Where to Find Irrigation Parts and Supplies

 Where to Find Irrigation Parts and Supplies

Most researchers who search the Internet for irrigation projects intend to do the work themselves. Others plan to spend the cost of the work to see if it is worth doing it themselves, while still others have no intention of doing it themselves this time, but want to know if the contractor will do it. What would he do if he did that? Are they kept?

No one wants to be overcharged for services or supplies. Hence the availability, quality and cost of parts is important information. This article provides resources that will be helpful to the DIY-er regarding cost. First, we'll cover several well-known manufacturers of irrigation parts and supplies, and then some parts distributors. Let's start by defining irrigation.

How to Define Irrigation

Irrigation is the watering of plants or crops using a distribution system that transports water to the plant roots. Technically, irrigation from a hose is irrigation. So does water flowing through a series of holes, as many farmers do.

In arid climates, water is usually delivered through irrigation pipes buried in the ground to reduce evaporation. The water passes through valves controlled by timers and is sent to various stations. Each station contains a set of sprinklers, rotors, or bubblers that deliver water to the plants (or grass). The best systems turn on and off automatically depending on the weather using one or more controllers.

Since irrigation systems work best when well maintained, it's a good idea for DIYers to experiment with regular maintenance plans, so they get an idea of what they need to do themselves versus what they need to rent. In this process, the designer will develop a basic set of tools and supplies for general maintenance, and then acquire additional items specific to each new project.

Hunter Industries

Hunter specializes in irrigation equipment for the landscape and golf course industries and the upscale homeowner. The company started in 1981 and has more than 250 product patents and 40 trademarks. Their first product was a compact landscape sprinkler called the “Professional Gear Powered Pop-Up” or PGP. Here is their product list:

Gear-driven pop-up rotors
Stains and corpses
The largest selection of control valves in the industry
Drip and micro irrigation supplies, including new pressure compensation emitters
Smart controllers whose timing depends on the weather.
Centralized controllers, i.e. a central clock system that operates controllers in several different locations.
Pairs, accessories and tools

Hunter recommends hiring one of our experts to design the perfect irrigation system for your home. They give a lot of advice on their website on what to look for. They don't mention DIY projects and they don't seem to sell many parts online other than spray heads.

Orbit Irrigation Products

Orbit has been manufacturing and distributing residential and commercial irrigation products since 1986. Orbit is the leader in the DIY irrigation industry, with over 60% of the market. It distributes 2,000 products in more than 40 countries, and has manufacturing facilities in China, Taiwan and the United States. Here is a list of their product categories:

Watermaster sprinkler heads, valves, timers, accessories and tools
Drip Master drip lines and other drip irrigation parts for gardens and trees
Sunmat sprinklers, timers, nozzles, pistols, wands – anything that attaches to the end of a hose.
Arizona Mist systems and kits that make hot days cooler.

You can purchase Orbit products online at Amazon and offline at most hardware stores, including Home Depot, Ace Hardware, Target, Costco, Walmart, True Value, Lowes and more.

Rain Bird Corporation

Rainbird is a privately held company founded in 1933 that manufactures irrigation products. Its 4,000 products and services serve sports stadiums, golf courses, farms, commercial developments and homes. They sell internationally to over 130 countries.

The company's goal is to produce the best and most water-efficient products. They want their reputation to be associated with smart water use and their partnerships with vendors and customers to be long-term. They offer irrigation awards, organize summits, and hold film and video competitions on the value and use of water. Their household products include:

Timers, controls and valves
Sprinkler heads - rotors and impact nozzles
Drip irrigation equipment and kits
Sprayers and hose end kits
Tools and accessories
Repair kits and spare parts
Advice and assistance in designing your irrigation system
You can buy Rain Bird products online from their website or from offline stores like Home Depot, Ace Hardware, OSH, True Value and many other hardware stores.

The Toro Company

Toro was founded in 1914 and now sells its products in more than 90 countries around the world. They have built their business and reputation on trusted customer relationships and continuous innovation. Its brands include Toro, Exmark, Lawn-boy, Irritrol, Lawn Genie, Pope and Hayter. Each brand has its own website.
Toro sells 70% of its products to professionals (including agriculture) and 29% to residential customers. Its residential products include:

Ryder Walker Power Engines
Snow and leaf blowers, electric and gas
Sprayers, trimmers, aerators
High-tech water saving irrigation systems and parts
Each brand has its own online store, but encourage you to purchase your own distribution offline for better service and advice.

Valley Irrigation

Valley Irrigation began in 1946 as Valley Manufacturing, building farm elevators. The development of a computerized pivot system for irrigation of field crops began. Valley Irrigation, a subsidiary of Valmont Industries, has a Facebook page and an extensive global network of customers. Here are some of the agricultural irrigation parts and services they provide:

Center axes, angles, curvatures and linear lines
Train, float, and drive the traction tires to suit your terrain.
Pump, sprinkler and pivot parts
Professional repair for all brands of axles
A group of control panels, whether computerized or non-computerized
Software that allows remote programming from a smartphone or laptop.
Soil moisture probe with 12 sensors
Consulting services for farmers on drought management and wastewater solutions
DIY farmers can find Valley equipment by locating one of their dealers on the Valley website. They don't sell online.

Ewing Irrigation Products

Ewing began as an irrigation distributor in 1922 and now has 195 locations across the United States. They sell products from hundreds of manufacturers, including the ones mentioned above (excluding Valley). Its products include all types of parts and accessories for all types of residential, commercial, industrial and landscaping piping projects. These include water features, lighting and other decorative products.

You can purchase products online, but you must log in. To help you purchase goods, they offer a cash card or charge account. They have a special affiliate program that you can check out. You can buy offline from one of their 195 stores.

Horizon Irrigation Distributors

Horizon was founded in 1999 as a result of the merger of two other companies that started in the 1960s and 1970s. They are now one of the largest irrigation distributors in the country with more than 60 locations in 11 states.

Horizon has a catalog of thousands of irrigation, landscape, outdoor living products and equipment that are too numerous to list here. They provide training videos and toolkits for professionals, as well as other services that help professionals succeed. Although they don't sell products online, their website helps you find a local store, and you can download the catalog.

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