gps tracker question

Discussion in 'Stolen Equipment' started by SILVERSTREAK INC, Dec 16, 2008.


    SILVERSTREAK INC LawnSite Senior Member
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    ..i figured this forum was closest to my topic...

    does anyone have a good way of gps tracking equipment? i was thinking one of those little "bug" devices that are about the size of a button battery you always see on movies

    i know most cell phones have gps locators in them...

    i found some larger versions but theyre the size of a pack of smokes and the battery life is only 2 days, there are dog collars with a 7 day battery life. i was thinking of something small that would stay on stand by until asked to transmit coords

    the large unit i may hardwire to my new skidsteer, as it will be on salt piles at different parking lots all winter, some without cameras, though chaining it to a ballard does give me a little sense of security

    but for a small unit, i was thinking of bugging my mower and even my brand new push blower, which doesnt have a battery to hardwire to....even if not cost effective i want it for the steal my things and ill find them and have on paper where they are...

    anyone ever tried anything like this?
  2. Magnum Services

    Magnum Services LawnSite Member
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    No I have not but the equipment rental place here in Kentucky takes an Arc or Mig welder and welds their name all over their equipment so if it does get stolen it is easily identifiable to everyone who sees it . I know it has cut down the theft of their equipment to nearly zero .
  3. Magnum Services

    Magnum Services LawnSite Member
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    Someone on a different thread suggested to try for a GPS system .
  4. Mowing Mike

    Mowing Mike LawnSite Member
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  5. Paradise Landscapes

    Paradise Landscapes LawnSite Senior Member
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    For vehicles and laptops, there's Lojack. On my laptop I have LoJack. I bought it for college and plan on using it for my landscape business after I graduate with my 4 year degree.
  6. NeroGPS

    NeroGPS LawnSite Member
    from Toronto
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    I work for a GPS Tracking company and there is nothing like what you see in the movies. The reason for this is that batteries are too big and don't last long enough.

    For a skidsteer, the best thing to do would be to discretely hardwire a system in. As long as you turn it on about once a week, it won't kill your battery and will be able to give you a current location every minute.

    GPS can also help with much more than just telling you where your stuff is.

    If you have any questions please feel free to pm me or email me at
  7. JosephLawnCare

    JosephLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
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    I sent you an email!!!
  8. Flow Control

    Flow Control LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Anyone that wants to be able to locate a stolen machine, should atleast check into something similar to

    It has a battery that will last 5+ yrs. You can't track its every movement. But if you ever had something stolen you could know where it is at.
  9. JosephLawnCare

    JosephLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
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    Seeing all the interest in this topic makes me want to see a "bait mower" on tv. Have you seen the bait car shows on court tv? It would be cool and interesting if they did that for us lco's.
  10. willretire@40

    willretire@40 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from VA
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