Please watch my video how-to and review (below).
The Melnor Deluxe Metal Pulsating Sprinkler with Tripod (the product itself is actually labeled the Premium Brass Impact Sprinkler on Tripod), is a great option if you want to water a large area with an easy-to-use product.
The tripod is made of metal (it feels like aluminum to me), and the legs extend easily. Once set up, the tripod is very sturdy, so there's no chance of it being knocked over by the force of the water being shot out of the sprinkler. Thankfully, the hose connector that's built into the tripod is also made of metal, so that will be able to stand up to the test of time well, too.
The sprinkler itself is made of brass, so, again, there are no concerns that it will wear out anytime soon. The sprinkler has an advertised 85' diameter coverage range (approx 42' spray distance in any one direction), and, while I haven't actually measured that, a visual check seems to confirm that the coverage range is quite large.
Thanks to the built-in metal stops, there are a number of coverage patterns that can be created ranging from a full 360° spin to very tight angles. That being said, though, the sprinkler didn't come with any instructions, so it took me a long time to figure out how to disengage the stop arm so that the sprinkler could do a full 360° rotation (to save you the hassle of figuring it out on your own, simply watch my video (below) to see how its done). Frustratingly, the design of the sprinkler on the tripod is such that the arm has to be forced past the mount and so, even knowing what to do, it's difficult to disengage the stop arm. This design flaw could have been easily avoided, but, since it exists, it's my only "dislike" of this product (and resulted in the 4-star rating instead of a 5-star rating).
Other than the issue with the frustrating stop arm, though, this tripod sprinkler is great and I very much recommend it.
Durable, Easy to Install, Functionality, Great Quality, Good Shape
no instructions included, stop arm is very difficult to disengage and engage