Magnetic Locator Rental (National Shipping)

Rated 4.9 out of 5
Based on 11 reviews

$95 per day

Whether you're looking for property markers, buried water valves, cast iron pipes, or something else made of iron or steel, a magnetic locator is the tool you need.

We'll ship a rental straight to you with easy to understand instructions and access to video guides. When you're finished, ship it back to us with the included prepaid return label.

FREE Round-Trip Shipping in the Continental US.

Rates for Alaska, Hawaii, and US Territories are calculated at checkout.

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Delivered the day before your Start Date. Drop-off by end of day on your End Date.

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Free Round-Trip Shipping (in the US mainland)
Round-trip shipping to AK, HI, and US Territories starts at $88.

How Do National Rentals Work?

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1. Book Your Rental Book online or by phone. We ship to deliver the day before your selected Start Date.

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2. Start Locating Follow the included instructions or watch our video guides to get started locating.

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3. Ship it Back By end of day on your End Date, drop it off at your nearest UPS location with included return shipping supplies.

What can you find?

Property Pins

Locate your property pins before putting up a fence or to settle a dispute with a neighbor.

Cast Iron Pipes

Locate underground cast iron pipes up to 9' (2.74 m) deep.

Sewer Drain Cleanouts

Locate buried or hidden cast iron sewer drain cleanouts up to 4' (1.2 m) deep.

Manhole Covers

Need to find a manhole cover buried under pavement or grass and dirt? You can locate it up to 9' (2.74 m) deep.

Water Valve Covers

Find the water service shutoff valve between your house and the street.

Water Wells

Locate buried steel water well casings up to 9' (2.74 m) deep, or steel well-pit covers up to 6' (1.8 m) deep.

Septic Tanks

Unsure where your septic tank is? Locate the steel handles on the lids of concrete tanks.

Fuel Tanks

Detect an abandoned fuel tank or steel drum buried beneath your property, up to 9' (2.74 m) deep.

Oil Wells

Locate abandoned or buried steel oil well casings up to 9' (2.74 m) deep.

Ammunition Boxes

Looking for treasure buried in a steel ammunition box? Find them up to 12' (3.6 m) deep.

Iron Meteorites

Since a magnetic locator only detects iron, it can help you hunt for these valuable chunks of iron meteors.


Whether you lost your gun while hunting, or are trying to find one to solve a crime, you can locate it up to 10" (25 cm) deep.

Barbed Wire

Abandoned barbed wire fencing can be a danger to livestock and people. Trace the buried wire with a magnetic locator.

" We had a great experience with Metro Metal Detectors. Knowledgeable staff were able to provide exactly the tool we needed for finding an underground property marker... They were patient, kind and offered a ton of help. Friendly, easy to use, easy to book, communicative and helpful. Would absolutely recommend."


A Specialized Type of Metal Detector

A magnetic locator only detects magnetic (ferrous) metals like iron and steel.

It's designed to find property pins, cast iron pipes, septic tank lids, cast iron sewer drain cleanouts, and more.

It won't detect non-magnetic metals like brass, copper, gold, silver, or aluminum. You can locate objects as small and thin as nails, or as large as steel drums.

How Deep Can It Go?

Conventional metal detectors can reach a depth of 6 to 8" (20 cm). But a magnetic locator can detect objects buried up to 16′ (4.8 m) deep.

That's 24x the depth of ordinary metal detectors.

  • Property pins are 4" to 12" (10 to 30 cm) deep.

  • A septic tank lid can be up to 4′ (1.2 m) underground.

  • Cast iron pipes can be a few inches to a few feet deep.

How does a magnetic locator 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 you're near an iron or steel object, the locator indicates the strength of the signal in three ways:

1. Number on the Screen A number is shown at the center of the screen. This number is a measurement of the magnetic field detected.

2. Bar Graph A bar graph extends either to the left or right. The graph is a visual indication of the magnetic field.

3. Changes in Sound
The locator emits a "scratchy" sound while it's turned on. As you near a magnetic field, this sound gets louder and higher-pitched.

Magnetic locator indicators

Together, these indicators tell you how near to a iron or steel object the locator may be.

The stronger the signal, the higher the number on the screen. As the signal increases, the graph extends further to the left or right. And, the sound increases in volume and pitch.

" Supplied the equipment and training for a novice like me to locate a buried fuel tank. Very helpful. "

Clayton in Colorado


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Reviewed by Mack S.
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I recommend this product
Rated 5 out of 5
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It was a wonderful experience. Rental came on time, easy to use, and my objective was completed. If only most rental experiences would be like this!

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Reviewed by Laura W.
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I recommend this product
Rated 5 out of 5
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The Best Darn Septic Tank Finder

This did not tank long at all. We found that 35 year old septic tank in less than 15 minutes. It was 3 feet below the surface. Our 10 year old grandson loved helping us and understood how it worked! Saved us over $600!! Well organized shipping protocol. Instructions easy to follow.

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Reviewed by Kurt, from United States
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I recommend this product
Rated 5 out of 5
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5 Stars

I thought about renting one of these for a month, and waited until the last minute, and there weren't any available but I called just to check. Guy on the phone said they could overnight one to me so I'd get it in time for what I was looking for. By golly, the stars aligned. It showed up the next morning. Moral of the story: don't wait until the last minute.

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Reviewed by Robin B., from United States
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5 Stars

The way they count days wasn't super clear so I had to ask, but what you get is a really good deal. They deliver the day before you need it, and then you don't need to drop it off until the end of the day after your "start day", so you really get two days for the price of one. And shipping included. Really good deal. I was looking for a couple property line pins I couoldn't find, and these folks seem like the only place that rents a locator for them. Dead simple to use. My dog could have done it if he had hands.

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Reviewed by Jerry D., from United States
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Rated 5 out of 5
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5 Stars

Was looking for a galvanized pipe about two feet down. All the local rental places told me metal detectors cant go that deep, but i found this company, and it can go a lot deeper than 2'. Took alot of digging, but did find my broken pipe. Broke in the freeze we had down here last year. And the box it came in was pretty. My wife liked it.

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