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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I bought two of these and over time the attach point failed. The threaded portion split. I have 55 p.s.i. regulated pressure. It did not fail from tugging on the hose, I have the hose strapped to a separate verticle pipe to prevent such failures. It needs more durable engineering.
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on March 20, 2013
NOT for rain barrel.
The Melnor 'egg-timer' water timer is NOT for rain barrel, despite the low pressure rating.
Unless you want a dribble out the end of hose.
Low pressure rating does not apply to the 50 gallon rain barrel that I purchased from amazon.
The timer works fine on household water pressure.
When connected to rain barrel, the water dribbles very slightly out of end.
I connected the timer directly to the 4' long hose coming from rain barrel.
Set the hose on the ground 24" lower than water level in barrel. Water dribbled out. Maybe a glass of water in 2-3 minutes.
I checked that the rain barrel was open and flowing freely, and the rain barrel was unobstructed when timer was taken off the hose.
I checked that the timer was working correctly on house spigot, and timer was functioning fine on 40psi house spigot.
However the timer was not suitable for my rain barrel project, because I want to run some water on one tree. And then later, move hose and run a bit of water on next tree. etc. More water for big tree. Less water for smaller tree.
I suppose if the time setting was long enough, the dribble coming from this timer would empty the rain barrel most of the way.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 14, 2007
Ordered two and they have served me well all summer. Such a pleasure to have the water go off after I leave for work and not have to worry about overwatering or being late.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 29, 2008
I got this because I thought it would be the same as my other one and it is! Simple, works well, and I haven't had any reliability problems.

Devin
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 9, 2013
Purchased 8. Some falling apart after three uses. Others failed out of the box. Would never buy these again. Sorry
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on July 7, 2012
Over the past 6 years I've owned and replaced a number of these Melnor timers. Why do I keep purchasing them? They are cheap and do their job initially - usually working just fine for a season or two. I take them off and store them during the cold winters in an effort to prevent them from breaking sooner with little luck. The all plastic construction means the timer is eventually going to fail.

I've found the most common failures are that the timer no longer completely shuts off and/or the timer begins to restrict the water flow as if it's turned partially off. I'm definitely looking for a better made hose timer option, these plastic melnor timers just aren't cutting it for me anymore.
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on May 8, 2013
The water pressure out of this unit is just a trickle. I'm just replacing one that only worked for a MONTH last summer and then broke. My incoming water is 60psi, and then the timer, and then I have a pressure regulator to knock down to 25psi for my system. With the 2013 unit, I only get a trickle, maybe 10psi, when the 2012 unit worked fine. My drip system needs the full 25 PSI to drive the vertical range of the system (on a hill).

Years ago, my Melnor timers would last for years and work great. Since 2010 or so, I can't get anything to work for a full season. Half the timers are unusable in just a day or two of use. I'm tired of wasting my money on Melnor. It's over.
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on December 20, 2014
I really don't like this class of products. Too much plastic. I threw this one out and went for the one that was green. I cannot remember the name. I don't expect any of these to last any more than five years , not just because of the internal parts, but also because I find my long hoses (50-100 feet) getting yanked sideways and am waiting for the day this thing snaps. I've tried it inline with two hoses. It also works, but again, the yanking problem concerns me. I would not buy again. BTW, buy a rubber hose, not these "garden" hoses. They cost 2x and will last at least 2x the life and save a lot of foul language.
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on April 21, 2014
I bought a couple of these last year but I'm about to replace them. the gears inside just don't sit well, the water doesn't shut off the way its supposed to. There are times when the sprockets are coupled well and you can feel the difference because the front dial fits tights, but most of the time it's loose and the water won't shut off. Melnor used to be a good company but I think they have changed their manufacturing process and now the product just doesn't work.
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on July 3, 2012
I bought three of these last summer (2011). One went out within about two months. I put the other two out this year, and on one the timer has completely stopped working. On the last one it will not pass water unless I tap on the timer or on the sides to get the valve to open. None of them gave a full water flow at any time, even when new. The internal valve seems to just give out, and of course, the timers give out. I have had better luck with the Orbit timer.
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