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  • #21
    Inca,
    I have the cheaper one, however I spoke at length with the company support team, and they assured me it would work (claiming the width of spray would cover my 20 x 60 meter arena).
    I called several times, after using it, and was told the problem was my water pressure. They suggested I use one of their water pumps (which they never have in stock), however:
    1. I don't have power at my arena
    2. there is no way to force more water through the narrow hose size, it's a matter of physics and capacity.

    I then hooked it up to my fire hydrant (which has more than enough pressure) and it still didn't fix the problem.
    The new sprinkler head I put on has a wider spread.

    My personal opinion is that you can never get more water pressure than the amount of flow possible going through the machine. The problem with the machine is that it has a standard hose hook up and metal tubing, as well as the standard hose connected to the retracting sprinkler. There is no way to allow a large hose's increased volume capabilities, when you have to attach it to the standard hose bib.

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    • #22
      No Problems....yet?

      I am using my Rapid Rain (the smaller version) for the second year. Let's see....

      At first, it wouldn't turn off..because I had the "turn-off lever" twisted to the side.

      One time the sprinkler fell over in the sand and got grit in it. Solved that by spraying in a generous amount of Silicon lubricant.

      When dragging the RR around, I am always careful to hold onto a section of hose so not to break the plastic fittings. Also, I store it in the heated garage in the winter since freezing it would obviously be no good.

      I change watering patterns in my arena to avoid having the "wet stripe down the middle" thing. Sometimes I spray diagonally, down the quarter lines (have a 20x40 small dressage arena) or even the short way. I find the spray pattern easy to adjust.

      That's about it. No water pressure or flooding problems. Does the job I ask it to do.

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      • #23
        petit fromage:

        The plastic piece you speak of that you were having issues with is now made in brass. If you would like us to send you this free or charge to replace, feel free to call me at the office.

        405-521-0565
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        • #24
          Originally posted by slc2 View Post
          Oh boy. Where to start.

          One does have to be very careful and follow the instructions rather well. Or one will flood one's arena. Some will flood one's arena multiple times, and gradually discover additional instructions and guidelines that need to be followed.

          If one gets any sand, say, or grit or anything like that in one's hose, or say, in the threads that connect the hose to the sprinkler, one can count on it clogging the sprayer and having an alarming effect on where the water goes, or if it goes out of the sprinkler at all. And if it doesn't go out of the sprinkler, it will burst some connection somewhere else.

          If one were to forget, say, to re-engage the gear and tighten down the knurled knob after setting out the sprinkler, one would find, when one came back an hour later, that the sprinkler had stayed in the original position and completely flooded the arena.

          Or, one might not put the main unit on a stable surface (a plastic box lid under the main unit may prevent this), it may tip down the slightest bit and the lever will not turn off the sprinkler, and it will completely flood the area NEXT to the unit.

          Or say, one might for example not have enough water pressure at some point, or the turbine might at some point not be sufficiently lubricated, and the hose will stop at some point and flood THAT area of the arena.

          Then there is the possibility that you will forget to maintain it over the winter, and the water turbine will cease turning at all.

          Then there's the problem of disassembling the sprinkler if it gets clogged with above dirt. That can take some time, and there's a certain inscrutable nothingness that makes the sprinkler work, that takes a long time to discover, especially if you reassemble it incorrectly. Oh and keep plenty of spare parts and teflon tape around if you take the sprinkler off the delivery pipe to maintain it.

          Oh. Don't overtighten any of the parts. Lots of the parts are plastic. And some are plastic parts that screw on to the metal delivery tube, and it's VERY easy to overtighten them and have them crack, and then you have to try to figure out where to get spare parts.

          All in all, it will help you discover how many different ways you can flood your arena.

          Then there is the issue of how the width it sprays changes mysteriously. Grit in the sprayer? Change in water pressure? You may wind up going down the track on both sides of the ring, and spraying them with a hose after the waterer has done, and you may also need to spray your corners, because the sprayer makes a circular pattern, and misses them.

          Oh. Don't leave it out in an unheated area if it gets cold. Don't store it in an unheated area. And it won't work if it's very cold, but water probably won't help you much then anyway, unless you add something to keep it from freezing.

          I'm really kidding. It is a very nice piece of equipment overall, well made and decently sturdy.

          But unless you really are into following directions - unless you really LOVE the concept of following directions, and set it up exactly the same every time, and plan to maintain it a few times a year and especially before storing it, you are going to get frustrated.
          Hahahahaha I couldn't agree more! We had one...it seemed like a great idea at the time. It just wasn't idiot proof enough, heck it wasn't even "gadget handy, can fix anything and everything, barn manager" proof. No matter what we did, no matter how careful we were....either it ended up shutting off when we thought it was watering or flooding the arena. Now it's sitting in the storage area collecting dust, could probably give you a great deal on it. lol
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          • #25
            Was careful and didn't have an issue

            Rapid Rain,
            No issue with the plastic pieces. Since it looked as though they could be snapped by excessive twisting or yanking, I just avoid those motions.
            I keep my unit parked in the corner of the arena and use as necessary....except in the winter when it is stored away in the heated garage.

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            • #26
              It is great to hear everyone is enjoying their Rapid Rain.

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              • #27
                I hope everyone is enjoying their summer and keeping out of the heat as much as they can. For the members on this thread who own Rapid Rain units, if you have any questions etc give us a call: 405-844-4107.

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                • #28
                  Bumping this thread to see if there is more current feedback and reviews. Sprinklers on the fence aren't an option at our place.

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                  • #29
                    I am currently trying to get Rapid Rain to make good on a promised order. I purchased the arena model several years ago and have been very happy with it. However, it stopped retracting itself, and so I ordered the $300 replacement kit. It arrived quickly, but it doesn't work or fit. They have changed the design slightly since my model was made. Joe at Rapid Rain promised in writing to send me a new kit that would work, but it has been about a month, and he has stopped responding and has not mailed me anything. So I have a Rapid Rain that I can't use right now, and a $300 part that does not work or fit. I may be researching Micro Rain myself. I am very disappointed in the lack of customer service from Rapid Rain right now even though I did like the product and would still like it if I could get it working again. The sprinkler concept works very well in Arizona.
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                    • #30
                      I have a rapid rain that has never worked properly because of fluctuating or low water pressure. We're on a well with adequate pressure for everything else. Check your water pressure BEFORE you shell out the $$.

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                      • #31
                        I have a second-hand MicroRain (MR25 model). Due to low water pressure we had to have a booster pump installed -- be sure you have your water pressure situation squared away before buying. Mine is a bit glitchy from being used and abused, with aftermarket parts from a variety of sources, and it takes just over 2 hours to water my 200' long arena, but it sure beats moving a lawn sprinkler by hand! I have dealt with MicroRain/Knutson Irrigation to purchase various replacement parts, and I have always gotten good customer service.

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                        • #32
                          FWIW, Rapid Rain's website has been down for over a week, and I am still SOL in trying to get them to deliver on their promised, in writing, replacement kit to fix my Rapid Rain. Based on this poor experience, I would not recommend that anyone do business with them -- and you can't right now, anyway, with their site down. I am very disappointed in Rapid Rain and Joe Sutherland's lack of customer service and follow-through.
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                          • #33
                            Originally posted by slc2 View Post
                            Oh boy. Where to start.
                            THIS..in a nutshell... no need to say another thing. BTDT... yuck.
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