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Rainbird Maxi-Paw® Pop-Up Impact Rotor
The Maxi-Paw is an upgraded Mini-Paw rotor head. Unlike the Mini-Paw, the Maxi-Paw has a decent selection of available nozzles, which allows for better system design. The professional version (2045A) has 7 nozzles, the retail model has 5 (the low-angle LA nozzles are not included). Features include a 3 year warranty, stainless steel retraction spring, a heavy duty plastic case, 3" pop-up (for lid, the nozzle is only about 1 1/2" high), optional side inlet, full or part-circle operation, screen filter, wiper seal on internal riser, and adjustable arm spring tension. Like all "mouse-traps" (the industry term for pop-up impacts) the Maxi-Paw tends to trap debris inside the case, and aggressive grasses like Bermuda wrap themselves up in the mechanism causing the sprinkler to fail. I would consider this a high maintenance sprinkler, and expect to clean out the cases at least twice a year. My experience is that the Maxi-Paw outlasts the Mini-Paw. I seldom use this sprinkler head due to the high maintenance required, but I would certainly favor it over the Mini-Paw! If you really must use a mouse-trap, this is a decent one.
Manufacturer's Performance Data:
|Nozzle/Part No.||25 PSI||35 PSI||45 PSI||55 PSI||60 PSI|
|06 - Red||don't use at 25||37' - 2.0 GPM||38' - 2.3 GPM||38' - 2.5 GPM||38' - 2.6 GPM|
|07 - Black||32' - 2.2 GPM||37' - 2.7 GPM||39' - 3.0 GPM||41' - 3.3 GPM||41' - 3.5 GPM|
|08 - Blue||35' - 2.8 GPM||38' - 3.3 GPM||40' - 3.7 GPM||41' - 4.1 GPM||42' - 4.2 GPM|
|10 - Yellow||38' - 4.2 GPM||41' - 4.8 GPM||42' - 5.4 GPM||43' - 6.0 GPM||44' - 6.4 GPM|
|12 - Beige||39' - 5.5 GPM||42' - 6.3 GPM||44' - 7.1 GPM||45' - 7.9 GPM||45' - 8.4 GPM|
|07 LA||22' - 1.5 GPM||23' - 1.9 GPM||25' - 2.1 GPM||25' - 2.3 GPM||25' - 2.4 GPM|
|10 LA||25' - 3.4 GPM||29' - 4.0 GPM||31' - 4.4 GPM||32' - 5.0 GPM||32' - 5.4 GPM|
Remember that the distance between rotor heads should never be greater than the PSI. Therefore rotors operating at 35 PSI should not be spaced farther apart than 35'.
The XX-LA nozzles feature a low angle water stream which shortens the radius but increases resistance to wind distortion of the pattern - good for windy areas.
For an in-depth description of features found on this and other rotors, see the faq on "How to Select the Best Rotor-Type Sprinkler".
Text and Images by Jess Stryker unless noted. Copyright © Jess Stryker, 1997-2011. All rights reserved.