|Little Tuffy pop-up water conserving sprinkler heads incorporate into the pop-up stem the unique LittleValve® In-stem Flow Regulator (IFR) technology with all of its labor and water saving benefits - INCLUDING PRESSURE REGULATION.
Little Tuffys are available in 4” and 6” pop-ups with catalogue numbers TUF4 and TUF6. They are compatible with all female nozzles.
Check valves for low-head drainage are available either packaged separately (25/bag) or pre-installed into the pop-up stem for a nominal extra charge.
For a nominal, extra charge, Little Tuffys are also available with purple caps for use with reclaimed water. Catalogue Numbers are TUF4PC or TUF6PC.
Little Tuffys are truly green sprinklers. In addition to saving water and labor, they do not use troublesome plastic flush caps. Little Tuffys are packaged with environmentally-friendly, bio-degradable cork stoppers in place of flush caps. Leave the cork in while installing the sprinkler as the wiper seal and riser stem area is sensitive to fine, silty soil. The cork protects that area during installation. After the cork is popped out, leave it on the ground or bury it with the sprinkler head as it will become compost in 4 – 6 months.
Boxes of Little Tuffys each contain 25 sprinklers. To operate the LittleValves, each box contains 2 LittleValve metal keys that can be put onto a keychain. Additional keys are available upon request at no charge. We suggest that for just a few dollars, you purchase our red, T-handle Allen wrench (AW7187) for additional leverage. There will be times when you will need the extra leverage.
Little Tuffy water saving pop-up sprinklers, of course, provide you with all the benefits of our other Little Valve parts, like eliminating overspray and most misting, getting rid of 5’, 8’ 10’ and 12’ nozzles; servicing or changing out nozzles while the water is on because pop-up stems do not retract until the water is shut off; eliminating all forms of pressure regulation; bringing sidestrips down to 2’ – 3’ left and right; better looking landscapes due to higher uniformity; AND being able to have drip and micro-spray applications, which can be installed on the same valve system as regular sprays without the use of ¼” tubing, emitters, Y strainers or pressure regulation.
To protect the LittleValve from dirt and grit when operating at low volume [spraying 6' or under], including drip or micro-spray mode, look for our Low Volume Application filter screens (LVA screens) that go into the bottom of any manufacturer's pop-up stem (or can be placed onto the end of a Schedule 80 or cutoff riser for our stationary parts). LVA screens are available in bags of 25.
Please note that Little Tuffy was put through the “3,000 Up & Down” test at the C.I.T. and passed with flying colors. Further, the new heads were field tested for 2 years at various locations with pressures from 165 p.s.i. up to 200 p.s.i.
An additional feature is that Little Tuffy wiper seals are replaceable and are not expensive. Wiper seal leaking is the first sign that your sprinkler is losing its efficiency. Most manufacturers do not sell wiper seals separately and Rain Bird's 1800 series pop-up wiper seals are co-molded with the cap, hence they don't even have a separate wiper seal. Generally, when the wiper seals go bad on sprinklers, a complete, new sprinkler has to be purchased. In the case with Rain Bird 1800s, caps are available at irrigation distributors but usually cost the same or more than a whole new sprinkler.
When you receive your order of Little Tuffys, we urge you to read the Tips, Information & Instruction page that will be included with the products. On the backside you will find our Warranty. We also encourage you to read over the 'Preferred Nozzles' information page. The TUF4 is competitively priced. The TUF6 along with our check valves are exceptionally well-priced.
Trade customers: If the counter people at your distributor are not familiar with Little Tuffys or the other LittleValve parts, we urge you to call us between 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Pacific time. We will make the necessary arrangements with the distributor to ensure you promptly get the products you need.