You’ve likely found this post because you need a little more information about Rain Bird Sprinkler Head.  That is exactly what we plan to provide for you, whether you have been recommended to use Rain Bird sprinklers by a contractor or you’re a confident DIY’er, we will explain all the differences.

The two (main) types of Rain Bird Sprinkler Head

We are going to start off by breaking this into two variations of sprinklers:
Pop-up Spray and Rotary Spray.  There are some lesser used variations such as impact or stationary but those aren’t recommended.  The pop-up and rotary sprinklers are the most common and with the research and development that has gone into these two styles, you will see why they are the recommended  Rain Bird Sprinklers.  In this article we will focus on the Rotor Style, if you would like to find the Pop-up Spray review Click Here.

Rain Bird Sprinkler Head 5000 Series

You can find the current price here on Amazon.Picture of the 5000 and 5000 Plus Sprinkler head

The Rain Bird 5000 series is the common sprinkler you will find used in your main lawn areas.  This style sprinkler lifts from the ground with water pressure and has a rotating turret that can be adjusted from 40 degrees to 360 degrees.   Within the category of 5000 series there are a few more variations.  Depending on the application, some features will be more important especially when water conservation is a key indicator.

All Rain Bird 5000 Series sprinklers are built with a Heavy-duty cover assembly for extra durability in residential or commercial applications, Heavy-duty retract spring assures positive pop-down and Pressure-activated triple-blade multi-function wiper seal protects internals from debris and assures positive pop-up and retraction.

Also, every model utilizes the Rain Curtain Nozzle Technology, here are the benefits of the rain curtain Large water droplets for greater wind resistance Effective close-in watering

  • Even distribution over the entire radius
  • Tree of nozzles including four low angle (angle of trajectory 10°) and eight standard angle Rain Curtain
  • Nozzles (angle of trajectory 25°) provides 25′ to 50′ (7.6m to 15.2m) distance of throw
  • Self-aligning nozzles

Rain Bird Sprinkler Head 5000 SAM PRS Series (Recommended) 

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Picture of the Rain Bird Sprinkler Head 5000 Plus Series

This model of the 5000 series is the top of the line.  I will explain what all those characters mean in the product name.
SAM: Seal-A-Matic – This is a check valve that is found inside the sprinkler that can hold up to approximately 7 feet of elevation change.  This is important because it will stop low head drainage, this occurs when you have elevation changes in your property, without this feature, you may experience pooling around the lower heads when the zone valve closes and the water in the pipe drains by gravity.

PRS: Pressure Regulated Stem – This technology of the Rain Bird Sprinkler is a big water conservation feature.  The sprinklers across the zone will equalize the pressure to an operating pressure of 45 psi.  This is a key water saving function for a few reasons:

  • It will eliminating head-to-head pressure variations
  • Prevents misting due to high pressure on the zone
  • Improving spray uniformity by operating the nozzle at optimum pressure


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