Not rubbish....but close
I had a Pope 3 way timer for ten years but the programming button wore out so I went shopping at Bunnings. I found the Holman 4 way and decided the extra outlet could be useful so I bought one. To be fair I've been using it for 18 months without a problem until the feeder pipe started leaking inside the unit and now sprays water all over the electrical equipment inside. As a result its heading for the bin. I've just been to Bunnings to buy a 3 way Pope. So I'm not going to tell you how to spend your money but I had a $99 Pope timer for 10 YEARS and a $169 Holman for 18 MONTHS. If you do the maths.......... Good luck with whatever you choose to buy.
We live 350km away from store... took it home... programmed it and only 1 water station worked properly. First station would sometimes allow manual override and other times it would not open the valve. Station 2 worked how the product should have but then station 3 and 4 did not open the valve at all. I am worried about getting a replacement and having to drive 700km round trip to be disappointed again.
Timer failing multiple times
Not impressed, this is the third one I've replaced, being in the industry not happy about going back each time and changing the unit, I'm now looking at a different product,
I am now on my fifth dual timer. Thanks to Bunnings, I have been able to change them. They run for a few weeks then stop working. Even the manual control stops so I can’t water at all. The latest one worked for three days then failed to turn on the water. I would hear a click and the screen would show water flowing but none was. Sometimes, zone one would work. Then nothing for a few days, then Zone two would come on. For some reason I could not use the manual switch in the morning. It would show water flowing on the screen but none was. Strange...ly, If I tried once again to switch on the manual operation in the late afternoon it would work. I have done everything that is suggested in the instructions. I am really really disappointed because when it worked it was great. The system is easy to program with an easy to read screen. However, feel I have persisted long enough so once more I will drive over one hundred and sixty kms to Launceston to my nearest Bunnings store to change it. But this time I will not be getting a Holman dual electronic timer. Never again.
Flawless so far
Has worked flawlessly for the last 18 months and will hopefully continue to do so for a while to come. I very rarely review anything but the one star this thing is averaging is not justified in my opinion. Fingers crossed I haven't cursed it by writing this review.
Purchased in November 2017 for $150.00.
Unreliable & Expensive
As professional landscapers we know that irrigation systems can sometimes be troublesome, but with the right gear any teething problems are quickly solved and you'll end up with a trouble free system.
I've had this particular unit operating without any issues for the last 18 months so they're not all bad but unfortunately the Holman tap timers have proven to be unreliable, having seemingly a mind of their own as to if, or when, or through what outlet they will do their intended job, regardless whether it has 1, 2 or 4 outlets.
Lasted 12 months
Disappointed to read these reviews as mine has now done the same.
The system has been resetting its time, so unless i check it the system wont come on when required. Middle of summer? Not ideal. Then when i use manual on, put a time in, it starts, i can not use manual off i just have to wait it out... but not the time i input, whatever time it feels like. Sometimes a half hour, sometimes ten minutes. I have tried new batteries even though it made no indication of being low. Still no joy. Sometimes no water comes through (at least once a week)... has anything been changed since the below reviews? Very unsure if i should replace it with the same if i will just get the same model.
No Water Flowing Through When Programmed & LED Display Script Lights Up & Timer Resets
Firstly, when these units work, they work brilliantly. But..there is a BUT though. Initially thought it was something I was doing as when I first installed the 400, it intermittently did not allow water to pass through the Water Whiz 400 it when programmed but it has now become more regular. The display shows the tap with water flowing symbol in the top of the screen, the timer clicks to open but no water flows through the designated outlet or any of the other 3 outlets. I also noticed that all the LED screen script light up & the time of day r...esets itself. I also have a Water Whiz 200 that has started to have the same problems in the past month. I will be looking at taking both units back to Bunnings for a replacement of both units. If they fail after replacement I will be getting a refund. These units are not cheap items with the 400 at $149 & the $200 at $99 so should last years at least but look only to have lasted 10 months. I have both units in weatherproof enclosures to protect them from the weather so weather damage is not an issue. I will be looking at other units if these fail again.
Unreliable, turns itself off, comes back on with the wrong time. Great if you want your garden randomly watered. It's priced as a fairly premium product but right from the word go was not keeping time correctly and after only 6 months has completely failed. Cheap product in nice packaging.
Nice interface and flexibility. Would be perfect if it allowed water to pass through itself.
Loved the user interface and flexibility of programming. Four watering zones each with 4 individual programmable runtimes including frequency (select which days to water or the option to choose every second or third day) gives heaps of flexibility.
Unfortunately after a week it simply stopped working reliably. Had it replaced and that unit failed within a couple of days.
Buy Orbit ... you won't be sorry!
I bought the Holman Waterwhiz 400 4 zone watering kit and it's absolutely useless! I returned the first one to Bunnings only to find second had exactly same problems! Despite having pressure valves on each zone the unit is totally unreliable, my new Sir Walter Buffalo lawn had gone brown twice due to sprinklers not turning on as programmed. I've resorted to resort to using my old Pope Rainwave sprinkler to bring it back to life. Yes I contacted Holman but they're full of excuses wanting to blame me when I paid thousands to have professiona...l, award winning landscaper to do my garden ... Not happy Holman. Conversely my son's had the #Orbit 4 zone system working his garden (one in front, one in back) for the last 7 years without any issue whatever. As Bunnings don't stock it anymore I'm now going to return the Holman and order myself #Orbit system online. Steer clear Holman products is my advice. I'll NEVER purchase another holman product ... ever!!!
Questions & Answers
Battery just went flat which is fair enough but one of the valves is now permanently open. I have replaced the batteries and tried to trick it to close by putting on manual but wont close. This is the third unit Ive had, all replaced under warranty at Bunnings, but I cant find the receipt now as this one has been going great for a while. Is there any way to get the valve to close?
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Purchased our second one of these about 2 weeks ago and 2 of the valves do not seem to get water to them. Ive turned the taps n and off and swapped it to manual to test but nothing. Is it a faulty system we have.
I think they have a faulty batch. I had one good one that has been working well for a long time so I put another on the other section of garden. But this was nothing but trouble, it even drained my tank because I failed to notice it had not turned off and ran all night. Bunnings kindly replaced it, but that one was also faulty, so they again changed that. But this one again had problems so Bunnings allowed me to exchange it for one made in Germany (plus extra cash because it was more expensive). This one has been running reliably without any trouble since installed and I love how you can click off the controls and take them inside to program it, unlike the Holmans which you have to crouch at tap height to see what you are doing.
I agree that its faulty, i have changed 3 so far and hopefully the 4th touch wood is ok
make sure your battery's are in good condition also,
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