Day 115

A showy sprinkler

July 19th, 2010

Is this more practical than it seems?


  1. More practical for what, like running through after a nice, long hot day of walking? I bet after walking so much this looked tempting. So, did you run through it at least once??
    Appears to me the wind is blowing the spray more in one side direction and creating a puddle in the lower left corner of this shot.

  2. Glenda says:

    these are great for thouse of us who don’t want to drag a sprinkler around and who can’t afford a sprinkler system.

    also a link to a news clip featuring Matt ––98789504.html

    he has competition with this guy from Montana – different modes of Transportaion

    • Barb V from Michigan says:

      Walking. Horseback riding. Love it! What’s next – old-school rollerskates from the NE corner to the SW corner of the continental USA? Or a kayak trip from Alaska to Hawaii? Anyone? You can start a blog; we’ll vicariously live through you. We promise.

  3. deanna valenti meyer says:

    It’s almost as if you are right there on the Vegas Strip! HA!

    I like this scene much better than Vegas. :P

  4. tim says:

    Best sprinkler ever invented. You lay a path for it to take with the hose and turn the water on and it slowly creeps along watering and when it gets to the end it shuts off. Awesome sprinkler!

    • I’ve never seen or heard of anything like it. How does it do that? It must drag the hose connection along with it somehow for it’s water supply? What powers it, the water itself? Neat little thing.

      • Jeff says:

        yea these have been around a long time. the spinning sprinkler also turns the gears to the wheels causing them to creep along. Cool and you dont have to move the thing every 20 minutes. I bet matt or his hat went through this thing.

      • Stephen says:

        Hi Dorinda,
        I actually had one of these when I lived in North Carolina. Jeff’s post below is dead on. You lay the hose along whatever path you want the sprinkler to follow, connect the hose to the back end of the “tractor”, and turn the water on. The water pressure drives the wheels and the “tractor” drives along its hose path . The only downfall to this invention is if you lay too long of a hose path, the weight of the hose and the water the sprinkler is dragging will bog it down. For an average sized flower bed or vegetable garden though, it really is an awesome invention.

  5. MN Roxanne says:

    I think if you add some colored lights, you could charge admission and help pay the water bill!

  6. Roschelle says:

    Best of luck!! Just heard about your trek across America a few minutes ago. I’ll be checking in!!

    • katzien in austin says:

      Hey Roschelle, you have to go back in the Archives drop-down menu and catch up from Day 1. Matt has seen some amazing things, his photography is stunning, he’s got great photos and videos of people he’s met and stayed with, and you start to get the feeling that your’re walking wth him. Have fun!!

      • Gustavo in Rio, Brazil says:

        I wrote him encouraging to publish a book. It would be great to see all the cool pictures in a book format. Also publish some of the nice comments!

    • Lisa in Goldsboro NC says:

      Welcome Roschelle!!!!!! Hobo Nation extends warm regards. Have fun catching up and posting!

    • Nancy says:

      Dorinda, it amazes me how quickly you find links so quickly – are you a research librarian? :) Nancy

      • Oh no, not me. That’s funny you’d say that as I get so aggravated with myself trying to do searches. I can’t seem to get what I want most times but am getting better. Candice in Alabama is the ace here on searches, right Candice? She comes up with all kinds of them. But thanks for the compliment I appreciate it.

  7. The Lock says:

    It’s highly practical if your purpose is to look awesome.

  8. Candice in Alabama says:

    I’m sorry – but I had to search (thinking about purchasing one) and here’s one that’s a bit more awesome:

    • John in MI says:

      The John Deere one is a cool twist, but they’re both expensive. The JD version is $142.00!

      • Kevin from NC says:

        Amazon has the same model for $55 or so, amazing how some companies ramp up the price

        • Ron says:

          It’s only $51.22 at the site Candice gave. They list it as a “John Deer” though. I’m guessing the one John is talking about is more expensive because it has the extra “e” in Deere! ;)

  9. Craig ( NC!) says:

    Matt seems to be closer to Canada today than any point in this trip.
    hehe Be funny yo take a picture of Canada and stick ONE foot on it..*touch*
    hehe wow, touched Canada today.
    Closer to Canada today than Idaho… hummmmmmm wonder how far that little trek across
    Idaho is? It looks like a one day(er) for Matt, but I can’t see any those little road straight across…
    ummmm Go MATT Go.

  10. Kris in MN says:

    We have a couple of those sprinklers, though my hubby is not a fan of them (a neighbor gave them to us after he had inground sprinklers installed.) I like them, but they can get off track and go where you don’t want – one looks pretty silly watering the street if you aren’t home to keep an eye on it! (And yes, this happened to someone I know.)

  11. Merisi says:

    Creeping towards Oblivion) ;-)
    Does John Deere know about this?

    Heard about your walk from Steph at Incurable Insomniac.
    Good luck!

  12. Chris says:

    I’ll be right back. I’ve got to go and… ummm. take a break.

  13. JLarry says:

    I can only imagine what would have gone though the mind of whoever owns that sprinkler when they looked out the window and saw a man with an odd looking hat and all his belongings in a push cart shooting a video of their lawn sprinkler….

    • You know you’re right. I didn’t think of that but yes. imagining the visual in my head is so funny. I would think the guy was off his rocker and why and what on earth was he doing. Thanks for the good laugh today JLarry.

  14. Barb V from Michigan says:

    My brother has one of these. The tractor, which is attached to a hose, sits on a track and moves very slowly across your lawn; you don’t have to keep manually moving the sprinkler across your lawn. Very practical for those who don’t have an in-ground sprinkler system. My brother’s lawn is one of the lushest lawns I’ve ever seen.

  15. jay MN says:

    Looks like Matt don’t ware shorts? I bet he has a heck of a farmer’s tan by now!!!

  16. Norwood says:

    You all got it wrong..that is NOT a sprinkler, it is a water park for birds.

  17. Nik In Lewistown says:

    I have one of those exact tractors! (they work very well)

  18. Diane in Ohio says:

    I think my grandfather had one of these types of sprinklers. I never realized it was supposed to “walk” along the hose!

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