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We test Trimble's budget-friendly GNSS receiver and were totally impressed by its performance in harsh GPS environments. The R2s advanced Floodlight technology seems to hold its own against the R10 and R12 with ProPoint technology.  Is this the best Trimble receiver on the market?
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We explain the difference between the Ranger 5 and TSC5.  Both are both top-of-the-line survey controllers from Trimble that share nearly identical features, but the Ranger 5 is sold in two configurations.  Choosing the right one for you can save money.
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Stop losing time waiting on your instrument to find you! GPS Search is available in Trimble Access and works on the TSC3 and newer Trimble data collectors - without adding any new hardware!  We show you how to get it set up and stop wasting time in the field.
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With chip shortages affecting nearly every industry, some of our customers have had to get creative to keep their 3D systems working.  Trimble has not been immune to production delays, so we decided to see how the ruggedized Samsung Tab Active Pro 10.1" compared to Trimble's TD520 display for Earthworks grade control systems
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From the original R8 GPS receiver to the GNSS capable R8 Model 2, 3 and 4, through the latest R8s, we provide real-world experience and compare and highlight the differences between Trimble's R8 series receivers to help you make the best decision for your application and budget.
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Survey Pro software is available in individual licensed modules or the full-featured set included in Survey Pro MAX.  We breakdown which features are included with each module and the cost of each.
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From best practices for charging / discharging to how long batteries should last in the field - and of course, how do they compare to cheap generic / aftermarket batteries? 
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Universal vs robotic total stations?  We compare and highlight the differences between Trimble's SPS series robotic total stations to help you make the best decision for your application and budget.
For this how-to guide we get connected through Bluetooth using Trimble Access to a Trimble R8 or R10. This process is the same for ALL Trimble GPS and GNSS receivers using Bluetooth, including R12, R10, R6, SPS881, SPS882, SPS985..etc
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There are plenty of options for selling your used Trimble equipment. Some require more or less work than others, and some provide more value for your gear and your time. So, let's look at the best ways you can sell your used survey or machine control equipment.
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Positioning Solutions highly recommends you are running the latest firmware on your SPS GPS and GNSS receivers as well as Trimble radios and robotic total stations. Check the compatibility chart to see if your hardware will work with the latest version of SCS900 ver 3.74 (TSC3).

SCS900 ver 3.74 (TSC3) Trimble Hardware

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A quick guide for setting up your new R8 series or R10 Trimble base and rover receivers using Trimble Access. 

Intended use: 

This is a quick start guide and should be used to test your equipment BEFORE heading out to the field. Use this as a reference only. 

Many of our land survey customers are first-time users of Trimble RTK equipment.  If you've purchased your system from Positioning Solutions, our sales support team has already set up your Bluetooth connections, basic Survey Styles and radio settings so your equipment arrives ready to work.  

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