(Topic ID: 300428)

Cable locator tool?

By ravve

3 days ago



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    #1 3 days ago

    Anyone knows if a cable seeker tool, with a sender and a receiver, is useful for troubleshooting pinball machines? For instans to follow a cable and know where it goes, if it is broke, etc.

    An example is Fluke 2042:

    https://www.fluke.com/sv-se/produkt/elektrisk-testning/grundlaggande-testare/fluke-2042

    #2 3 days ago
    Quoted from ravve:

    Anyone knows if a cable seeker tool, with a sender and a receiver, is useful for troubleshooting pinball machines? For instans to follow a cable and know where it goes, if it is broke, etc.
    An example is Fluke 2042:
    https://www.fluke.com/sv-se/produkt/elektrisk-testning/grundlaggande-testare/fluke-2042

    Possibly but not likely. Games all have the wiring color coded so you can "easily" trace from one end to another. I say "easily" because sometimes it's still tedious but I don't see how a seeker would help.

    However some games do not have colored wiring, or it's faded, damaged, hacked maybe. In these cases I could see it being potentially useful.

    #3 3 days ago

    I have a Sperry Wire Tracker that I have had limited success with. On EMs, parallel circuits make it difficult to use. I found it was easier to open the loom and hand over fist trace a wire(if they weren’t color coded).

    #4 3 days ago

    Here's the English link: https://www.fluke.com/en/product/electrical-testing/basic-testers/fluke-2042

    Quoted from FlippyD:

    However some games do not have colored wiring, or it's faded, damaged, hacked maybe.

    Trying to figure out wiring colors when they're so faded and discolored is certainly not my favorite thing to do. If there was a tool that could help make wiring easier to trace in that situation, that would be awesome.

    Quoted from Billc479:

    On EMs, parallel circuits make it difficult to use.

    Yeah, I don't think this tool is intended to be used in situations where wiring is tightly packed together like on a pin. It seems to be more designed for helping with wiring that has more separation, like electrical or network cabling in walls.

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