Land Surveyor Tools

Top Tools Used by Land Surveyors: A Comprehensive List

Land Surveyors in our community know that if you don't have the right tool, the job cannot be finished.   Surveyors know how important it is to have the right tools for the job. While the specific equipment needed may vary depending on the type of surveying being done, there are some basic tools that every land surveyor needs. Here is a list of the top tools used by land surveyors on a daily basis:

  1. Surveying Instrument: A total station, drone or GPS/GNSS equipment with a plumb system is necessary for almost all types of surveying work. Total stations are preferred as they save valuable time by recording data on each shot.

  2. Surveying Tripod: A sturdy tripod with a 5/8 x 11 threaded bolt is essential for holding instruments securely and remaining level without vibrating.

  3. Prism Pole and Prism: If you're using a Total Station that is not "reflectorless", you will need a prism pole and prism.

  4. Magnetic Locator: If you want to locate property corners accurately, a magnetic locator is a must-have tool. The Schonstedt 52Cx is a reliable and affordable option.

  5. Brush Axe: A brush axe is handy for clearing a path through the woods and marking boundary lines on trees.

  6. Surveyor Safety Vest: A reflective Class II surveying vest with pockets for storing cell phones and batteries is essential for safety.

  7. Surveyors Roll Flagging: Some have said that Presco Texas Flagging is the best and most durable option for marking lines or tying around property corners and trees.

In addition to these tools, it's also a good idea to carry both a field book for taking notes on the job site as well as your Land Surveyors United Digital Fieldbook for quick support. Among other things needed daily, wood stakes or rebar for marking property corners, and other surveying supplies like inverted marking paint, transit level, and survey nails and tacks. Land surveyors carry their office with them.

Lastly, it's always a good idea to have some extra tools and supplies on hand just in case. Consider adding tools like a distance measuring wheel, hammer, gammon reels, plumb bob, walkie-talkie radios, and bug spray to your survey truck. With the right tools and supplies, you can ensure that you're always prepared for any surveying task.

Want even more cool tools to try out?   Here are some tools created just for Land Surveyors, by A to Zenith.

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Land Surveyors United members use a LOT of different types of tools to accomplish their daily work. We, of course, are not merely talking about Total Stations and GPS equipment.

Land Surveyor Tools and AppsMore specifically, we are talking about community tools such as mobile apps, our support forum and various other tools for finding the type of information Land Surveyors need each and every day. In this page you will see a gateway to many of those important tools, including Hubs for getting targeted advice in the field.

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