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5 of the Best Seco Survey Tools

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Seco has a reputation for designing and manufacturing some of the best tools and accessories used in surveying, construction, utility work, and any industry that uses GPS/GNSS technology. They also offer custom-built, private-labeled products for OEM’s. While the company is based in Redding, CA, they also have manufacturing facilities in Mexico and Hungary. These two locations, with their main facility in Redding, allow them to manufacture a variety of accessory products for any of the following:
  • Surveying instruments.
  • GPS/ GNSS equipment.
  • GIS equipment.
  • Construction equipment.
Here are five of the best Seco tools that you can use for surveying.

1. Seco Thumb-Release Fiber Bipod

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This Seco survey tool has the same design concept as the aluminum thumb-release bipod, but it’s lighter in weight. The 1 to 1.25-inch (25.4 to 31.8 mm) poles can be easily attached through the open clamps, while 1.5-inch (3.81 cm) OD poles can be loaded through the top. Each leg can be extended up to 6 feet (1.8 m) in length and can collapse down to 43 inched (109 cm). The entire unit weighs 4.10 lbs (1.86 kg) and includes a Limited Lifetime Manufacturer’s Warranty.

2. Seco Graduated Collapsible GPS Antenna Tripod with Collapsible Center Shaft

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This Seco survey tool has collapsible center staff with a twist-locking mechanism that can rotate 360 degrees. It also has quick-release and twist-locking mechanisms on the legs. This product is dual graduated and can adjust to the following lengths:

  • 2 meters
  • 8 meters
  • 5 meters
The entire unit collapses to 50 inches (127 cm) and weighs 15 lbs (6.8 kg). You can purchase this Seco tripod in any of the following colors:
  • Fluorescent yellow
  • Yellow
  • Fluorescent orange
It’s also included with a Manufacturer’s Lifetime Guarantee.

3. Seco SVR Series Rectangular-Oval Fiberglass Leveling Rod - 25’ Length

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This survey tool from Seco has many versatile design advantages that aren’t found in other leveling rods. It has a redesigned locking mechanism that's both tight and accurate, and it has a unique rectangular-oval shape. This Seco survey tool is also waterproof, corrosion-resistant, and non-conductive.

In addition to being a leveling rod on the front, the SVR has a measuring scale on the back (with the exception of the dual-scaled rods) that allows you to read height measurements at eye level. This is a useful feature if you need to make clearance and height measurements. The entire rod can be extended up to 25 feet (with a collapsed length of 58.5 inches) and has six sections. It also comes with a carrying case and a one-year manufacturer’s limited warranty.

4. Seco GPS Truck Door Bracket

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This GPS transponder bracket holds a GPS pole to the door of your survey truck. It’s a great tool for any of the following applications:

  • TOPO
  • Estimating
  • RTK surveying
  • Site preparation
The bracket is easy to put on and take off, and it has a mount that won’t damage your vehicle. It has a safety strap under tension that will keep it on the door, and it can be installed onto most mid-sized and full-sized trucks, as well as any SUV. It can hold all GPS and RTK-type poles, and it weighs 6.2 pounds.

5. Seco 8265 Series Class 2 Safety Vest with Outlast Collar and Mesh Back

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This Class 2 Safety Vest from Seco has an Outlast Collar and a mesh back. It’s great for any worker who needs an intermediate level of visibility in both daytime and low-light environments. It comes in two different colors and a variety of sizes. The front is made of polyester for more durability, while the back is made of a polyester mesh that’s designed for comfort and climate control. It has multiple pockets you can use to store your cell phone, flagging tape, or any other items to which you need immediate access. And it has two exterior mic clips.

If you’re looking for a place where you can choose from a variety of Seco tools, be sure to look at what we have at Engineer Supply.

Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of equipment is used for surveying?

Some of the equipment that’s used for surveying include but may not be limited to:
  • Chains and Tapes— Surveyors need to take accurate measurements in all types of climates and weather conditions. That’s why they have a variety of tapes, rulers, chains, and laser devices that allow them to get what they need quickly.
  • Compasses and Clinometers— Compasses are essential for people who need to survey in unfamiliar territory or has to determine their position on a map, but they can also be used to measure the distance between two points. Clinometers are used to measure the angle or elevation of sloped areas.
  • Transits and Theodolites— Both of these tools can be used to measure horizontal and vertical angles, and both of them have a minimum accuracy of one minute of angle (though theodolites are considered more accurate than transits).
  • Levels— These tools can be used to measure elevations and to determine the elevation difference between two points. They can be handheld, optical, or digital. And they’re often used with level rods or tripods.
  • Safety Gear— Surveyors have to work in all kinds of conditions and climates, but safety is always their main concern. High-visibility gear and safety headwear are necessary for any type of outdoor work crew.
  • Prisms and Reflectors— Prism systems can be used to secure control points at a comfortable and accessible height while ensuring pinpoint accuracy. They can be mounted onto a surveying pole and can even be used with electronic distance measuring (EDM) devices for better accuracy.
  • Magnetic Locators— Surveyors need to determine the location of certain features, and these devices can be used to quickly and accurately locate objects made of ferrous metals.
  • Poles, Tripods, and Mounts— These tools are essential for ensuring the most accurate and stable readings, and they can be used on all types of surveying equipment.
Feel free to look at the broad selection we have at Engineer Supply.

How do I use Seco survey tools?

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Surveyors have to make precise measurements, and they use a variety of tools to get what they need. Every tool by Seco has its own features and design specifications, so be sure to look at the user manual for more specific information.

How do I take care of my Seco tools?

Here are some tips on how you can take care of your Seco tools:
  • Service them annually— Get into the habit of sending your equipment in every year for servicing. A service center will be able to go through everything and fix anything that’s “drifting off” from the device’s specifications.
  • Regularly calibrate them by checking against control points— You should calibrate your equipment at least every two weeks by checking the readings on a known point.
  • Stay current on software upgrades— Software upgrades will often come a couple times a year. Keeping up with this type of regular maintenance will improve their performance and will fix any bugs that may be present in previous software releases.
  • Use a carrying case for storage and transport— Any professional surveying tool will come with a rugged carrying case, so it’s important to make use of it.
  • Clean them on a regular basis— You can clean your surveying tools with soap and water, but you can also use alcohol wipes. However, you need to use a lens cleaner to wipe off the lens.
Be sure to read the device’s manual for more specific information on how to take care of it properly.

What's included in a boundary survey?

A boundary survey is used to determine the limits of a specific property. It’s primarily focused on defining the corners of a plot of land, and people will often have it done before they buy, split, build, or improve upon it. The surveyor will make a drawing after the boundary survey has been completed, and it must include measurements that are as accurate as possible.

What kind of equipment is made by Seco?

Seco manufactures a variety of tools and accessories that are used in surveying, construction, as well as in many industries that use GPS/GNSS technology. And if you’re looking for a place that offers a broad selection of Seco tools, be sure to look at what we have at Engineer Supply.
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