Choosing The Right Construction Laser For The Job
With so many construction lasers on the market, it can be tough to decide on which one to purchase.
One of the first things you want to do is to determine which task you want to accomplish with your construction laser. Do you want to work outside, indoors, or both? Are you going to use it to install pipe, to check grade and elevations or need it for construction site grading? By getting the answers to some of these questions, you can narrow down your choices.
The Right Laser For Your Job
Choose a laser that fits the task you need. If you are going to be using the laser for more than one job, then you may want to get one that is designed for interior construction or general outdoor contracting. There are also levels that can come with dust, waterproof, and drop protection. These may cost a bit more, but it will prevent you from having to buy multiple lasers. Self-leveling lasers can also provide better accuracy. For outdoor applications, a rotary laser is useful. For indoor use, a multiple line laser is a good choice.
- Line Lasers: This is the most common laser found on indoor projects. It will project an accurate horizontal or vertical line onto the surface where the laser is pointed. These lasers can be used for installing cabinets and tile, or for basic leveling. They can be used outside for installing a deck. There are two different types of projection: a 360 projection or a forward projection. Choose a 360 projection when you need to line all four walls of the room. These lasers come with green or red beams. A green beam is easier to see due to its wavelength and can be seen more in sunlight. When it comes to visibility range, it will depend on the lighting conditions. A green beam can be seen from over 100 feet away in the right conditions.
- Spot Lasers: Spot lasers will project just a small circle of light on the surface. These are used for transferring points from one surface to another. They are used in electrical work and plumbing installation. They are available in both 3-spot and 5-spot.
- Combination Lasers: These lasers will project both spots and lines, either simultaneously or independently. These are good for professionals who complete a wide range of projects since you can switch depending on the needs of the job. Plumbers and electricians can find these lasers helpful for a number of different applications, including installing outlets, running wires, pipes, and lighting. These also come in green and red variations.
- Rotary Lasers: These lasers are used to kick off almost every construction job and can be used for grade work, layout, and masonry. There are also single slope and dual slope laser options. A dual slope laser allows you to set the percentage of slope or grade in both the X axis and Y axis.
There could also be additional features that may make the job easier. One such feature is auto axis alignment which is available on the GL622 dual slope laser. When working with single or dual slopes it is critical to make sure the laser is properly aligned to ensure the slope percentage you enter is what you actually build to. Auto axis alignment moves the X and Y axis internally to ensure the slope alignment is correct, which can save a lot of time and rework.
Choosing a well-known company, such as Spectra, will also ensure your laser gives you years of operation. At SITECH Louisiana, we carry Spectra Construction Lasers. Our experts can help you find the right one for your current or future product. Contact us today.