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Surveyor1985
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February 7, 2019 6:47 pm  

Hello all,

I am just getting started and have purchased an older total station (specifically a Sokkia SET 5..). Can I run a newer data collector with this or do I need to get something a little older? I have been looking at some used TSC2 rangers on EBAY with Survey Pro that are going for 500$. Any advice or experiences you have had would be greatly appreciated. Please keep in mind that I am just getting started and cannot go out and get any top of the line equipment right now. Thanks!

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Jeran Hopfe
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February 8, 2019 9:19 am  

MicroSurvey FieldGenius has had support for both of these items in the past, but are currently not maintained/updated (they are both old, so it may not matter).  You can request a free demo here:  https://www.microsurvey.com/products/fieldgenius/ to try it out and see if it works for you.  It may allow you to make the connection between the two pieces of equipment, and is reasonably priced if you would like to purchase.  I realize that you are just getting started, but I don't think the Spectra software will allow that connection.


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JerryS
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February 8, 2019 9:25 am  

Survey Pro has drivers that will work with a SET 5.  If I am not mistaken, you should use the SET 2-WAY driver.

JerryS


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Nate The Surveyor
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February 8, 2019 4:27 pm  

Congrats. As a new surveyor, I cannot help but say "get reflectorless". I like the narrow beam ones. That's gonna be Leica. I don't know if anybody else made a good narrow beam one.

The things you can do w/ reflectorless, well, it's well worth it.

N

Surveying is more than a Job----it is a passion to provide a foundation for future generation, that is beyond reproach.

Nate


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Surveyor1985
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February 8, 2019 5:47 pm  

Thanks for the feedback. I may just purchase one and see how it works. Worst case I can just sell it if they cant communicate. The gun came with a HP48 but I do not have the download software and haven't used a 48 in about 15 years.


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A Harris
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February 9, 2019 12:20 am  

Have available some transfer programs for the HP48 - SMI Tfr 98 (up to v6) and SMI Tfr v7 (all versions) and TDS and onboard software for Sokkia Set ?30R Series and Manuals in pdf. Still looking for my version of KERMIT.

Can also transfer with most versions of Carlson Cadd programs.

Will  definately work on a computer with a serial port (winxp pro 32 $75 & up) and null modem cable ($5 & up) from EBay or.

Would not install on my Win 7 Pro 64, must be a 32 system.

h a r r i s s u r v           a t                y a h o o  d o t  c o m

RPLS NE Texas
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dms330
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February 10, 2019 9:25 am  

When I was just starting out i got decent new equipment from Hayes on a "worry free lease".

In my opinion it's just not worth it to be behind the curve with equipment.

Best of luck,

David M. Simolo, LS
Finger Lakes Region, Upstate NY


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KevinFoshee
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February 11, 2019 9:42 am  

New data collector and old instrument should work. I have a spectra precision nomad that I purchased new in 2013. I have used it with various older guns. I think I even used a Set 5 or  Set 6 with it.

Nate's right about reflectorless. I got spoiled to a Trimble S6 robot when I worked for someone else. A good reflectorless can be ALMOST as productive. Topcon uses a narrow beam as well. I can shoot through a hole in the brush to get that one building corner that would otherwise require an extra setup.


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