After 5 trips to HD, Lowes, and Ace hardware, I finally replaced some
of the broken sprinkler nozzles. I noticed that Toro, Rain Bird, and
Orbit nozzles are not interchangable. My question is which nozzles are
My guess is that none of the nozzles are interchangeable, but since a
whole new sprinker "head" costs only a few dollars, why worry? Our yard
has a mixture of Rain Bird, Toro and Orbit, and as they get chewed up by
the mower (when it is being operated by others) I replace them by Rain Bird.
On 06/13/05 10:16 am Mikepier tossed the following ingredients into the
ever-growing pot of cybersoup:
Just buy the cheapest sprinkler, they all work the same -- money is the only
thing that's really 'interchangeable', so don't worry about spend an extra
dime for keeping "manufacturer's brand name". You'll never see it under
the ground anyway.
BTW the pvc pipe thread sizes are about the only thing that's universal (I
assume you're using standard 1/2 inch. pvc pipe to carry the pressure from
the souce to the sprinklers), so after you dig up the whole sprinkler unit
and go to the hardware store, you might want to get some grass plugs or
small sod pieces to cover your tracks in the lawn.
I have a slightly different POV.
I've been using Toro 570 series heads for over 25 years, I just
replaced on with a cracked body last week.
They did change the sprinkler body & screw-on cap but the internal
filters & spray nozzles are still interchangeable with the old heads.
I buy Toro 3" bodies w/o nozzles & keep a handle full of different
nozzles on hand. When an old sprinkler needs repair, I replace the
nozzle or entire unit as needed.
Keeping to a single mfr makes rmaintenance simple & easy.
I agree keeping to a single mfr makes things easier, but I just bought
the house last year, so I'm just trying to sort things out now. But
the nozzles are very cheap. It was the inconvenience od going store to
store to get the right nozzles.
I also have a 2" brass pop up sprinkler ( forgot the mfr) that has a
totally different nozzle. It has a threaded screw in the center which
screws into the pop- up assembly. But its leaking all over the place,
so I'll replace that soon.
I have fairly old rainbird popups and when I was adding a zone, I
noticed they now have variable arc nozzles, where my old ones were
fixed. Since I wanted to adjust the pattern of some popups, I bought
the new nozzles, and just installed them in place of the old.
I'm pretty sure the fittings on the underground pipes are not all
half-inch. I was at the rainbird site contemplating getting some new
rotors and noted there were varying sizes and locations. When I'm
working on my system, I take the old part out and carry it to the supply
house so I can check how the new ones compare.
I think your problem is more where you are shopping than with the
manufacturers. HD in particular (in my experience) carries an
incomplete selection and changes brands frequently. If you want a good
selection, find an irrigation supply house that carries the brand you
like and shop there. They will have what you need, and they will know
how to install it. My son had a broken head in his new house, so we
went to an irrigation supply house and not only did they have the right
part, they told him how to install it and asked if he had the tape to
seal the joint.
the brass ones are probably Champion, a good mfr.
I suggest you just slowly switch over the to the Toro 570 series,
you'll be glad you did.
Every time you take a different mfr unit out of service, you'll build
your repair stock.
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