SSI offers four different models each running at a variety of frequencies.

SubSurface Instruments has acquired distributorship for the entire range of Fuji Tecom pipe and cable Locators. SSI offers four different models, each running at a variety of frequencies. Each is equipped with push-button depth as well as current measurement on most models to allow the user to easily identify bleed-off onto other utilities.

The PL-2000 can be operated at three different active frequencies (0.5, 8 or 27 KHz). The user can apply all three frequencies down the conductor together, reducing the need for higher-priced Bluetooth technology found in other locators. The unit’s receiver has four different modes for which the user can operate at: peak, null, distant and sonde.

“The PL-2000 is a favorite among municipalities, rural water companies and contractors, simply for the ease of operation and accuracy these locators provide,” says Scott Rauen, sales manager at SSI. “The induction coil on the unit is better than more expensive competitive models when it comes to inducing a signal on a pipe or cable.”

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The PL-1500 is a single-frequency unit, allowing the user to choose either a low or high. The low, 8 KHz frequency model is made for users who are locating electric lines, communication lines and pipes that are equipped with a tracer wire system. The PL-1500 high, 83 KHz frequency is better suited for those looking for waterlines, sewer lines and street lights.

“Everyone from contractors to municipal workers love it’s simplicity," Rauen says. "There are no menus to learn making the setup effortless.”

The PL-960 is made for tracking buried metallic pipe utilities over a long distance with few access points. The unit can be operated at common active frequencies of 27 and 83 KHz. It can also operate at a frequency of 334 KHz, which is ideal for trouble-shooting. These frequencies are for inducing a signal onto a long pipeline and catching any laterals that may break away from the mainline. This model has a pullout boot in the receiver for accurate depths while inducing a signal.

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The PL-960AC has two active frequencies operating at 27 and 83KHz. The unit also has two passive frequencies: 50/60 Hz and cathodic protection together or radio frequency. Having all of these passive frequencies makes scanning for live cables and pipes easy. Both the PL-960 and PL-960AC have four modes of operation: peak, null, distant and sonde. The versatility of these two models has made them favorites in the oil and gas industry.

To learn more about the entire pipe and cable line of locators or find a local distributor, go to or call Paul J. Renard at 920/371-6608 or Scott Rauen at 715/210-9954.

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