Nelson Irrigation sprinklers on a mechanized linear sprinkler system
Mechanized Irrigation

Linear Irrigation

Solving the rectangle problem.

Above pipe sprinklers on linear farm irrigation system
An up-top application with R2000WF Rotator® Sprinklers.

Back and forth instead of round and round.

Linears are used where the land value is high and all the area within a rectangular property must be irrigated. The structure of a linear is very similar to the structure of a pivot, except the drive mechanism is designed for straight operation and the machine must be able to connect to a water source for the entire length of its run. It can be hose-fed from hydrants or ditch-fed from a canal.

In linear irrigation, sprinklers are mounted at constant intervals along the machine. They can be mounted up-top or on drops. For drop solutions, choose from the 3000 or 3030 Series Pivot Sprinklers, and for up-top solutions look to the 3000 or 3030 Series Pivot Sprinklers or the R2000WF Rotator®.

Unlike on a pivot, each sprinkler on a linear irrigation system has the same nozzle size, so each device puts out an equal amount of water and the application rate is constant along the machine—avoiding the disproportionately high rate that can occur in the last towers of a pivot which can cause runoff.

Waster water Irrigation system
Big Gun Sprinklers on towers for wastewater application.

Choose the Original Big Gun® Sprinkler for wastewater applications.

The Nelson Big Gun Sprinkler has a long history of durability and can withstand almost any debris fill or corrosive water, making it a good fit for wastewater. Thanks to the versatility of linears, Big Gun Sprinklers can be mounted on the towers when being used for wastewater application. 

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Recommended products for Linear Irrigation
R55 VT

Upright mount for maximum radius of throw.

20-105 gpm (4-24 m3/hr)

R3030 Sprinkler with Multi-function 3NV Nozzle

Nozzle flush, line flush, and shutoff - all without removing the nozzle.

Pivot Accessories

Goosenecks, weights, fittings, nozzle clips and more.

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Maximum flow capacity, accuracy, and plug resistance. One regulator for the entire pivot nozzle range: 0.5-20 gpm (0.1-4.5 m3/h)

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Radius is king

Pressure: 10-50 psi (0.7-3.4 bar)

Diameter: 50-74 ft (15.2-22.6 m)

Nozzle Size: #12-50

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Economical / low-pressure

Pressure: 6-15 psi (0.4-1 bar)

Diameter: 30-59 ft (9.1-18 m)

Nozzle Size: #10-50

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Gentle, rain-like water pattern

Pressure: 10-20 psi (0.7-1.4 bar)

Diameter: 32-56 ft (9.8-17 m)

Nozzle Size: #14-50

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Orbitor FX

Orbitor technology up-top

Pressure: 6-10 psi (0.4-0.7 bar)

Diameter: 32-52 ft (9.8-15.8 m)

Nozzle Size: #12-50

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R2000WF/R2000LP Rotator®

The Windfighter delivers maximum uniformity.

Flow: 0.9-5.7 gpm (204-1295 lph)

Pressure: 25-65 psi (1.75-4.5 bar)

Radius: 30-45 ft (9.1-13.7 m)

Nozzle Size: #10-20 2TN

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100 Series Big Gun®

The industry standard and most versatile high volume sprinkler.

Flow: 40-300 gpm (9-68 m3/hr)

Pressure: 40-110 psi (2.75-7.5 bar)

Radius: 90-190 ft (27-58 m)

Trajectory: 18°, 21°, 24°, 43°, 15-45°

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75 Series Big Gun®

Excellent option when flow or pressure are limited

Flow: 25-160 gpm (6-36 m3/hr)

Pressure: 25-80 psi (1.75-5.5 bar)

Radius: 75-140 ft (23-43 m)

Trajectory: 18°, 21°, 24°, 43°

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