oscillating sprinklers that stop oscillating

mary4b(4b WI)July 25, 2005

Hi folks,

I keep buying more expensive oscillating sprinklers, and they always stop oscillating. I thought maybe it was due to our low water pressure, but we had our house replumbed and now have great water pressure...and they still don't oscillate.

Any ideas on how to repair them?

Any ideas why they work great when they are new, and then they stop oscillating?

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elchante(8/W OR)

No. But I have the same problem. And what's worse, is I have my oscillating sprinkler on a timer set to turn on when I'm at work. It gets stuck to one side and that is the only part of the vegetable garden that gets watered. This is third oscillating sprinkler I've purchased. Each time I've moved up to a more expensive one thinking that would guarantee that it would keep on oscillating. But that theory didn't hold up. Now I'm looking for a different sprinkler solution for the garden. I hope some one answers you question because I'd like to know, too.

    Bookmark   August 3, 2005 at 11:18PM
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coho(z8/9 N. Calif)

Get a tube of silicon grease and lubricate the plastic cam and follower (The part that makes sprinkler oscillate) Also the seals/bearings, on the ends of oscillation tube need to be lubricated. Mind, this will only extend service a season or two. They are built with sales in mind, not use.

    Bookmark   August 11, 2005 at 9:59PM
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Fix for oscillating sprinklers that have stopped oscillating!

I have been able to get my plastic oscillating sprinklers to oscillate again by soaking it in white vinegar. I was so relieved to not lose my $80 investment in two of these sprinklers.

In order to use the least amount of vinegar as possible, I took the base off of the sprinkler and only submerged the portion of the sprinkler containing the gears (near where the sprinkler attaches to the hose) by filling a small container with white vinegar. I let them soak overnight.

I have no idea whether there could be side effects of the vinegar on the plastic. The sprinkler looked fine and performed like new again.

    Bookmark   August 5, 2009 at 12:39AM
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i once took a box of non working sprinklers back to walmart where i bought them and took them to the manager. i got my money back. if you have a nelson email them and tell them the problem. i told them i had been using nelson sprinklers for many years but the one i had stopped working. they sent me a higher end sprinkler, the "metal" model (the base is metal, not the gears). that was two years ago. i complained today about that one going bad and they are sending me another. the problem may be the plastic gears wearing down. using metal gears or a worm drive would probably help. john

    Bookmark   July 1, 2011 at 8:06PM
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