About Pipe & Cable Locators

Schonstedt’s Pipe & Cable Locators (aka “utility locators” or “cable line detectors”) have been setting the standard for reliability and dependability in locating buried utilities: water pipes, sewer, cable, and gas lines—quickly and easily.

In standard applications, Pipe & Cable Locators utilize 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.

Learn more about the Difference Between Pipe & Cable Locators and Magnetic Locators.

Schonstedt offers several models of pipe and cable 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. The Rex has direction arrows, signal strength and depth readouts, as well as “continuity” or “good connection” indications on the transmitter.

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


RD500 Plastic Pipe Locator

RD500 Plastic Water Pipe Locator

Under time pressure to find and repair leaking water pipes? The RD500 traces plastic water pipes over distances up to 500 feet and a depth of 6 feet underground. It is quick and easy to use. Operators can learn to locate and trace using the RD500 in just a few minutes.

Click here for RD500 details and to buy online.


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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.


Compare pipe and cable line locators:


Pipe & Cable Locator
Comparison Chart
Rex
Rex
Rex Lite
Rex Lite
xt512-xtpc
XT-512

Frequencies:

512 Hz

yesyes

33 kHz

 yes yes* 

82 kHz

yesyes* 

Sonde Mode:

512 Hz

yesyesyes

Passive modes:

50 or 60 Hz

yesyesyes

Passive Cathodic

optoptopt

Batteries:

Receiver

9V9V9V

Transmitter

Recharge10 AA N/A

Other Features:

Manual Depth

yesyesyes

Signal Strength

yesyesyes

Directional Arrows

yesyes yes

Good Circuit

yes 

Transmitter Power

Auto/ManualAuto/Manual 

Clamp

optopt 

Inductive

yesyes 

Auto & Manual Gain

yesyesyes
RexRex LiteXT-512
*Rex Lite has a choice of 33 kHz OR 82 kHz