Pipe & Cable Locating Equipment: Equipment Spotlight

Locating tools from Ridgid, Sensors & Software, Vivax-Metrotech, McLaughlin, Pipehorn Utility, Heath Consultants,
Sensit Technologies, Radiodetection and Ditch Witch.

Powered by OmniSeek technology, the RIDGID SeekTech SR-20 utility line locator uses a combination of multi-directional antennas, a revolutionary mapping display and state-of-the-art processing to provide users with more information to effectively and easily locate underground utilities. In addition to tracing transmitted frequencies, the SeekTech SR-20 offers advanced modes that allow users to search for other metallic lines that might be present. 800.474.3443, RIDGID.com

Sensors & Software

LMX100 is the new, low cost utility locating GPR from Sensors & Software. Ideal for outfitting fleets, the LMX100 is tailored for the locate-and-mark needs of utility locating. The LMX100 is designed to help make identifying targets easier than ever. LMX100 features include a high performance GPR sensor; a lightweight, rugged non-metallic cart; out-of-the-box operation; and a simple, visual user interface 800.267.3013, gprlocates.com


The VM series of buried utility locators features the updated Metrotech classic 810 locator. Now known as the VM-810, all the classic features that users liked in the original version, such as one button operation and left/right guidance are upgraded with new electronics and rugged weather resistant housings. The Metrotech 850 and 480 are also updated as the VM-850 and VM-480B. New to the VM Series are the VM-550 and 560 “Drop Locators”. Both offer Passive Power mode, two active modes, push button depth and a 1 Watt Transmitter. 800.638.7682, vivax-metrotech.com


The McLaughlin Verifier G2 utility locator equipped with an integrated Magellan GPS unit allows the locator operator to push the depth button, and in one step, collect the depth, longitude and latitude location of that utility. Facility owners can download the raw data into a geographic information system (GIS) as a layer and use it to update existing or create new maps, providing a bird’s-eye view of the excavation site, giving facility owners a much clearer picture of where those lines run from a big-picture perspective. 800.435.9340, mightymole.com

Pipehorn Utility

Pipehorn manufactures an affordable, simple, accurate and rugged locator that outperforms all other locators in some of the toughest locating situations. Your factory direct relationship guarantees you the absolute best pricing, customer service, delivery times, training and repairs from a team of experienced and customer-focused specialists. The Pipehorn 800 Series high-frequency pipe and cable locator works on cast iron, un-energized power (streetlights), tracer tapes and worn out tracer wires, short side services and fiber. 800.952.3710, pipehorn.com

Heath Consultants
The Sure-Lock multi-frequency pipe and cable locator is designed to increase locating accuracy and productivity. With frequencies ranging from 8.1K to 480kHz, a field technician can easily locate audio, radio and ultra-high frequencies. A unique feature of the All Pro is “continuous depth” readings. No need to press a button for your depth, a depth reading is continually displayed on the receiver as you near the target conductor. All Pro can provide you multi-frequency technology in a simple two-button operation, allowing your field technicians to become expert locators more quickly. 800.HEATH-US, www.heathus.com

Sensit Technologies

The ULTRA-TRAC MJL (Metallic Joint Locator) is the perfect choice for accurately locating underground gas utility bell joints, repair clamps and service connections on metallic piping systems. Key features include an adjustable “tick” for easy locating; graphic display; and a battery strength indicator. This specialized pipe locator detects features on piping systems that other underground utility pipe and cable locators cannot find. MJL works for many “keyhole” operations. The MJL housing’s center mark is the area of highest response. 888.473.6748, gasleaksensors.com


Included in the C.A.T4 range are the eC.A.T4 series products, incorporating over a year’s worth of data acquisition capacity, recording key locate parameters including mode used, Genny signal detection, control settings and warning statuses, to enable managers to rapidly verify correct usage and identify training needs. The new Avoidance Mode lets the operator check an intended excavation area for all locatable signals simultaneously, and pinpoint located utilities, in a single scan. The Dynamic Overload Protection feature enables operators to locate even in areas of high electrical interference, such as substations or under High Voltage cables. The new Genny4 provides a class-first dual frequency feature. Two frequencies are transmitted simultaneously to facilitate location of small diameter cables such as telecoms and street lighting, including spurs. For tricky locates, the new Power Boost function enables the locate signal to travel further and deeper, and couple onto utilities more easily. 877.247.3797, radiodetection.com

Ditch Witch

The 830R/T (receiver/transmitter) system is high-frequency locator is able to trace poor conductors, such as ungrounded tracer wire, and locate short lengths of utility infrastructure better than low-frequency units. Automatic features, such as gain control, auto depth, and visual and audio feedback, make the 830R/T easy for even novice operators to confidently identify and trace metallic pipe or cable, water and gas distribution lines. The ruggedly built, construction-grade 830R/T system has an IP65 environmental rating, so it can stand up to the rigors of the construction site and the toughest weather conditions. On-the-job dependability is further enhanced by the system’s long battery life: 150 hours on the transmitter, 75 hours on the receiver. 800.654.6481, ditchwitch.comdi

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