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Have you lost the display on your control box? Have your sprinklers stopped coming on? Or is your controller just old and difficult to operate?

We can help you.

Call 0400044236 or email here to make an appointment for Andrew to come and replace your old controller with one that works well. Or you can search through the archives of information on this site to try and find a solution for yourself.

Orbit Star Controller

Summary

A solid controller that is easy to program and uses ‘sliders’ for duration of sprinkler times. Its a bit more expensive than some of the others, but is a quality box.

The Tech Specs

Three independent programs. Station timing in one minute increments and four start times per program for up to 12 cycles daily. Station run time adjustment available “at a glance”.

7-Day calendar for watering by day of week.
Program Odd, Even, and Interval (1 to 32 days) day watering on A,B, or C programs.
Program “No Watering” by specific day of week, or by daily time period 0 minutes to 9 hour programmable delay between stations.
A semi automatic programmable rain delay from 24-72 hours, 4-99 days.
Seven operation modes: Auto, Manual, Extra, Test, Rain Delay, Water Budgeting, Off.
Three language transflective Positive Image LCD.
AM/PM or 24 Hour Clock.
Rain sensor bypass switch.

Controller Manual click here

Irritrol Raindial

Summary: made by Irritrol, I would choose this controller over the Kwikdial because it has a battery back up and a 5 year warranty. It is a good all round control box.

Tech Specs:

  • 6, 9 and 12 station models
  • three independent programs
  • automatic, semi-automatic & timed manual operation
  • rain switch de-activates all operations
  • large self-prompting display
  • easy-to-read programming dial
  • battery back-up keeps accurate time & maintains program during power failure
  • optional external model with key lock cabinet

You can find the manual for the latest model here.

Toro DDC

Summary: These are a decent control box, reasonably easy to use and well priced. They have a battery back up and a 2 year warranty.


Tech Specs:

  • Four- and six-station counts
  • Three start times per program
  • Run times in one-minute increments up to four hours
  • Built-in rain delay
  • Self-diagnostic circuit breaker
  • Programmable master valve
  • Large terminal screws for easy installation and wiring

You can find the Toro DDC manual here.

Irrittrol Kwikdial

Summary: if you’ve got one of these boxes then chances are you might like a change… It seems that the Kwikdial was the control box of choice for many of Perth’s new estates in the late 90′s early 2000′s. It’s an easy box to use and is pretty solid, but the absence of a battery back up is it’s big failing. If you happen to have a power outage in your suburb then your controller will reset to coming on at 5 am every day for 10 minutes per station. Not ideal when you live in a city with penalties for watering on the wrong days. They are also one of the most expensive boxes to replace and I would suggest considering a Hunter X Core or a Rainmaster instead.

Tech Specs:

  • Three independent programs allow differing water days, start times, station running times and station assignments
  • Automatic, semiautomatic (manual program) and manual station(s) operation
  • Flexible watering day schedules
  • “Program stacking” feature stores programs for sequential operation (prevents program overlap)
  • Programmable “Rain Off” up to seven days
  • Dial and four push buttons for ease of programming
  • Large LCD displays status of programs scheduled to run each day
  • Sensor hookup with sensor by-pass switch
  • Multiple language capabilities (English, French, German, Italian and Spanish)
  • Built-in memory maintains real time and programming information for a minimum of 24 hours in the absence of AC power.
  • Self-diagnostic, electronic circuit breaker identifies and overrides an electrical “short” in a valve or in valve wiring and continues to water operable stations
  • “All-stations” test program
  • Electrical surge protection (on both input and output lines) resists damage from lightning storms and power surges
  • Water budgeting feature for each program (0-200% in 10% increments)
  • Weather-resistant plastic case with internal transformer (outdoor model) and provision on door for a padlock
  • Durable plastic case with plug-in transformer (indoor model)
  • UL and CUL listed

For the manual you can go here.

 

Rainbird ESP Modular

Summary: This is another top quality control box and one of the more expensive. It is well made, easy to operate and allows for additional expansion modules to be added. Rainbird is a well known brand and known for it’s reliability.

Tech Specs:

  • Multiple programs give you the flexibility to accommodate the diverse watering needs of different plants and those areas of your lawn and garden that get more sun or shade, saving you water and money.
  •  Each program can have multiple start times, allowing you the flexibility to run programs several times a day for shorter lengths of time, helping you maintain a healthier lawn and garden.
  • The modular design makes it easy to expand the controller’s capabilities to 13 stations should the watering needs of your landscape change in the future.
  • The water budget feature allows you to easily increase or decrease watering schedules without reprogramming, so you don’t have to waste time at the controller.
  • Four irrigation cycle modes for maximum flexibility and compliance to all major watering restrictions (Custom 7-day calendar, cyclic 1-31 day interval, and odd/even day calendar).
  • Built in 5-year lithium battery keeps time, date and watering schedules intact during power outages, so relax and enjoy your landscape, worry-free.
  • Superior surge protection — withstands nearly 3 times higher electrical surges than competitive controllers.
  • Rain Bird quality construction and components.
  • Easy programming: Rain Bird’s easy to use Extra Simple Programming style with larger LCD display.
  • Enhanced Diagnostic Feedback™ alerts you to conditions when watering is suspended due to an activated sensor, shorted stations or programming errors with a warning light and text message on the LCD.
  • Permanent Day off allows you to set any day of the week as a non-watering day in any program or schedule, making it easy to comply with watering restrictions or other requirements such as weekly lawn care or maintenance.
  • Global Season Adjust (0-200%) allows you to alter the run time of all the valves in every program with the push of a button.
  • Dedicated sensor terminals allow you to easily connect a rain sensor to the controller for maximum water efficiency.

You can find the manual here.

X Core Hunter

Summary: The Hunter X Core is a top quality box and used on many new installations. This is my preferred control box these days.

It has a two year warranty, built in lithium battery and is well constructed. It is easy to use and has a non volatile memory and automatic short circuit detection meaning it is less likely to let you down.

Tech Specs:

  • Number of stations: 2, 4, 6, 8
  • Type: Fixed
  • Enclosures: Indoor and outdoor
  • Independent programs: 3
  • Start times per program: 4
  • Max. station run time: 4 hrs
  • Warranty period: 2 years

For more info manuals go to the Hunter site here.

Holman 469

Summary: Made by Holman these boxes are easy to use and have a 5 year warranty which is very appealing. Holman honour their warranties with no quibbles, and the box is simple to use, with a 9v battery back up.

Tech Specs:

Designed for residential & light commercial applications the PRO469 has six individual programs to allow for efficient watering of turf and garden areas, on seperate watering programs.

Along with HOLMAN’s RSR™ technology allowing individual stations to be under sensor control, this controller sets a benchmark for automatic watering.

The feature packed PRO469 controller is quite easy to use with simple dial selection and programming sequence including a P button to jump directly to the program you require.

Avoiding endless scrolling through other functions to find what you need.

Rain Sensor Ready™ – This controller is equipped with HOLMAN’s innovative Rain Sensor Ready (RSR™) Technology. The PRO469 bascially interacts with a standard rain sensor to determine if there has been adequate rainfall to suspend automatic watering.

The two key features of RSR™ technology is the individual station selection & the rain sensor delay. Indivudual stations can be assigned to be controlled by the sensor or not. Great for watering undercover areas whilst excluding areas affected by rainfall. The rain sensor delay is a feature that allows you to program a delay time starting from when the sensor indicate it’s wet. This is used when the sensor dries out before watering is required, rather than adjust your sensor, simply enter a delay time that suits your specific landscape requirement.

You can find the manual here.