A magnetic locator is a great tool to use if you need to find ferrous objects under the ground, under a body of water, or inside a layer of snow. Magnetic Locators find underground objects with ferrous metal content, using the earth’s magnetic field. They do not emit a signal, but rather, they measure magnetic field distortion that surrounds a buried metal target. This kind of utility locator will have adjustable sensitivity settings. Magnetic locators are a vital tool for any surveyor for locating property markers and other buried items. We stock only the best magnetic locators from Sitepro, Schonstedt, and Dunham and Morrow.
How Do Magnetic Locators Work?
While you may think that a regular metal detector would be suitable for surveying, you would be mistaken. The reason for this is that conventional metal detectors struggle when it comes to finding ferrous metals, which are a commonplace on a jobsite. The difference between ferrous metals and non-ferrous metals is that ferrous metals have iron in them. Fortunately, magnetic locators are the perfect device to detect ferrous metals.
How to Use a Magnetic Locators?
When you are using a locator and you first hear the locator sound go up indicating that you have found something underground. However, the next step is to find out exactly what it is by finding out what its shape is. The first thing you’ll need to do is to figure out if the buried object is turned vertically or horizontally. To do this move the locator around the area where the audio spiked, if it only spikes over one spot and not any others then it is turned vertically.
Another important thing to determine is its depth, this is done by paying attention to the sensitivity that your locator is set on. You can also switch between the different settings to see if the object goes any deeper or closer to the surface. To determine exactly how deep an item is comes with learning your device over time to accurately assess how deep each sensitivity is; that is unless your locator has a display which can show you.
Features of Magnetic Locators
Magnetic locators include a variety of different features that make them unique. Magnetic locators are lightweight and easy to operate one handed. Magnetic locators come with choices of different depth detections and the ability to adjust sensitivities. When locating an object many magnetic locators either have an audible tone, visual graph, or even both. Some magnetic locators also have an LCD backlight that allows the user to read the display in the dark.
Accessories for Magnetic Locators
All magnetic locators can easily operate with alkaline batteries for months of use. Our magnetic locators also come with soft or hard case options to help carry and protect your magnetic locator. This case whether it is soft or hard will keep your magnetic locator in good, high performing shape for years to come.