How to choose the laser level for you?August 22, 2019
There are tons of laser levels in the market currently. And with the immense capability of the Internet, searching for “laser level for sale” won’t be helpful at all. It would just add some more concerns to your already confused mind.
Luckily enough, this article will go through everything about choosing the right laser level for you. And you just have to stick with us.
To begin with, your most frequent use case should be considered first. A rotary laser level with automatic self-levelling and millions of advanced features might sound appealing. But it also comes with a hefty price tag, one that is just not reasonable for your household maintenance.
If you are looking for laser levels to replace your existing bubble level, a laser dot or laser line level might be the best for you. Most of them will not break your bank just to get one while also being small and light for carrying and stowing. What’s great with a laser level is the extended range from a typical bubble level so you don’t have to draw line after line after line. Line levels are highly recommended for indoor projects with their portability and ease of use in tight space.
More advanced dot or line laser levels can project level, square (a right angle) and plumb (vertical) lasers for varying use cases. A cross-line laser level can even project multiple levels and plumb lines for higher efficiency. Some line laser levels also feature automatic self-levelling and detecting function for sensing laser from other levels in outdoor scenarios as a bonus.
For bigger boys, a rotary laser level might just be the one for you. It is larger and heavier, but with more capabilities. Not only do they project a 360-degree level line, rotary laser levels have greater range while some also have automatic self-levelling features for efficient and easier work. If you need to frequently move the level or often work on an uneven surface, the advanced rotary laser level would be a great aid to your work.
Many of the laser levels on sale currently have a red-laser and green-laser variant. Green lasers are more visible to the eye but typically more expensive than red and less power efficient because of the higher energy projected. Both colours are usually in the Class IIA level of laser that would not be harmful to the eye even if you looked straight at it. But staring at the laser, in any case, should be avoided. Another important note, lasers in both colours are not visible in outdoor conditions, so a laser detector is necessary for any outdoor projects needed a laser level.
Into the technical universe, the accuracy of the laser level is key for your work. In a forum post about buying a laser level, user “ST1100” had a nightmare when he bought a cheap laser level that is 20mm out of over 12 metres, while the brick joint is only 10mm. God bless no one will have the same mistake. So double-check the accuracy of the laser level before you make the purchase. Some of the best levels +/- 1/16 inch per 50 feet. But your use case might vary that you do not require such accuracy with its higher base price.
Some more final bits to consider include the mounting, robustness and battery life of the laser levels. Usual mountings for levels include pins, suction cups and magnets which you should choose according to your usage. Some laser levels are also dust- and/or water-resistant for better durability. The battery life and the battery used should be accounted for as well so your working hours would not be affected as it ran out of juice.
One final tip is to check for the accessories included with your laser level. Pricier levels sometimes come with better or more features while offering a tripod and/or a detector. As advised from “ST1100”, “save money in the longer term, pay more upfront, get a decent kit, and get all your money back later when you sell it”. Also, look for reviews from previous buyers to avoid disappointment.