Tag Archives: Level Reviews, Measuring & Squares

New CST/Berger Rotary Laser RL50HVCK Announced

CST/berger recently introduced the RL50HVCK Horizontal/Vertical CST/berger Rotary Laser for precision outdoor leveling, grading, and excavating of concrete, formwork, footings, and foundations. The laser is self-leveling and accurate to ±1/16 of an inch at 100 feet and features single axis slope control, an Anti-Drift System (ADS), a glass-enclosed top housing, over-molded housing in impact areas, an IP56 rated […]

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DeWalt 12V Green Cross Line Laser Review DWG088LG

If you’re going any kind of layout work, you may have started seeing more green lasers on the job site. While they may seem like the newest thing, it’s for good reason. Products like the DeWalt 12V Green Cross Line Laser are bringing green solid state lasers to the job site in more affordable packages. […]

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Milwaukee Compact Tape Measure Video Review

The Milwaukee Compact Tape Measure comes out as a smaller option without losing the durability of their larger tapes. It’s still got the 5-point reinforced housing and nylon blade protection of its predecessor. The overmold isn’t as enveloping as the old model, but it’s still solid. Normally, we don’t do destructive testing on any of […]

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Klein Tools Lighted Torpedo Billet Level

Every tradesman hopes that the tradesmen before him kept everything level and plumb. If each successive step isn’t true by just a little, the cumulative effect can be pronounced. We’ve all run into those guys who don’t take enough time to be sure the next guy’s job isn’t a hassle, but if you’re reading these […]

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New Hilti Rotary Laser PR 30-HVS A12 Announced

Hilti recently announced the new Hilti Rotary Laser PR 30-HVS A12 for vertical, horizontal, and slope applications. The PR 30-HVS A12 laser, accurate to 1/32-inch at 33 feet, has an operating diameter range of 7 to 1,650 feet and a digital slope range of -15 to +8.6%. The tool body features four shock-absorbing handles, 360° Outlast […]

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Bosch Green-Beam Self-Leveling Cross-Line Laser

Like just about everything else in life, a good foundation is essential for a good result. It’s especially true in the trades, as the incremental work done at each step of a project either builds on trueness or reveals the opposite. We’ve reviewed plenty of levels from standard spirit levels with aluminum construction to bamboo […]

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How to Use a Rotary Laser Level Like a Pro: The Basics

Whether it’s being used inside or outside, the rotary laser level’s purpose is to help us determine and mark a consistent elevation for both building up or digging down. Here are the basics of how to use a rotary laser level like a Pro. Excellent work doesn’t have to be particularly fancy or sophisticated but […]

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DeWalt XP Tape Measure

DeWalt recently introduced the new DeWalt XP Tape Measure built around its patented Dual-Core spring retraction technology. The 1-1/4-inch wide, 25-foot tape features a PC/ABS case, integrated lock protection, lanyard slot, 9 inches of thermoplastic coating on its high-carbon steel blade, 13 feet of standout, a screwless belt clip, and a reinforced hook connection that can […]

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Empire 10-inch Magnetic Torpedo Level Review

The last time I reviewed a level for these pages it was the unique Ox Tools Trade Wood 48-inch level made from bamboo. Today, we’ll shrink the scale down to the Empire 10-inch magnetic torpedo level with a more traditional constitution. Masons more commonly use longer levels, but sometimes a tight space or close quarters work calls for […]

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Ryobi Multi Surface Laser Level

One measure of good carpentry is work that is level and plumb or, more generally, staying true to the angle of the work. For centuries, craftsmen of all stripes have used the spirit – or bubble – level to accomplish this. Over the last couple of decades, lasers have been incorporated to shoot lines over long […]

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