At the moment I prefer to use the same box on every job I do.
Its the Rainmaster 4/6/9 or alternatively the modular version that can be expanded up to 18 stations. The biggest reason I choose this as my preferred control box is that it comes with a 5 year warranty and the after sales service is excellent.
All other control boxes come with a 12 mth or 24 mth warranty leaving you high and dry after that period of time if anything should go wrong.
The Rainmaster is also, cheap, very easy to use and has all the functions of a Rainbird or a Hunter – two of the bigger name brands.
Made by Holman, with a local branch service is easy to come by and if the unit fails in those first five years the guys at Holman are excellent at honouring their warranty. Its 5 years of no headaches.
The Rainmaster has a battery back up that will save your settings in the event of a power outage and comes in a waterproof outdoor housing.
If you need a new control box then give me a call on 0400044236 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and I will supply and fit for $320.00 inc GST.