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Get A Hunter X-Core - 2, 4, 6 and 8 Station Controller for Sprinklers

The Hunter X-Core irrigation system controller is an entry-level, residential controller offering simple operation for up to 8 stations, including 3 programs and 4 start times each.

Features include Easy Retrieve™ memory technology with a non-volatile memory, programmable delay between stations in the program, seasonal adjustment options and automatic short circuit protection.

The X-Core controller also prevents water waste. Just plug in the revolutionary Solar Sync® ET sensor and it saves water, converting into a smart controller that has the ability to regulate station run times based on local weather data.

The programmable rain delay feature incorporates a user-specified number of days to keep the controller in the OFF mode, then allows for the system to automatically revert back to regular watering schedules.

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Find Hunter’s X-Core Sprinkler Controller – 2, 4, 6 and 8 Stations

The X-Core sprinkler system controller by Hunter Industries offers a variety of innovative features for residential applications, including automatic protection from short circuits, seasonal adjustment options, programmable delays between stations and a memory that’s non-volatile, so it’s easily retrieved in the case of a power failure.

This entry-level, residential irrigation systems controller will offer simple operation for up to 8 stations and includes 4 start times for each of 3 programs. And installation, operation and maintenance are designed to be simple while still delivering optimal efficiency and reliability.

Use the X-Core to save water in a variety of ways. First, Hunter has designed the plug-in Solar Sync ET sensor to convert the X-Core into a smart controller that has the ability to modify any station run time based on local climate measurements.

The second water saving feature incorporated into the X-Core is its programmable rain delays, which is customizable for every station in the program. Just specify the number of days to keep the controller in OFF mode. This will allow for the system to automatically go back to the usual watering schedule.

You can add a remote to enhance convenience — adding a ROAM remote allows for quick, wireless controller operation up to 1,000 feet away, and a ROAM XL remote will expand that range to two miles.  The SmartPort® wiring harness (included with the remote) allows for fast and easy use of the Hunter controls.

The X-Core controller models we carry include:

Hunter - 6 Station X-CORE Series Indoor Sprinkler Controller

Hunter - 2 Station X-CORE Series Indoor Sprinkler Controller

Hunter - 4 Station X-CORE Series Indoor Sprinkler Controller

Hunter - 8 Station X-Core Series Indoor Sprinkler Controller

  • Height: 6½"
  • Width: 5¾"
  • Depth: 2"

Hunter - 8 Station X-CORE Series Outdoor Sprinkler Controller

Hunter - 4 Station X-CORE Series Outdoor Sprinkler Controller

Hunter - 6 Station X-CORE Series Outdoor Sprinkler Controller

  • Height: 8⅝"
  • Width: 7"
  • Depth: 3¾"

Specifications and approvals are as follows:

  • Transformer input: 120 VAC or 230/240 VAC (international model)
  • Transformer output (24 VAC): 1 A
  • Station output (24 VAC): 0.56 A
  • Pump/master valve (24 VAC): 0.28 A
  • Sensor inputs: 1
  • Operating temperature: 0
  • CE, UL, cUL, C-tick and FC approved

Reviews

Hunter has received an overall averagte rating of 4.6 out of 5 (from more than 3,000 reviews) for its X-Core sprinkler controllers in the 2,4,6 and 8 station models.

Amazon reviewer SRW, who gave the X-Core five stars, calls the X-Core “a good replacement for the Pro-C.”

“My Pro-C was professionally installed and worked flawlessly for 7 years, at which time it was destroyed by a lightning strike,” says SRW. “This unit duplicates the Pro-C’s functions, exactly, and at a considerably lower price point. Plus, it has new features not available in my original unit.”

Re-wiring is simple, adds SRW, because the terminals are a one-to-one match. “To access the terminal strip, you simply snap off the cover, which is located on the bottom of the front panel.”

Amazon reviewer cmcstaff also gave the X-Core five stars.

“This was used to replace (and update) my failing Hunter XC400 X-Core 4-Station Outdoor Irrigation Controller that was installed 9 years ago,” says cmcstaff. “The seller added contact information in the box, should I have any issues. That was nice, but since this controller operates the same as my previous unit, I didn't need to contact the seller. Installation was simple and it's back up and running.”

Amazon reviewer Flying Fool calls the Hunter X-Core controller for systems of irrigation “a very well-made controller.”

“Installation was pretty much straight forward,” they say. “… Setting the date and programming took less than 5 minutes, thanks to a very intuitive display and controls. I'm pleased.”

A 2021 update by this reviewer confirmed that the controller was still functioning perfectly after two years of use.

Usage and installation tips

In his Amazon review, Flying Fool also made some suggestions for making installation and programming of Hunter Industries’ X-Core sprinkler systems controller even easier:

“No mounting template was included by Hunter, so I created one by tracing the backside of the controller,” they say.  “The template greatly simplified pre-drilling the mounting holes and pre-installing the necessary anchors. I also temporarily removed the door to keep it from swinging shut during the installation.”

When it comes to programming Hunter’s X-Core controller, Flying Fool suggests revisiting the owner's manual after a season or two of use.

“When I became frustrated about not being able to manually start a full cycle of all stations without having to first temporarily change one of the program's start times, I found a thing called a ‘test program.’” they write.

“With the dial in the RUN position, press and hold the PRG button. The station number will be displayed and the time will be flashing for two seconds. Use the plus or minus or buttons to set the run time from 1 to 15 minutes.” The run time of the station, they continue, needs to be entered only once, and after a slight, two-second pause, the test program will start.

Flying Fool says someone also asked about setting up a dwell time between watering each station, and from his experience, the answer is both yes and no. “The controller has a built-in feature that allows setting the dwell time between stations from 0 seconds up to 4 hours,” they explain.

Because the timer has three program settings and each of the three has three separate, available start times, they continue, it would allow you to set nine individual start and run times for up to nine separate stations. “Even if you’re skilled at programming the timer, this could take some time to get set up correctly. The good news is that the program can then be safely stored in non-volatile memory for future use.”

They suggest looking at page 26 of the user’s manual for using the built-in program for setting the dwell time between stations. In the program, they explain, one Dwell setting applies to all stations. Once the dwell time, the start time and the station times are set, then each station runs in sequence and the dwell time is added to the overall program run time.

Battery powered X-Core Hybrid

Need reliable, versatile power for your irrigation sprinkler systems without the hassle of wires or plugs? Try Hunter’s X-Core Hybrid sprinkler controller. It offers all the same efficient water-scheduling and management features as the X-Core, except it operates DC-latching solenoids with battery power or a plug-in 24VAC transformer.

Features in this residential hybrid controller offer simple operation, plus Hunter’s “Easy Retrieve” memory backup plus an on-board, non-volatile memory and short circuit protection that’s automatic.

Like the X-Core controller, the hybrid model also has the ability to become a smart controller preventing water waste. Also incorporating a rain delay feature, this water-saving hybrid also gives you the power to delay watering between stations.

The one-touch manual start and advance, meanwhile, allows any program to be started manually by simply pressing and holding the right arrow key. Advance through stations in a program by pressing the right arrow key again.

Another indispensable feature of the X-Core hybrid sprinkler system controller is its global seasonal adjustments. It allows for quick adjustments to irrigation run times via a percentage scale.

Want an even more cost-effective and environmentally friendly option? The XC Hybrid’s optional Solar Panel Kit (SPXCH) eliminates the need for batteries and provides maintenance-free operation by harnessing the sun’s energy. Once connected, this simple, highly efficient upgrade supplies all of the controller’s power.

Available in 6- or 12-station models and plastic or heavy-duty stainless steel, the X-Core (also called the XC) Hybrid controller offers a wide range of solutions for installations indoors or outdoors.

Other features shared by the two models:

Easy Dial Programming: The same simple programming as other Hunter controllers.

Global, On-Screen Seasonal Adjustment (0 to 150 percent): Simple adjustments (visible on the display) modulate any watering program to accommodate changing weather conditions. During peak season, set the seasonal adjustment to 100 percent. If weather conditions require less water, enter the appropriate percentage value (i.e. 50 percent) to cut down irrigation run times without the need to adjust each station in the program.

Three Independent Programs with Four Start Times: Each enables a wide range of watering requirements.

Independent Day Scheduling: Choose days of the week; true odd/even or interval watering.

XC Hybrid controller models we carry include:

Hunter - 6 Station X-CORE Hybrid Indoor/Outdoor Sprinkler Controller

Hunter - 12 Station X-CORE Hybrid Indoor/Outdoor Sprinkler Controller

  • (XCH-600, XCH-1200)
  • Height: 8⅝"
  • Length: 7"
  • Depth: 3¾"

Hunter - 6 Station XC Hybrid Outdoor Controller - Stainless Steel

Hunter - 12 Station XC Hybrid Outdoor Controller - Stainless Steel

  • (XCH-600-SS6, XCH-1200-SS)
  • Height: 9¾"
  • Length: 7⅜"
  • Depth: 4¼"

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