Trimble M3 5" DR Mechanical Total Station

Quick Overview

Trimble M3 5-inch DR Mechanical Reflectorless Total Station
Item ID: X3045-L/T*
Condition: Refurbished
Warranty: 90 Day Exchange


* Trimble M3 5" DR Mechanical Total Station [ID- X3045-L/T*] 
* RS232 Power Cable
* Battery Pack
* AC Adapter/Charger
* Power Cord
* Hard Carrying Case (G)


Trimble M3 5" DR Mechanical Reflectorless Total Station


Trimble M3 Mechanical Total Station

One of Your Toughest and Most Reliable Crew Members
When you arrive on the job site, just pull the Trimble® M3 Total Station out of its ruggedized case and get to work. This rugged and reliable instrument delivers whatever the conditions.

The Trimble M3 combines tough construction with practical hardware and software functionality:

  • Rugged aluminum housing ensures IPX6 water resistance
  • Long battery life provides 7 hours of continual measurement or one full day of typical measurement activities without needing to recharge
  • A large internal memory stores up to 10,000 data lines in the field ... several days’ worth of data collection.
  • The onboard software supports multiple jobs so you can work on different jobs or projects without downloading in-between. 
  • DR (direct reflex) technology lets you measure safely to hard-to-reach places without a prism. This feature also enables one-person surveying, freeing up the time of other crew members. 

The Trimble M3 Total Station is also extremely easy to use. Its intuitive software and workflow mean your crew won’t lose time and productivity on a steep learning curve.

The Accuracy You Need Every Time
No matter what the conditions, you can rely on the Trimble M3 to consistently deliver the accuracy you need for every job. To ensure accuracy, the Trimble M3 offers the following features:

  • An internal optical plummet expedites setup and ensures high accuracy stationing. 
  • Proven Nikon optics ensure clear, quality and precise aiming.
  • 3 mm + 2 ppm EDM provides fast, accurate and reliable measurements.

Focusing DR technology provides complete measurement confidence. You always know that what you see is what you’re measuring.

By The Surveyors at Trimble For Surveyors Like You
Only a surveyor knows what a surveyor needs. And at Trimble, qualified surveyors develop products they know will help surveying professionals like you get the job done ... every time. So when you’re investing in a total station, Trimble is the name you can trust.

The Trimble M3 Total Station gives you access to Trimble’s long reputation in developing the highest quality surveying instruments. And our 24/7 worldwide support means you’re never alone; the surveyors at Trimble are ready to lend a hand whenever you need it.


  • A rugged workhorse with practical hardware and software functionality
  • Proven Nikon optics and Trimble onboard software
  • Unique features for accuracy and measurement confidence
  • Not just a total station, a partnership with Trimble


Angle Measurement
Angle reading (least count)
5”/1.5 mgon
Automatic level compensator Dual-axis compensator ±3', (±50 mgon)
Distance Measurement
Prism mode


±(3 mm + 2 ppm) ±(0.01 ft + 2 ppm)
±(3 mm + 3 ppm) ±(0.01 ft + 3 ppm)
±5 mm (±0.016 ft) for less than 10 m (32.8 ft) with mini-prisms

±(10 mm + 5 ppm), ±(0.033 ft + 5 ppm)
Reflex tape


±(3 mm + 2 ppm) ±(0.01 ft + 2 ppm)
±(3 mm + 3 ppm) ±(0.01 ft + 3 ppm)
±5 mm (±0.016 ft) for less than 5 m (16.4 ft) with reflector sheet

±(10 mm + 5 ppm), ±(0.033 ft + 5 ppm)
DR mode


±(5 mm + 2 ppm) ±(0.016 ft + 2 ppm)
±(5 mm + 3 ppm) ±(0.016 + 3 ppm)

±(10 mm + 5 ppm) ±(0.033 ft + 5 ppm)
Shortest possible range to target
1.6 m (5.25 ft)
Measuring time
Prism mode


1.3 sec (initial 2.0 sec)

0.5 sec (initial 1.6 sec)
DR mode


1.6 sec (initial 2.6 sec)

0.8 sec (initial 2.0 sec)
Range (under standard clear conditions)
Prism mode
1 prism

3 prism

Reflective foil 20 mm

Reflective foil 60 mm (1.97 in)

5000 m (16,404 ft)

5000 m (16,404 ft)

200 m (656 ft)

300 m (984 ft)
DR mode
Kodak Grey Card (18% reflective)
Kodak Grey Card (90% reflective)

85 m (278 ft)
210 m (688 ft)
Light source
Pulsed laser diode 870 nm, Laser Class 1
Atmospheric correction
Manual setting temperature and pressure
Leveling Plate level vial 30"/2 mm, circular level vial 10'/2 mm
Clamps and slow motions
Coaxial tangent, clamp knobs
Centering system

Optical plummet


Shortest focusing distance

Trimble 3-pin



0.5 m (1.64 ft)


Field of view at 100 m

Shortest focusing distance


40 mm (1.57 in)

2.6 m (8.5 ft) at 100 m (328 ft) (1º30")

1.6 m (5.25 ft)
Operating temperature

Dust and water proofing

–20 ºC to +50 ºC (–4 °F to +122 °F)

Graphic LCD (128x64) with LED backlight
Keyboard 25 keys, alphanumeric (cell phone style)
Power supply
Internal battery

Operating time

Rechargeable Ni-MH 7.2 V, 3.8 Ah

Approx 7 hours


4.7 kg (10.4 lb) (no tribrach w/battery)

0.7 kg (1.54 lb), detachable
Dimensions (instrument) (DxWxH)

Trunnion axis height

173 mm × 168 mm × 347 mm (6.81 in × 6.61 in × 13.66 in)

181.5 mm (7.15 in)
Software and Recording
Software features
Resection; known station; station elevation;
measure topo; stakeout (known stake out elements);
RefLine 2D; DivLine 2D; eccentric measurement;
connecting distances (radial, polygonal); remote object;
station and offset; vertical plane; computation area
Memory capacity 10,000 data lines
Data input/output RS232, baud rate up to 38,400 bps, data formats: M5 and Nikon
External recording via RS232 Nikon
Class B Part 15 FCC certification, CE Mark approval and C-tick approval