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Irrigation Motors! #179808 08/01/08 02:20 PM
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Hey guys does anyone here in business of well pumps, irrigation electrical?

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Re: Irrigation Motors! [Re: HighVoltageGuru] #180081 08/12/08 04:14 PM
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NoBody here is in the business of well pumps, Irrigation stuff? WOW!

Re: Irrigation Motors! [Re: HighVoltageGuru] #180084 08/12/08 05:58 PM
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It might help if you tell us what you're getting at.

Otherwise, a yes or no answer is all that this question requires.

Re: Irrigation Motors! [Re: electure] #180088 08/12/08 07:37 PM
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My wife suddenly is (her golf course community has a dozen lakes and some ornamental ponds) which means I work on Aerators and pumps now.
What do you have going on?


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Re: Irrigation Motors! [Re: gfretwell] #180097 08/13/08 08:09 AM
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Thinking about getting into business of irrigation side of electrical. First I want to get into service side of it and then slowly do the whole thing. so I need some advice or tips if this is a good route to take. I'm really good with motor controls.

Re: Irrigation Motors! [Re: HighVoltageGuru] #180103 08/13/08 12:32 PM
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Most of this is really fairly simple stuff but it gets complicated by the fact that the motors are usually out in the weather, not in a mechanical room.
Your typical call is ants in the "bell" gumming up the start contacts.
I suppose a lot depends on what your typical customer is irrigating. I am thinking about golf courses and residential.
Around here your competition will be an (electrically) unlicensed guy who does this as part of his landscaping business. The AHJ seems to have a fairly blind eye about this and the labor people seem happy if the guy has any kind of license/insurance at all. (mostly that they have enough green cards to go around on any given day) They certainly exceed the scope of what most of us would call landscaping.


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Re: Irrigation Motors! [Re: gfretwell] #180109 08/13/08 06:40 PM
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My experience is that the irrigation contractor installs the system including any booster pump, motor, timer and all low voltage control wiring and has an EC come in after the fact to provide electric to the motor and timer.

Re: Irrigation Motors! [Re: maintenanceguy] #180131 08/14/08 08:14 AM
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Yes you are right! they come in and install everything and they also have a electrician on staff too. I'm thinking more on the service side to startoff. For example let say the control voltage transformer burns up, or mag starter heaters are bad or any other electrical issue with troubleshooting, or someone's control panel is too old, they want to replace the whole thing. I'm thinking I can charge them for a service call+parts.

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Re: Irrigation Motors! [Re: HighVoltageGuru] #180133 08/14/08 09:08 AM
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Seems like an overly narrow focus ... sort of like putting all your eggs in one basket.

Who will call you? The property manager, or the irrigation guy? Those are the folks who you need to get to know.
Then there is the issue of 'why call you?' You need to be able to state your abilities clearly, and in a manner that the customer can understand.

By it's very nature, farming is a seasonal business. What do you plan to do the rest of the year?

Re: Irrigation Motors! [Re: renosteinke] #180135 08/14/08 11:28 AM
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Maybe there is an "electrician" on staff in some union dominated state but down here in "right to work land" these things get fixed by a handyman kinda guy. Everyone seems surprised that my wife actually does hire a licensed electrician but he usually works for free golf games and used cooking grease for his truck.


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