I am currently using only Sokkia instruments and I don't have a robotic total station.
Now, I would like to buy a second-hand robotic instrument and I'd like to take this chance to try a Leica equipment.
I have considered some options and I intend to buy a Leica TCRA+ 1101. Some of them have got the powersearch function, and some other don't. I found a quite good piece of equipment that I might buy, but this one hasn't got the Powersearch function.
Since I mostly intend to use this equipment for one-man survey, I am wondering if the TCRA+ without power search can still be easily used in one-man configuration, or, on the contrary, if the Powersearch function is really crucial for an effective use by a single operator from the pole.
Mant thanks in advance for your suggestions,
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I second the Powersearch option. Especially if you plan on using it as a one manned crew. Unless you're only planning on taking a few shots, and have few jobs where you need to survey, you will get very frustrated when you lose lock, and have to joystick to your location every time. Powersearch will save you a ton of time and frustration.
I third the powersearch option. Trying to keep a robot locked on you is tough enough, and the powersearch isn't perfect but it's pretty darn good.
First of all the only instruments I have bought or used for the last 45 years have been Wild / Leica instruments. The work better than any thing else. I still have some T2002 and T3000's that are more dependable than any of the new stuff.
DO NOT BUY A USED TPS 1100 OR 1200 SERIES INSTRUMENT. THERE ARE NO SPARE PARTS FOR REPAIR OF ELECTRONICS AVALABLE. OR ANY INSTRUMENT MORE THAN 4 YEARS OLD.
IF YOU GET ANY ERROR CODE STARTING WITH 8 THE INSTRUMENT IS JUNK.
I would go with a Leica TS16 or TS12P Leica has an good interest free Lease to Own program.
Ciao Masssimo, presumo tu sia italiano e quindi mi viene più semplice risponderti.
Io lavoro con TRCA 1102+. Se devi lavorare da solo il Powersearch è fondamentale in quanto lo strumento ti cerca nei casi in cui ti perde..... e credimi... sono diverse le situazioni un cui si sgancia. Il mio consiglio è di prenderlo con il sistema di ricerca del prisma. Saluti
Thank you to everybody for giving me your advice.
Since my primary purpose for buying a robotic instrument is the possibility of using it by a single operator from the pole, I would say that, according to all the answers I received so far, it will be much better for me to go for a solution with the PowerSearch.
Thanks again and kind regards,