/on when you want it to flow thru that port.
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August 27, 2013
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Gifty Jr. The same thing happened to me today. For me at least, there was a slight delay...15 seconds or so before the water stopped.
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what batteries does it take and how long do they last?

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May 2, 2013
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October 7, 2014
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Update: I informed melnor about my problems. They said one set of batteries should last the watering season. They sent me a new timer.
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October 1, 2014
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I ran 2 valves every 4 hours - lasted about a month. I ran 3 valves 2 every 8 hours, 1 every 12, lasted about a month.
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October 8, 2013
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The unit takes 2 AA batteries. Sorry I can't say how long they last, but the manual seems to say they will last for a season.
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California, USA
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August 25, 2013
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It takes 2 "AA" alkaline batteries. Depending on how often the programs are in use will determine the drainage of the batteries. Probably the best way to determine this is to look at the battery check system on the screen of the timer. You can do this by waking the timer by pushing any button or looking at it when it is in use. If the battery is good it says OK on the screen. When the battery is low, it Read More
It takes 2 "AA" alkaline batteries. Depending on how often the programs are in use will determine the drainage of the batteries. Probably the best way to determine this is to look at the battery check system on the screen of the timer. You can do this by waking the timer by pushing any button or looking at it when it is in use. If the battery is good it says OK on the screen. When the battery is low, it says Low. After awhile you will get a feel for how often they might need to be changed. Also the timer has a memory in case of a battery failure. It will retain the existing programs. You will just need to reset the current time when you put in a fresh battery. Read Less
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July 24, 2013
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2 AA's. Have it installed and running for 3 weeks now.
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July 18, 2013
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Two double A Batteries. Mine have lasted for 3 weeks. Some reports I've read..say that the batteries are lasting up to a year. Hope this helps.
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Brevard, FL, USA
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July 16, 2013
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it takes two AA battery's
my melnor 3100 has lasted 6months with the same battery's now
and it is set to every day every 12 hours for 30 min
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Plano, TX
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June 27, 2013
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The Melnor 4-Zone Digital Water Timer uses two alkaline AA batteries. I have had the product in use for almost four weeks and have not had to replace the batteries. I would expect the battery drain to be greatest when the valves are open, so the batteries would drain faster if all four valves are set to open multiple times per day. I am currently running all four valves one time per day for 15 minutes Read More
The Melnor 4-Zone Digital Water Timer uses two alkaline AA batteries. I have had the product in use for almost four weeks and have not had to replace the batteries. I would expect the battery drain to be greatest when the valves are open, so the batteries would drain faster if all four valves are set to open multiple times per day. I am currently running all four valves one time per day for 15 minutes each. Read Less
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Vallejo, CA, USA
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June 20, 2013
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It comes with a lithium battery that is to be replaced annually.
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ks
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June 4, 2013
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double a, other reviews have mentioned poor battery life but have not had any problems the 2 weeks ive had it
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May 28, 2013
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Requires AA batteries. I have heard they will last a whole season, but have only personally had it 2 weeks. Probably depends a lot on how often the valves are opening and closing.
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May 7, 2013
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It takes 2 AA batteries and based on the perceived consumption, they will last the whole growing season.
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Kalamazoo, MI, USA
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May 2, 2013
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The unit takes (4) AA batteries. They lasted the entire season for me last year, but I didn't get it until June. It probably depends on how often it needs to turn on/off the valves, but the batteries do not seem to need to be replaced very often.
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can you water each zone at different times

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July 8, 2015
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In my experience, no. Valves don't shut off as they are suppose to.
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May 21, 2015
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YES!!!! Each zone has a completely independent program and schedule.
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Stamford, CT
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May 5, 2015
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Each zone can be setup independently for times and watering rates. For example, zone 1 can be setup to come on daily at 7am and water for 30 minutes. Zone 2 can be setup to be every other day, at 8am for 1 hour and so on.
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April 21, 2015
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No problem, if the thing ever worked properly, stay away from this junk.
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Lakewood, WA
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April 18, 2015
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Yes, a real time saver. Since I only need three zones, I set three and leave one on manual.
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October 5, 2014
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Each zone is independently programmable, but each zone is at its own interval (i.e., every 12 hours, every 6 hours, every 2 days, etc.). Each zone can do that separately. However, one zone cannot be programmed to do 9am, 2pm and then 7pm - that is not a regular interval.
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Sunrise Beach, MO
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October 1, 2014
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Yes, each of 4 zones is independently programmable. There is a rain delay feature that affects all 4 zones. Everything else is independent.
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October 1, 2014
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It is better that way, full water pressure.
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yes
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September 5, 2014
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Yes, that is the best part. We don't have enough water pressure to run four sprinklers at the same time so we set it up to start and finish at four different times.
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September 5, 2014
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Yes the 3280 can be programmed so that each zone comes on at different times . Each zone can also be programmed for different "Water Every " cycles - one zone can come on daily, one up to 6 times daily, another weekly and the fourth ever other day.
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Yes each zone is separate and need to be set separately.
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How do you set up the 4 zone water timer to blow out system with a compressor in the fall?

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Calgary, AB
August 24, 2013
I have just purchased the 4 zone electronic water timer. My question what do I need to do to make sure that I am able to use a compressor to blow out each outlets in the fall?
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June 15, 2015
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Unscrew the hoses and blow out each separately. I don't leave these out during the winter because it is a computer with hoses attached.
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May 26, 2015
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The only thing I can figure out would be to unscrew each line from the timer and blow out each line separately.
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May 5, 2015
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I wouldn't blow out the lines through the timer. I would remove the timer from the faucet and disconnect each of the hoses. Then store the timer inside for the winter. My plan would be to create an adapter that goes from the 1/4" NPT of my compressor to the 3/4" garden hose connection and then blow out each line individually.
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At the end of the watering season, i remove the control unit and valve unit, take out the batteries, clean them up and store them inside for the winter. I use compressed air to blow out each if the hoses to the zones individually. By removing the unit I am comfortable that no water remains in the freeze proof valve coming from the house. First one I bought has lasted 3 years so far. Second one is going Read More
At the end of the watering season, i remove the control unit and valve unit, take out the batteries, clean them up and store them inside for the winter. I use compressed air to blow out each if the hoses to the zones individually. By removing the unit I am comfortable that no water remains in the freeze proof valve coming from the house. First one I bought has lasted 3 years so far. Second one is going into its first winter. Read Less
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You dont this is made for garden hoses not underground irrigation systems.
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June 24, 2014
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This is just a 4 outlet valve with a single inlet. If you want to blow out one at a time you could atach a compressor to the inlet and then turn each valve to manual when you want to blow out that zone.
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June 24, 2014
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Just disconnect the hoses and blow them out individually. The timer I would not leave outside, if you live in a cold climate. Store the timer indoors for winter.
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June 10, 2014
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You can purchase a sprinkler blow out connector with hose thread. Just connect to each line, attach air line and you're good.
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January 26, 2014
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Add 25 psi pressure regulator ($5-6) on water supply side.
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August 25, 2013
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Roger, I'd just take the unit off the faucet before the first freeze...drain the unit...bring it in the house. That way it doesn't freeze and break. Hope this helps.
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The water pressure going through the timer is 20 - 30 psi from our city water. You are probably safe to use up to 20 psi from your compressor to blow out the outlets with your compressor. I would contact the manufacturer "Melnor" and see what they suggest.
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CUSTOMER REVIEWS

Rated 3.8 out of 5 by 283 reviewers.
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Poor performance I purchased two of these to replace two older 4-valve systems from a different company. Both were defective with 2 of the 4 valves remaining stuck open and unable to be closed, except manually as if not being used. With those faulty valves turned off manually, the timer would not reliably turn on/off the other two valves either. I could see this being a production glitch if only one of the timers had been defective, but with both having the same issues, it's clear these are junk. April 11, 2016
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Good timer - for a while This is the second Melnor 3280 I have bought. First one was in 2014 and it worked great for that year. Year's end, I removed the batteries and stored the unit inside. Spring 2015, this unit would not work. So I bought another one. Same scenario - would not work this year. April 11, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Don't buy! Stopped working after one season. Screen went blank, burning smell from inside unit. March 29, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by NOT SURE WHAT THESE OTHER REVIEWS ARE ABOUT This is my third season with this timer. I am using all four discharge ports. It has worked perfect for the first two years. I just changed the batteries for the first time (I take them off for 4 months during the winter). Super quality, very simple, extremely reliable, and quite inexpensive. It has improved the health of my plants, saved me a bunch of time, and water costs. March 15, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Very easy to Install/Manage Read THIS if you run into a problem! Overall its a good device, cheap, and easy to program. Its not the best quality but im assuming you already know based on the price. I bought 2 of them. A 2-way and a 4-way systems. The 4-way system came with an issue possibly because it was turned off improperly during QC. One of the valves was open and as soon as the water was turned on the water started pouring. A possible easy valve reset should fix this. Make sure the cable is plugged. Set up the time and desired settings as shown in the video above then turn on the main faucet. Select the malfunctioning valve and Keep the water running. On the screen go down the menu to manual and press (+) to set the lowest manual time (5 min in this case). After 5 min the device will close the valve and should be fixed. May 10, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Works great. first time ever using something like this. Install was simple and I had it up and running within 10 minutes. I did notice that the unit began working on its own time after about a month of operation and after engaging the rain delay feature. The watering schedule remained timely, but it was watering an hour before the scheduled time. So that was weird. Yeah it's a pain to calibrate as it takes a while to shuffle through the times and stuff, but this is a great unit for anyone that has a low water pressure and needs to water a decent sized lawn. May 3, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Sprinkler timer The instructions were easy to follow and programming was straight forward. The product did exactly as it should and so far all is well. I would like to review in a few months after the unit as been in use and located in sun. But at this stage I am most satisfied and believe I have received excellent value. May 17, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Watering system Works great best value on market. Has four hose hook ups so you don't have to change hose around. Easy settings great program. May 17, 2016
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