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There are a ton of locators out there. I own Goldak, Metrotech, Radio Detection and Navitrack. I have to say nothing comes even close to the Navitrack. What are you using and why?

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I use a Gator Locator same as the Gen-Eye
 

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both, plus sonde
Sonde is conductive locating, you are supplying a signal on the target.

For conductive locating Radio Detection is tough to beat, they set the industry standard in the field, my RD4000 is seldom wrong, and it is the chosen tool of most utility locating companies.

For inductive tools my first choice would be Metrotech, but I would be very wary of ever truly trusting an induced signal unless the conditions are very favorable.
 

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When you say "induced" you are referring to an inductive clamp right?

Or do you mean passive location like finding a 60hz AC line by nothing other than it's own natural emf?
 

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Sonde is conductive locating, you are supplying a signal on the target.

For conductive locating Radio Detection is tough to beat, they set the industry standard in the field, my RD4000 is seldom wrong, and it is the chosen tool of most utility locating companies.

For inductive tools my first choice would be Metrotech, but I would be very wary of ever truly trusting an induced signal unless the conditions are very favorable.

I like the Radio Detection but I have an older model. The great thing about the NaviTrack is it has 6 antennas instead of two and it only sounds on the target so it is never wrong.

For a leak locator I am 100% with Metrotech.

Mark
 

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I have two old Goldaks both are older than I am, but work great, plus I have a ditch witch 910 receiver and buzz box. Also have a Pro Tek prototype locater that I use till this day for my SeeSnake, the Ditch witch will locate the SeeSnake as well, but I couldn't pass up free.
 

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I will say with the Navitrak II I have never mislocated a line... Never!
Every location I have done has been Dead Nutz on target even to the depth in inches.

Several times my locating has been called to question.
The story has always been the same...

Line located at 6' 6"...
"How deep have you dug?"
"6'..."
"Dig deeper you should have about 2" to the top of the pipe."
"Uh we found it!"

Hole located in bottom of the pipe... Trench marked with defect centered in trench...
"Uh we found the pipe right where you said it was, but, it doesn't look like anything is wrong with it."
"Have you checked the bottom of the pipe in the center of the trench?"
"Uh oh yea I can put my fist through the hole thanks..."

Few things in life are certain...
But, locating with the Navitrak II always is...:thumbup:
 

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When you say "induced" you are referring to an inductive clamp right?

Or do you mean passive location like finding a 60hz AC line by nothing other than it's own natural emf?

Neither. Clamping is conductive locating, as you are supplying a signal on a target, and passive locating is passive, not inductive. Induction is using a transmitter to push a signal into the ground and tracing the target using that signal. It isn't something I would do in a heavily congested area, but I have used it for finding large water and gas mains in areas where few other utilities are buried.
 

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I like the Radio Detection but I have an older model. The great thing about the NaviTrack is it has 6 antennas instead of two and it only sounds on the target so it is never wrong.

For a leak locator I am 100% with Metrotech.

Mark
The RD4000 has three antenna, the new RD6000 has seven, but I can adjust my RD4000 to only signal when on the target, but I was taught how to use it by a freind of mine that works as a utility locator, so he knows the thing inside and out.
 
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