Importance of Laser Levels and Popular Types

Whether you’re doing just basic site leveling on a house, or some advanced leveling on a commercial block you’ll probably need a more advanced tool than the basic level tool in order to do the task quicker, more precisely and efficiently. The tool in question is the laser level. These are advanced tools which allow users to demarcate a straight line much more accurately than it was possible before they came to be.

Nowadays, there are several types of laser levels available, each different than the other. So depending on the type of leveling you need done, one type of laser level can be more suitable than the other. However, also worth considering is how often you’ll use the laser level and for what purpose you’ll use it most of the time. The most popular types are the crossline and the rotary laser.

Crossline Laser Levels

Crossline Laser

A crossline laser is capable of shooting multiple horizontal and vertical laser lines by using light emitting diodes over a 20 to 30 metres distance. These lasers are best suited for indoor use as their visibility is lowered when light interferes. Crossline lasers feature plumb up and plumb down capabilities. The newer, modern crossline laser models include pulsing light technology which works with a light detector, broadening their outdoors use and their use in bright indoor spaces. These lasers are incredibly versatile as you can turn either the horizontal or vertical lines.

Rotary Lasers

These lasers use a detector to read the laser lines over long distances. They operate by projecting a rotating dot that creates a 360° line. Advanced models have plum up and plumb down capabilities just like crossline lasers. Moreover, they have a single line generator, making them ideal for outdoor work, like laying pipes, grading roads and laying foundations. However, they’re the most expensive type out of all level lasers with their costs ranging from several hundred to a few thousand dollars. You can pick between manual and self-leveling models – both can be remotely controlled. There are some large models of rotary lasers that have to be mounted on a platform or a tractor. These models are usually used for grading and foundation work.

Leveling lasers allow engineers and contractors to lay out building and site designs with more accuracy and quicker than other leveling tools, with less manual labor being included. In some industries, like the airline and shipbuilding industry, laser levels provide real-time feedback, which you can instantly compare to the CAE/CAD files. Higher-end lasers feature Bluetooth and wireless technology allowing users to transmit dimensions to a mobile device.