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#11136 - 06/30/02 07:11 PM Opinions on circuit tracers.
mims Offline
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Registered: 06/28/02
Posts: 6
Loc: midlothian, texas, usa
I looking to invest in a circuit tracer. Any advice on which one to purchase? I want a unit that is rated for 600v and will find conductors in walls concrete, conduid and URD,. I have looked at the greenlee and amprobe however i would like you opinion on what has worked for you. I have used tracers many times as a distribution lineman however that equipments cost is more than i wish to spend right now. will spend a C note on one though.

Thanks for your time.

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#11137 - 06/30/02 10:40 PM Re: Opinions on circuit tracers.
amp-man Offline

Registered: 06/23/01
Posts: 144
Loc: Sacto, California US of A

What do you intend to use it for? Telecom/data, residential power (120/240V), commercial/industrial power (480/600V), finding conduits or wires underground or in walls?

I use a couple of Progressive Electronics products; one is a telecomm toner/tracer for tele/data and deenergized power wiring. Cost about $100. The other is a live line tracer set that also will find a line up to two feet underground. Cost about $300.

With any tracer, it takes experience to get good results. And fresh batteries. The signal drops off gradually as the signal generator battery gets weak, and you often don't notice it.


#11138 - 07/01/02 03:54 AM Re: Opinions on circuit tracers.
Redsy Offline

Registered: 03/28/01
Posts: 2138
Loc: Bucks County PA
The Greenlee "PowerFinder" is a nice unit that has some accessories that the lower end units don't have, but the cost is higher.

#11139 - 07/01/02 10:14 AM Re: Opinions on circuit tracers.
elektrikguy Offline

Registered: 05/25/02
Posts: 133
Loc: woodstock,ga,usa
I have a Greenlee "POWER FINDER" and it is a life saver. It is expensive but the time it will save you is immearsurable. If you do alot of fire alarm installs as well this thing is great. You will hear the toner through the speakers to help you know you are somewhat on track. Great for detecting shorts to ground as well. It is expensive but that will disappear once you learn what it can do.

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