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 several 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. 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.


RD5100H20+

RD5100H2O+ Precision Pipe & Cable Locator

In partnership with Radiodetection, Schonstedt is proud to offer the multi-frequency RD5100H2O+ Precision Pipe & Cable Locator. Guidance mode helps you trace your target with user-friendly visual and audio guides, while iLOC™ allows you to control the transmitter remotely using the locator. Current Direction (4k CD) allows you to identify your target among a number of parallel utilities, and StrikeAlert™ provides visual and audio warnings of shallow cables.

Price. The RD5100H2O+ is priced at around $4,495. Click here for RD5100H2O+ details and to buy online.


Loki Pipe & Cable Locators

The Loki Pipe & Cable Locator

Multi-Frequency Locator: Loki is designed for utilities and construction crews seeking a user-friendly, lower-cost alternative to higher-end pipe and cable locators. As the first Schonstedt pipe and cable locator with “Dual Mode” capabilities, Loki can simultaneously search for and identify transmitter and power signals for quick and accurate sweeps, prior to excavation.

Price. Loki Contractor: $1575, Loki Utilities: $1725  Click here for Loki 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.


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.

 

Compare the pipe and cable line locators:


Pipe & Cable Locator
Comparison Chart
Rex
Rex
RD5100H2O=
RD5100H2O+
Loki
Loki, Contractor
Loki
Loki, Utilities
xt512-xtpc
XT-512
RexRD5100H2O+Loki
Contractor
Loki
Utilities
XT-512

Frequencies:

512 Hz

yesyesyes

4 kHz Current Direction

yes

8 kHz

yesyesyes

9.8 kHz

yes

33 kHz

 yesyes 

65 kHz

yes

82 kHz

yesyes 

83 kHz

 yes

131 kHz

yesyes

200kHz

 yes

Sonde Mode:

512 Hz

yesyesyesyesyes

8 kHz

yesyes 

33 kHz

  yes yes 

Passive modes:

50 or 60 Hz

yesyesyesyesyes

Passive Cathodic

optopt

Radio

yes
RexRD5100H2O+Loki
Contractor
Loki
Utilities
XT-512

Batteries:

Receiver

9VD CellsD CellsD Cells9V

Transmitter

RechargeD CellsD CellsD Cells N/A

Other Features:

Manual Depth

yesyes

Automatic Depth

yesyesyes

Signal Strength

yesyesyesyesyes

Directional Arrows

yesyes yes

Good Circuit

yesyes 

Transmitter Power

Auto/ManualAuto/ManualAuto/ManualAuto/Manual 

Clamp

optoptoptopt 

Inductive

yesyesyesyes 

Auto & Manual Gain

yesyesyes

Manual Gain

yesyes

Dual Mode

yesyes

ShallowAlert™ / StrikeAlert

yesyesyes

NoiseProtect™ / Dynamic Protection Overload

yesyesyes

iLOC™

yes