Rated 3.7 out of 5 by 48
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Adriclives Finally a sprinkler that works
After purchasing and returning multiple Gilmour sprinkler models from Lowes (who does not carry Nelson sprinklers), my wife and I finally gave it one more attempt at getting our recently hydro-seeded lawn sprinklers.
The Nelson Pattern Pro was exactly what we needed. We have well-water and our water pressure isn't great when split 4-ways for sprinklers so it was great to find that the nelson handled this fine, not only that but covered a very large area (we have 0.6 acres and only needed 4).
I never write up reviews online, but we spent days looking for a decent sprinkler so hopefully this can help others find one quicker than we did!!!
May 14, 2012
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Jack Caution - New 2015 model is junk!
I have two of the original models with the circular base that have performed very well for the past two years. I added a section of lawn and went down to purchase another one here in the Spring of 2015. This was clearly a newer model (52016) that no longer has a circular base and is now called a Contour Master rather then Pattern Pro.It was the only model available at Home Depot so I assume this is Nelson's replacement for the Pattern Pro model.
The first impression was that the plastic seemed thinner and it no longer has a solid arch support from the functional ring down to the base of the unit, but instead relies solely on the central shaft to the base for support.
I placed it inline on the same water distribution line that the older Pattern Pro's are on and fired everything up. It sat there shooting water in a straight line and did not start to rotate! I had to go over and tap it lightly to get it going. Repeated this test 4 times with same result. Obviously not a good thing if you water automatically using a timer.
The water stream is no longer fairly evenly dispersed like the older model. The majority of it spews out in a straight line with huge globules of water and just a little mist in between. Very bad for any plants that you don't want to get hammered by the water.
Having had good success with the older model I already drilled larger holes for the stakes I had on hand so not likely returnable to Home Depot now.
Avoid purchasing this new model is certainly my opinion and I'll be searching the web to see if the old model is still available somewhere.
April 21, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by EasternCutter Unit doesn't hold the spray circumference that you set
When setting this unit, the sprayer unit rotates on the base at will, thus negating the spray circumference that you set. At first, I thought someone had moved the unit because my driveway was soaked and my grass wasn't as wet as it should have been. So, I looked at my security video camera and nobody tampered with it. So, I set it again. Twice in 1 hour it has rotated on it's own. I can't get it to water the area that I set it for for more than a few minutes. I've had this unit for only one day, so it's going back to Home Depot for a refund.
May 21, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Ariel 25% success rate, not too hopefully on one working.
Bought one of these sprinklers to further improve my watering setup in my backyard. Was straight forward to setup and adjust. Found it to work pretty well and promptly bought a 2nd to accompany the first.
I purchased 2 and returned them because they would not rotate on their own especially when the sprayer reached an adjustment point and had to shorten the spray distance, it would stay in place. Though that because they both appeared as having been previously used that they we damaged and were returned without notifying staff they were bad, took care of that.
Returned to the original store I bought my first and picked one that was cherry, nicely packed, no scuffs, looked great. Set it up just as the first and still same problem. Did additional research and bought the model at Lowes from Gilmour, worked great right out of the box. Will replace the first one with a Gilmour when and if it fails, time will tell.
May 12, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Paul57 Fantastic sprinkler! But specs are wrong
We have a fairly large, irregularly shaped lawn. We can't afford a sprinkler system, so this year we decided to set up multiple impact sprinklers. Due to its shape, our front lawn would have needed 6-8 regular impacts. I decided to try this one and it is GREAT! It took a couple of minutes to get it set, but it now covers the bulk of the front without flooding the road or driveway.
There is one error in the specs. They say it covers 90 square feet. They probably meant to say it covers a circle 90' in diameter, which would be about 6,300 sq. ft. Only a SLIGHT difference!
If you decide to buy this, make sure you get a LOT of water from the spigot and use the smallest number and shortest length(s) of 3/4" hoses that you can to maximize the water flow, particularly if you want to string 2 of these together. You can use 5/8" hoses if you're only feeding 1 sprinkler, but not 2, unless you have EXTREMELY HIGH pressure. This sprinkler lays down a LOT of water. Being on a well with a spigot with a small inside diameter, I could only run 1 of these. I tried connecting a second, lower flow sprinkler but couldn't run either sprinkler effectively like that. On city water, you may not have that problem.
Right now, I'm headed to Home Depot to get another one of these. Four of the cheaper impact sprinklers I started with got broken (lawnmower blight!) but the ones I bought to replace them don't work. The maker changed something, increasing rotating friction. The sprinklers now barely rotate, if at all. I know I can cover the area covered by 2 of the cheap sprinklers with one of the Nelson's, and may be able to cover all 4!
If you have a large area to water that is not a perfect circle, and want to move the hose(s) as seldom as possible, I would DEFINITELY recommend using these sprinklers. If you're going to need several sprinklers, I'd suggest starting with 2, one 3/4" hose to reach from the spigot to the first sprinkler, and another 3/4" to connect the 2 sprinklers. If you can't run 2, you can go down to the 5/8" hoses and save some money if you want.
Last, if you need to move and readjust the sprinklers several times to cover your lawn, you might want to get several sprinklers with the BRASS quick-connect connectors. This way you won't have to reposition and reprogram the sprinkler each time you move it. The brass quick-connect products also allow a MUCH higher flow rate than the plastic ones, which you'll need if you can connect 2 sprinklers.
October 3, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Bill * Stunningly Clever and Works Well! *
As a techie, I can't help but be amazed at how clever, and yet simple, the design and concept behind this lawn sprinkler is. The yellow plastic ring has about a dozen points of adjustment that let you change the water range at any given point in the sprinkler's rotation, and even control whether it does a full 360-deg rotation or something less than that.
Once you get the hang of adjusting it (took me about five minutes), you'll stand in amazement at how well this works. Saves water, as advertised.
Great idea....well executed....
May 26, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by casags Awesome Design
The only downside it is plastic, which means it will eventually need to be replaced. Our front yard is over 60 feet deep and over 120 feet across. We used two of these and they cover the entire front yard!
We have a semi-circular driveway, so it was great that we were able to set this to cover exactly where we needed it to! No water waste and good 1/2" soakage after only 30 minutes!
April 26, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Eddie My Wife: "Why pay 20 bucks!!" Me: "Because it's AWESOME!"
So I give Quality a 4 just because it is plastic but treat it right and that should not be a problem. I bougth this sprinkler and odd shaped yard that I did not want to have to move the sprinkler for. ONE WATER CYCLE, THAT'S IT. The yello ribbon in the middle is an elevation device that allows you to shoot water short or far at a fairly custom interval. So I can just place this its spot and let it go in a full circle and it will shoot far when I need so I am not watering my HOUSE.
You can also custom a back and forth if you want.
Seriously, great sprinkler.
April 15, 2014