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Trimble Product Comparisons & Field Tips

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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Trimble MT1000 Multitrack prisms can contribute to vertical errors if any of the LEDs have been disrupted.  In this user tip, we show you how to check for vertical errors and how to mitigate them using the semi-active option in Access 2017

The Trimble SPS85x receiver is an excellent and versatile tool for small or large projects.  It's internal 900 MHz radio can provide RTK corrections to contractors GCS900 and Site Positioning equipment, while simultaneously providing the latest CMR corrections to your survey crew either locally through a TDL450 UHF radio or remotely through the internet.

We cover its capabilities and explain the differences between the SPS85x line up (850, 851, 852, 855)

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We compare the Trimble R8 Model 3 receiver for survey against the Trimble SPS882 receiver for construction.  Both 220 channel GNSS receivers from the same company.  So what's the difference?
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We help you narrow down the choices between Trimble's S-series instruments, including the S3, S5, S6, S7 and S9.  What the options are and why it matters
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