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Nelson Traveling Sprinkler RainTrain 13,500 square feet Yellow 818653-1001
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- Cast-iron body with chip resistant, powder-coat paint
- Coverage up to 13,500 square feet
- Travels up to 200 feet
- Adjustable aluminum spray arms provide coverage range from 15 feet to 55 feet in diameter
- Automatic shut-off
- 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.
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This traveling sprinkler covers 13,500 sq. ft. as it travels 200 ft. at three different speeds for varying saturation. The heavy-duty cast iron body with chip resistant powder coat paint is built to last. Adjustable: Yes, Coverage Diameter (ft.): 200, Material: Cast iron, Color: Yellow, Sprayer Type: Traveling, Sprinkler Radius (ft.): 100, Includes: Chip resistant powder-coat paint, Sprinkler Coverage (sq. ft.): 13,500
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.
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The sprinkler housing is very heavy and feels strong and sturdy, made of cast iron. There are some plastic components which worries me in the Texas sun, but they have performed okay so far. The instructions were very detailed and easy to follow. Basically there are 2 speed settings (hi=fast but less water, low=slower but more water), and you can twist the arms up or down to change the distance it throws. Also, it has a bump button on the bottom that is supposed to work with the plastic stop ramp. The stop ramp feels cheap and flimsy, not sure how long it will last. The sprinkler itself feels like it will last at least several years.
Here are some tricks to prevent problems:
1. Mine gets stuck in bald spots, where there is not a thick grass mat on the ground. In those spots, the ground gets soft from the watering, and when the wheels reach that spot, they will eventually spin out and dig a rut, just like getting your car stuck. On areas with a nice continuous grass mat, it works flawlessly. I resolve this issue by snaking the hose along the thickets parts of the grass to avoid the bald spots. If I have to run it over a bald spot, I have to peep out of the window every 10 minutes to make sure it's not stuck there.
2. For every 1 foot the sprinkler moves forward, it add 6 inches of water-filled hose to pull behind it (cause it's a loop that keeps getting larger). Thus after a long stretch, the hose it's pulling gets heavier and heavier, with more drag against the ground. This increases the issue mentioned above with getting stuck and spinning out. So in theory, you could set it to run 100 feet and forget it, but in reality you need to check it. Mine goes about 50 feet before I have to reposition the hose to prevent it from stalling out.
3. The bump button works for about 50% of the time. Once, I laid the leading hose across another hose. When the sprinkler got to the crossing hose, it struck the bump button and prematurely shut off the sprinkler. A couple times, I came out to find the runaway sprinkler happily watering about 3 feet past the bump ramp and off of the hose.
4. In theory, you could snake this thing around a bunch of curves, working between trees and corners. However, because of the growing length of hose it drags behind it (see No. 2 above), if you have too many turns, or the turns are too sharp, then the hose will start to rub and drag sideways against those objects, and the sprinkler will end up getting stuck in one spot.
Overall, I am happy with this product, and it has made my watering much easier, but it is definitely not a "set it and forget it" device - there are too many things that can go wrong so you need to stick around and watch it occasionally.
It moves very slow and uses a lot of water. I thought I read somewhere it was a water conservation device, but I was wrong. My water usage did go up a lot. But we were using it daily because we just planted huge expensive trees that needed daily watering because we had feel like temps in the triple digits. I think when using this for regular watering, one would only need to water twice a week at most, because it waters so heavy, which is better for your lawn.
We turned the nozzles downward and no longer have to worry about a sprinkler hitting our windows, and it still covers a lot of land, which is so cool. If you have acres, the nozzles pointed upward sprays water crazy far. The time it takes to water our yard is doubled, because of its speed, but our yard is watered well. We have binoculars on stand by to look out our windows to make sure it is moving. It is so funny how slow it goes, but it's doing its job. Our grass gets quite high before we mow, and the RainTrain still manages to travel through it quite well.
Do not use on grass seed you just put down. You will need to wait until the seed has sprouted and is firmly sprouting in the soil. Also, it is not recommended for use on bare dirt. It can get stuck there. It has taken us a few times to get the hang of it, and to figure out the best path for it. Remember do not ever push it along, pick it up so you don't ruin the gears. If it gets stuck, get to it as soon as possible, to protect the gears. We do not recommend using it and leaving your house or going to bed. You want to be able to check on it now and then, to make sure it is not hung up somewhere. Now, I know there's a lot of do's and don'ts, but don't let that sway you. Once you get the hang of it, it becomes a piece of cake.
The RainTrain has made watering the yard fun. We used to have to take multiple trips outside to change our sprinklers, usually as a team, my husband would do the front and I would do the back, every 15 minutes when the kitchen timer goes off. Now we just look out the windows periodically to check to make sure it is trudging along. The only time we have to move it is in the front yard to do grass on the other side of the driveway. You do not EVER want this to go over cement. That will hurt the gears. Anyhow, this has saved us so much time in our lives. And it is way cheaper than installing a sprinkler system, which we cannot afford. The first day we had them running, we sat back on our deck, drinking cool drinks, while we watched it go ever so slowly. We were cracking up. This is the neatest thing.
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