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    What would you include on a wish list for an ideal locator?

    Capabilities?

    Frequencies?

    Power?

    Features?

    Features to leave out?

    Other characteristics?

    I've read threads talking about the RD8000, Vivax VLoc Pro and others. Some praise, some complaints. So what would you use if you could have anything you wanted?

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    ... not including X-ray vision or ground-penetrating radar, right?
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    Most folks I talk to want the X-ray vision but not the GPR unless it is featherlight, works in all soil types, and only shows utilities (not tree roots, rocks, etc.). HaHa.

    Let's try to keep it within the realm of reality. No Star Trek stuff.

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    Wishes?? Hmmmm...
    A overly simple multi frequency machine. The transmitter should be small as possible, but still able to push 10 watts.
    Has to be able to induce very well in 32khz, 83khz, 200khz and 480khz.
    Weight cannot be emphasized enough. RD has the right idea with the weight of the rd8000.
    Transmitter and transmitters should be designed so that it is comfortable to hold a paint stick and probe rod in the same hand.
    A specific power mode like the Vivax power60 mode should be standard.
    I also need a ferromagnetic locator and an Electronic Marker System locator.

    It would be awesome if it also attracted hot women and despensed beer and cash, all those other things are wishes not needs.

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    If it dispensed cash then you might not have any problem attracting hot women (who dispense beer).

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    a new job

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    I LUV my feather-light RD8000! I use it with my lightweight 1-watt RD400 transmitter as my mainline locator set-up. For my big pre-cast concrete water mains, cast iron gas & water mains, deep utilities and long distance country fibers I use my flat 5-watt RD transmitter with the RD8000. This combo is SWEET! I haven't mastered the Blue Tooth option on the RD8000 transmitter/receiver combo as yet.

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    Respect for the knowledge required for the job (and to do it right, one has to have ALOT of it), preferably with a regulated licensing process to even BECOME a locator (and the pay that goes WITH such a licensed profession).

    Respect from the middle-management with NO clue of how to do WHAT we do that insures THEY have a job. Yeah the same ones who insist on signing CRAP contracts that require insane production standards simply to be profitable and then think of wonderful ways to "save" money, *cough*GPS*cough* *cough*Auto-dispatch*cough*, without thought to the work conditions of the field worker.

    Respect from field contractors (considering we often have their lives in our hands, you'd think THAT would be automatic).

    Respect from utility representatives and the backing to enforce the dig laws that are in effect. (WE are not your damn insurance company, just 'cus it's easier to bill us than a contractor.)

    Dig laws with teeth aimed at - 1. enforcing current regulations; 2. requiring on site visits by contractors (who also need to notify the damn property owners of their intentions) BEFORE locate request is made; 3. regulation of call centers focusing on MINIMIZING locate scopes to actual work areas, and obtaining DETAILED dig instructions as opposed to generalized descriptions designed to protect contractors who haven't even LOOKED at the work site.

    Gimme that, and I won't care one whit the piece of equipment you give me, I'll make it work.
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    a machine that locates plastic and metal and one that tells you that you got off on the wrong cable or line!!!!
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    325 L

    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...Demolition.jpg

    That should locate things just fine.

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    As much as I'd like a piece of equipmengt that would do it all, I'm with RD Warangler. Laws with teeth and the guts to enforce them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RD_Wrangler View Post
    Respect for the knowledge required for the job (and to do it right, one has to have ALOT of it), preferably with a regulated licensing process to even BECOME a locator (and the pay that goes WITH such a licensed profession).

    Respect from the middle-management with NO clue of how to do WHAT we do that insures THEY have a job. Yeah the same ones who insist on signing CRAP contracts that require insane production standards simply to be profitable and then think of wonderful ways to "save" money, *cough*GPS*cough* *cough*Auto-dispatch*cough*, without thought to the work conditions of the field worker.

    Respect from field contractors (considering we often have their lives in our hands, you'd think THAT would be automatic).

    Respect from utility representatives and the backing to enforce the dig laws that are in effect. (WE are not your damn insurance company, just 'cus it's easier to bill us than a contractor.)

    Dig laws with teeth aimed at - 1. enforcing current regulations; 2. requiring on site visits by contractors (who also need to notify the damn property owners of their intentions) BEFORE locate request is made; 3. regulation of call centers focusing on MINIMIZING locate scopes to actual work areas, and obtaining DETAILED dig instructions as opposed to generalized descriptions designed to protect contractors who haven't even LOOKED at the work site.

    Gimme that, and I won't care one whit the piece of equipment you give me, I'll make it work.
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    RD 8000 with the depth reading on Power Mode and a transmitter about 1/2 the size and weight. Also, a 4" and 10" clamp. Oh yeah, and Death and Dismemberment to the person who invented GPS!
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    Quote Originally Posted by RD_Wrangler View Post
    Respect for the knowledge required for the job (and to do it right, one has to have ALOT of it), preferably with a regulated licensing process to even BECOME a locator (and the pay that goes WITH such a licensed profession).

    Respect from the middle-management with NO clue of how to do WHAT we do that insures THEY have a job. Yeah the same ones who insist on signing CRAP contracts that require insane production standards simply to be profitable and then think of wonderful ways to "save" money, *cough*GPS*cough* *cough*Auto-dispatch*cough*, without thought to the work conditions of the field worker.

    Respect from field contractors (considering we often have their lives in our hands, you'd think THAT would be automatic).

    Respect from utility representatives and the backing to enforce the dig laws that are in effect. (WE are not your damn insurance company, just 'cus it's easier to bill us than a contractor.)

    Dig laws with teeth aimed at - 1. enforcing current regulations; 2. requiring on site visits by contractors (who also need to notify the damn property owners of their intentions) BEFORE locate request is made; 3. regulation of call centers focusing on MINIMIZING locate scopes to actual work areas, and obtaining DETAILED dig instructions as opposed to generalized descriptions designed to protect contractors who haven't even LOOKED at the work site.

    Gimme that, and I won't care one whit the piece of equipment you give me, I'll make it work.
    We've got enforcement at least here in Colorado. I've said it before, if you can piece together or already are a really good SUE firm, there's plenty of work you can take away from the poor firms here.

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    I also agree with RD_Wrangler. That being said, only a manual gain RD400 PXL reciever works for me. Yeah, I know it's about 30 years old but it's so smoooooooth.

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