New low flow model offers longer throw radius and higher flow rates to suit a wider range of applications
AZUSA, Calif. (Feb. 12, 2018) – Rain Bird’s LFX Low Flow Sprinklers are designed to provide growers with operational flexibility and unmatched watering efficiency. Now, the company is adding another model to the LFX line-up. The new LFX600 offers a higher maximum flow rate and a wider throw radius to cover an even broader range of irrigation applications.
“In 2017, we introduced the first LFX sprinkler model, the LFX300,” said Mary Nichols, marketing manager for Rain Bird’s Agri-Products Division. “The new LFX600 model builds upon the success of the LFX300 by offering the same efficient and operationally flexible design, but with more options to allow growers to further customize the sprinkler to meet their own unique watering needs.”
While the LFX300 offered a peak flow rate of 0.73 gpm and a throw radius of 18 to 25 feet, the LFX600’s maximum flow rate is 2.1 gpm with an increased throw radius of 22 to 31 feet, allowing it to water larger areas. Both sprinklers are ideal for low volume applications in under-tree or overhead configurations, including orchard and field irrigation, environmental control, crop cooling and dust control. Constructed of engineered thermoplastic materials for durability and weather resistance, the LFX sprinklers feature a simple, three-part design that includes a body, nozzle and brake assembly with attached deflector. However, the LFX600’s brake assembly is specially designed to handle the torque generated by its higher flow rate. The brake assembly comes pre-assembled with one of four new deflectors with three outlet trajectory options (9°, 12°, 15° purple and 15° gold).
Six different color-coded nozzles in sizes ranging from 0.065” (1.65 mm) to 0.102” (2.59 mm) are available for the LFX600. Or, growers can upgrade to one of two flow-control nozzles (0.75 gpm/170.3 l/h or 1.0 gpm/227.1 l/h) which control output across the full pressure range and across terrain changes to help avoid under- or over-watering. A new 0.43 gpm flow control nozzle is also now available for the LFX300 model. Growers can easily switch nozzles and brake assemblies out with other sizes or outlet trajectories for maximum operational flexibility. All nozzles and brake assemblies simply snap into place with visual indicators to ensure correct positioning and easy maintenance in the field.
Rain Bird is also expanding its line of affordable sprinkler feedtube and mounting options with new 10mm feedtube to match the LFX600’s greater flow range. Other options include factory-assembled ¾” diameter PVC assemblies, pre-cut feedtube assemblies with stake adapters and barbs, and pre-cut feedtube with barbs only. Each of those three options is available in two standard lead-lengths (36” or 48”) with customizable lengths available upon request.
Growers can make their LFX300 or LFX600 sprinklers even more versatile with a variety of available accessories. Single-sided and double-sided stream splitters create a single or double dry “wedge” in the sprinkler’s watering area to protect tree trunks or other areas from getting wet. An edge/road guard that supports both low- and high-angle deflector trajectories can convert the sprinklers from full-circle to part-circle.
“By providing growers with low flow sprinklers that can be customized for their unique applications, we’re encouraging smarter, more efficient irrigation,” Nichols added. “The additions we’ve made to the LFX Low Flow Sprinkler product line can also help growers everywhere improve their bottom lines by keeping maintenance costs low while increasing crop yield potential.”
For more information about the new LFX600 Low Flow Sprinkler or mounting options and accessories for the entire LFX Low Flow Sprinkler family, visit www.rainbird.com/ag.
ABOUT RAIN BIRD:
Based in Azusa, Calif., Rain Bird Corporation is the world's leading manufacturer and provider of irrigation products and services. Since its beginnings in 1933, Rain Bird has offered the industry's broadest range of irrigation products for farms, golf courses, sports arenas, commercial developments and homes in more than 130 countries around the globe. Rain Bird has been awarded more than 450 patents worldwide, including the first in 1935 for the impact sprinkler. Rain Bird and The Intelligent Use of Water™ are about using water wisely. Its commitment extends beyond products to education, training and services for the industry and the community. Rain Bird maintains state-of-the-art manufacturing assembly facilities in the United States, China and Mexico. www.rainbird.com.
Lynette Von Minden