Quality of Drip Irrigation Equipment

Discussion in 'Irrigation / Sprinkler Forum' started by pmsmith2032, Apr 22, 2013.

  1. pmsmith2032

    pmsmith2032 New Member

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    I am getting ready to buy drip irrigation equipment and I am wondering if there is any difference in quality between equipment (tubing, emitters, microsprayers etc) purchased at a hardware store (******* - Rain Bird and Orbit) and equipment offered online. I've read that sprinkler equipment offered online is often higher quality (commercial) as opposed to that in big-box stores, but I haven't seen anything on the drip irrigation eqiupment. Thanks in advance!
  2. DonL

    DonL Jack of all trades Master of one

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    Most of the stuff is made of plastic.

    If it is plastic, then it is the same junk, IE made in China.

    I would use fine mesh water screens / filter or you may find things plugging up often.

    I have had good luck with Rain Bird products, and they are cheap and easy to replace.


    Good Luck.
  3. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    There is no such thing as a "commercial drip system". It is all the same regardless of the manufacturer. You can also get the "commercial" sprinkler parts locally, just not at a big box store which caters to people looking for the lowest price.
  4. Gary Swart

    Gary Swart In the Trades

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    Plastic drip emitters will not last forever, but they are really pretty cheap. I too doubt there is any difference in quality for irrigation companies to hardware stores, they just usually will have a great selection to choose from and the people in those businesses can offer more accurate advice.
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