Magnetic Locator RentalModel: Schonstedt GA-92xtd
$75 per day + Local Delivery
Locate Property Markers Quickly: A magnetic locator only detects iron and steel, so you can find your property pins quickly and easily—often in an hour or less.
Locate Cast Iron Pipes: Locate pipes and other objects up to 15' underground.
Accessories included: Depending on what you're looking for, we can include a variety of accessories, including custom property boundary maps, digging tools, soil probes, steel fish tapes, and more.
What's a magnetic locator?
When the thing you need to find is deeper than 6-8 inches or it's made of iron or steel (think property markers, sprinkler heads, curb stops, gas lines, septic tanks, etc.), a metal detector isn't the ideal tool for the task. It may get the job done, but the experience will be tedious and frustrating.
The difficulty in using a metal detector for these cases is that they detect all kinds of metal—the kind you want—and the kind you don't. You could use discrimination to ignore everything except for iron, but property markers, curb stops, and utility lines are often too deep. And some things are just too small for most metal detectors; the little steel springs and bolts in sprinkler heads, for instance, are too thin for our standard metal detector rental to detect further down than an inch.
A magnetic locator, on the other hand, will only detect ferrous (magnetic) metals like iron and steel. You won't waste time and energy digging up your entire yard at every signal, just to find junk. It won’t detect copper, aluminum foil or any other kinds of non-magnetic metallic debris in the way of what you seek.
They're not affected by wood, mulch, concrete, or rocks (unless those rocks contain iron). And they're water-resistant, so there's no need to let rain or snow stop you.
How does it work?
Buried iron and steel objects generate their own magnetic fields. These objects create distortion in the earth's natural magnetic field. A magnetic locator measures this distortion and represents it as a strong or weak signal.
When it gets close to an object, the locator shows a number and a bar graph on its display that indicate the strength of the signal. It also emits a continuous sound that gets louder and higher-pitched as it nears a magnetic signal. Together, these tell you how near to a ferrous object the locator may be. The stronger the magnetic signal, the higher the number, and further the graph extends across the screen.
How deep can a magnetic locator go?
Depending on the sensitivity setting and the size and depth of the object, a magnetic locator can locate an object from just under the surface (2cm) to 15′ (4.5m) underground.