Drip irrigation continues to gain popularity for its water-efficiency and its positive effects on plant health. Now, the growing number of contractors who install dripline can get more done in less time and decrease installation costs by using Rain Bird’s new 17mm XF Barbed Insert Fittings.

XF Barbed Insert Fittings are designed to connect pipes and branches of Rain Bird’s XF Series Dripline. The new design offers better performance and installations twice as fast as other barbed fittings – saving time, money and wear and tear to a contractor’s hands. According to Kevin Rantin, Rain Bird’s Senior Product Manager for Landscape Drip Irrigation, “contractors who recently tested these new fittings found them extremely beneficial.”

“Depending on the size of the installation, contractors are often required to make hundreds of connections with insert fittings,” Rantin explained. “During internal testing, contractors who used our new XF Barbed Insert Fittings were able to cut their installation time in half. That’s a considerable time and labor savings, particularly for larger dripline installations.”

Rain Bird’s 17 mm XF Barbed Insert Fittings include a number of new features. A larger center flange gives contractors increased leverage and an improved grip. The improved tapered angle of the barb and a longer lead-in provide a smooth transition into the tubing – resulting in less effort while still maintaining a secure fit. A second barb and the addition of a “Tube Stop” ensure complete insertion and help prevent blowouts.

“While the XF Barbed Insert Fittings are already designed for easier installation, we’ve also created a new tool that makes the process simpler and puts less strain on your hands and fingertips,” Rantin said. “Because the XF Insertion Tool further reduces the effort required during installation you’ll experience less hand fatigue, quicker installs and lower installation costs – making it a must-have for multiple installations or large dripline applications.”

Available in an attractive brown color and in six different models to suit a wide variety of applications, Rain Bird’s XF Barbed Insert Fittings are designed to help contractors improve their productivity and their bottom line. For more information about XF Barbed Insert Fittings or the XF Insertion Tool, call 1-800-RAIN BIRD, visit www.rainbird.com or contact your local distributor.



Headquartered in Azusa, Calif., Rain Bird Corporation is the world’s leading manufacturer and provider of irrigation products and services. From simple beginnings in 1933, Rain Bird now offers the industry’s broadest range of irrigation products for farms, golf courses, sports arenas, commercial developments and homes, available in more than 130 countries. Rain Bird has been awarded hundreds of patents, including the first in 1935 for the impact sprinkler. Rain Bird’s philosophy called The Intelligent Use of Water ® is about using water wisely. Its commitment extends beyond products to education, training and services for the industry and the community. Rain Bird maintains state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities around the world. www.rainbird.com.