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#50919 - 04/15/05 02:29 AM I'm Lost...
shortcircuit Offline
Registered: 06/27/04
Posts: 608
Loc: massachusetts
I hate asking for directions...and pulling over to the side of the road to look at the map book

Do any of you use a GPS device to direct you to where you are going? If so, what brand of device do you use and where do you buy these gadgets?

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#50920 - 04/15/05 03:02 AM Re: I'm Lost...
Spaceman Offline
Registered: 04/12/05
Posts: 11
#50921 - 04/15/05 03:05 PM Re: I'm Lost...
Joey D Offline
Registered: 10/10/03
Posts: 259
Loc: Arlington MA U.S.
I use one and it's great. They are not cheap though about $1300
#50922 - 04/15/05 03:32 PM Re: I'm Lost...
Active 1 Offline
Registered: 02/22/03
Posts: 687
Loc: Grayslake IL, USA
If I know where I going the night before I will look it up on MSN Maps and print it out.

If I'm responding to a phone call it does not hurt to ask the customer what the main street is near by and closest cross street.

#50923 - 04/15/05 04:14 PM Re: I'm Lost...
LK Offline
Registered: 01/21/03
Posts: 1429
Loc: New Jersey
Called in for a mark-out on a job last week, they asked if i had a GPS location, it appears a lot of contractors are using the GPS to mark dig locations.
There is one that comes with the cell phone, I think it is $290 for the cell with GPS.
#50924 - 04/15/05 04:55 PM Re: I'm Lost...
ToHo Offline
Registered: 12/29/04
Posts: 46
Loc: N.Y.
Short circuit..
I use a garmin street Pilot. I honestly think it was the best purchase I made. It takes all the guess work out of finding address's.I think I spent around $500.00. It is definitly not cheap but it pays for itself in the amount of time & gas you save not getting lost traveling from job to job. ToHo
#50925 - 04/15/05 05:05 PM Re: I'm Lost...
e57 Offline
Registered: 05/27/03
Posts: 2876
Loc: S.F.,CA USA
Thomas Bros map books.... Best $15 you can spend.
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#50926 - 04/15/05 06:08 PM Re: I'm Lost...
Spaceman Offline
Registered: 04/12/05
Posts: 11
If cost is a problem, I recommend
the maps scroll on the screen so you can find other possible routes, and if you have an address it can provide good directions to the site.
#50927 - 04/15/05 06:30 PM Re: I'm Lost...
caselec Offline
Registered: 04/14/02
Posts: 558
Loc: San Jose, CA
There are several options available for PDA’s which will save you some money if you already have a PDA. Even if you don’t have a PDA purchasing one along with a GPS receiver and software will give you a nice package that can be used for other things. TomTom has a very well rated Bluetooth GPS device and software package for Palm and Pocket PC’s.

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#50928 - 04/15/05 08:10 PM Re: I'm Lost...
bentruler Offline
Registered: 10/05/04
Posts: 15
Loc: Bothell, WA

Pretty close. But it will drain your laptop's battery quickly, so you'll want a car adapter.
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