Pipe & Cable Line Locators: An Introduction

Schonstedt’s cable and pipe detectors (aka “utility locators”) have been setting the standard for reliability and dependability in locating buried pipes, sewers, cable, lines and wire—quickly and easily.

Our cable and pipe detectors are extremely effective and versatile tools for locating utilities underground including cable TV lines, fiber optic lines, gas lines, irrigation lines, tracer wire, power lines, streetlight wiring, water lines and sewer lines.

Cable and pipe detectors have both a transmitter and a receiver. The transmitter induces an electric current that circulates through an object creating a magnetic field, which is then detected by the receiver.

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Schonstedt offers three models of pipe and cable line locators:


The Rex Locator

 Multiple Frequency Locator. Rex (Receiver + Xmitter) is Schonstedt’s newest pipe and cable locator, recommended for all underground utilities: water and sewer, electric, telecom, and gas.
Rex is a multi-frequency locator with a price tag comparable to single-frequency locators. The sleek design of the transmitter is less than 2” thick and weighs less than 3 Ibs. At slightly over 7 lbs., the entire system fits easily into a custom shoulder bag.

Price. The Rex is priced at around $2,800. Click here for Rex details and to buy online.


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The XTpc:

A Single Frequency Locator. Choose from two pre-set frequencies: 82 kHz or 33 kHz, depending on your need. In general, 82 kHz is useful in tracing gas and as a water line detector, while 33 kHz is a better choice for tracing electrical lines. The XTpc also offers one passive frequency (50 Hz or 60 Hz) along with sonde or passive cathodic capabilities.

The Most Portable Locator Option. Weighing about 3 pounds, the XTpc is the most portable locator of the pipe and cable line locators available. The transmitter fits in a shirt pocket while the receiver can be holstered for mobility, then easily extended for greater sensitivity.

The Lower Cost Alternative. The XTpc is priced at around $2,300. Click here for XTpc details and to buy online.

 


Both the XTpc and the Rex have direction arrows, signal strength and depth readouts, as well as “continuity” or “good connection” indications on the transmitter.


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The XT512 Sonde & Camera Locator:

The new and revolutionary XT512 combines the portability of the holsterable XTpc package with the low frequency sonde and passive locating capability found in larger more cumbersome locators. With the XT512 you can locate and determine the depth of your sewer/pipe inspection camera or a small sonde such as the TM50910 from Schonstedt.

The XT512 is useful in locating blockages and obstructions in non metallic pipe.

Price. The XT512 is priced at around $1,500. Click here for XT512 details and to buy online.

 


 

MPC (Multi-Purpose Combo) Kit

Magnetic AND Pipe & Cable Locators in one handy kit!

The most portable, versatile, and accurate way to Find it All Underground. Click here for MPC Kit details and to buy online.


Pipe & Cable Locator
Comparison Chart
Rex
Rex
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XTpc-82
xt512-xtpc
XTpc-33
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XT-512
RexXTpc-82XTpc-33XT-512

Frequencies:

512 Hz

yes

33 kHz

 yes yes 

82 kHz

yesyes  

Sonde Mode:

512 Hz

yesyesyesyes

Passive modes:

50 or 60 Hz

yesyesyesyes

Passive Cathodic

optoptoptopt

Batteries:

Receiver

9V9V9V9V

Transmitter

RechargeRechargeRecharge N/A

Other Features:

Depth

yesyesyesyes

Signal Strength

yesyesyesyes

Directional Arrows

yesyesyes 

Good Circuit

yesyesyes 

Transmitter Power

Auto/ManualAuto/ManualAuto/Manual 

Clamp

optoptopt 

Inductive

yesoptopt 

Auto & Manual Gain

yesyesyesyes