Affordable non-robotic gun for side work?
I’m been doing a lot of thinking about getting into some limited sidework. As much as I’d love to get a Leica TS16 with a new carlson RT4 tablet and a pair of BRx7 recievers, that doesn’t fit the bill of sidework.
As I primarily plan to pursue boundary work, robotic isn’t absolutely necessary (something I can’t believe I’m saying, but it seems there is a significant price jump for robotic).
Right now I’ve been looking at a nikon nemo 3″, but I also used some topcons 10+ plus years ago and recall liking them, but don’t remember specifics and don’t really know which ones are worth looking at.
I’m interested in others experience or recommendations for non-robotic guns? (or affordable robotic)
Additional details (to answer anticipated questions):
I am licensed, been going for about 15 years now, and recently jumped ship to a much less stressful, strict 40hr/week (no O/T!) survey job. However it’s all construction related (sort of), and I’m really missing all the boundary work I used to do (but not missing the stress of the big consulting firm grind). I understand there is a lot more to doing my own work than just getting a gun. I’ve been real close in the past years to going out on my own fulltime, but never took the jump. I guess this is my way of getting my toes wet without having to rely on it for income. I understand sidework would still require setting up proper contracting/t&c, possibly e&o insurance, etc.
One more question if you bothered to read this far: I think my ideal realistic setup would include a gun that I can run with a collector running survce (again probably would go the less reliable used route for now, maybe a used Allegro or Surveyor+), purchase Starnet, and intellicad, or possibly Carlson Survey with Intellicad. My software experience is unfortunately in the high-priced land (civil3d, bentley inroads, TBC), so I can’t really afford to go that route.
Would would you recommend for affordable adjustment/processing/drafting tools?
…or maybe I just need someone to tell me to stop messing around and go full time solo 🙂
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