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Old 01-29-2015, 07:52 PM   #1
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Looking for recommendations on a good quality circuit tracer that won't break the bank. What's everyone use?
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Looking for recommendations on a good quality circuit tracer that won't break the bank. What's everyone use?
What's your budget?
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Old 01-29-2015, 10:41 PM   #3
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What's your budget?

Can I get a quality tracer for $500? I know greenlee is over $1000 and ideal is $700-800.
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This kid is all about the cheap circuit tracers
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Amprobe CT-100.$409 on Amazon. Been using that model for 10 years.
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That link got my digging into his other posts, and all I can say is


I like that tracer though. It works really well.
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OP, do a search on here, this has been beaten to death already.
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I use the Amprobe Pasar AT2004 and have used it for over 10 yrs. it retails for $1000+ but is available for less than $500 used if you shop around. The Amprobe AT4001 is available for around $500 new. I've never used that model however.
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What about for non live wires?


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We just purchased the Ideal 61-957. Well worth the cost. Might be out of your price range?
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I have a ton of experience locating underground problems with a Timco Spitfire and a Metrotech 9800 series locator and make out OK. Now moving to wires enclosed in walls(any) I have a Greenlee 2011 and a Chinese/Fluke(not sold in the us),can't say I have ever solved a problem with either one. Has anybody here at ET personally purchased,own,and used a particular wire tracer in the first person?? Are you willing to share your experiences? The Ideal tracers look and sound great,but boy are they expensive! I'm tired of spending money on "Urban Legends".
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With you on the underground. Fisher TW-6 and Aquatronics fault locator. Indoors with the Ideal tracer without the induction clamp. Generally works well. Don't give up on the old methods of looking for the hump in the wall when looking for the missing box while using these. 100% perfect, maybe 90% with practice. Certainly better than blind and handy on the underground in the hole trying to get close to that UF without doing more damage. Now that I have one, I'd definitely wouldn't be without it. Try Ebay for savings/used.
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OP, do a search on here, this has been beaten to death already.
I don't know when the last time you did a word search here, but since the change in ownership, it Seems like the search feature doesn't work anywhere near as well as it used to.

Weird. Or maybe it's just me.
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I don't do any new residential. Most calls I get are on older timber framed/mortise and tenon joined,wood plaster lath older homes. I don't have any complaints with the underground devices,just the ones advertised for interior the wall use. It's surprising none of the manufactures Greenlee,Ideal,Fluke,etc.respond to any of these post.
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The Amprobe and many others come with a transmitter to induce a signal on a dead circuit.
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