At the end of last year Reesink Turfcare introduced a cost-effective and uncomplicated irrigation solution to its range from SRC – the Grower 6000 D. This capable two-wire controller provides all the control needed for easy but effective irrigation.
Decoder systems have been around for years, but in the face of new working practises they’ve seen a surge in popularity as many are now looking for a cost-effective way to upgrade and improve their irrigation system over time without disruption and big hardware changes.
Box-on-the-wall systems have lots of advantages, most of which we’re all aware of – minimal cabling setups and easy system expansion (simply splice into the communication line and add additional decoders) for example. But perhaps what’s most appealing to greenkeepers and golf club managers in 2021 is the control and independence it affords. Cable faults of such a system are easy to diagnose and there’s minimal fault-finding equipment needed. The diagnostics assist with fault-finding and reduce the time taken to pinpoint the problem.
There’s also the cost to consider. It’s got to be one of the most cost-effective irrigation solutions around. The cabling price for a box-on-the-wall system is much more affordable per metre than traditional systems and the total project costs are lower even after factoring in the decoder costs. The installation of a 2-wire system takes less time, it’s often up to a third less time-consuming than installing a multi-wire system and this also contributes to reducing the total cost.
Robert Jackson, water division sales manager for Reesink, said: “Boxes-on-the-wall offer a web-based management platform through mobile or PC devices for great results. The SRC Grower benefits from a range of features that make it the perfect solution for golf clubs needing straight forward irrigation control; knowing that your irrigation system works for you, your time, club, responsibilities and skills is really important, especially when we don’t know what’s round the corner. And with the Grower, whatever your course needs, it can accommodate easily.”
Available as a web-based management system or a stand-alone decoder based unit, the SRC Grower has a scheduling capacity of 1-200 stations, and 10 programmes, and can operate up to 15 stations alongside five pumps simultaneously. It benefits from flow sensor capability including various alarm options, flow management with the stacking of up to 10 simultaneous programmes and a 14-day calendar run of odd or even days. It’s also fully ET capable with local and remote weather stations and has built in lightening protection.
Jackson added: “Less cabling means installation is straight-forward, but there’s the option to expand later if needed giving the product longevity. For customers who need less of the reporting and detailed irrigation and are looking for a relatively simple controller that will get the job done, then this is the one for you.”