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Has anyone had any experience with the Valley Sprinkler Upgrade Package or the Valley Electrical Conversion Package? With the ground that I am leasing, the pivot needs a little TLC before it gets going this season. I was just wondering if getting either of those packages is worth it, or if it is just easier to find your own parts. The pivot currently has sprinklers on top without drop tubes, so the wind blows the water pretty badly, and there are a few electrical problems with keeping it running. Other than that, it is in decent condition.
 

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Last year I bought a 1994 Lockwood, and I had the Valley dealer strip off all the electrical and install a Select 2 panel and re-do all the boxes, electrical, etc with Valley parts. I also had the low pressure conversion drops with Iwobs installed to replace the high pressure impact sprinklers.
It's only been one year but I have no complaints. Everything worked well and never gave me a moments problem. I wouldn't be scared to do it again.


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I prefer the Pro 2 panel, easier programing and more options once you get the hang of it.

We had the Valley dealer convert our old 11 tower Lockwood and it works so much better than the original guide wire setup. They are working our old Zimmatic over for us this winter.
 

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What make and how old is the pivot? Anything under twenty years shouldn't need an electrical upgrade unless it's wire aligned.

Drop tubes and spinners or Iwobs are a nice upgrade but again if the original sprinklers are in decent condition is it worth it?
 

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Drop tubes are probably the best investment you can make. I have read it before, but don't have it handy, but you probably will have a two year payback, in energy savings due to lower pressure needed and less evaporation.

Valley's tower box retrofit are very good. They easily clamp onto the pipe of any pivot. We did three and they worked very well. We are the do it yourselfer type of people.

Why Valley even offers the Select Panel is beyond me. Pick the Pro panel. Even if the mechanical panel is all you need, pick the pro panel, unless you have no intention of replacing the panel at all.
 
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