Rated 4 out of 5Â by 138
Rated 4 out of 5Â 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 out of 5Â 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 out of 5Â 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 1 out of 5Â by Vern1 Be nice if it actually worked.
It was easy to program albeit a little tedious waiting for the minutes to click by, one by one, to get to your start time.
The problem is it never actually opened a valve, ever.
Replaced the batteries even though the battery indicator showed they were OK.
Same result: none.
Should have heeded the previous reviews on this one.
I even made a special cover out of a 5 gallon bucket with slots for the hoses to set down over the timer to protect it but never got to use it.
May 21, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by TimC Great for the money
I saw some complaints about poor quality, but I haven't experienced any of it so far. I've had this for about a month and it's worked really well. A couple of things to note, though. Whenever I am connecting something to my outside hose bibs, I always use plumbers tape. It really stops any leaks and allows you to keep the hose bib always turned on without having to worry about water leaking all over the place. Second, you HAVE to detach this in the wintertime. Anything left outside attached to the hose bib has a high probability of having leftover water in it, which will freeze and crack the device - causing leaks next spring. I'm thinking about buying a second one for my backyard hose bib.
April 29, 2014