Rain Bird ESP-MC Series Hybrid Controller


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ESP-MC Series Controller

Four Program Hybrid Controllers

The power of an advanced water-management tool in an easy-to-use package. The ESP-MC is a commercial-duty controller for the basic or sophisticated user.

Four programs, a real-time calendar, Rain Bird's exclusive Cycle+Soak™ water management software, and the best customer satisfaction program in the industry, helping you conserve both water and money.

  • ESP: Extra Simple Programming with self-prompting large alphanumeric LCD display makes this controller easy to program, read and understand.
  • Enhanced protection against lightning and contamination assures reliable performance and safeguards your investment.
  • 12-hour watering duration for any or all stations to aid in drip compatibility.
  • Four independent programs, with eight start times each, allow mixed irrigation applications in a single controller.
  • Two master valve/pump start terminals, one programmable by station, to provide better irrigation control.
  • All programs can overlap to maximize hydraulic efficiency and minimize watering time.
  • 365-day calendar with leap year intelligence for one-time date and time setting.
  • Event-Day-Off option to set any day of the month as a non-watering day for all programs.
  • Programmable rain delay enables system to stay off for up to 99 days with auto-restart.
  • Upgradable to MAXICOM2® satellite.
  • Independent day cycle by program.
  • Water budget by program provides adjustments from 0 to 300% in 1% increments (up to a maximum run time of 16 hours).
  • Rain Bird's exclusive Cycle+Soak™ by station allows the total station run time to be split into usable cycles, minimizing puddling and runoff.
  • Programmable-Delay-Between-Stations provides time for water well recovery, or time for slow-closing valves to turn off completely.
  • Manual watering by station or program.
  • Sensor inputs and override switch with LED to indicate when irrigation is suspended by the sensor.
  • Non-volatile, 100-year memory holds program, date, and time during power outages.
  • Diagnostic circuit breaker identifies electrical shorts, provides a "FAULT" message on the LCD screen, skips shorted stations, and continues irrigation cycle.
  • Rapid Station Test Routine (RASTER™) enables the controller to diagnose and troubleshoot field wiring, solenoid, and controller problems quickly and easily.
  • Mounting plate and mounting bracket provide fast, secure, vandal-resistant installation
  • Surge protection makes the controller reliable and robust under extreme field conditions.
  • Quick-connect terminal strip for fast installation.
  • Universal remote ready: includes pre-installed connectors for addition of remote products.
  • Heavy-duty transformer for simultaneous operation of up to nine 24VAC, 7VA solenoids.
  • Removable, battery-programmable front panel for the convenience of both programming instruction and programming prior to installation.
  • Available in 2 enclosures:
    • Powder coated wall-mount steel cabinet
    • Stainless Steel Pedestal

ESP-12MC Controller

ESP-24MC Controller

Note: All models also available in a stainless steel (SS) pedestal.


  • Steel Wall-mount
    • Width: 11 5/16" (28,7 cm)
    • Height: 11 1/2" (29,2 cm)
      Depth: 6 1/2" (16,5 cm)
  • Stainless Steel Pedestal
    • Width: 11 1/2" (29,2 cm)
    • Height: 30" (75 cm)
    • Depth: 11 1/2" (29,2 cm)


  • Station timing: 0 to 12 hours for all stations (0 to 2 hours in 1-minute increments; above 2 hours in 10-minute increments).
  • Automatic starts: 32 starts total, eight per program per day.
  • Programming schedule:
    • ODD day watering (per program)
    • EVEN day watering (per program)
    • CYCLICAL (1 to 99 days, variable per program)
    • CUSTOM (day-of-the-week by program)
  • Test program: Variable 1 to 99 minutes.
  • Rain Delay: Programmable 1 to 99 days.
  • Input required: 117VAC ± 10%, 60Hz (International models: 230VAC ± 10%, 50Hz)
  • Output: 26.5VAC, 2.5A
  • Station load capacity: Up to two 24VAC, 7VA solenoid valves per station plus a master valve or pump start relay.
  • Diagnostic circuit breaker indicates stations with overloaded circuits, skips shorted stations, and continues irrigation cycle.
  • Power supply overload, backup fuse: 3.0 Amp SLO-BLO.
  • Battery backup: 9VDC, Ni-Cad rechargeable for programming under battery power and for maintaining active program-in-progress during a power outage.
  • Heavy-duty electrical surge protection for both input power and field outputs.
  • UL Listed; CSA, CE, C-Tick approved.

Optional Feature Specifications

  • Pedestal Mount (PED-DD16 or stainless steel)

Tech Specs (PDF: 127 KB)
Fact Report (PDF: 94 MB)
User Manual (PDF: 2.7 MB)
WR2 ESP-MC Wiring Diagram (PDF: 229 KB)



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