Laser Levels: Different Types and Main Advantages

As is the case with most jobs, using the right tool in construction is of paramount significance to the success of the project. Even seemingly simple tasks, like leveling, can be complicated without the right equipment. A manual level can do the job, but for large construction projects, it’s simply not efficient enough. And this is where laser levels come into play. Knowing the difference between laser levels and which one you need for the task at hand can potentially save you a lot of time.

Some laser levels are designed for specific tasks, such as flooring levels, while others are multi-purpose. In any case, there’s a solution for every problem you might encounter on the job site. Let’s take a deeper look at the popular laser types – laser cross line level, rotary and plane lasers.


Cross Line Laser Level

These lasers are capable of producing both vertical and horizontal laser lines across the work surface. This feature is extremely useful when you need to get precise angles when tiling walls and installing shelves, kitchen cabinets, etc. Laser cross line level can function with either the horizontal or vertical line alone, or both at the same time, which makes them one of the most versatile leveling tools available. If you want to use them outdoors, you’re best getting a laser detector.

Rotary Laser Level

These lasers are ideal for large projects, like leveling an entire work site, because of their ability to produce a long, 360° laser line. One diode spins quickly, which creates the impression of a stable line on the work surface. These lasers don’t limit you to a direction like others do, because the laser line can appear anywhere around you. Typically, these lasers are designed to create horizontal lines, but there are models that incorporate vertical lines as well. If you want to use a rotary laser outdoors, you’ll need a detector, just like with cross laser levels.

Plane Laser Level

Plane laser levels combine the advantages of both rotary and cross line lasers, which allows them to project a solid, permanent 360° line both horizontally and vertically. However, the drawback is that they don’t have as large working range as rotary lasers. They’re ideal for indoor applications and on shorter distances. Even outdoors, you can perform close-range leveling without the use of a detector. Plane laser levels are ideal for laying out ducting and pipe work, installing window frames, framework for shelving, cupboards, dry-walls, etc.

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