Cable Avoidance Tools

Cable avoidance tools use signals to scan the ground to help discover underground pipes or cables to avoid any risk if injury or damage the pipes or cables. Cable locators or ground penetrating radars are used before any excavation to pinpoint exactly where the utilities are underground. It allows quick and easy scanning in order for a swift installation of electrical cables or utility pipes.

Three modes of a Cable Avoidance Tool (CAT)

  • Power - A cable avoidance tool is used to only detect live power cables, so the cable needs to have a flow of electricity at the time of scanning. For example, street lights during the day don’t be on, so scanning a pavement next to them won’t pick up any signals.
  • Radio - The CAT also uses radio signals to help avoid, locate and detect metal pipes and electrical cables associated with telephone lines, gas and water supplies.
  • Signal Generator - Also known as a Genny, this mode allows you to pinpoint water valves or plug sockets to avoid, locate or just detect.

Where would you use a Cable Avoidance Tool?

Using Cable Avoidance Tools are very industry specific, for example National Rail deem these detectors important as they enable the engineers to identify the location of specific utilities or just to scan a proposed site for buried utilities.

Why choose RS Components for Cable Avoidance Tools?

RS Components have a comprehensive range of Cable Avoidance Tools to suit your needs and we have product experts available to advise you on which locator or detector you need.


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Description Price Cable Detection Depth Best Depth Accuracy Best Location Accuracy Depth Indicator Live AC Conductor Indicator Measurement Mode Tester Type Battery Life Battery Type Power Source Weight Maximum Operating Temperature Minimum Operating Temperature Maximum Frequency
RS Stock No. 877-7402
Mfr. Part No.10/CAT4EN29
£765.00
Each
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3 (Line) m, 7 (Sonde) m ±5% ±10% - - Genny, Power, Radio Cable Detection - LR20 (D Type NiMH) Battery 2.3kg +50°C -20°C -
RS Stock No. 877-7427
Mfr. Part No.10/ELECPACK4-UK
£981.00
Each
Units
- - - - - Genny Cable Detection - LR20 (D Type NiMH) Battery 2.7kg - - -
RS Stock No. 877-7418
Mfr. Part No.10/ECAT4+EN61
£1,044.00
Each
Units
3 (Line) m, 7 (Sonde) m ±5% ±10% Yes Yes Power, Radio Cable Detection - LR20 (D Type NiMH) Battery 2.7kg +50°C -20°C -
RS Stock No. 877-7411
Mfr. Part No.10/CAT4+EN31
£869.00
Each
Units
3 (Line) m, 7 (Sonde) m ±5% ±10% - - Depth Indication, Genny, Power, Radio Cable Detection - LR20 (D Type NiMH) Battery 2.7kg +50°C -20°C -
RS Stock No. 877-7420
Mfr. Part No.10/BAGPACK4-UK
£675.00
Each
Units
3 (Line) m, 7 (Sonde) m ±5% ±10% Yes Yes Genny Cable Detection - LR20 (D Type NiMH) Battery 2.7kg +50°C -20°C -
RS Stock No. 877-7414
Mfr. Part No.10/ECAT4EN59
£940.00
Each
Units
3 (Line) m, 7 (Sonde) m ±5% ±10% Yes Yes Power, Radio Cable Detection - LR20 (D Type NiMH) Battery 2.7kg +50°C -20°C -
New
RS Stock No. 230-5096
Mfr. Part No.850282
BrandLeica
£150.00
Each
Units
- - - - - Genny - - - - 350g +50°C -20°C -
RS Stock No. 186-5513
Mfr. Part No.UAT-610-EUR
£3,592.00
Each
Units
6m - - - - Power, Radio Cable Detection 60 h AA Battery - - - -
New
RS Stock No. 230-5092
Mfr. Part No.DA220
BrandLeica
£554.00
Each
Units
- - - - - Genny - 15 h 7.4v Li-ion - 2.4kg +50°C -20°C -
RS Stock No. 191-9565
Mfr. Part No.DD120 KIT
BrandLeica
£1,450.00
1 Kit
Kit(s)
3m ±5% - Yes Yes Genny, Power, Radio - 15 h AA Battery 2.7kg +50°C -20°C -
New
RS Stock No. 230-5099
Mfr. Part No.850290
BrandLeica
£492.00
Each
Units
12m 5% 5% - - Genny - - 3 x 'AA' - 1kg +50°C -20°C -
New
RS Stock No. 230-5097
Mfr. Part No.850289
BrandLeica
£259.00
Each
Units
5m 5% 10% - - Genny - - 1 x 'AA' - 230g +50°C -20°C -
RS Stock No. 186-5514
Mfr. Part No.UAT-620-EUR
£4,041.00
Each
Units
6m - - - - Power, Radio Cable Detection 60 h AA Battery - - - -
New
RS Stock No. 230-5093
Mfr. Part No.850273
BrandLeica
£700.00
Each
Units
- - - - - Genny - 15 h 7.4v Li-ion - 2.4kg +50°C -20°C -
New
RS Stock No. 230-5100
Mfr. Part No.DD120
BrandLeica
£768.00
Each
Units
0.3 - 3m 10% - Yes - Genny, Power, Radio - 15 h AA' Batteries - 2.7kg +50°C -20°C -
New
RS Stock No. 230-5095
Mfr. Part No.850280
BrandLeica
£259.00
Each
Units
100m - - - - Genny - - - - 350g +50°C -20°C -
New
RS Stock No. 230-5094
Mfr. Part No.850278
BrandLeica
£642.00
Each
Units
50m - - - - Genny - - - - 5.3kg +50°C -20°C -
RS Stock No. 184-6776
Mfr. Part No.AT-3500
£2,479.00
Each
Units
- - - - - - - 40 h Alkaline Battery - +55°C -20°C 23 (Radio) kHz, 32.76 (Transmitter) kHz, 50/60 (Power Network) Hz