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    Pipe and Cable Locators

    PIPE AND CABLE LOCATORS & BUYER'S GUIDE

    Before any digging starts in a government or private construction project, underground pipes and cables must first be located and marked to prevent operator injury and costly pipe and cable damage. Whether you’re a part of a utility location company, a private resident wanting to do some yard project, or a construction company, finding the right Pipe and Cable Locator will save you from a lot of headaches down the line. Tiger Supplies is a trusted dealer of Pipe and Cable Locators from the best brands in the industry including Leica, Geomax, and Subsurface. If you need a rugged and reliable Pipe and Cable Locator for sale, plus a convenient shopping experience, be sure to browse our extensive collection of Pipe and Cable Locators. 

    OUR BEST-SELLER

    The Leica DD100 Series Utility Cable Locator is a line of reliable and precise pipe and cable locators that can detect utilities buried up to 10 feet deep. The series has two models: DD120 which has 2 transmitter modes and DD130 with 4 transmitter modes. Both models are IP54-rated for dust and water resistance and can last for up to 15 hours. Signal strength and battery status are displayed on the LCD screen. This precise utility cable locator is a great choice for excavation and repair contractors, builders, gas and electric companies, cable tv companies, utility installation, and more.

     

    PIPE AND CABLE LOCATOR BUYER’S GUIDE

    Also known as cable locators, buried cable locators, or utility locators, Pipe and Cable Locators play a crucial role in maintaining the safety of crews and the general public during excavations. Choosing the right Pipe and Cable Locator depends on where and how you will be using it. Read this guide for pointers on what you need to look for in a Pipe and Cable Locator that matches your needs.

    How Does a Pipe and Cable Locator Work

    Buried underneath our streets are pipes and cables that keep our lights, water supply, and wireless connection on. These buried utilities are either conductive or non-conductive. Conductive utilities are made of conductive materials like copper, steel, and iron. They allow the flow of electrical current, emitting an electromagnetic signal in doing so. Pipe and Cable Locators are used to locate conductive utility lines using electromagnetic tracing. If a utility line is emitting a signal, all you have to do to locate it is turn your Pipe and Cable Locator on, scan the area, and wait for the unit to alert you of a signal. This is called the passive location method. 

    For cases where there is no live current running through the utility cable or pipe, you will need to do an active location. Active location involves inducing the signal to the pipe or cable through a signal transmitter, sonde, or signal clamp. The transmitter sends a signal with a specific radio frequency such as 34kHz which then travels along the cable. This signal creates an electromagnetic field around the pipe or cable, which produces radio waves, which are then detected by the receiver. You can tune the receiver to ignore all other frequencies except for the one being emitted by your frequency - in this case, 34kHz. 

    If tracing a non-conductive utility line like an optic fiber, sewer pipe, or stormwater pipe, you can insert a conductive rod into the pipe and trace that. If the budget allows, you can also benefit from a ground-penetrating radar (GPR) system like the Leica DSX Utility Detection SystemGPR systems can locate any buried object regardless if it can hold a current or not. 

     

    Top Pipe and Cable Locators Brands

    Purchasing an Underground Pipe and Cable Locator from these brands will guarantee top-notch quality and excellent support:

    Amprobe Geomax  |  Jameson  Leica  |  Pipehorn Co.  |  SubSurface

     

    Features of Underground Utility Locators

    There are a lot of available Pipe and Cable Locators for sale and it can get confusing trying to choose the right one. Let’s talk about some of the most important features to look at when purchasing a Pipe and Cable Locator so you can get the best unit for your needs. 

    1. Detection Range - Underground Pipe and Cable Locators have different detection ranges which affect their pricing. The utility locator with the deepest detection range in our catalog is the SubSurface PL-VF3 Pipe and Cable Locator which can detect buried utilities as deep as 25 feet.

    2. Frequency Range - The frequency range that will be the most effective in locating targets depends on the properties of each utility line and even the soil surrounding the line. Some utility lines may be easily located by a lower frequency while some need a higher frequency. This is why it’s best to choose a Pipe and Cable Locator with as wide a frequency range as possible given your budget. Leica ULTRA, one of Leica’s most advanced precision utility tracing systems, has a frequency range of 50 Hz to 200 kHz, making it a versatile unit that can detect most kinds of utilities in most environments. 

    3. Alert System - After locating the utility, your Pipe and Cable Locator will alert you either audibly (with a loud tone), visually (with a meter and/or graph), or both. For most models, meters or graphs are displayed on an easy-to-read LCD screen to provide you with helpful information on signal strength, depth estimation, low battery indication, and even the presence of nearby power lines. 

    4. Depth Estimation - Some Pipe and Cable Locators are able to give an estimate of the depth of the buried utility. Although it is just an approximation, this information is extremely useful in avoiding cable lines or pipelines. If you need a unit with this feature, we have the Pipehorn 800 Series Pipe and Cable Locator and SubSurface PL-2000 Pipe and Cable Locator.

    5. Internal GPS/GNSS Receiver - This feature will automatically add positional data to log records, showing you where the cable detector was used, how the operator was working (for training purposes), and the exact locations of utility lines. The Geomax EZiCAT i750 SmartReady Cable Locator is one of our cable locators that comes with a built-in GPS. 

    6. Strike Alert - This feature alerts you when you have found a shallow buried object that will most likely be struck if you start digging in that area. It can be extremely helpful in preventing accidents. 

    Pipe Locator Equipment and Accessories

    Pipe and Cable Locators for sale on our website include accessories needed for efficient cable location. For locating pipes and cables that do not have a live, electrical current, we offer pipe accessories such as signal transmitters to induce a signal into a pipe or cable that a cable locator can detect and trace. However, in situations where the pipe or cable is made of a material that cannot conduct electricity, you can use a service tracer along with a signal transmitter. 

    Another useful accessory is a connection cable that connects a signal transmitter to an indoor power outlet. This allows you to track any utility away from a specific property with your buried cable locator. And you can power any of our cable locator tools and pipe locator equipment solely on alkaline batteries.

    With the right Pipe and Cable Locator, you and your team can safely and easily locate buried pipes and cable lines to prevent costly and possibly life-threatening accidents. Browse our shop for 100% authentic and high-quality Pipe and Cable Locator for sale at the best prices. If you need more help in finding the right locator for you, reach out to us via email, phone call, or live chat and our team of experts will be happy to help!

     

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    Tiger#: TS14094 MFR#: 872939
    • Leica DD100 Series Utility Cable Locator
    • User manual
    • 1-year manufacturer's warranty

    Refer to overview for the full list of accessories

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    List Price:$1,420.00

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    Tiger#: TS13681 MFR#: MD820
    • Pipehorn 800 Series Pipe and Cable Locator
    • Transmitter
    • Conductive cables
    • Extension sweep handle
    • Ground stake
    • Carrying case
    • 2 x 9V alkaline batteries
    • 8 x C-cell alkaline batteries
    • User manual
    • 3-year manufacturer's warranty

    Available Package Options

    • Locator Frequency: Dual High-Frequency or Single High-Frequency

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    14 - 21 Business Days

    List Price:$1,582.42

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    Tiger#: TS60807 MFR#: 850268
    • Leica DD200 Series Smart Utility Cable Locator
    • User manual
    • 3-year manufacturer's warranty

    Refer to overview for the full list of accessories

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    List Price:$2,700.00

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    Tiger#: TS31423 MFR#: 6011143
    • Leica ULTRA Precision Utility Tracing System Kit
    • Transmitter
    • 5" Signal Clamp
    • System Bag
    • Quick Guide
    • User Manual
    • 1 Year Manufacturer's Warranty

    Available Package Options

    • Transmitter Wattage: 5 or 12 Watt
    • Locator Type: Standard or Advanced

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    14 - 21 Business Days

    List Price:$7,194.00

    $7194.007,194.00

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    Tiger#: TS12375 MFR#: SUBPL-2000
    • SubSurface Instruments PL-2000 Pipe and Cable Locator
    • Padded carrying case
    • Ground stake
    • Direct connection cables
    • User manual
    • 3-year manufacturer's warranty

    Available Package Options

    • Package: Receiver Only, Transmitter Only, or Transmitter and Receiver

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    List Price:$3,775.00

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    Tiger#: TS53928 MFR#: 818699
    • Leica ULTRA Pipe and Cable Locator
    • 1 Year Manufacturer's Warranty

    Available Product Options

    • Type: Advanced or Standard

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    List Price:$3,650.00

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    Tiger#: TS71617 MFR#: 5044625
    • Amprobe AT-6010 Advanced Wire Tracer Kit
    • AT-6010-R Receiver
    • AT-6010-T Transmitter
    • 12x 1.5 V AA Alkaline Batteries
    • 2x 1 m Test Leads (Red, Black)
    • 1x 7 m Test Lead (Green)
    • 2x Alligator Clips (Red, Black)
    • 2x Outlet Blade Adapter (Red, Black)
    • 2x Outlet Round Adapter (Red, Black)
    • Soft Carrying Case
    • User Manual
    • Quick Reference Guide
    • 1-Year Manufacturer’s Warranty

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    List Price:$729.99

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    Tiger#: TS71739 MFR#: 796704
    • Leica Digitrace Signal Tracer

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    List Price:$1,295.00

    $1295.001,295.00

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    Tiger#: TS76624 MFR#: 834887
    • 1 EZiCAT Cable Locator
    • User Manual

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    List Price:$1,220.00

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    Tiger#: TS76630 MFR#: 834891
    • 1 EZiCAT Cable Locator
    • User Manual

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    List Price:$2,220.00

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    Tiger#: TS92002 MFR#: SUBPL-G
    • SubSurface Instruments PL-G Multi-Frequency Pipe & Cable Locator
    • Padded Carrying Case
    • Ground Stake
    • Direct Connection Cables
    • Instruction Manual
    • 3-year manufacturer’s warranty

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    List Price:$4,100.00

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    Tiger#: TS92009 MFR#: SUBPL-VF3
    • PL-VF receiver
    • PL-VF3 transmitter
    • Direct connection cord
    • Ground rod
    • Protective carrying case
    • Batteries
    • User manual
    • 1-year manufacturer’s warranty

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    Tiger#: TS92039 MFR#: SUBPL-VF10-
    • PL-VF receiver
    • PL-VF10 transmitter
    • Direct connection cord
    • Ground rod
    • Protective carrying case
    • Batteries
    • User manual
    • 1-year manufacturer’s warranty

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    Tiger#: TS92052 MFR#: SUBPL-VF3-Receiver
    • PL-VF receiver
    • Batteries
    • User manual
    • 1-year manufacturer’s warranty

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    List Price:$1,600.00

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    Tiger#: TS92085 MFR#: SUBPL-TT

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    List Price:$1,750.00

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    Tiger#: TS95217 MFR#: 880935
    • DSX Utility Detection System
    • Accessory Bag
    • Controller Mount System
    • LAN Cable
    • Battery
    • Charger
    • AC/DC Adaptor
    • Grid Assistance Square
    • USB Card
    • Hex Keys

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    List Price:$12,900.00

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    Tiger#: TS94998 MFR#: SHV-24

    Aerial Buddy Fiber Optic Cable Sheave

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    Tiger#: TS94985 MFR#: 15-316-100

    Mini Duct Hunter Traceable Duct & Pipe Rodder w/ 3/16" D Rod

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    Tiger#: TS94983 MFR#: 13-716-400M

    Duct Hunter Traceable Duct & Pipe Rodder w/ 7/16" D Rod

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    DD100 Utility Cable Locator 872939
    Tiger#:  TS14094
    MFR#:  872939
    • Leica DD100 Series Utility Cable Locator
    • User manual
    • 1-year manufacturer's warranty

    Refer to overview for the full list of accessories

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    24 - 48 Hours

    $1420.001,420.00

    800 Series Pipe and Cable Locator MD820
    Tiger#:  TS13681
    MFR#:  MD820
    • Pipehorn 800 Series Pipe and Cable Locator
    • Transmitter
    • Conductive cables
    • Extension sweep handle
    • Ground stake
    • Carrying case
    • 2 x 9V alkaline batteries
    • 8 x C-cell alkaline batteries
    • User manual
    • 3-year manufacturer's warranty

    Available Package Options

    • Locator Frequency: Dual High-Frequency or Single High-Frequency
    Free Shipping
    14 - 21 Business Days

    $1553.501,553.50

    DD200 Smart Utility Cable Locator 850268
    Tiger#:  TS60807
    MFR#:  850268
    • Leica DD200 Series Smart Utility Cable Locator
    • User manual
    • 3-year manufacturer's warranty

    Refer to overview for the full list of accessories

    Free Shipping
    24 - 48 Hours

    $2700.002,700.00

    ULTRA Precision Utility Tracing System Kit 6011143
    Tiger#:  TS31423
    MFR#:  6011143
    • Leica ULTRA Precision Utility Tracing System Kit
    • Transmitter
    • 5" Signal Clamp
    • System Bag
    • Quick Guide
    • User Manual
    • 1 Year Manufacturer's Warranty

    Available Package Options

    • Transmitter Wattage: 5 or 12 Watt
    • Locator Type: Standard or Advanced
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    14 - 21 Business Days

    $7194.007,194.00

    PL-2000 Pipe and Cable Locator - Transmitter & Receiver
    Tiger#:  TS12375
    MFR#:  SUBPL-2000
    • SubSurface Instruments PL-2000 Pipe and Cable Locator
    • Padded carrying case
    • Ground stake
    • Direct connection cables
    • User manual
    • 3-year manufacturer's warranty

    Available Package Options

    • Package: Receiver Only, Transmitter Only, or Transmitter and Receiver
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    2 - 4 Business Days

    $3775.003,775.00

    ULTRA Pipe and Cable Locator 818699
    Tiger#:  TS53928
    MFR#:  818699
    • Leica ULTRA Pipe and Cable Locator
    • 1 Year Manufacturer's Warranty

    Available Product Options

    • Type: Advanced or Standard
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    24 - 48 Hours

    $3650.003,650.00

    AT-6010 Advanced Wire Tracer Kit 5044625
    Tiger#:  TS71617
    MFR#:  5044625
    • Amprobe AT-6010 Advanced Wire Tracer Kit
    • AT-6010-R Receiver
    • AT-6010-T Transmitter
    • 12x 1.5 V AA Alkaline Batteries
    • 2x 1 m Test Leads (Red, Black)
    • 1x 7 m Test Lead (Green)
    • 2x Alligator Clips (Red, Black)
    • 2x Outlet Blade Adapter (Red, Black)
    • 2x Outlet Round Adapter (Red, Black)
    • Soft Carrying Case
    • User Manual
    • Quick Reference Guide
    • 1-Year Manufacturer’s Warranty
    Free Shipping
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    $729.99729.99

    Digitrace Signal Tracer 796704
    Tiger#:  TS71739
    MFR#:  796704
    • Leica Digitrace Signal Tracer
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    $1295.001,295.00

    EZiCAT i550 Cable Locator 834887
    Tiger#:  TS76624
    MFR#:  834887
    • 1 EZiCAT Cable Locator
    • User Manual
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    2 - 4 Business Days

    $1098.001,098.00

    EZiCAT i750 SmartReady Cable Locator with Bluetooth and GPS 834891
    Tiger#:  TS76630
    MFR#:  834891
    • 1 EZiCAT Cable Locator
    • User Manual
    Free Shipping
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    $1998.001,998.00

    PL-G Multi-Frequency Pipe & Cable Locator
    Tiger#:  TS92002
    MFR#:  SUBPL-G
    • SubSurface Instruments PL-G Multi-Frequency Pipe & Cable Locator
    • Padded Carrying Case
    • Ground Stake
    • Direct Connection Cables
    • Instruction Manual
    • 3-year manufacturer’s warranty
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    $4100.004,100.00

    PL-VF3 Pipe and Cable Locator
    Tiger#:  TS92009
    MFR#:  SUBPL-VF3
    • PL-VF receiver
    • PL-VF3 transmitter
    • Direct connection cord
    • Ground rod
    • Protective carrying case
    • Batteries
    • User manual
    • 1-year manufacturer’s warranty
    Free Shipping
    2 - 4 Business Days

    $3425.003,425.00

    PL-VF10 Pipe and Cable Locator
    Tiger#:  TS92039
    MFR#:  SUBPL-VF10-
    • PL-VF receiver
    • PL-VF10 transmitter
    • Direct connection cord
    • Ground rod
    • Protective carrying case
    • Batteries
    • User manual
    • 1-year manufacturer’s warranty
    Free Shipping
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    $4150.004,150.00

    PL-VF3 Pipe and Cable Locator Receiver (Only)
    Tiger#:  TS92052
    MFR#:  SUBPL-VF3-Receiver
    • PL-VF receiver
    • Batteries
    • User manual
    • 1-year manufacturer’s warranty
    Free Shipping
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    $1600.001,600.00

    PL-TT Pipe and Cable Locator
    Tiger#:  TS92085
    MFR#:  SUBPL-TT
    Free Shipping
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    $1750.001,750.00

    DSX Utility Detection System 880935
    Tiger#:  TS95217
    MFR#:  880935
    • DSX Utility Detection System
    • Accessory Bag
    • Controller Mount System
    • LAN Cable
    • Battery
    • Charger
    • AC/DC Adaptor
    • Grid Assistance Square
    • USB Card
    • Hex Keys
    Free Shipping
    14 - 21 Business Days

    $11739.0011,739.00

    Aerial Buddy Fiber Optic Cable Sheave SHV-24
    Tiger#:  TS94998
    MFR#:  SHV-24

    Aerial Buddy Fiber Optic Cable Sheave

    Free Shipping
    20 - 30 Business Days

    $1082.671,082.67

    Mini Duct Hunter Traceable Duct & Pipe Rodder w/ 3/16" D Rod 15-316-100
    Tiger#:  TS94985
    MFR#:  15-316-100

    Mini Duct Hunter Traceable Duct & Pipe Rodder w/ 3/16" D Rod

    Free Shipping
    20 - 30 Business Days

    $561.55561.55

    Duct Hunter Traceable Duct & Pipe Rodder w/ 7/16" D Rod 13-716-400M
    Tiger#:  TS94983
    MFR#:  13-716-400M

    Duct Hunter Traceable Duct & Pipe Rodder w/ 7/16" D Rod

    Available Package Options

    • Length: 400', 600', 800',1000'
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    20 - 30 Business Days

    $2526.512,526.51

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