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Rycom 8879 Cable and Pipe Locator

  • Rycom 8879 Cable and Pipe Locator

  • The 8879 offers RYCOM’s most advanced signal acquisition and filtering technology. The 8879 cable & pipe locator offers utility locators FrequencyFlex allowing users to adapt the system to their specific needs. Multiple active frequencies allow the user to accurately locate with a minimum of interference while maintaining the ability continue locating past faults and around conduit bends. Passive frequencies identify "live" and charged lines by their naturally occurring electromagnetic fields. The 8879v3 offers multiple passive frequencies -- 50Hz, 60Hz, Radio Frequency, Cathodic Protection Rectifier & CATV -- allowing line locating without the use of a transmitter.

  • Operating on active frequencies of 512Hz, 640Hz, 815 Hz, 8 kHz, or 33kHz Rycom Instruments® Sondes are pushed into non-pressurized conduits and pipes until they reach the point of pinch or blockage. Traceable 25 feet in the air and 10 feet in cast iron, the 8879v3 receiver will identify the precise location of the line blockage.


  • Multiple active frequency options including the following:
    512 Hz
    640 Hz
    815 Hz
    8 kHz
    82 kHz

  • Passive frequencies for locates of "live" utilities without the use of a transmitter:
    50 Hz and 60 Hz
    Radio Frequency
    Cathodic Protection Rectifier

  • Powerful 5 watt or 10 watt tracing signal is reliable for direct connection, transmitter and coupled induction

  • Quadruple antennae array allows for push button depth, line direction, line orientation and current measurement

  • Made in the U.S.A


  • Receiver specifications
    Available Operating Frequencies: 476.527 kHz*, 200.330 kHz*, 117.850 kHz, 82.315 kHz, 65.536 kHz, 32.768 kHz, 8.192 kHz, 1.0 kHz, 877 Hz, 815Hz, 640 Hz & 512 Hz
    Sonde: 640Hz, 512Hz 8& 32.768kHz
    Passive: 50Hz & 60Hz Live Sound; RadioFrequency & Rectified CP
    Antenna Mode: Simultaneous peak/null (dual horizontal antennas & vertical antenna), pin-point peak (dual horizontal antennas), directional guidance, peak (single horizontal antenna) & null (single vertical antenna).
    Display Indicators: Backlit segmented LCD bar graph, battery condition, continuous mode signal strength, depth measurement, line orientation, left/right line guidance, operating mode, volume level and function indicators
    Audio Indication: Variable pitch & LiveSound. 4 volume selections including mute.
    Current Measurement: Display indicates relative current
    Power Source: 6 “C” cell batteries
    Battery Life: Continuous: 30 hours intermittent: 82 hours
    Signal Strength: LCD bar graph, absolute signal strength 0-999
    Gain Control: Manual gain adjustment & automatic centering
    Dynamic Range: 126 dB
    Depth Measurement: DIGITAL: LCD readout of push-button measurement MANUAL: 45º triangulation method
    Operating Temperature: -4º F to +133º F (-20º C to +55º C)
    Size: 30.3” x 9.4” (77 cm x 24 cm)
    Weight: 3 lbs (1.3 kg)

  • Transmitter specifications

  • Available Operating Frequencies: 476.527 kHz*, 200.330 kHz*, 117.850 kHz, 82.315 kHz, 65.536 kHz, 32.768 kHz, 8.192 kHz, 1.0 kHz, 877 Hz, 815Hz, 640 Hz & 512 Hz;
    Indicators: AC load assistance measurement, relative ohms, voltage, live voltage output, current output, power level, frequency, mode, battery indication alert, low battery indicator audio/visual with modulated low battery warning transmitted to receiver.
    Load Matching: Automatic from 5 ohms to 25,000 Ω
    Output Power: 10 power settings
    Low & Medium Frequency Range: 0.2w to 10w
    High Frequencies (above 44kHz) : 0.2 to 1w
    Power Source: 12 V, 7 amp-hour maintenance free sealed lead acid battery 12 “D” cell batteries
    Battery Life: (dependant on load, frequency, power setting)
    Continuous: 8-20 hours; Intermittent: 40-60 hours
    Operating Temperature: -4° F to 133° F (-20° C to 55° C)
    Size: 16” x 6.32” x 6” (41 cm x 16 cm x 15 cm)
    Weight: Rechargeable: 12.5 lbs (5 kg)8 lbs (3.6 kg)

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