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If you’re looking for a professional-grade magnetic locator that you can use to find land survey markers, iron water lines, or survey monuments, you can find what you need at Engineer Supply. We work with some of the best manufacturers in the industry, and we can sell them to you at a reasonable price. Feel free to look at what we have in stock, so you can find a utility locator that will meet your specific needs.

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A magnetic locator is a great tool to use if you need to find ferrous objects under the ground, under a body of water, or inside a layer of snow. This kind of utility locator will have adjustable sensitivity settings. So, you can find a small object up to 3 feet underground or a large object up to 17 feet underground. If you’re looking for a quality tool that can help you find underground utility lines and pipes, feel free to look at what we have at Engineer Supply.


Schonstedt makes one of the most reliable locators on the market, because it has unmatched sensitivity. This allows you to find what you’re looking for quickly and without running the risk of passing over your target. You can find pipes and cables with a receiver, which will find a specific electrical signal being sent through the line from a transmitter. Whether you’re looking for a Schonstedt magnetic locator or some other location tool, you can find what you need at Engineer Supply. Be sure to look at what we have in stock, so you can find a product that’s right for you!

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Whether you’re looking for a Schonstedt magnetic locator or a utility locator from some other brand, the tools we offer at Engineer Supply offer simple utility location with the utmost in reliability. We offer products from top-level brands, so you can be sure to get a magnetic locator that will give you the results you need. Feel free to look at the broad selection we have in our store. We’re sure you’ll be able to find a product that will meet your specific needs.


At Engineer Supply, we offer a broad selection of magnetic locators that can meet a variety of needs. All of our products are designed to meet the needs of the professional surveyor, so you can get a utility locator that will give you results. That’s why we’re one of the best places to buy surveying and construction tools online. If you’re ready to buy a Schonstedt magnetic locator or a tool from some other brand, feel free to look at what we have in our store.

The laser levels we represent and sell are rugged, durable, and user-friendly professional-grade tools. Many construction professionals are finding they need laser tools just to stay competitive in the industry. These laser leveling tools are used for leveling, plumbing, machine control, excavation work, landscaping, swimming pool construction, measuring elevation, measuring distance, alignment, site-prep grading, construction stake out, concrete leveling, home building, and many various construction job site tasks. We carry top brand names like CST/Berger, David White, Johnson Level, Northwest Instrument Laser Levels, Pacific Laser Systems, Skil Tools, Spectra Precision, Sokkia, Stanley Tools, and Topcon. Whether you're looking for discount laser levels, the best outdoor laser level, lazer level, laser levels for construction, laser level reviews, interior laser levels for installing drop ceilings, measuring long distances accurately, or laser levels for grading land, we have what you need.

Rotary laser levels produce a 360 degrees level laser line around a work space. Some models are for indoor use only, and some models will handle indoor and outdoor use. Rotary lasers have a greater range than line generators and are more ideal for larger and exterior work sites.

Line laser levels, also known as "Line Generators", are used primarily for single site interior work, such as a wall or ceiling. Most line generators project cross-hair lines. Depending on the model some will project different patterns including cross-hair, single lines, and even combination of both.

Plumb lasers or Dot Lasers produce a solid reference dot on the wall or work surface. These are usually used when you want something plumb or level but do not need a laser line produced. They come in a variety of dot patterns for plumb and square configurations.

Pipe Lasers are used to align pipe and assist in setting grade. They produce a single dot towards the front of the laser and usually include brackets and hardware to clamp onto pipe or manholes for alignment purposes.

Laser Detectors (aka Laser Receiver) are used to detect a laser levels beam when the human eye cannot. Typically used outdoors, laser detectors are usually attached to a grade rod and used to pick up a rotary laser levels beam for grading purposes.

Machine Control Laser Detectors are mounted to heavy equipment such a skid-steers, trackhoes, or bulldozers. They are the same as a regular laser detector only much larger so they the laser beam is easier to detect during the movement of heavy equipment, and they usually have a magnetic or clamp mount system for mounting to your blade, backhoe, or skid-steer.

Machine Control Systems are used to monitor the elevation of various point on heavy equipment from the cab. Mostly used for grading excavation jobs where time saving and accuracy is paramount.

Laser Level Accessories are used to hold or mount a laser level better, or laser level glasses that enhance a laser beam.

Laser Level Tripods are used to mount or hold a laser up high in a sturdy manner. Mostly used with rotary laser levels for jobsite use or in big open work areas.

Laser Level Jamb Poles are used to hold a laser level in the middle of a room by being jammed between floor and ceiling.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do magnetic locators work?

A magnetic locator can find ferrous objects that are buried underground, which can include the following:
  • Markers and pins.
  • PK nails.
  • Steel enclosures.
  • Reinforced tanks.
  • Steel pipe joints.
  • Valve and curve boxes.
  • Shut-off valves.
It can react to the outline of a ferrous object, so you can find its location underground.

Can magnetic locators be used for surveying?

If your job is to map out the location of underground utility lines or to locate corner markers and property pins for surveying, you can use a magnetic locator to find ferrous objects. For non-ferrous or non-metallic lines, you will need to use a utility locator that will transmit an electrical signal through the line (which you can detect with a receiver).

Where can I buy a quality magnetic locator?

If you’re looking for a Schonstedt magnetic locator or a product from some other brand, you can find what you need at Engineer Supply. We have variety of location tools from top-rated brands, which is why we’re one of the best places to find a utility locator online. Feel free to look at what we have in our store, so you can find a tool that will meet your specific needs.

What's the difference between a magnetic locator and a metal detector?

Both metal detectors and magnetic locators can be used to find metals, but there’s one key difference between the two. Magnetic locators can only find ferrous metals, while metal detectors can find all types of metals and minerals.

What are the best types of magnetic locators?

Finding the right magnetic locator is a decision that many surveyors need to make, and there are some things you have to consider before you make your choice:
  • Do you need a case, and does it need to be hard or soft?
  • Do you need a visual indicator (such as an LCD screen)?
  • Do you need to use headphones in case you’re in a noisy area?
You should also consider the following:
  • Battery life
  • Size
  • Cost
  • Warranty
  • Weight
Feel free to look at what we have at Engineer Supply, so you can find a utility locator that will meet your specific needs.

Magnetic Locator Uses

Magnetic Locators, also known as Ferro Magnetic Locators, can locate items buried underground such as Mag nails and PK nails that land surveyors use, manhole lid covers since they are usually made of cast iron, rebar that's used to mark property corners, marker magnets, and anything that a magnet will stick to. Magnetic Locators can save time by avoiding unnecessary digging while helping you find what you're looking for and and accurately. Schonstedt Locators, CST/berger Magna-Traks, Dunham and Morrow Locators, and Subsurface Instruments Locators are all well-known brands that have been around a long time and are known for their reliability and accuracy. Many models of magnetic location equipment comes with a hard or soft case included. We have seen that both types of cases offer benefit. The hard case offers more protection of course, but the soft case is more preferred due to where the locator can be stored, such as behind a truck seat, or in a tight compartment in a survey vehicle. Try a new Magnetic Locator today and have a solid tool for locating underground ferrous materials. Let us know how we can help you. You might consider reading our article about Schonstedt Underground Utility Location Tools.
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