FaultMaster Utility Locator
Schonstedt Instruments new FaultMaster utility locator eliminates the receiver and makes faults easier to find.
Schonstedt Instruments new FaultMaster utility locator eliminates the receiver and makes faults easier to find. The Schonstedt TraceMaster was the first utility locator to allow transmitter frequency switching from the receiver end, and the XTpc line of locators were the first to retract so that they can be carried in a belt holster.
The FaultMaster is a low-frequency (12.5 Hz) transmitter that works in conjunction with an A-frame with stainless steel tipped legs. Building on Schonstedt's experience with radio, the transmitter sends a reference signal to the A-frame via a radio link and this eliminates the need to induce a separate reference frequency in the faulted conductor. The end result is an A-frame that can make more accurate and noise-free measurements.
In addition, line location isn't usually needed (i.e., no need for a receiver). Most faults are in secondary cables that are less than 300 feet in length, and repair crews can stay on the line well enough to use the FaultMaster without having to take the time to locate the path. This makes fault locating fast and easy, because the repairman doesn't have to mark out the path first.
The FaultMaster includes a clear LCD display with an arrow that points to the fault. The A-frame is lightweight and ergonomic, packs easily and has a battery life of 30 hours. The attaching transmitter comes with rechargeable batteries that work for eight hours on a charge.