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Orbit B-Hyve Smart Watering 12-Station Wi-Fi Compatible Indoor/Outdoor Smart Irrigation Timer $109

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Not a big savings, but $10 off a well rated Smart sprinkler timer. Plus another 5% off if you use a Lowes credit card.

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Reviews point out that the Orbit is better in several ways then the twice as expensive Rachio, including being able to control it from the device itself.

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Created 05-14-2020 at 08:53 AM by pterrell
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This timer has been $94 for the 12-zone on Amazon for the last couple of weeks.
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$93 on both Amazon and Walmart right now.
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They promised HomeKit support on this unit for 2 years and they never delivered.Stay away!
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I went from Skydrop to this and it was a huge upgrade, I would definitely recommend it.
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I'm going non smart hunter again with roam kit.

these weather sense/intelligence rachio(sp) may work in some areas, but if you're in a microclimate area not all too helpful. It's just not possible unless you had a weather station setup on your property.

On the plus side it has remote control, app has some very obvious ui bugs, and yes on override it will be right *some* of the time, but the time to run based on that (and whatever other weather data ) is going to be fundamentally off.

Like most of the smart devices, i've come i spend more time acking the pings, updating the apps, and reading the spam than if i just got out once a week for a few minutes and walked my lawn and manually tested and adjusted with soil testor...and healthier too.



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I'm going non smart hunter again with roam kit.

these weather sense/intelligence rachio(sp) may work in some areas, but if you're in a microclimate area not all too helpful. It's just not possible unless you had a weather station setup on your property.

On the plus side it has remote control, app has some very obvious ui bugs, and yes on override it will be right *some* of the time, but the time to run based on that (and whatever other weather data ) is going to be fundamentally off.

Like most of the smart devices, i've come i spend more time acking the pings, updating the apps, and reading the spam than if i just got out once a week for a few minutes and walked my lawn and manually tested and adjusted with soil testor...and healthier too.
You can shut off the weather sensing features. I think this thing is a game changer and at around $90 on Amazon, it's a complete no brainer over a "dumb" controller (roam or no roam) with a 1990's interface.
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You can shut off the weather sensing features. I think this thing is a game changer and at around $90 on Amazon, it's a complete no brainer over a "dumb" controller (roam or no roam) with a 1990's interface.
It would work if i had a weather station in my yard here. I'm sure it's great for some areas of the country. Lawns here are thirsty really can't water them enough. All scheduling is based essentially on amount of rainfall + temps, wind, soil type, number of heads in a zone. Everything is going to be off in a microclimate. But some areas of the country i bet it's great.

There's several glaring ui bugs in orbits app though , Like you really have to dig to find out how long it watered...the screens are all messed up for that until you get into cal, then click into that, the cal totals are wrong but once you click in it's right. I noticed a few more things i forgot, the calender view is broken for that. Smart watering is just strange, some days 1 minute it waters, some 5...i know you can increase the base percentages there to go over or under on certain zones but seems really random.

Rain delay is forward looking, if it rains the day before but is forcast the dry the next week, it will put a delay. <-edit, i mean if it rains today, your watering day is tomorrow and it's forcast dry next few days, it doesn't override. I don't mind that actually too much as you can't water here enough.

But for florida, sandy soil thrirsty st augustine...timer and money with a rain sensor seems best, then manually walk your lawn.

But for the price...yeah remote control, app, if weather sense works for you good, override if not few ui bugs for sure that irritate but not insurmountable, just odd to see and without a flow meter it makes me wonder how much it really watered due to those....not sure i trust it.
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Dont forget rebate from you water company.
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Dont forget rebate from you water company.
I live in socal. How much are we talking, and do I just install it, take pics and all, and send it in?
Edit:. I'll have to call EMWD on Monday to find out.
Cant tell from their site.
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I live in socal. How much are we talking, and do I just install it, take pics and all, and send it in?
Edit:. I'll have to call EMWD on Monday to find out.
Cant tell from their site.
you fill out a form, choose the model (make sure this model is included by your water company), scan receipt and receive checks in the mail.
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