The VM-550 pipe and cable locator is general purpose locators used to detect buried pipe and cable services in a variety of situations. The VM-550 has achieved a compact and lightweight design without compromising strength and performance. With a choice of passive power locating and active 8kHz and 83kHz frequencies the VM-550 is designed to meet the requirements of those wishing to detect the presence of active power cables and also wishing to trace short ranges. It is particularly useful in helping to detect and trace short distance drop wires. The VM-550 transmitter can supply a very useful 1 watt signal power. Signal application can be either direct connection or, if there is no access point, Induction. With the addition of the optional signal clamp the VM-550 transmitter can be applied to the target line no matter what the situation.