Rain Dial Repair and Exchange (dedicated to CP)
The leader in RD-600, RD-900, RD-1200 (including R series) repairs & reconditioned Irritrol / Hardie timers
Rain Dial Photo History & Identification
Hardie and Irritrol timer examples from 1991 - present:
The above photos display Hardie timers from around 1991 - 1995 / 1996. Some controllers will have a blank faceplate without a Rain Dial model number (i.e. 600 / 900 / 1200) prior to 1993. After 1993, Hardie placed their company name on the timer. In 1995 / 1996 Irritrol purchased the sprinkler division of Hardie and eventually placed the Irritrol logo on the Rain Dial lithograph.
Another distinguishable feature of the early Hardie / Irritrol units is the backside of the sprinkler box. It will have two 9vdc terminal leads. One lead was designed for disposable batteries while the second lead was for Ni-cad rechargeable batteries. Eventually, Irritrol would drop the recharging capability and keep only the disposable battery option.
The photos on the left demonstrate how the Irritrol timers looked from 1996 - 2005 / 2006. This was the longest period Irritrol did not make any significant changes to the design of the Rain Dial controllers.
Now here is where things get a little confusing. See the photos below. In 2006 Irritrol decided to change the color of the faceplate to navy blue, add a yellow programing sticker, change the back cover (identified by an RJ45 plug) and throw in some additional programing features. The timers were still labeled RD-600 / 900 / 1200 and they still used the standard 16-pin gray ribbon cable connector. Note: The 16-pin cable was used from 1991-2008 for almost 17-years.
Then in late 2008 Irritrol decided to release the RD-600 / 900 / 1200 R series. Every new type R controller would go from a 16-pin gray ribbon connector to a 20-pin connector. Why is this a significant milestone? Well going from a 16-pin cable to a 20-pin resulted in a new circuit board for the gray weather proof case for the timer. The photos outline all the different changes from 2006 - present. I told you things would get a little confusing. Note: All the various user manuals have been uploaded to this website.