At Fremaco we manufacture a variety of equipment used by field crews surveying rugged terrain. Our main products are Hipchains and wire dispensers.

HipChains measure distances while you walk leaving your hands free. Distance travelled even in difficult conditions is accurately measured without requiring a GPS signal. Hipchains dispense a fine, disposable thread like a cross between a very long tape measure and an odometer.  Mounted on your waist belt, the filament pulls out of the hipchain turning the distance counter. Perfect for laying out logging trails or other forestry work. The thread also acts as a visible trail-mark for the reference of follow-on workers cutting trees or sampling.

Wire dispensers are for DCVG surveys of pipelines or other buried metal structures. This process assesses the electric potential gradients of buried pipelines and their integrity by paying out a fine copper grounding wire providing an electrical connection to the pipe and displaying the distance covered. 

Electrode Wire Extension Pack  (wire pack) comes in in two forms, either the well known hip pack or the new split-box style. The new technology of 3D printing allows Fremaco to make custom orders of small quantities of the complex, sturdy components. Customization and additional fittings are available to perfectly suit the field crews and their requirements

For over thirty years customers around the world have relied on Fremaco products.

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HipChain 2.0

HipChain 2.0   This distance measurer is simple to use and light to carry. The distance  walked while marking out forest trails is quickly done with this device strapped to your waist.  5000 metres on a slim thread cone allows a case profile that fits close to your body. It comes complete with a full cone of thread and a waist belt. Buckle one on and go measure!

169.00 CAD

Thread refills, 2 sizes, white or coloured

Our 5 kilometer cones are refills for Hipchain 2.0. Our thread is custom-made to fit and operate perfectly in our products. Avoid substitutes. We stock polyester thread, which is mostly commonly used for this application.

We also carry smaller 2500 metre rolls. These fit the older Chaining Buddy measurer. Hipchain 2.0 can be altered with the roll adapter kit to use these small rolls. They are available in either white or red colour. Use the selector button to chose the thread size you require. 

4.59 CAD

Roll adapter for small rolls

Purchase this adapter so that you can use 2500 m rolls in the Hipchain 2.0. Some users prefer this size and coloured thread is also available. 

14.99 CAD

Fieldranger adapter kit

Fieldranger was a popular measurer that is no longer in production. For those who wish to continue with one and want refills, the 5000 metre cones for Hipchain 2.0, will work after swapping out the roll support. A roll support for new cones is included in this special 4 pack of 5000m cones. 

22.39 CAD

Split-box wire dispenser

This box shaped case splits down the middle allowing full access to the inside for re-loading. It can be set up with belt-clips or a hanger that clips onto with the Fremaco data probe bracket. Mounting the coil of wire vertically is best when the unit is mounted on the survey pole. Shown here in Red. The case is now black.

749.00 CAD


Fremaco supplies brackets that allow the wire dispenser and the datalogger to be mounted on the data probe. The datalogger is displayed at a convenient angle and held in place by tightening the hand-strap under the "T" shaped platform. The platform is supported by a short, steel side arm.

The wire dispenser is easily un-clipped from the bracket and carried by the hanger if the user needs to use it as a separate piece.

99.00 CAD