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Forum topic by lem0n posted 07-04-2014 04:06 PM 531 views 1 time favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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lem0n

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07-04-2014 04:06 PM

Hello,
I’m looking for a suggestion of a laser range finder that also has some rudimentary level functionality. I need to measure a straight, level line between fence posts, and being lazy I don’t want to do a conventional tape measure/bubble level, and was hoping there would be a laser tool that would allow me to measure the distance but also make sure it’s level, or at least show me if it’s off. I was unable to find anything that would do this that doesn’t cost $1k and it boggles my mind that there isn’t a tool that has two bubbles in it to show me this info, or have a digital read out that shows me if I’m at 90 degrees or not.
Any suggestions from a seasoned pros?
Thanks!


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#1 posted 07-04-2014 08:39 PM

(Not a seasoned pro) You’ll laugh when I say this, but I think this thing will do exactly what you describe and not cost much. I have one, it was a gift and I was down about it…but it’s done some basic stuff a couple of times since I’ve got it. Note that the laser beam on all this things gets wider as the distance increase, which means the edge of the beam will change. Just register to the center of the beam when in use, also this isn’t a range finder…just the level functions.

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#2 posted 07-05-2014 06:50 PM

Fred, The OP was looking for a rangefinder. The HF level doesn’t measure distance. Accurate rangefinders are indeed very expensive. The best solution for him is to use a transit level and triangulate the distances, but measuring with a tape measure will still be necessary.

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#3 posted 07-05-2014 07:14 PM

You are correct Ron, and I didn’t give the range finder aspect of his question the proper attention. But that cheapo level will do his fence posts and let him search for a dedicated range finder, I suppose. I did point that out in my last sentence, but he does appear to be more interested in range finding than the level aspect. Apologies to Lem.

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#4 posted 07-05-2014 08:00 PM

If I were looking for such a device, I think I’d be looking at the many ranging/leveling devices from Bosch, just to see what’s available. They’re a little pricey, but worth taking a look at. You might want to check them on Amazon.

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#5 posted 07-06-2014 10:24 PM

Gentlemen,
Happy 4th, sorry I didn’t respond sooner and I appreciate everyone’s replies. After playing around with various Google search terms, I was able to find what I needed:
http://goo.gl/h9Pq3q
This guy was available at my local Lowes for $109 on sale, which is a fair price for convenience and a solid tool I can use on other projects as well.
Again, thanks for everyone’s help and maybe this will be useful for someone in the future.

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#6 posted 07-07-2014 05:41 PM

I have one of those bosch’s… I got it as a gift from my brother. I thought I would use it now and then… I USE IT ALL THE TIME NOW. love it. especially on take offs.

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#7 posted 07-07-2014 07:16 PM

Likewise. I found the tool to be invaluable when you’re working alone, time is of the essence or if you’re a little bit lazy. All of the above is true in my case, and it’s worth every penny in my book.

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#8 posted 07-08-2014 09:03 PM

I don’t think I would use a rangefinder if trying to establish property boundary lines. A rangefinder may not be accurate enough.

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#9 posted 07-08-2014 10:39 PM

I received a Craftsman laser kit as a gift. I tried using outside and it was useless. I couldn’t see the dot in bright day light…It makes for a great cat toy though.

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#10 posted 07-08-2014 10:41 PM

Bosch laser is nice and strong, had no problem seeing it outside.

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#11 posted 07-09-2014 12:35 PM



Bosch laser is nice and strong, had no problem seeing it outside.

- lem0n

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