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    Default Locate Reciever with the best Passive Mode options?

    What model reciever do you feel has the most and best Passive Modes?

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    Default Re: Locate Reciever with the best Passive Mode options?

    Quote Originally Posted by yaherdme22 View Post
    what model reciever do you feel has the most and best passive modes?
    rd 8000

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    Default Re: Locate Reciever with the best Passive Mode options?

    My ridgid seektech has real good passive capabilities.
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    Default Re: Locate Reciever with the best Passive Mode options?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheCableVine View Post
    My ridgid seektech has real good passive capabilities.
    Yeah i have to agree with you there,i own both rd 8000 and ridgid seektech.I haven't used the new ditchwitch utiliguard,but it has more passive modes than the rd 8000.

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    Default Re: Locate Reciever with the best Passive Mode options?

    Quote Originally Posted by union_YES View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by yaherdme22 View Post
    What model reciever do you feel has the most and best Passive Modes?
    rd 8000
    Greetings yaherdme22! I agree with union_YES. I am impressed with the sensitivity of my Radio Detection 8000. A good example is when my Power Mode setting gets overwhelmed on my RD8000 (when the double 0's ain't low enough), I can switch to Radio Mode and iron out the passive mode locate. Check out the YouTube video below. The Passive Mode details for the RD8000 start @ 5:08 :



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    Default Re: Locate Reciever with the best Passive Mode options?

    Quote Originally Posted by Wingfoot View Post
    Greetings yaherdme22! I agree with union_YES. I am impressed with the sensitivity of my Radio Detection 8000. A good example is when my Power Mode setting gets overwhelmed on my RD8000 (when the double 0's ain't low enough), I can switch to Radio Mode and iron out the passive mode locate. Check out the YouTube video below. The Passive Mode details for the RD8000 start @ 5:08 :



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    Yes the rd 8000 does have good passive modes,i know this because i own one as well.This is tech talk so you gotta dig deeper than that.The rd8000 in power passive mode only has two options 50hz or 60hz.Ridgid seektech has 7 passive power modes for better isolation of a utility.A lot of people have only been raised on radiodetection so thats all they know.Rd 8000 only has a total of 5 passive modes total if you add them all up.The new utiliguard locator by ditch witch has 7 total passive modes,i haven't used this yet but it might be 1 to check out.

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    Default Re: Locate Reciever with the best Passive Mode options?

    I use an RD8000, and I'm happy with it. Power/Radio are good, but a tad filtered for my tastes. Sometimes you can hear a hollowness that denotes a pipe vs. a cable with it, you can usually tell a dog fence or cathodically protected pipe. Some electric lines don't show up, or are blotchy w/ the 8000. I think they tightened up the acceptable freq. range. This isn't a problem because it lets you know you should DC to find the line.

    I feel like the raw passive modes on my old RD4000 were more telling. There was little to no signal filtration, which helped find lines outside the 60cycle/RF norms. It made me trust passive marks more though, which is pretty dangerous.

    The seektech looks impressive, but I'd have to use it to trust it. I've only seen it in action once at an emergency, and the "locator" waving it around laid some faulty marks on my utils trying to show off the power mode.

    I had already DCed and dotted these lines out, but his marks were as far as 18" from mine. I got curious, and I checked them with my RD passive, and confirmed my marks.

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    Default Re: Locate Reciever with the best Passive Mode options?

    I feel the same way,that the rd4000 power mode was more telling.The radio mode on the rd 8000 is slightly better in my opinion.Nice steady smooth response.I never tried cps mode on the rd4000,but i gotta say cps on the rd 8000 seems to have a higher bandwith making it hard to pick up 120 unless its very strong signal.

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    Default Re: Locate Reciever with the best Passive Mode options?

    "Ridgid seektech has 7 passive power modes for better isolation of a utility.A lot of people have only been raised on radiodetection so thats all they know.Rd 8000 only has a total of 5 passive modes total if you add them all up.The new utiliguard locator by ditch witch has 7 total passive modes,i haven't used this yet but it might be 1 to check out."

    Can anyone explain these "other" passive modes? Are they focused on one particular utility and what particular frequency are these passive modes?

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    Default Re: Locate Reciever with the best Passive Mode options?

    RD8000 mate.

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    Default Re: Locate Reciever with the best Passive Mode options?

    I just received the new Utiliguard. It blows my mind...

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    Default Re: Locate Reciever with the best Passive Mode options?

    Vivax is best I've used so far, with the Ridgid a close second. Seektech wasn't bad, but both the Vivax and Ridgid have Power 60 modes which use harmonics of the 60hz to better isolate power.

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    Default Re: Locate Reciever with the best Passive Mode options?

    the n. American power grid is @60Hz, Europe is 50Hz. radio is also a passive mode. so what are the other four passive modes for other utilities? vivax has power (@60hz), radio,64Hz, 60Hz & 50hz with compass direction & depth, CP 100 & CP 120 for Catholic protection on gas/water mains. technically, that's 7. but power & radio would also get what the other frequencies pick up.......

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