Pros: rugged, built to last, good distance
Cons: A bit pricey if you can't find it on sale.
There's a common misconception that weather in the Pacific Northwest is always raining. Far from the truth. Granted, we have some very wet springs and winters. And Falls. But summer tends to be hot and dry. As of this writing, it's been a month since we had any rain. This means we do need to water our lawns and very few of us have in-ground sprinkler systems. So we do it the old fashioned way: a hose and sprinkler. And when I saw the Gilmour Metal Impulse Sprinkler on sale for $12, I had to pick it up. Does it give good, even coverage?
Read on, dear reader...
•• What it is ••
It's one of those sprinklers that shoots water around and goes tch - tch - tch - tch and then back the other way tch-tch-tch-tch. Yeah, you know what I mean.
•• Features and Commentary ••
The Gilmour Metal Impulse Sprinkler is a super-rugged all metal sprinkler. It's heavy in hand and super durable. While I don't recommend leaving it out in the elements, this bad boy could probably withstand a winter outside. It's a lovely shade of copper with a big ole stake in the middle. More on that later.
The only plastic that I can find on the sprinkler is the place where the hose attaches. Despite being plastic, it's also fairly sturdy and mounted onto the sprinkler unit tightly. However, I did notice that the hose must be on really tight or it will leak. This could be due to my older hose, but it's still something to be wary of.
On the other side of the sprinkler is another hose attachment. This is in case you want to attach another hose to pass water through. Heck, if you have enough water pressure, you could daisy-chain a whole series of these things around your lawn! And you'd look like a dork, too.
Mounting it into the ground is easy. The giant zinc stake with supports should be an indicator. Heck, there's even a flat part on top to encourage you to push it into the ground with your foot. The folks at Gilmour are not screwing around here. This stake goes in deep and includes a support on each side to prevent it twisting out of place. And since it's made of zinc, I don't think it will rust. I've had it shoved into the dirt for a few weeks now and there's no sign of rust. I suspect this thing was meant to be mounted permanently into the ground.
So how well does it work? quite well, thankyouverymuch. We don't have great water pressure, but the sprinkler does pretty well with what it gets. If I angle everything just right and have the settings set properly, I can water my entire front yard. Yay! No more moving the hose! What do I mean by settings? On the top is a dial that allows for min and max distance. As well, there's a screw placed strategically in the middle of the water stream that adjust the intensity of the spray. Both of these work by the simple principle of advanced physics known as "blocking the stream of water but shoving something in front of it.". Deep stuff. The min/max dial simply lowers a flap into the stream and directs it down, thereby reducing the distance the water shoots. The screw moves itself directly into the stream turning an intense stream into a light fluffy spray. Using both of these combined, you can reduce the range of the sprinkler to a radius of just a few feet even with the hose at full strength.
As with all sprinklers of this type, you can adjust the coverage pattern by simply moving some metal markers that guide the sprinkler head. The unit is made in such a way that you can get a full 360 degrees of coverage.
•• Conclusion ••
This is a rugged, durable and sturdy beast of a sprinkler. Very manly.</p>