Today on the Mister Worker® Blog we are going to talk about laser measuring with Edoardo Riva, Stanley Black & Decker’s Marketing Manager.
For many years, laser technology has been present in many sectors: from medicine to communications, from manufacturing to the construction industry. In this latter context, laser levels are fundamental.
A laser level is a tool typically used in the construction sector to accomplish leveling, measuring, and alignment tasks. This tool features a laser beam projector, that emits a high-visible red or green line (or dot) onto a surface.
Using a laser level may seem complicated, but it is a fairly simple process once you are familiar with the device. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to use this tool:
1. Preparation and safety:
3. Power on and settings:
4. Alignment and projection:
5. Verification and adjustments:
6. Actual work:
Once you have properly aligned the laser line, you can proceed with your work, which could include installing objects, drawing painting guidelines, or any other task that requires a level surface.
7. Turning off:
After you have completed your work, turn off the laser level to conserve battery power.
Remember that specific instructions may vary depending on the model you are using. Be sure to carefully read the user's manual to get detailed information on settings and proper use.
Using a red beam or green beam laser level provides the following advantages:
Stanley is considered a leading brand in the market of laser measurement, as it offers a very wide range of products, able to satisfy all professional needs. From tape measures to laser levels, the brand has the right tool for everyone. Regarding Stanley laser levels, their ranges vary from 300 meters in radius for rotating lasers, with an accuracy of 1.5mm at 30 meters, to 10 meters for indoor lasers, with an accuracy of 4.5mm at 10 meters. The tool should be selected according to the application and it must guarantee the most accurate results.
For many people, laser levelling technology applied to the construction sector allows for greater precision with respect to analog instruments.
However, that is not true. A traditional instrument, such as the optical level (for example the Stanley 1-77-160, 1-77-245) or a simple plumb line, can be more accurate than a laser level. It is in fact with traditional tools that the precision of laser levels is tested.
Many professionals ask themselves “Is red or green laser better?”. When comparing the two types of lasers, green beam lasers (like the Stanley STHT77594-1 or the STHT77592-1 cross-line laser level) are the best option for the following reasons:
Are you looking for a laser level that offers a laser line visible from a distance with the utmost clarity? Look no further: the answer is green. Although a Green Beam laser level may involve a slightly higher initial investment, its advantages become clear as you work. With these models, you will benefit from perfectly sharp lines, effortless usability, and undeniable convenience that will make your tasks a breeze. Moreover, you will enjoy an incredibly precise performance, along with increased productivity. No more squinting or straining: just pure visibility and precision. Your projects deserve the advantage of green.
When buying a new laser measurement tool, it is important to have in mind what to consider. Here are some factors that make a high-quality laser:
Moreover, it is better to choose your laser level according to the application field:
For a furniture maker who has to place wall units in an indoor environment, a self-levelling laser is suitable for the purpose and, more in general, such an instrument is suitable when the distance between the laser and the line produced is under 2 or 3 meters. Some examples of self-leveling lasers are the Stanley Cubix™ STHT77499-1 with green beam and the STHT77498-1 with red beam.
In the case of work on large surfaces, a rotating laser with a receiver which can operate up to a distance of 300/350 meters will be necessary. Some examples are the Stanley models FMHT77446-1, FMHT77448-1, FMHT77447-1, FMHT77449-1.
Companies have been orienting production towards meeting the needs of the operator as best as possible. A good example is a multiline laser with green beam. The cross lines and the great visibility of the green beam allow the user to immediately identify the points where to place the necessary elements. The classic example is the uprights for plasterboard walls. One such product to consider is the Stanley multiline laser level FMHT1-77356. It projects green rays intersected at 360deg, in order to guarantee extremely accurate markings on different surfaces. The lines emitted by this model are four times brighter and 30% sharper than traditional red beams. Moreover, this item offers a working range of 35M (maximum 50M with a detector), an accuracy of +/- 3mm @10M, as well as +/- 4° self-leveling capacity.
Among the best laser levels available in our store are the following:
These and many other models are available in our catalog.
In order to obtain the best results, you should follow these pieces of advice:
If there is a discrepancy with the indicated tolerance, you should contact the assistance center.
In terms of quality, low-cost laser levels are generally not as reliable as their more expensive counterparts. Cheaper models can have a variance of about 1/8 inch per 33 feet, while pricier options tend to have a much lower deviation, less than ±1/13 inch per 33 feet.
We recommend that no expense be spared in choosing your laser level. Remember, an accurate, quality measuring instrument is a profitable investment in the long run. Besides, a job done right is worth the money spent!
To calibrate a laser level, you need to place the laser level on a tripod, mark a reference point on a wall at a distance of at least 100m, and adjust the instrument according to the height of the point that has been established on the wall. Various laser-level tripods can also be found in our store. One of these is the Stanley 1-77-13 model, which is extendable from 90 to 173mm and features highly robust aluminum construction. The extendable elements can also be locked using a high-quality locking system.
Regulations state that there are different classes of lasers between 1 and 4 depending on the output power.
For what concerns classes 1 and 2, there’s absolutely no risk of eye or skin damage. In any case, it is good practice never to stare at the light source for a long time, exactly as it’s not suggested to stare directly at a light bulb. Stanley and DeWalt use exclusively lasers pertaining to class 1 or 2.
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