WILTSHIRE underground services specialist Mans International claims to have reinvented the cable avoidance tool, providing a cable and pipe locator that does not require the expensive calibration of conventional CATs.
The Easyloc uses a more powerful transmitter than current CATs, enabling it to identify cables at lower depths, said managing director Mike Napper.
He said: 'It does the same thing as a CAT but is easier to hold and easier to maintain.
There is a long-term moan about the cost of calibrating CATs. Because the Easyloc self-checks, hirers and users can be trained to do their own function test for around £25.' Mans International, now known as Seba KMT, offers a range of detection tools for water leaks and telecom and electrical faults.
Mr Napper said: 'With the range of tools a contractor can identify the fault and all the services nearby, which should mean the hole you dig to repair will be much smaller.'