Trimble S3 2" DR Robotic Total Station w/ TSC3 Controller

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Trimble S3 2-inch Robotic Autolock Total Station w/ Trimble TSC3 2.4 GHz Field Controller Data Collector

Item ID: X2828-L/T* X2691-L/T*
Condition: Refurbished
Warranty: 90 Day Exchange


* Trimble S3 2" DR Robotic Total Station [ID- X2828-L/T*]
         - Robotic
         - Autolock
         - 2.4 GHz Antenna
* Trimble TSC3 Data Collector w/ Options.. [ID- X2691-L/T*]
          - Trimble Access Version: 2014.12
          - General Survey
          - Settings
          - Roads
          - Equip manager
          - Marketplace
          - Equipment Agent
          - Construction Instruments
* QTY. 2  Antennas
* Trimble Battery Charger P/N: 10900
* Trimble 73840019 Power Cable
* Sun Shade
* Stylus
* QTY. 2 Battery Packs
* QTY. 2 AC Adapter/Chargers
* QTY. 4 Power Cord's
* RS232 PC Interface Cable
* USB PC Interface Cable
* Rain Cover For S3
* User Manual On CD-ROM
* Hard Carrying Case (G)


Trimble S3 2" DR Robotic Total Station Trimble TSC3 Data Collector
- Robotic
- Autolock
- 2.4 GHz Radio

- Trimble Access Version: 2014.12
- General Survey
- Settings
- Roads
- Equip Manager
- Marketplace
- Equipment Agent
- Construction Instruments

Trimble S3 Total Station

All you need to perform efficient surveying campaigns is included in the Trimble® S3 Robotic Total Station solution: An accurate and reliable instrument, integrated robotic radio and popular Trimble TSC3 controller optimized for Trimble Access field software, integrated high capacity battery and dual charger. The Trimble TSC3 controller, included in the robotic solution, is a groundbreaking handheld field computing solution that streamlines the flow of everyday surveying work and the number of peripheral devices you need in the field.

The new Trimble S3 Total Station is backed by Trimble’s extensive and knowledgeable dealer network providing world-class training, service, and support to maintain your productivity. Whether you need to equip a new survey crew, replace older gear, or start a new office, the Trimble S3 Total Station can be depended on to get the job done well.

The Trimble S3 Total Station is built upon proven Trimble technologies. The instrument contains the reliable servo drives based on MagDrive™ electro-magnetic technology with fewer moving parts which reduce servicing requirements. It also includes intelligent battery and power management systems for 6 hours of operation on a single battery, and Trimble DR technology providing exceptional measurement performance and accuracy.

Direct Reflex (DR) technology from Trimble enables measurement without a prism on almost any type of surface. Operators in the field can capture information on hard-to-reach targets in dangerous/ unsafe locations. Measure quickly and safely without compromising accuracy. Overhead cables, tunnels, bridges, quarry faces, stockpiles, buildings, and elevations can all be measured quickly, easily, and safely.

The Trimble S3 Total Station optics by Carl Zeiss are fully coaxial for measurement confidence and reliability. With over 100 years of high accuracy optical instrument knowledge and expertise, Trimble builds the Trimble S3 system with the same high standards of quality that Trimble is known for.

The Trimble S3 runs for six hours in Robotic mode on one internal integrated lithium-ion battery, with no cable needed. With intelligent batteries, you can immediately check how much power each battery contains. The convenient, all-in-one battery charger included in the Trimble S3 package, allows you to simultaneously recharge your total station and GPS/GNSS system batteries in the same charger.

Servo and Autolock
The Trimble S3 Total Stations are also available in servo or autolock only versions. The Trimble S3 Servo and Autolock versions contain a fixed Control Unit with Trimble Access on board for convenient, simple operation in any environment.

The Trimble S3 Total Station provides the foundation for Trimble’s Integrated Surveying™ solutions. With Integrated Surveying, you can seamlessly integrate complementary technologies on the job site, such as Trimble GPS/GNSS and optical measurements, which allows you to use the most appropriate tool for the jobsite conditions. Trimble’s field and office software combine and manage all the data, making it easy to take advantage of the best that each technology has to offer. Combine the Trimble S3 with Trimble’s GNSS receivers to create a Trimble I.S. Rover and start reaping the productivity gains from Integrated Surveying.


  • Everything you need to perform efficient surveying jobs
  • Built on proven, reliable, Trimble technology
  • Dependability backed by world-class training, service, and support
  • Foundation for Integrated Surveying


Angle measurement
Accuracy (Standard deviation based on DIN 18723) 2" (0.6 mgon)
Angle reading (least count)
Standard 1" (0.3 mgon)
Tracking 2" (0.6 mgon)
Averaged observations 0.1" (0.03 mgon)
Automatic level compensator
Type Centered dual-axis
Accuracy 0.5" (0.15 mgon)
Range 5' (±100 mgon)
Distance measurement
Accuracy (RMSE)
Prism mode

Standard 2 mm + 2 ppm (0.0065 ft + 2 ppm)
Standard deviation according to ISO17123-4 1.5 mm + 2 ppm (0.0049 ft + 2 ppm)
Tracking 5 mm + 2 ppm (0.016 ft + 2 ppm)
DR mode Standard measurement: 3 mm + 2 ppm (0.01 ft + 2 ppm)
Tracking 10 mm + 2 ppm (0.032 ft + 2 ppm)
Measuring time
Prism mode
Standard: 2 sec
Tracking: 0.4 sec
DR mode Standard: 3–15 sec
Tracking: 0.4 sec
Range (under standard clear conditions)
Prism mode
1 prism: 2,500 m (8,202 ft)
3 prism: 5,000 m (16,404 ft)
Shortest possible range: 1.5 m (4.92 ft)
DR mode Reflective foil 20 mm: >200 m (656 ft)
Reflective foil 60 mm: >500 m (1,640 ft)
Shortest possible range: 1.5 m (4.9 ft)
Light source Laser diode 660 nm; Laser class 1 in Prism mode, Laser class 3R in DR mode
Laser pointer coaxial (standard) Laser class 3R
Beam divergence Prism mode Horizontal: 4 cm/100 m (0.13 ft/328 ft)
Vertical: 4 cm/100 m (0.13 ft/328 ft)
Beam divergence DR mode Horizontal: 2 cm/50 m (0.066 ft/164 ft)
Vertical: 2 cm/50 m (0.066 ft/164 ft)
Atmospheric correction –130 ppm to 160 ppm continuously
Leveling Circular level in tribrach: 8'/2 mm (8'/0.007 ft)
Electronic 2-axis level in the LC-display with a resolution of: 0.3" (0.1 mgon)
Servo system MagDrive servo technology, integrated servo/angle sensor electromagnetic direct drive
Rotation speed 86 degrees/sec
Rotation time Face 1 to Face 2 3.2 sec
Positioning speed 3.2 sec
Clamps and slow motions: Servo-driven, endless fine adjustment
Centering Centering system: Trimble 3-pin
Optical plummet: In Tribrach
Magnification/shortest focusing distance: 2.3×/0.5 m to infinity (1.6 ft to infinity)
Telescope Magnification: 30×
Aperture: 40 mm (1.57 in)
Field of view at 100 m (328 ft): 2.6 m at 100 m (8.5 ft at 328 ft)
Shortest focusing distance: 1.5 m (4.92 ft to infinity
Illuminated crosshair: Variable (10 steps)
Tracklight built in Standard
Operating temperature –20 ºC to +50 ºC (–4 ºF to +122 ºF)
Dust and water proofing IP55
Humidity` 100% condensing
Power supply Internal battery: Rechargeable Li-Ion battery 11.1 V, 4.4 Ah
Operating time One internal battery: Approx. 6 hours
Weight Instrument (Servo & Autolock): 5.6 kg (12.35 lb)
Instrument (Robotic): 5.25 kg (11.57 lb)
Tribrach: 0.7 kg (1.54 lb)
Internal battery: 0.35 kg (0.77 lb)
Trunnion axis height: 196 mm (7.71 in)
Communication USB, Serial
Robotic Range Passive prisms (Active prisms optional): 300–500 m (984–1,640 ft)
Shortest search distance 0.2 m (0.65 ft)
Type of radio internal/external: 2.4 GHz frequency-hopping, spread-spectrum radio
Search time (typical) 2–10 sec
Servo & Autolock Control Pan
Display QVGA,16 bit color, TFT LCD, backlit (320x240 pixel)
Keyboard 19-key alpha-numeric + 4-way arrow key, dedicated navigation and instrument control key(s)
Audio Integrated speaker for audio systems events, warnings and notifications
Operating system Windows Embedded CE 6.0
Memory 128 MB SDRAM, 128 MB Flash Memory
Processor 624 MHz Marvell ARM920T-PXA300 CPU

Trimble TSC3 Field Controller Data Collector

The Trimble® TSC3 controller with Trimble Access™ software is a groundbreaking handheld field computing solution that streamlines the flow of everyday surveying work and the number of devices you need in the field.

A Powerful engine for Driving Trimble Access Software
Part of a trusted line of field controllers, the Trimble TSC3 controller is rugged and designed for surveyor’s workflows. It performs Trimble Access operations fast and delivers ample power to run third-party applications on the Windows® platform.

Make Pictures an essential part of your workflow
With a built-in 5 MP Autofocus camera and LED flash, you can take digital photographs of your job site right from the controller. No extra devices, batteries, or file transfers are required, and images are automatically geotagged for easy identification.

Easily record the qualitative information that survey data alone can miss, such as site conditions or work progress. The benefits of including images as part of your workflow are almost limitless: from easy data handover to in-field quality assurance.

Communications that bridge field and office in real-time
The TSC3 controller enables wireless Internet connectivity through an integrated GSM/GPRS modem. This allows Trimble Access software to facilitate a constant flow of information between field and office, including real-time synchronization of field and office data with Trimble AccessSync software. You can download and upload important files any time and from anywhere, as needed. Data collection, processing, analysis, and delivery are faster and more efficient.

A wealth of communication options let you transfer critical information no matter the environment: Connect with VRS™ connections using the internal modem. Access your office network through 802.11 LAN, or USB and serial RS232 communication options.

For all of your surveying applications
The rugged TSC3 controller is purpose-built to make both Integrated Surveying and Spatial Imaging jobs easier, more efficient, and more flexible:

  • Easy-to-use interface
    • Control your survey and verify your work on the large, bright, high-resolution LCD touchscreen. With the option of a QWERTY or conventional alphanumeric keyboard, data entry is quick and easy.
  • An internal compass
    • Receive direction cues even when you are stationary or moving backwards.
  • Integrated GPS
    • Employ GPS Search on a conventional survey without an external GPS receiver. You can also navigate and find control points and other assets quickly.
  • Cables eliminated
    • Bluetooth® wireless technology eliminates cables in surveying systems.

Designed to Support your daily workflow
Trimble Access field software available on the TSC3 controller offers numerous features and capabilities to streamline the flow of everyday surveying work. Streamlined workflows – such as Roads, Monitoring, Mines, and Tunnels —guide crews through common project types and allows crews to get the job done faster with less distractions.

Survey companies can also implement their unique workflows by taking advantage of the customization capabilities available in the Trimble Access Software Development Kit (SDK). The Trimble Access SDK provides software developers with the tools to customize and extend Trimble Access.

With a bright, daylight readable display, integrated communications, and integrated survey workflows, the fully integrated TSC3 controller will make your field work more efficient.


  • Large, bright, high-resolution screen makes instrument control easy
  • Optimized for Trimble Access field software
  • GPS navigation, and communications
  • Improved collaboration and control through constant connectivity


Physical Specifications
141 mm x 278 mm x 64 mm (5.6 in x 10.9 in x 2.5 in)
80 mm (3.2 in) at handgrip
1.04 kg (2.3 lb) including rechargeable battery
1.10 kg (2.4 lb) including rechargeable battery
and optional internal 2.4 GHz radio-modem
Polycarbonate (case), Hytrel® (overmold)
Environmental Specifications
Meets or exceeds
Operating Temperature
Storage Temperature

–30 °C to 60 °C (–22 °F to 140 °F)
–40 °C to 70 °C (–40 °F to 158 °F)
Temperature shock
–35 °C/65 °C (–31 °F/149 °F)
MIL-STD-810G, Method 503.5, Procedure I
90%RH temp cycle –20 °C/60 °C (–4 °F/140 °F)
MIL-STD-810G, Method 507.5
Sand & dust
IP6x: 8 hours of operation with blowing talcum powder (IEC-529)
IPx7: Immersed in 1 m of water for 30 minutes (IEC-529)
26 drops at room temperature from 1.22 m (4 ft) onto plywood over concrete
MIL-STD-810G, Method 516.6, Procedure IV
General Minimum Integrity and Loose Cargo test
MIL-STD 810G, Method 514.6, Procedures I, II
4,572 m (15,000 ft) at 23 °C (73 °F)
and 12,192m (40,000 ft.) at –30 °C (–22 °F)
MIL-STD-810G, Method 500.5, Procedures I, II, III
Electrical Specifications
Texas Instrument Sitara™ 3715 series ARM® Cortex™–A8 Processor (800 MHz)
256 MB RAM
8 GB non-volatile NAND Flash onboard
SDHC memory slot, USB host internal embedded expansion slot (for future use)
11.1 V, 2600 mAh, 28.9 Wh Li-Ion rechargeable pack
– Battery life of 34 hours under normal operating conditions1.
– Full charge in 3.0 hours.
Notification LEDs:
3 x tri-colored notification LEDs
– 4.2 in (107 mm) landscape VGA display, 640 x 480 pixels
– Sunlight-readable color TFT with LED backlight, resistive touchscreen
– Full QWERTY keypad with 10-key number pad, directional buttons, and 4 programmable buttons
– “ABCD” style keypad option with 10-key number pad, directional buttons, and 4 programmable buttons available
Integrated speaker and microphone with 3.5 mm stereo headset connection for audio system events, warnings, and notifications.
USB Host (full speed), USB Client (high speed), DC power port, 9-pin serial RS-232
– Integrated Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, integrated Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g
– Integrated quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
– 2/6 Mbit/s 3G HSDPA GSM WWAN
GPS / Compass / Accelerometer:
– Integrated GPS (WAAS enabled)
– Integrated compass
– Integrated accelerometer
Class B Part 15 FCC certification, CE Mark approval and C-tick approval. RoHS compliant. Bluetooth type approvals and regulations are country specific.
MIL-STD-810G, IP 67, MIL-STD-461, PTCRB, GCF compliant, Wi-Fi Alliance certified, AT&T Network Compatible.
Country type certifications: USA, Canada, EU, New Zealand, Australia. Pending certifications: Brazil, China (PRC), India, Japan, Republic of Korea, Russia, Taiwan, Thailand, UAE