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Best Pop-Up Emitter: Crush Test Provides Proof

To prove how indestructible our pop up emitter v2.0 is, we did a crush test on five different pop up models.  Which one fares to be the best pop up emitter?

Since this is a crush test, we used one of our 3500 HD with the Duramax. The motor on that vehicle weighs quite a bit. It weighs more than a gasoline engine.

I drove over every pop up four times–twice with the front tires and twice with the back tires.  I pulled up, ran everything over with the rear axle, and then put it in reverse and drove over everything again.

The weight of that Duramax diesel just pushed our turf restrictor plate into the ground. There was just so much weight on it and the ground was extremely soft. In comparison, the other pop ups disappeared into the lawn because they were so small.

FDM Pop up Emitter V2.0 with 4 Inch Grate Results

I thought that the cover was stronger than the grate. What I mean by that is, that pop up lid that was on our pop up emitter was not damaged at all. But when you look, the plate on the Turf Restrictor is warped.

That’s due to all the weight I put on it and drove over it with, but the grate itself is stressed. You can see where the plastic turned white from the stress. This was an extreme test. A lawnmower is not going to hurt FDM products. A lawnmower will not bother them whatsoever. You can drive the biggest lawnmower on the market or a tractor over them. I just proved that.

Best Pop Up Emitter – FDM v2.0 Wins

The first three pop up emitter products ended with broken lids, weak hinges, and cracks.

The spokes that held the springs on the first pop up broke. Two out of the three spokes are completely broken. The spokes were stressed and cracked.

The FDM Pop up that can be used along with the four-inch plug both look great and have no issues. You can take the door off and use this for a four-inch inlet, vent pipe, or outlet and then have a turf restrictor around it.

That’s where we ended up. We have a bunch of broken pop ups. Our FDM pop up emitter and a turf restrictor plate with a drain plug are still intact and functioning properly.