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Orbit

Model 56908

Internet #202819560

Store SKU #480616

Mechanical Water Timer

$12.97 /each

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The Orbit Mechanical Hose-Tap Timer features, an oversized dial for ease of use. Mechanical operation that requires no batteries. Durable construction provides years of reliable use.

  • For outdoor use with cold water only
  • High-impact construction for durability
  • Oversized dial for ease of use
  • Mechanical operation requires no batteries
  • Offers on and off settings or timed watering ranging from 15 minutes to 120 minutes
  • Note: Product may vary by store

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Does it require water pressure to run?

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August 8, 2015
I want to use it to control water in a gravity fed hose. If it requires water pressure to push the timer, this won't work for me. But if it's just a spring type device, it should be fine.
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Friendswood, TX
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July 27, 2016
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I am sure it does cause a slight loss in pressure as does any connections/valves you put in the line. With that said, it does not seem to be a significant restriction such that you notice any change in the sprinkler performance.
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June 29, 2016
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Everything requires a certain amount of pressure to run or use, but this will work with because it works as a timer you can hear it tick as it winds down the time.
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Sherman, Texas
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May 10, 2016
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Needs water pressure
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Dublin ga
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August 28, 2015
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It does not rely on water pressure. I have one attached to a drip zone
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Lake Placid, FL 33852, USA
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August 10, 2015
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It should work all right for you. I sometimes just crank up the timer and open the hose bib until I've completed a short job, such as filling a bucket. Then I close the hose bib, and the timer continues down to zero.
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August 10, 2015
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BaleiHi, this timer does not require water pressure to operate. That said, a lower water pressure will result in less flow.
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do i have to turn it on everytime to run a cycle or

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Treasure Coast , Fla
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August 17, 2015
does it turn on automatically, run the time set, then shut off and repeat the same until it is turned off?
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Sacramento
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June 1, 2016
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Home Depot needs to change the description for this item, which clearly contradicts the actual features of the item:
"Battery Back-up,Digital Display,Drip and Soaker Hose Compatible,Manual Bypass,Odd/Even Day Program,Programmable"
No wonder there are so many questions about its operation. Home Depot, please correct the description on the website for this item.
It is MANUAL. Like an egg timer as Read More
Home Depot needs to change the description for this item, which clearly contradicts the actual features of the item:
"Battery Back-up,Digital Display,Drip and Soaker Hose Compatible,Manual Bypass,Odd/Even Day Program,Programmable"
No wonder there are so many questions about its operation. Home Depot, please correct the description on the website for this item.
It is MANUAL. Like an egg timer as Orbit rep stated. Read Less
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Cedar Creek, TX
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September 4, 2015
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You must set the time every time you use it. It is a manual water timer, not an electronic unit.
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Dublin ga
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August 28, 2015
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Yes. It is a manual timer about one third the price of the automatic ones
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Tucson, AZ, USA
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August 19, 2015
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You have to turn it on each time, and can set it to run for up to an hour.
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Lake Placid, FL 33852, USA
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August 19, 2015
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This is a mechanical timer which you can set to run for a specified time, after which it shots off the water flow. You reset it each time you want to use the water.
For a little more money there are other, battery-powered, electronic timers you can set to come on a regular schedule.
I like this mechanical timer because I don't need a regular irrigation schedule. If I'm using the hose for something Read More
This is a mechanical timer which you can set to run for a specified time, after which it shots off the water flow. You reset it each time you want to use the water.
For a little more money there are other, battery-powered, electronic timers you can set to come on a regular schedule.
I like this mechanical timer because I don't need a regular irrigation schedule. If I'm using the hose for something besides a sprinkler I just move the timer to a time sufficient for my plan, do my work using a regular hose-end sprayer, and not worry about having to go back and shut off the water at the hose bib. Read Less
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how can you tell if you set for p.m are a.m

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Lancaster Texas
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I want to know how can you tell if the timer is set for a.m hours are p.m hours?
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Friendswood, TX
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It is a simple countdown timer, you turn the knob to the number of minutes you want the water to be on. It must be turned by you each time you want to water.
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there is no AM or PM with this it's like having a 12 hour clock you can not set this for multi function ot times.
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Dublin ga
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you simply turn the dial for the amount of time you desire to water. It starts then
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Tucson, AZ, USA
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It's not that kind of timer. You set it for the exact amount of time you want the water to be on, kind of like the timer on your stove. It's not programmable the way larger drip system timers are (but it's a lot less expensive too). You have to manually set it, and it goes on immediately, shutting off after the amount of time you've set on the dial.
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June 11, 2015
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George, this timer doesn't run "programs" like our other hose-end timers. Rather, it operates like an wind-up egg timer. If you prefer a timer that is programmable, though, one good option to consider is the Orbit 62056. Thanks!
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Re: Item 56908: Has the female (input side) connector been beefed up?

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Mick
May 17, 2013
My (green) unit was great except that the plastic connector fitting split with very little hand tightening.
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no still plastic .
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We've now purchased two of these and have had no problems with the connectors. Maybe yours was a lemon?
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Littleton, CO, USA
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I did not have any issues with this, just hand tightened and no leaks.
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May 26, 2013
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No it has not been beefed up. Made of very soft plastic.
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May 17, 2013
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Hi Mick. Thank you for asking about the Orbit Mechanical Hose Tap Timer. The timer is of quality construction and is backed by a 6-year manufacturer warranty.
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Rated 3.9 out of 5 by 88 reviewers.
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Good Timer Timer is accurate and functions well. It shuts off suddenly, so be prepared to hear water hammer. If you have high water pressure, you might want to consider a shock arrestor. August 16, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Really well made useful product Works extremely well. Set it and forget it. gives you a timed control for water flow. August 17, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Two failed in less than a year Had installed two at house. One in front yard and one in rear last year. First have to agree with other reviewer that terrible bang in pipes when unit shuts off water. Can be cured by putting length of flexible hose between unit and house pipes since unit shuts off abruptly causing pressure wave in house pipes. Pressure wave is absorbed by flexible hose. Common problem with some clothes washers. Anyway both units failed this year leaking terribly under timer cover. Both units were taken off before first freeze and stored in utility room. Worked a couple of times this Summer then one failed and the other soon after. Contacted manufacturer via email and they sent me a list of questions and have heard nothing back. At least a month July 15, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Mechanical Water timer I was ready to return at first watering as it set up a huge knocking in water pipes. Watering worked well but unbelievable noise inside house. I had never heard anything like it--make it sound like someone was jack hammering close by. I was busy and continued to use as it was watering when turned on. After about 10 waterings, the sound is goine. I have had water times for over 30 years and this was the only one which ever gave huge feedback noise in house (not used to any noise in fact). I hope it will hold up as I am using it to water my garden area when things start weeping; unfortunately, it appears we may have a long hot summer. June 21, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by won't forget needed a simple timer for the drip system add on. I have a full 12 zone timer for the whole yard, but needed a separate temporary system for nursing new plants. I ran a separate line from the timer and now can set the drip for the new plants and not forget to turn it off. Simple to use and no leaks. August 16, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Great for watering a set time - and not having to remember to turn off the water! This is a simple concept that works. I appreciate that it is mechanical, does not require batteries or even a solar panel and it works. I now have two. July 26, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Reliable timer It works as designed & shuts off completely. Easy to use, weather resistant July 26, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by It works I had purchased an expensive lawn sprinkler that came with a timer integrated into the unit. The timer failed on the second use! Though this timer has to be installed on a sprinkler, it is as easy as attaching a hose, which you have to install anyway. You can set the timer in increments of 15 minutes easily and walk away without fear that the water will be running endlessly. I would recommend this timer to anyone. It's affordable and works! July 13, 2016
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