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How To Choose The Best Laser Level

A laser level can be an incredibly useful, but expensive piece of equipment. With such a wide selection to choose from, it may be hard to find the exact piece of equipment that fits your needs. Here is a handy guide with some tips to consider designed to help you pick the perfect laser level for your projects. Here are some important factors to consider before choosing a laser level:

Manual or Auto— Auto laser levels, also known as “self-leveling lasers” will do most of the leveling process for you. These levels can automatically level themselves, so you’ll always have a true level line that you can depend on. Automatic levels will also turn off if disturbed or jostled, which helps to eliminate the chance of getting inaccurate measurements or faulty lines. In comparison, manual laser measurement tools aren’t less accurate, but they need to be set up properly. They will also keep running, even if they have been disturbed, which makes them more suitable for smaller projects.
Beam Color— Green beam laser levels are much brighter, making them easier to see. This makes them ideal for outdoor use, or large-scale indoor projects where the line needs to be seen without a laser detector.
Indoor or Outdoor Usage— There are some types of laser levels that may be better suited for indoor applications, while others are better for outdoor use. How well the level can stand up to harsh weather conditions such as rain, dust, or if the beam is visible even under the bright sun should be taken into consideration.
Price— Each level is unique with different capabilities. The most advanced tool with all the newest top-of-the-line features might be the most enticing, however the best option might be a more affordable option that matches your specific needs. Be sure to check out the wide selection of equipment and tools we have available at Superior Instrument. Let us help you find the laser level that’s right for you!

Main Types of Laser Levels

Here are the main types of laser levels and how they can be used on a job site:

Line Laser— This is one of the most common and basic types of laser level, however its usefulness should not be underrated. The line laser projects a straight horizontal or vertical reference line onto any surface. It can be used in several different types of projects such as basic leveling, installing cabinets, tiles, and even drop ceilings. It can also be useful during outdoor projects by assisting in creating reference lines for framework such as installing a deck.
Spot Laser— This tool projects a small circle onto whatever surface it is pointed at. It is great at helping to determine if a wall or joist is vertically aligned. It can also be used to determine if pipes are properly aligned when traveling between different rooms or floors. Spot lasers are commonly used in plumbing, framing, HVAC, and electrical work.
Combination Laser— This tool is like a line and spot laser level combined into one. It can project both lines and spots, at the same time or independently. Combination lasers are a great tool for professionals who work on a broad range of projects. For electricians and plumbers, the combination of both laser types help increase productivity with a variety of tasks, such as installing lighting, outlets, running wires, and piping.
Rotary Laser— Almost every professional construction project starts with a rotary laser. This unique device projects a 360 degree horizontal and vertical beam around a room or construction site. They can be used in many applications such as digging foundations, layout, and masonry. They come in both single-slope and dual-slope varieties, to provide a consistent pitch across large areas.
Now that we’ve looked into the different types of laser level, let's examine some of the differences between the brands that make them.

Types of Laser Level Brands

At superior Instrument we carry laser levels from several brands. Here is a quick overview of some of our most trusted suppliers.

Topcon— This company is dedicated to helping construction and survey crews work smarter and faster to efficiently create sustainable infrastructure. Topcon surveying instruments often include advanced, automotive robotic machinery and software that allows decreased errors and saves time, increasing productivity for users. Their products are easy to use, highly accurate, and often designed to withstand inclement weather and a variety of working conditions.
Spectra Precision— Spectra was the inventor of the first rotating laser, and continues to strive for innovation. They are known for their rugged products that can stand up to harsh environments and still keep pinpoint accuracy. They also boast the world’s largest network of repair centers and support for laser levels. This makes Spectra a popular choice for construction site prep and survey tools.
Leica— With almost 200 years of experience, this company is one of the leaders in the production of high-quality survey equipment. They specialize in capturing, analyzing, and displaying spatial data, and offer a broad range of products that can answer almost any need. One of their most popular lines of products is their laser levels, which come with additional add ons and upgrades.
Dewalt— Dewalt is a common name on most construction sites. They make durable and reliable tools that can handle that are used by professionals, DIY enthusiasts, and anyone in between. Their laser levels come with the same dependable ruggedness the brand is known for, and offer incredible accuracy and speed.

No matter what type of laser level your project calls for, we’ve got you covered. Check out our selection of tools at Superior Instrument, and improve speed and productivity on the job.