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Orbit Hard Top (TM) Spray Sprinkler Heads
This is Orbit's top of the line 5400 series spray-type sprinkler with a metal hard cap added. It is marketed in both a professional and retail model. The metal cap helps protect it from damage caused my mowers and edgers. It also hurts more if you fall on it, so it might not be a good choice for areas where children play or for use in sports fields. It has a good quality wiper seal. It has a good ratchet mechanism, although I would prefer that it be just a bit harder to turn in order to prevent slipping out of alignment. All in all, a good sprinkler for the price. A word of warning, a lot of industry pros look down their noses at Orbit products because the products are sold retail to the public and generally are not carried by the sprinkler wholesale stores that contractors tend to buy from. But I can't find any significant difference in quality between this sprinkler and any of the other sprinklers more often preferred by contractors.
Unfortunately this sprinkler is not available with pop-up heights over 4 inches. This makes in unsuitable for use in most shrub areas. The retail model comes with a 12' radius adjustable arc nozzle pre-installed, other radius nozzles must be purchased separately. Be sure to remove the nozzle before installing the sprinkler head. After you have flushed out the heads reinstall the nozzles.
I consider any sprinkler with a pop-up height less than 3 inches unacceptable in most circumstances due to the increased maintenance necessary to trim grass away from the head. I would only use low pop-up heights for bubblers or shrub areas with widely-spaced shrubs and no ground cover.
- 54458 4" pop-up Hard Top
- 54460 4" pop-up Hard Top w/ check valve
- 54444 2" pop-up Hard Top
- 54456 2" pop-up Hard Top w/ check valve
- 54118 4" pop-up Hard Top w/ 12' Adjustable Arc Nozzle
- 54115 2" pop-up Hard Top w/ 12' Adjustable Arc Nozzle
- Minimum pressure: 15 PSI
- Maximum pressure: 75 PSI
Features noted (optional) do not come standard with the product and must be specifically requested when ordering. For a description of each of the features below click here.
- Wiper seal.
- Spring retraction.
- Filter screen.
- Ratchet mechanism.
- Matched precipitation rate nozzles.
- Color coded nozzles.
- Universal female thread nozzle.
- Check valve (optional.) The part number for ordering the check valve without the sprinkler is 54461.
Manufacturer's Performance Data:
For available nozzles and nozzle performance data click here.
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