I e-mailed the contractor to ask for a quote with the MP Rotors:
I am not sure I understand the comment about "based on a spray mist head but not for a rotor system" phrase as it relates to the comment I sent him from the Hunter's FAQ (see below) on MP Rotors.
I have costed out the installation using MP rotors instead of the 5000’s. The below statement is true based on a spray mist head system but not for a rotor system. The MPR’s will actually add more zones leading to more labor, wire, fittings, and pipe. We are very familiar with MPR systems, as I mentioned earlier we actually used them quite a few times at our Muskoka cottage jobs which we have done a lot of. To change the installation to an MPR system it will cost $500 more than the previous quote.
"Individual MP Rotators are more expensive than a standard spray nozzle, but an irrigation system designed with MP Rotators can be less expensive to install since it requires fewer valves, a smaller amount of pipe and fittings, a smaller controller, and less labor. Couple that with the water savings over the life of the system because of the increased efficiency over sprays, and the cost of ownership on the irrigation system is also lower."
1) Can someone explain what the contractor means as I read the FAQ as the system would cost less but he seems to state it is more complicated?
2) Also, which system do you think is better? The originally quoted one or the rotor system one? Is it worth the increased cost? Am I adding too much complexity to the system or is it truly better to use the rotor system?