Schonstedt GA-52CX Magnetic Locator

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Schonstedt GA-52CX Magnetic Locator

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Schonstedt GA-52CX Magnetic Locator. Only two Controls - Designed for one-hand operations! The GA-52Cx Locator detects the magnetic field of iron and steel objects, with unmatched sensitivity. 7 Year Warranty from Schonstedt. Be sure to read our article Schonstedt GA-52CX Magnetic Locator, Schonstedt GA-72CD Metered Magnetic Locator and Schonstedt Spot Magnetic Locator Comparison.

Schonstedt GA-52CX Magnetic Locator Features

Schonstedt’s underground magnetic locators have been setting the standards for reliability and dependability for over 50 years. They are designed to withstand the rigors of daily on-site usage and a wide range of environmental conditions. High levels of sensitivity allow you to find what you’re looking for quickly, without the risk of passing over your target. 85% of the Surveyor market can’t be wrong. The audio output tone frequency increases or decreases with gradient field intensity. As the detected signal strength increases, the frequency of the audio tone on the GA-52Cx increases. Therefore, when the signal strength is about zero, the frequency of the audio output is higher than the Idling frequency that exists at the time when the signal strength is approximately zero. This Schonstedt locator contains the HeliFlux® sensors for optimal performance. It will provide a response to iron and steel objects only as it is a magnetic locator. You can easily locate steel pipe joints, iron pipes, pk nails, a corner marker, a steel manhole cover or other ferrous metal objects with pinpoint accuracy. There are many features that make this device stand out from the crowd, including a modular design, rugged construction and high-performance components, and a 7 year warranty. This model provides no response to aluminum, brass, or copper like all of Schonstedt's underground magnetic pipe locators.


The GA-52Cx Locator detects the magnetic field of iron and steel objects, with unmatched sensitivity. Only two Controls! Designed for one-hand operations, the On/Off-Sensitivity and Volume controls are located on the underside of the cover. This provides easy access, protects the knobs and contributes to their overall ruggedness and dependability.

  • High Sensitivity with 5 Levels
  • Audio Output
  • No response to aluminum, brass, or copper
  • HeliFlux® sensors
  • Modular construction; high performance components
  • 7-year warranty

This Schonstedt magnetic locator is used across a wide variety of industrial applications. From road construction and maintenance to land surveying. As a supplier of Schonstedt locators, we stock the entire line of products for quick distribution. As a piece of land surveying equipment, Schonstedt Instrument Company has designed the device for easy location of a wide variety of ferromagnetic objects including survey pins. In fact, if you are looking for a device to find property line marker pins with unmatched sensitivity, this device is ideal. This pipe locator offers reliability and will make locating markers and other ferrous metal objects a breeze. The device provides a clear audio detection signals when you pass over ferromagnetic objects. A burbling sound indicates the presence of energized power lines. It works in a variety of environmental conditions and this will not influence the meter indication unless associated with a magnetic structure.

The Schonstedt ga 52cx magnetic locator is also used by professionals in the following industries: Surveying and Mapping, Construction and Excavation, Contract Locating, Gas and Oil Pipelines, Roads and Transportation, Facilities Management and Power and Electric. This Schonstedt model provides no response to aluminum, brass, or copper since it is a magnetic locator. This unit is made of high performance components and comprises incredibly tough production techniques which enable it to hold up to a lot of wear and tear. The device will locate buried ferrous objects and and ignore nonferrous metals was designed for use in challenging field conditions. The device is powered by 2 9v alkaline batteries. You can operate the unit with one hand operation. You will clearly see your targets on the display bar graph. When it comes time to update your batteries for continued operation, the design offers easy access battery removal and replacement.

This model offers 5 levels of adjustable sensitivity accessed through an on / off sensitivity control to locate actual targets in all ground conditions. In addition the device includes a headphone jack and an adjustable volume control. This model weighs approximately 2.5 lb or 1.13 kg in total. This instrument ships in an industrial hard case for protection. If you require a device to act as a data collector, you will want to consider the next model up, the GA-72cd. The GA-72CD also has the option of nulling or peaking. Once the user becomes familiar with the instrument, it is easier to tell small pieces of scrap iron from large with laser precision.

How to Locate Cast-Iron Pipes with the GA-52cx

The strongest magnetic signals are produced by cast-iron pipes at their joints.

In order to begin the search, follow these steps:

  1. Adjust the sensitivity level for maximum sensitivity.
  2. Hold the locator vertically between 1 and 1-1/2 feet above the ground.
  3. Do not turn or tilt the locator while walking.
  4. Mark the locations where the signal levels are the highest.
  5. Bring the locator to an area of maximum signal strength and hold it several inches above the surface. Reduce the sensitivity for the second pass. Pipes up to four inches in diameter can be found as deep as ten feet.

Schonstedt GA-52Cx Specifications:

  • INPUT POWER: Supplied by two 9V batteries
  • BATTERY LIFE: 40 hours (intermittent usage)
  • OUTPUT: Approximately 40 Hz idle tone in speaker. Tone frequency increases (or decreases) with gradient-field intensity.
  • WEIGHT: Approximately 2.5 lb (1.13 kg)
  • OPERATING TEMP: -13° to 140°F (-25° to 60°C)
  • OVERALL LENGTH: 42.5" (107.4 cm)
  • WATERPROOF LENGTH: 34.5" (87.6 cm)
  • NOMINAL SENSOR SPACING: 20" (50.8 cm)
  • CONSTRUCTION: Rugged, modular all solid state in aluminum casing

Schonstedt GA-52Cx Standard Equipment:

  • Carrying Case
  • Two 9V Batteries - In unit, ready to go!

Why buy your Schonstedt Industrial Detector From Us?

We are a factory authorized Schonstedt Distributor. We stock their entire range of products and accessories. Schonstedt products include industry-leading Pipe and Cable locators and Magnetic detection devices. We have product specialists on staff to support your needs. We work closely with Schonstedt to stay current with their latest products and technologies. Our product specialists will take the time to help you pick out the right Schonstedt model for your needs.