How to Adjust an Orbit Sprinkler

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How to Adjust an Orbit Sprinkler
Adjustments Orbit sprinklers will help ensure your lawn and garden maintains health and aesthetics. (Green lawn image by Peter Kirillov from

Orbit Irrigation Products manufactures and supplies irrigation products for residential and commercial applications. They offer pop-up sprinklers and gear-driven models such as the Voyager II and Saturn III. Orbit sprinklers provide uniform water coverage to ensure landscapes receive proper irrigation. They allow for adjustments to their spray radius or distance and also provide for pattern or arc adjustments. Making adjustments to Orbit sprinklers will help ensure your lawn and garden maintains its health and aesthetics.

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Things you need

  • Orbit adjustment key

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  1. 1

    Turn the Orbit sprinkler head so the sprayer faces the desired watering area. Grab the body or housing of the sprinkler, turning as necessary.

  2. 2

    Adjust the sprinkler's radius or distance. A "distance adjustment slot" is located on top of the Orbit sprinkler and above the sprayer opening. Use the hex or metal end of the Orbit adjustment key to turn the hex screw inside the slot. Turn the screw clockwise to reduce the distance. Turn it counterclockwise to increase it.

  3. 3

    Adjust the Orbit sprinkler's pattern or arc. This applies to Orbit gear-driven sprinklers only. The sprinkler's pattern or rotation can be adjusted from 40 degrees to 360 degrees. Find the fixed-right edge by turning the sprinkler turret or head all the way to the left and then all the way to the right. When you hear a ratcheting sound or the turret has stopped moving, you have found the fixed-right edge. Align the right edge by grabbing the sprinkler housing and turning it to a desired start/stop point. Adjust the left edge by inserting the plastic end of the Orbit adjustment key into the "pattern adjustment slot." This slot is identified by a plus and minus sign on either side of it. Turning the Orbit adjustment key clockwise will increase the sprinkler's rotation. Turning the key counterclockwise will decrease it.

Tips and warnings

  • Do not turn the distance-adjustment screw too far in either direction or it may come out.
  • Do not force the sprinkler's pattern or arc adjustment beyond the 40-degree and 360-degree parameters.

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