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How To Choose The Right Laser For The Job

September, 04 2019

Which Laser for The Job?

Rotary Lasers – Rotary Lasers project a 360 degree line around 
a work area or construction site. They are typically mounted on a
tripod and used with a laser receiver because the human eye 
can not see a laser in daylight. Rotary laser are mostly used for
outdoor applications. 

Job Applications: foundations, layouts, grade work, pouring concrete, 
fence installations, drop ceilings, and masonry jobs

Line Laser Levels – Line Lasers are used to project a solid horizontal 
and vertical line onto a surface such as a wall, floor, or ceiling.
These are typically used for indoor applications.

Job Applications: cabinetry, tile, drop ceiling, framing, electrical work,
and general contractor work.
Plumb Lasers – Plumb or Dot lasers are used to project a 
single reference point onto a surface such as wall, floor, ceiling.
These are typically used for indoor applications.

Job Applications: plumbing, HVAC, framing, electrical work 

Other specialty lasers include grade lasers, pipe lasers and distance meter lasers. 

What to look for in ANY laser:

Regardless of which laser you need, these will be the main factors influencing your purchase.

  • Self leveling or Manual 
  • Green or Red Beam
  • Range
  • Battery life
  • IP rating
  • Warranty

What to look for in a Rotary laser:

Do you need the ability to grade? If yes, you will than need
to consider a rotary laser that has sloping 
capabilities. There are 
two options for 
setting slope: manual and automatic. Rotary lasers with 
manual slope have the ability to adjust slope, 
but do not give users
the exact percentage. With automatic slope lasers, AKA grade lasers, 
users can 
simply punch in the desired grade percentage and the 
laser will automatically set to that position. 
If you do grading only
a few times a year, a manual slope laser will do just fine, but 
if you are 
grading daily, we highly recommend purchasing a grade laser. 


Tiger Tip:
Plumb lasers are now a feature included in many rotary and line lasers. It may be worth spending the extra money on a rotary or line laser with the plumb feature as they offer much more versatility on a job site.