Teetorbilt... I have been aroudn the irrigatoin industry for a number of years now, some of them were as the branch manager at a distribution warehouse with a average yearly sales figure of around $ 1.5 to 1.9 million.
My point with this is I have dealt with all different brands of irrigation products and I have to say 90% of them time I use or recommend rainbird prodcuts.
Their customer service is top notch and their products are much improved over the older products they were producing.
I will say do not buy anything rainbird from a box store since it is a different grade of product even for a nearly identical product. I would understand the reasoning behind this if the box store lines were being sold at a much lower rate but as I found it most of the time they were really close to the commerical or non box store grades we sold. Thats at home owner pricing when they cam in my door I would here your cheaper than HD on this. So I am guess as a contractor your pricing should be much less.
I would recomend Rainbirds 5004 series rotors for any large turf areas to be covered. If you have smaller turf areas and like the rotors then you could use their 3504 series.
For planting beds I would go with any of the 1800 series depending on the height you need to get good coverage (i.e 1804 = 4" pop up height etc) I would recomend though that if you have any zones that will have anything other than a slight grade change that you go with the sam series heads be it rotor or spray (5004-SAM or 1804-SAM). They call them Seal A Matic and are excellent on zones with grade changes.
They also have out new rotating nozzles that go on the spray bodies. These are sweet. In fact when I re- do my system this year I am going to use these for alot of the turf if not all the turf areas.
They use alot less water than the regular gear rotors, but give you more distance and better matched pecipitation than the regular spray nozzles.
I also strongly arge atleast one if not two inline sand filters. I believe we sold the 1" line size models for around $65 each but they have replacable screens and are super easy to clean. If you ran two inline you could use a lrage opening mesh close to the water source then a finer one after it that way one filter wasnt always getting filled and the other catching very little which would reduce the number of times needed to clean it.
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if I was down your way I would stop by and help you out!! But I hate the local commute I dont imagine from here to their woudl be much better LOL :cheesygri