Durable utility, pipe and cable locator with three signal options.


Durable utility, pipe and cable locator with three signal options.

The PL-2000 multifrequency pipe and cable locator is a very durable unit that is a work of art in its simplicity of use and sophistication of operation. It is unique in that it offers four modes: peak, null, distance and sonde. Plus, it’s a workhorse, offering three active frequencies, two passive frequencies, four modes of operation and both inductive and direct connection capabilities. And all its components are housed in a well-protected, lightweight and easy-to-use design.

Key Features

  • PL-2000 transmitter has 3.0 watts power output in the Direct Connection mode; allowing locates for much longer distances. 
  • The lightweight, balanced receiver offers four different operating modes “Peak” mode – for the most accurate locates and for depth measurement “Null” mode – for fast, easy tracking (also indicates “left” or “right”) “Dist” mode – for even longer distances – up to 50 percent farther “Sonde” mode – for locating sewer Sondes and measuring their depths. Any 512 Hz/8 kHz will be detected. 
  • Three “active” frequencies at a nominal 0.5 kHz, 8 kHz and 27 kHz, plus two “passive” frequencies – the 50/60 power and radio passive 
  • Select the “Mix” mode at the transmitter and transmit all active frequencies simultaneously in the “Direct Connect” mode 
  • Detects and reports “poor ground” conductivity at the transmitter in Direct Connection 
  • Current measurement in the “Depth” function can verify you are tracing the correct line in congested utilities 
  • “Auto Off” functions in both the transmitter & receiver shut off their operations after a user defined time period of non-use 
  • Padded carrying case 
  • Optional Equipment for PL-2000 Direct Inductive Clamp – Induce signal directly onto target line through insulation, paint, etc. – up to 4″ diameter Sonde (mini-transmitter) – 8 kHz – Flush, push, pull through non-metallic pipe – works with PL-2000 receiver. Traces through sewer pipe, water lines, etc. that are plastic, concrete, vinyl, clay, etc. Self-contained – On/Off toggle switch, indicator LED, lanyard attach loop & threaded to receive plumber’s snake.


Additional information

Transmitter Size

11.0 in x 9.5 in x 4.1 in (29.9 cm x 24.1 cm x 10.4 cm)

Transmitter Weight

5.5 lbs (2.5 kg)

Transmitter Input Power

DC 12 volts (Eight (8) "D" size batteries or external 12v battery)

Transmitter Battery Life

≈ 20 Hours Typical(Alkaline)
≈ 8 Hours at Max Power

Transmitter Operating Temperature

14° to 122° F (-10° to 50° C)

Transmitter Frequency

26.725 kHz, 8.125 kHz, and 512 Hz

Transmitter Output Power

0.5 watts Inductive mode
3.0 watts Direct mode

Transmitter Transmitting Mode

Continuous Wave (non-modulating)

Transmitter Antenna


Transmitter Depth Accuracy

Up to 16 Feet

Transmitter Warranty

3 Years

Receiver Size

5.2 in x 11.0 in x 24.0 in (13.2 cm x 27.9 cm x 61.0 cm)

Receiver Weight

4.4 lbs (2.0 kg)

Receiver Power Supply

DC 9 Volts (six (6) "AA" batteries)

Receiver Battery Life

≈ 8 Hours Continuous (Alkaline)

Receiver Operating Temperature

14° to 122° F (-10° to 50° C)

Receiver Frequency Display

26.725 kHz, 8.125 kHz or .512 Hz
"Radio" Mode: 15 kHz – 25 kHz
"Live Cable" Mode: 50/60 Hz AC

Receiver Operating Modes

"Peak", "Null", "Dist", and "Sonde"

Receiver Sensitivity

0 to 40

Receiver Warranty

3 Years