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X-Core controllers with a date code of July 13 and newer have a Cycle and Soak Feature.

The Cycle and Soak feature allows you to split a station’s runtime into shorter watering periods. The shorter watering periods will help prevent run off in situations like slopes or tight soils. It is recommended that the Cycle time is less than the station’s watering time, and the Soak time for the water to be absorbed. The total number of cycles is determined by taking the total programmed station run time and dividing it by the Cycle time.

Accessing the Cycle and Soak Menu

The Cycle and Soak feature is accessed by placing the dial in the RUN position, pressing and holding the + button for 3 seconds; while holding the + button rotate the dial to the SET STATION RUNTIME dial position, then release the button.

Setting the Cycle Time

Example of Cycle Screen upon Entering


Example of Cycle Screen with only Minutes


Example of Cycle Screen with Hours Included

Initially Station 1 will be displayed. To access other stations, press the ► or ◄ button.

Once the desired station is displayed, use the + or – button to increase or decrease the Cycle time. The user can set the time from 1 minute to 4 hours in 1 minute increments or to OFF if no Cycle is desired.

NOTE: Before 1 hour only minutes are displayed (e.g. 36). At 1 hour or above, the display will change to include the hour digit (e.g. 1:13 and 4:00).

NOTE: If a Stations Runtime is less than or equal to the Cycle time then no Cycle will be applied.

Accessing the Soak Menu

Once the desired Cycle times for each station has been programed the cycle time can be accessed by pressing the PRG button.

The station will remain the same as was previously displayed under the Cycle time (i.e. if station 2 is displayed in the Cycle menu then Station 2 will be displayed upon pressing the PRG button)

NOTE: The Soak menu cannot be accessed without a programmed Cycle time.

Setting the Soak Time

Example of Soak Screen with Only Minutes


Example of Soak Screen with Hours Included

To access the other stations, press the ► or ◄ button.

When changing the stations, if a station without a Cycle time is encountered the screen will revert back to the Cycle time. Move to the next station with a Cycle Time and press the PRG button to return.

Once the desired station is displayed, the user can use the + or – button to increase or decrease the Soak time. The user can set the Soak time from 1 minute to 4 hours in 1 minute increments.

Before 1 hour only minutes are displayed (e.g. 36). At 1 hour or above, the display will change to include the hour digit (e.g. 1:13 and 4:00).

Cycle and Soak Situations

Station 1 requires 20 minutes of watering, but after 5 minutes, runoff occurs. However, after 10 minutes all the water is absorbed. The solution would be to program 20 minutes for the station run time, 5 minutes for the Cycle time, and 10 minutes for the Soak time.

Example Screens of Cycle and Soak in Action

Station 1 Cycle Running

Station 6 Soak Running

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