Rated 4.8 out of 5 by 15
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Lou81 Excellent dripper but I discovered a limit in application
Backround of user. I am not a contractor but a retired person who helps others to water their garden with a timer instead of watering with a hose. When you use any drip line emitter, you must reduce bib water pressure to 25 PSI, include a vacuum breaker and a filter. Then you transition from a 1/2" distribution line to the 1/4" blue line emitter which drips 1/2 gallon per emitter, every 6", per hour. Be aware that any line has some resistance to flowing water and that resistance reduces the net water pressure slightly. HOWEVER, IF YOU ARE LAYING THIS DRIPPER LINE IN A FLOWER GARDEN AND CURVING IT NEXT A PLANT TO WATER ITS ROOTS AND THEN TURN IT TO GO TO THE NEXT PLANT TO WATER, YOU ARE ADDING SIGNIFICANT RESISTANCE TO WATER FLOW. When you are not dripping, you can use a 1/4" distribution line to move the water from point A to point B. In one recent installation, the 1/4" dripping had stopped. I decided the total resistance to the flow, the distribution line and the dripper line was too much. I replaced all the 1/4" distribution with 1/2" Blue Line distribution and it corrected my problem. In closing, the 1/4" Toro Blue Line emitter is an excellent product. Test the effective length by inserting a hose end plug in one end and connect the emitter to a water source and see right away if the net water pressure is sufficient to meet your objective of watering the intended plants. I am an active 82 year old gardener.
June 14, 2012
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Gardener Blue-Stripe Drip Tubing selected for large garden
We installed Blue Stripe 1/4-inch drip tubing in our large community vegetable garden. Some of the rows are over 20 feet long, and a single drip tubing runs the whole length. The tubing has held up well over a 3-year period with very little replacement needed. We harvest over 400 pounds of produce for charity each year from this garden, so having an efficient, low-maintenance irrigation system is a high priority. The emitters almost never clog, even with the hard water in Chandler, Arizona. The blue stripe helps make the line more visible during harvest time when clippers might be in close proximity. I would recommend this product.
October 28, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Fred Excellent tubing when installed properly and used for the right application
I've been using blue stripe ¼" emitter tubing professionally for I believe over ten years. It's the perfect thing for many applications where plantings change often or seasonally such as vegetable gardens, annual and even perennial beds. (For shrubbery I prefer to use ½" tubing with two individual emitters per plant.) It can be pulled aside to rototill. It's reliable and easy to install. I've never had a problem with functionality, algae plugging or anything like that. My only complaint is numerous short rolls (as short as 82' with 163 drippers instead of 200 - an issue I've considered reporting to the federal trade commission)
Please note that even though this product comes in (supposed) 100' lengths it requires ½" feeder tubing if you are running lengths much longer than 20'. I feed it back to a main at least every 20' to assure even precipitation. The in-line emitters are long flow path type emitters and are not pressure compensating. If you connect a 100' roll to an outlet and measure the flow along a path you'll see it peter off and stop completely at a relatively short length. That is to be expected given Bernoulli's Equation for pipe flow in a ¼" tube and the drain-off of the emitters. I think Toro should warn people about this on the package to avoid misuse which I'm sure happens a lot.
I only wish they sold it 1000' rolls and that they were really the stated length.
July 3, 2011
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by John7653 Consistent performance
Prefer this over laser drilled because it is more consistent at each dripper, is spaced at 6 inches rather than 12, and has been very durable and reliable for me, including some that has been in service for over 12 years.
June 30, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Broox super efficient for whole bed watering!
This stuff is great for efficiently watering an area with many small plants (such as garden beds) because you don't have to cut a bunch of short lines and install individual emitters. We think this double-sided in-line emitter design is more reliable than the laser-drilled tubing type, and the 1/4" soaker tubing is just not consistent enough over more than a couple feet (releases lots of water/hr near the source connection and significantly less just a few feet down the run). If you mix & match emitter tubing brands, do not assume the emitter rates are the same; this 1/4" Toro Blue Stripe has 1/2gal/hr emitters every 6" but other brands may have 0.75gal and 1gal/hr emitters.
I gave the quality a 4/5 because 1 out of 5 rolls I bought had a splice in it and the factory did not place the splice correctly to maintain the 6" spacing between adjacent emitters; was easy to fix, but really, I think QC should train the factory assemblers better.
-- Seaside Giving Garden
February 28, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Swaroop Good stuff for the price
I tried drilling holes into a regular 1/4" pipe as suggested by some online sites, the results were not good, flow rates varied from hole to hole. Get this stuff, its great for $5 more per 100 ft, and takes the guesswork out..
June 13, 2008
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by homegardner quality drip line
good quality but not available locally and should be available locally
August 4, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Squid So far, so good
Like many others, I wanted to replace 1/4" soaker hose that clogs and only lasts a month or two. After reading a number of positive reviews, I purchased two roles of Blue Stripe for my raised-bed veggie garden.
The tubing is versatile and easy to work with, although I did notice that some of the emitters don't flow as fast as others. Not a significant problem, as it seems everything is getting watered consistently.
If this lasts more than one season, I will be very happy. Already it is a far better option than soaker hose.
July 11, 2014