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Nelson 1865 Raintrain Traveling Sprinkler
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- Cast-iron body with chip resistant, powder-coat paint
- Coverage up to 13,500 Ft2
- Travels up to 200 feet
- Adjustable aluminum spray arms provide coverage range from 15 feet to 55 feet in diameter
- 3 speeds (high, low, neutral) to choose from
- Can travel up to 200 feet and cover as much as 13,500 square feet
- Long lasting Cast-iron body
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Rain Train Traveling Sprinkler - Durable and Reliable Performance
The Nelson Rain Train is the original traveling sprinkler and a beloved classic of lawn care. Since 1965, it has helped millions of homeowners effortlessly take care of their yard. The Rain Train uses the power of water to navigate around the lawn following a customized hose path. It travels up to 200 feet and covers as much as 13,500 square feet. A choice of three speeds allows you adjust the level of water saturation for your lawn. While automatic shut-off prevents water waste. Set the Rain Train up at the starting point, turn it on and watch it go to work.
How It Works
The Rain Train traveling sprinkler uses the water pressure from your garden hose to power the transmission that ultimately rotates the large back wheels.
The Rain Train is self-propelled along the pattern laid out by the hose.
The Rain Train includes automatic shut-off which prevents water waste. The auto shut-off ramp allows you to set up the sprinkler and walk away. Once the sprinkler gets to the ramp, it will be automatically shut off.
Limited Lifetime Warranty:
This product is warranted to be free of defects in materials and workmanship for as long as the original consumer owns the product. At Nelson Division’s option, defective product will be repaired, replaced or substituted with a product of equal value. For warranty service, call the toll free number. Nelson Division shall in no event be liable for any incidental or consequential damages. Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so the above exclusion may not apply to you. This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may have other rights, which may vary from state to state.
|Item Dimensions||20.25 x 1 x 9.25 inches|
|Item Weight||17.2 pounds|
|Manufacturer Part Number||818653-1001|
|Shipping Weight||17.8 pounds|
About Nelson A subsidiary of the legendary Bosch Corporation, Nelson has been greening lawns and growing flowers for over 100 years. One of the first sprinkler manufacturers in the US, they've taken the time to perfect a wide array of helpful, easy, and smart sprinklers for any application. Whether you need your sprinkler to oscillate, rotate, or mitigate water usage, there's a Nelson for you. Travelling wheeled lawn sprinkler. Covers up to 13,500 sq. ft. and travels up to 200 ft.. Powder-coated finish for durability. Adjustable rotary spray arms. Auto shut-off ramp to stop sprinkler operation. Manufacturer's limited 2-year warranty included.
When you’ve got an exceptionally large, open area to water, the fastest, easiest way to cover it is with a Rain Train traveling sprinkler. Both models travel up to 200 feet and cover as much as 13,500 square feet. Set them in place at your desired starting point, turn them on and walk away. A choice of three speeds lets you adjust the level of saturation to your lawn’s needs and automatic shutoff prevents water waste. Manufacturer’s limited 2-year warranty included.
Top Customer Reviews
You won't be disappointed; this is a time-tested classic!
>For some reason, it's mesmerizing to watch. After I get it set up, I always watch for a few moments to make sure the water throw is adjusted properly, and then I find myself watching it longer than necessary. There's just something cool and relaxing about how the arms spin and the wheels turn and how it slowly moves along. From talking to some other people who own this and similar products, "sprinkler watching" seems to be a common phenomenon.
>The coarse spray is ideal for use in windy areas. You'll get a lot less drift and evaporation using this than you would with a finer-droplet sprinkler.
>The adjustability is impressive. I have a long, 4-foot swatch of grass that would be difficult to water with most other sprinklers, but on the Raintrain, I can point the arms way down and keep the water where I want it. But I can also point the arms way up and throw the water for at least 50 feet.
>It's quiet. The only sound it makes is the water hitting the grass.
>The shut-off feature is very handy and worked quite well (initially).
>It stands up well to neglect. I left both my sprinkler and the stop block sitting outside in the sun and snow all winter, and come spring, they seemed no worse for wear. Also, you are supposed to disconnect the sprinkler and let it drain after each use, and I've never done that, with no apparent effect yet.
>This thing is really heavy, as it needs to be, but when you're hauling it out to the north forty (okay, the back of a 6500-square-foot lawn), it's a little cumbersome.
>The hose connection is awkwardly placed. It's in the somewhat narrow space at the back between the wheels, so I find it a little difficult to get a good grip on the connector. There are also two inexplicable protrusions in the body of the sprinkler right next to the connector, and this makes it even harder to grip. This is why I never drain my sprinkler like I'm supposed to; I hate connecting it.
>The connector always leaks, even after I put in a gasket, and the hose sometimes loosens while it's traveling.
>Getting the water to throw just the right distance is a pain. You have to turn on the water, see where it's throwing, turn it off, walk out to the sprinkler, adjust the arms, walk back to the faucet, turn it on, see if that's right, and then repeat until you have it where you want it, which might involve several tries.
>The water is thrown in a circle, but only to the outside of the circle. This is easily seen if you have the sprinkler set where it will be thrown on concrete. You can see the arc of the circle and the dry area inside it. The way the Raintrain gets all the ground covered is by advancing this outline through the yard. For this reason, the stationary setting on the sprinkler is useless. It will water the outline of the circle only.
>Because of the circle outline problem, the area at the beginning and end of the course will get half as much water as the rest of the yard (the beginning of the course will only be hit by the trailing edge of the circle, and the end of the course will only be hit by the front edge). To compensate for this, I turn off the water, pick up the Raintrain, and move it back at both the beginning and end so that the areas get covered by the half circle twice. This creates a lot of extra work for what I was hoping would be a labor-saver.
>I found that the Raintrain doesn't deliver nearly as much water as it says it will. The farther you throw the water, the less depth of water you'll put out (because the same amount of water is being spread out over a bigger area), but when I had the arms adjusted for a pretty narrow path, I only measured about a quarter inch of water (even on "low gear," which makes it travel more slowly). This likely explains why I've struggled so much with keeping my lawn green since I got the Raintrain. With stationary sprinklers, you can leave them running as long as necessary to achieve the water delivery you need. But with the Raintrain, if you need more water than it delivers, your only option is to lay out the hose again and start it over, which is a lot of extra work.
>While the sprinkler seems overall pretty solid and durable, I knocked a big chip of paint off the "nose" when I set it up on end to attach the hose, and the bare spot rusted immediately.
>Laying out the hose for a straight line is simple, but if you want to do any curves, it takes a lot of practice and trial and error to create a path that won't make the Raintrain "jump the track." The tightness of curve it can handle depends on several factors, such as the height and density of the grass, the softness of the ground, and any small bits of yard debris the wheels might go over.
>The stop valve on the underside (which is triggered by the stop block) stopped working on mine during its second season. Now when it runs over the stop block, it slows down, and the arms start turning more slowly, but it doesn't actually stop. This greatly reduced the handiness of the Raintrain for me.
Overall, this is a fun sprinkler, and it has its uses, but I've decided to try something else this summer. The Raintrain is just too cumbersome and time-consuming to set up for my particular needs.
I now know why so many people like it. It is very effective in watering the lawn, without spraying water high up in the air (less chance for evaporation, and not affected by wind as much), and it has hands-off operation once you set it up.
Adjusting the spray diameter is easy, and using the hose as a way to set the travel path for the sprinkler to follow is a great idea. The adjustable speed allows you to decide how much water to apply and how much ground you want to cover in a period of time.
Inspecting the yard afterwards shows that the ground is nicely saturated, and not needing to go out and move hoses is a welcomed change. This sprinkler is worth the purchase price!
1. Always run them downhill, not uphill. The wheels can dig into the dirt and then it will "high center" the rear axle, making it stay stationary.
2. If there are holes or soft areas in the irrigated area, avoid running your hose (the train follows the hose path) over these areas as the train will either tip over sideways or get stuck.
3. To adjust ground speed, adjust wands so they do not spray straight up. angle them up at a 45^ angle to the ground. This will increase ground speed and quicken the cycle although relative water output to the irrigated area will decrease accordingly.
All in all these do quite well. If you have a level lawn, they should work great. If you have slopes, read the tips above.