Construction Lasers Buying Guide
A construction laser is used to provide a level of reference during the layout process. The term Laser stands for (Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation). In short, the laser produces a beam of light creating a level plane that can be used to check elevation or grade.
Some lasers can tilt this plane of light to produce a slope in one axis (single slope) or both axis (dual slope). Other interior lasers can produce points or spots as reference points as well as lines to assist with laying out walls or ceilings. All lasers have a compensator which makes sure that the beam is level. The difference between a $500 laser and a $3,000 laser is the quality of the compensator and how well it holds calibration. There are many different types of lasers for construction and at many different price points, it will depend on the needs of the job as to which one is right for you.
Types of Construction Lasers
- Spot Lasers: This type of laser is used for a reference point on the work surface, such as the ceiling or a wall.
- Line Laser Levels: These lasers will beam a one direction level line on a single work surface. These lasers are usually for indoor use and can be mounted either on a tripod, wall mount or ceiling mount.
- Rotary Laser Levels: These lasers make a level line around the entire room in 360 degrees. This type of laser is usually larger than a dot or line laser and is more suited for indoor use. However, they can be used outdoors with a laser receiver. This type of laser is usually mounted or on a tripod. Rotary lasers are used for greater distances, while dot and line lasers are used for distances that are under 150 feet.
What To Pay Attention To When Buying Construction Lasers
Consider the work you will be doing when you buy a construction laser. There are also some other features you will want to consider when purchasing.
- Self Leveling vs. Manual Leveling: If you choose a manual leveling laser, you will have to level the laser yourself by adjusting the leveling screws on the base to center the level vial. A self-leveling or automatic laser will find a level within a certain range on its own. Some lasers allow you to use a level vial for an estimated level and then the laser will level itself more accurately.
- Dual Beam Lasers vs. Horizontal: A horizontal beam laser will make a single beam, while a dual beam laser, also known as a split beam, will show vertical and horizontal beams to establish a regular place. They will also produce a reference point.
- Laser Detectors: Laser receivers or detectors are used with rotary laser levels. The detectors are usually mounted to level rods and can be used to detect the laser beam when outside. These are needed for outside jobs because the line can be hard to see in bright daylight. Many detectors will have an audible and visual alarm and will make a sound when they are close to being level.
- Fixed Rotation Speeds vs. Variable Rotation: Rotary lasers will either have a variable RPM (rotations per minute) or fixed. A faster RPM will travel farther and give you more range but will be dimmer. A slower RPM means it’s easier to see but won’t travel as far.
With a vast array of Construction Lasers on hand for sale, SITECH Louisiana’s experts can help you find the right one for your current or future product. Contact us today.