New features make precise locating practices faster

GREENVILLE, S.C. — McLaughlin is introducing a new utility locator, Vision LX that combines trusted precision with a simple, user-friendly interface. Contractors face congested underground conditions, unmarked utilities and increasingly strict regulations, making accurate, timely locating more important than ever.

With the Vision LX, users can expect the same core qualities that defined the Verifier G2 product line including: a durable design with antennas mounted in rubber isolators to standup to the toughest jobsite conditions and the exclusive McLaughlin three-year warranty and weather-proof guarantee.

Combination peak and null screen

In addition to the separate peak and null locating screens found on the previous Verifier models, the Vision LX features a new combination screen. This eliminates the need for users to toggle between two screens and enables them to capitalize on the benefits of both functions — the accuracy of peak mode and the user-friendly null mode.

Semiautomatic and manual gain adjustment

McLaughlin strives to provide the most accurate locating tools in the industry, which is why it maintained the semiautomatic gain adjustment feature. Gain adjustment refers to the receiver’s sensitivity to the magnetic field emitted by a utility line.

“The benefit of the semiautomatic gain is that it’s a very precise method of locating — especially in congested areas — and the technology is exclusive to McLaughlin,” says Matt Manning, product manager of electronics at McLaughlin. “Because manual gain is a more commonly used method of locating, some contractors are hesitant to try the semiautomatic gain feature.”

The LX has dual functionality, which means contractors can engage the semiautomatic gain on congested, urban jobsites where signal distortion is a common challenge, and the manual gain method when working in less congested areas.

Automatic depth and current measurement index (CMI)

Another feature that adds to the user-friendly nature of the LX is the addition of an automatic depth and current measurement index. When the user is over a utility line, instead of having to manually press a button, the estimated depth and CMI will now be automatically displayed.

“The automatic depth estimate offers the user a nice interface. It’s easier, faster and more user-friendly,” says Manning.


The LX includes a new compass icon. The icon provides a straightforward visual representation of a utility’s position in reference to the receiver. The compass icon simplifies the locating process by automatically calculating peak signal, and quickly informing the user the direction of the utility path making it easier to locate the entire line.

A locator for all markets, skill levels

The new LX features focus on ease-of-use and upholds the standard of precision and accuracy for which McLaughlin tools are known. Users new to the locating profession will appreciate the streamlined design and simple interface; advanced operators have the option to capitalize on some of the industry’s most advanced locating technology — all in one device.

“McLaughlin is dedicated to its customers and delivering products that meet their needs,” says Manning. “With the Vision LX, we are responding to our customers’ request for a simpler, quicker locator that maintained the current accuracy, durability and reliability of its predecessors.”

The Vision LX by McLaughlin is available now in all markets. To learn more about the Vision LX and other McLaughlin locating tools, visit

For over 90 years, McLaughlin has been actively involved in the drilling tool industry. During that time McLaughlin has developed a reputation for designing and building dependable, low maintenance trenchless construction equipment. McLaughlin takes pride in providing solutions for OEMs and the underground industry.


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