RD500 Plastic Water Pipe Locator

The easy and accurate way to locate and trace plastic water pipes

Features

RD500 Features

Leaks in plastic water pipes are costly to repair, damaging to the environment, and time-consuming, and locating the pipe is often one of the first steps to repairing the leak.

 

While conventional Pipe and Cable Locators trace electromagnetic signals traveling on metal pipes and cables, those signals will not travel on non-metallic pipes.

In collaboration with Radiodetection, Schonstedt is thrilled to offer the RD500 Plastic Water Pipe Locator. Using a Pulse Transmitter, the RD500 Receiver traces vibrations traveling on plastic water pipes, over distances up to 500’ (150 m) and at depths up to 6’ (1.8 m). The RD500 is the accurate and easy way to quickly locate plastic water pipes.

How does the RD500 help find plastic pipes?

A Pulse Transmitter applies an acoustic signal to the end of a plastic pipe. The vibration radiates through the surrounding material and is detectable above ground through the RD500 Receiver, a sensitive “listening stick”. The closer to the pipe the operator gets, the louder the vibrations are.

 

RD500 Components


 

 

The RD500 Receiver
is a lightweight, handheld “listening stick” with a peak response meter and a headphone jack. An earth spike is included for use on grass and soil; a ground plate is included for use on pavement, asphalt, or concrete.

The RD500 Receiver

 

The RD500 Pulse Transmitters
are available in two types: Electronic or Mechanical. The RD500-PRO Kit includes both the Electronic Pulse Transmitter and low, medium, and high Mechanical Pulse Transmitters.

  • Electronic Pulse Transmitter provides a traceable, automatic, fixed pulse, independent of water pressure.
    • Ideal for use in low pressure water supplies, such as sprinklers, hoses, or domestic supplies where push fittings may be part of the infrastructure
    • Manual adjustment of the water pressure is not required when using the RD500-Tx Electronic Pulse Transmitter
  • Mechanical Pulse Transmitters are heavy-duty brass castings that use water pressure to drive a pulse spring. As water is discharged, an oscillator reacts to water flow in the Pulse Transmitter body and applies a distinctive pressure wave to the water in the pipe.
    • Mechanical Pulse Transmitters need adjusted for each application
    • All transmitters need a flow of 1.3 – 2.6 US Gallons per minute. 160 psi / 11 bar is the maximum working pressure for the Pulse Transmitter.
    • Three Mechanical Pulse Transmitters are available for applications with different water pressures
Mechanical Pulse Transmitters_High Medium Low

Application
Water Pressure
Mechanical Transmitter Color
Fire HydrantHigh PowerRed
Meter BaseMedium PowerYellow
TapLow PowerGreen

 

Kits

Standard Equipment In the RD500 Kits

 
RD500-PRO
RD500-ELECKIT
RD500-MECH
RD500 Plastic Water Pipe Locatoryesyesyes
RD500-Tx Electronic Pulse Transmitteryesyes
RD500-Tx Electronic
Pulse Transmitter Connection Lead
yesyes
Filter Washersyesyes
12V DC Power Adapteryesyes
Low, Medium, and High
Mechanical Pulse Transmitters
yesyes
Headphonesyesyesyes
Earth Spikeyesyesyes
Ground Plateyesyesyes
Carry Caseyesyesyes
Accessory Bagyesyesyes
Pipe Connection Kityesyesyes

 

RD500-PRO Kit

Plastic Water Pipe Locator with RD500-Tx Electronic Pulse Transmitter and 3 Mechanical Transmitters

  • RD500 Plastic Water Pipe Locator
  • RD500-Tx Electronic Pulse Transmitter
  • Low, Medium, and High Power Mechanical Pulse Transmitters
  • Headphones
  • Earth Spike
  • Ground Plate
  • Filter Washers
  • Carry Case
  • Accessory Bag
  • Pulse Transmitter Connection Lead
  • 12V DC Power Adapter
  • Pipe Connection Kit
RD500-PRO Plast Pipe Locator Kit

 

RD500-ELECKIT

Plastic Water Pipe Locator & Electronic Pulse Transmitter

  • RD500 Plastic Water Pipe Locator
  • RD500-Tx Electronic Pulse Transmitter
  • Headphones
  • Earth Spike
  • Ground Plate
  • Filter Washers
  • Carry Case
  • Accessory Bag
  • Pulse Transmitter Connection Lead
  • 12V DC Power Adapter
  • Pipe Connection Kit
RD500 Electronic Pulse Tx Kit Product Array

 

RD500-MECH Kit

Plastic Water Pipe Locator & Mechanical Transmitters

  • RD500 Plastic Water Pipe Locator
  • Low, Medium, and High Mechanical Pulse Transmitters
  • Headphones
  • Earth Spike
  • Ground Plate
  • Carry Case
  • Accessory Bag
  • Pipe Connection Kit
RD500 Mechanical Pulse Tx Kit Product Array

 

*RD500 Plastic Water Pipe Locator and RD500 Transmitter sets also sold separately.

Specifications

RD500 Specifications

Receiver

Audio Frequency131 Hz – 210 Hz
Battery: 9V (6LR61)
Battery Life: 100 hours
Weight: 3 lbs. (1.4kg)
Shipping Weight: 13 lbs. (5.9 kg)
Operating Temp: -4 F to +122 F (-20 C to +50 C)
Water & Dust Resistance: Weatherproof to NEMA3S and IP54
Dimensions: 4’4” x 3” (132cm x 7cm), includes spike
Max Depth Capability: 6’6” (2m)
Gain Control: Manual
Visual Indication: Analog Meter
Audio Indication: Audio signal derived from signal received
Warranty:12 Months

 

Electronic Pulse Transmitter (RD500-Tx)

Power Output: 500mA
Batteries: 8 D-Cells (LR20) or optional Li-Ion Rechargeable pack
Battery Life: 75 hours D-Cells, 30 hours Li-Ion rechargeable pack
Dimensions: 9” x 14” x 8.5” (23 x 36 x 22cm)
Weight: 7 lbs. (3.2kg) without batteries
Operating Temp: -4 F to +122 F (-20 C to +50 C)
Water & Dust Resistance: IP65
Warranty: 12 Months