In the case of surveying equipment, it is very common to make a comparison between one and another model, be it the same brand or the competition. Each company includes a detail of its products, but making comparative tables is a complicated task.
On this, the magazine Point of Beginning, specialized in the area of geo-engineering and whose Digital version is free, He has done a great job for more than 5 years. You only have to select the equipment, which can be models of the same or different manufacturer, and after pressing the "compare" button, a comparative table of the characteristics of what we have selected is shown.
This magazine in each edition contains reviews of different equipment, and for each year an update is made that includes the new models. For this case, this is the revision of the 2009 year that includes 11 manufacturers and 60 different models of Total Station, which I summarize in the following table:
|Trimble||Trimble 5600 |
Series SET X
|Leica Geosystems Inc.||TPS1200 + Professional Series |
|Topcon||GPT 9000 Series |
GTS 230W Series
CTS 3000 series
GTS 100N series
GPT 7500 series
|Nikon / Tripod Data Systems||NPL-502 Series |
|SOUTH||NTS-960R WINDOWS SERIES |
NTS-960L WIN SERIES
|Pentax / Western Latitudes||R-300NX Series |
|CST / berger||CST 200 Series |
CST 200 Series
|Laser Technology, Inc.||MapStar AE LPS |
MapStar CM LPS
TruPulse AE LPS
|Spectra Precision / Tripod Data Systems||Focus 10 Servo & Robotic |
|Suzhou FOIF Co., Ltd,||OTS6800 |
OTS702 / 703 / 705
RTS702 / 703 / 705
I think it's an excellent job, Points of Beginning Here you can see the table, although it is not the only type of comparison they have. I also recommend that you Subscribe to the journal, whose specialty is geo-engineering (since 1975). Printed only exists in the United States, it is free for companies in the field, internationally there is Digital version, and of course, it's free.
Unfortunately in the year 2010 the page that developed the comparison stopped operating.