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- The EVOLUTION controller's user interface was designed with the customer in mind
- An optional Smart Connect device plugs into the timing mechanism, enabling it to wirelessly communicate directly with a number of add-on devices
- Simple-to-use software allows you to program everything at a computer
- The EVOLUTION controller is designed to streamline the installation and setup process. No more turning dials or flipping switches - nearly every function needed is just a couple clicks away
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With an intuitive interface and exclusing features for "smart" control, the new Toro EVOLUTION is an easy choice for residential and light commercial applications.
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1) Using the software. The software allows you to program all your stations, run times, cycle times, soak times, water days, start times etc. from a PC and upload it into the controller through a USB drive. Based on your inputs, the controller gives suggestions for all of these fields. My advice is to program the controller with the recommended schedules, then run the schedules and watch them so that you understand how it operates. I found out very quickly that the defaulted cycle times were far to long and caused severe run-off, so by watching it, I was able to manually adjust the cycle time on the controller to avoid run-off. It may take longer to water, but you will be happy to have no run-off. Ex: total run time of 40 minutes, cycle time 10 minutes, soak time 10 minutes. The controller will run the program 4 times to achieve the desired water level.
2) Customizable plants and irrigation types. Using the software, you can add custom plants, photos and irrigation types. This is especially helpful because you can end up over watering using the defaults. Also take note that the rate notation of Inches/minute is not correct for all irrigation types. For instance, the TORO PRN show a rate of .55 inches/ minute, when in fact its .55 inches/hour. So if you are adding a product other than TORO, be sure to compare the units of measure. Plants are simple, as they go by root depth and coefficient.
3) Setting up the schedule based on ET data. There seems to be a glitch in the software that only looks up a max ET rate and not the seasonal adjustment. So to overcome that, you would have to enter in a monthly adjustment manually. You can search the web and find guidelines from many of the universities like UC Davis, California. I imagine this function will get fixed in time.
I'm a seasoned irrigation specialist and this is by far one of the worst ideas for a clock. A clock applies electricity to a wire for a period of time then switches to the next. You don't need updates for this.
Clocks have done the same job for years.