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Earth Fault Locator for DC Systems

Ideal for precise location of high resistance faults on floating DC systems


• Locates Earth faults on live DC circuits

• Sensitive to faults as high as 68k ohm

• Does not affect system integrity

• Traces and locates multiple faults on systems

• Unaffected by load current or ripple

• Easy to use, battery powered

• Can be tuned to the fault current only

• Works on live systems up to 300 volt

• Locates faults in machine windings

• Traces earth faults on thermocouples

The Grouser is an easy to use Earth fault locator that was designed to operate on live, floating DC systems with voltages up to 300 volt DC.


Grouser will not interfere with sensitive equipment connected to the DC system and is unaffected by ripple, or switching transients.



The Grouser Transmitter is connected between the DC circuit and earth, if a fault or multiple faults are present a low frequency current will flow between the transmitter through the circuit to the fault and then back via the earth forming a current loop.


The Grouser receiver can then trace the low frequency signal by use of the special search coils (3 sizes are provided) with pin point accuracy to the earth fault or faults.

Grouser Transmitter


Battery powered transmitter outputs 9 volt RMS open circuit, 50mA short circuit. The output frequency is pre-set at between 11.0 Hz and 12.0 Hz and factory matched to the receiver frequency.


The unit can operate on live circuits up to 300 volt DC, it is fuse protected and has semi rotary controls to prevent accidental operation.

A LED gives indication of battery condition and on / off status.

Grouser Receiver


The receiver is battery powered, it has a large, easy to read analogue indicator and rotary gain control mounted on the front panel.


The frequency range is factory set between 11.2 and 11.8 Hz, this low, very precise frequency enables the Grouser to operate with a clean signal even in “noisy” conditions. There is also a 10 turn capacitive balance control that enables the operator to cancel out capacitive signals and view the fault signal independent of other factors.

Inductive Sensing Heads


The search coils are made of a special magnetic alloy, laminated and epoxy resin sealed, wound with robust insulated copper wire and encapsulated.


Four different sizes are available from 6mm, 30mm and 45mm, these are supplied as standard. A 55mm and 95mmhead are available as an optional extra.


The Grouser is supplied in a heavy duty leather case carry case with connection cables, clips and a comprehensive operation manual.


The principle of operation is straight forward, inject a small current at a specific frequency, trace only the current flow at that specific frequency, where the current flows to earth is where the fault or faults are.


In practice this is more complex than it would first appear, Grouser has overcome problems such as spillover, inductive coupling, interference, capacitive coupling, spurious noise, etc. etc.


The Grouser has had 20 years of continuous development, to refine this instrument to an easy to use practical tool, most importantly..........


It works !

• Frequency Preset in range 11.0 – 12.0 Hz


• Waveform Sinusoidal


• Open circuit voltage 8.5 - 9.0 v r.m.s.


• Short circuit current 55-65 mA subject to change


• Dimensions 240 x 160 x 90 mm. ABS case


• Weight 3.0 kg inc. 4 x PP9 batteries


• Max voltage to be 300V DC of either polarity

imposed-on Tx (auto - correcting ). No A.C.

from system


• Output fuse 250mA quick blow 5 x 20 mm


• Batteries


• (see below) 4x PP9 ( IEC equiv. 6F100) or Equiv


• Battery current 30mA av. varies with fault severity


• Controls One, Semi-rotary ON - OFF switch


• Terminals 2 x 4mm shrouded safety sockets

1 x 4mm transformer accessory skt.


• Frequency Fixed in range 11.2 - 11.8 Hz


• Sensitivity O.125mA for mid-scale meter


indication = 68k ohm fault


• Capacitive balance 0.22 - 30 Uf range


• Dimensions 190 x 110 x 60 mm excluding

knobs and handle


• Batteries 2 x MN1604 or 6LF22 equiv.


• Weight 1.25 kg inc batteries


• Controls Semi-rotary ON-OFF switch 10

Turn Balance potentiometer

Gain control


• Terminals Input, standard 6.3 mm jack

skt 2x4 mm shrouded REF



• Max Voltage to REF 300V DC


Grouser is the property of GFAL Limited 


Technical Details


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