Utility locators — though simple looking to someone with an untrained eye — are sophisticated pieces of electronic equipment that are an integral part of damage prevention when it comes to digging underground.
We reached out to the top manufacturers of these high-tech units to ask them to share with our readers their newest product offerings.
Forbest Products Co.
The FB-R2013A Multi Frequency Underground Pipe Locator from Forbest Products Co. allows users to locate the pipeline and measure the depth. The locator comes with five multi frequency options: 50 Hz, 512 Hz, 1 kHz, 33 kHz and 83 kHz. A variety of measurement modes for pipeline positioning (Valley Mode, Peak Mode, Broad Peak Mode and Peak Arrow Mode) can verify each other to ensure the accuracy of pipeline positioning. FB-R2013A working depth reaches 6 m. It displays on a 3.5-in. LCD with backlight. The built-in rechargeable battery can last more than 10 hours. For more information, call 877-369-1199.
General Pipe Cleaners
The Gen-Eye Hot Spot pipe locator and Hot Spot transmitter from General Pipe Cleaners makes locating pipes and utilities easier than ever. The locator’s total field antenna and on-screen icons lead you right to your target, without the long learning curve. Whether you’re an experienced pro or a first-time user, you can quickly locate inspection cameras, sondes, active power lines and utility lines with pinpoint accuracy. The Hot Spot is the industry’s most rugged locator. Rated at IP65, it can withstand a 3 ft. drop, its dust and dirt proof, and water resistant. The powerful 5-watt Hot Spot transmitter, in tandem with the Hot-Spot locator, makes finding buried utilities quick and easy. More power means more signal to locate. Choose one of four frequencies. You can select the frequency and power that best suits your application. To see the Hot Shot in action, contact the Drain Brains at 800-245-6200.
The RL8873 multi-frequency locator from MyTana easily pinpoints MyTana cameras and any other device equipped with a sonde that transmits at standard frequencies of 512 Hz, 640 Hz, 8 kHz and 33 kHz. It works through any pipe material, even cast iron. With a continual depth readout and directional indicators, this locator offers intuitive operation and a wide range of functionality. It’s easy to transport, lasts up to 0 hours on batteries, and features a 10-minute auto-shut off for even longer battery life. Pairing it with MyTana’s RT8872 transmitter (sold separately) allows you to extend its capabilities: To trace gas lines, power lines or any other conductive utility line, use the locator with the transmitter and locate in line mode. For more information, call 800-328-8170.
The RIDGID SeekTech 18 V Adaptor attaches to RIDGID SeekTech SR-20, SR-24, or NaviTrack Scout Locators to enable use with a RIDGID 18 V battery. The Adaptor easily fits into the alkaline battery cavity, providing a flexible power option. It is compatible with all RIDGID 18 V batteries, including Lithium-Ion 18 V rechargeable batteries or alkaline batteries. The Adaptor also allows for minimal interruptions at the job site for increased productivity. A fully charged 18 V 2Ah battery provides an average of 21 hours of run time, a 24 percent increase in battery life over current capabilities. The Adaptor is backed by the RIDGID Full Lifetime Warranty. For more information, call 1-800-4RIDGID.
The Spartan Locator meets the rigors of the job and allows you to locate in virtually any pipe material. Besides drain lines, the Spartan locator enables you to map existing lines from other services to ensure your safety when digging. The on-screen arrows and aural tones guide the operator to the line. Lines can be located using an inductive clamp, beacon (sonde) or passive (utility) lines. Combine the line location with the depth estimator function and you know just how much you will have to dig. The user-friendly control panel means you will be using the locator quickly to add another service to your customer menu. Contact us now at 800-435-3866 for more information and a demo on the Spartan Tool locator.
The vLoc3 RTK-Pro receiver is the first to add RTK GNSS accuracy to a utility locator. Using the RTK-Pro internal cellular module with 4G LTE capabilities, the operator has the ability to connect to NTRIP RTK (Real-Time Kinematic ) caster that provides RTCM 3 corrections. By utilizing these corrections, the operator can collect both utility location data along with the geographical location of the utility with survey-grade accuracy. The RTK-Pro is designed for all operator levels, utilizing user-friendly and intuitive locate screens. Operators simply confirm the utility data with the press of a button and align the electronic spirit level to store the data. All field data is sent to the cloud and retained in the receiver’s on board storage for review and exporting to external mapping programs. The user-configurable vLoc3 series receivers contain eight passive locate modes, fault find mode, and a range of configurable frequencies from 16 Hz to 200 kHz.
The Subsite Electronics UtiliGuard 2 is a new multi-frequency utility locator based on the popular UtiliGuard system. Available in Standard and Advanced models, UtiliGuard 2 takes all the proven performance-boosting features of the original UtiliGuard and adds several important new capabilities including an all-new user interface, integrated data capture, and GPS positioning. The new UtiliGuard 2 user interface was designed with industry specialists and trainers to feature simplified graphics that are easier and faster to interpret. Operators will notice an obvious change in screen layout when directly over a utility locate, providing positive confirmation. The new combination of screen graphics delivers increased operator confidence, locate consistency and operational performance. UtiliGuard 2 automatically captures data without altering the operator’s normal workflow. This data can be used by operators to verify their performance and demonstrate quality and process compliance in the field.
The Vermeer Verifier G3 utility locator combines trusted precision with a user-friendly interface. Features include a combination peak and null screen, semiautomatic and manual gain adjustment, automatic depth and current measurement index and compass icon. Users new to the locating profession will appreciate the streamlined design and simple interface; advanced operators have the option to capitalize on some of the industry’s most advanced locating technology — all in one device.