Laser levels aren't something most woodworkers and makers have in the tool bag, but they can be quite convenient when they are there. Especially for hanging and mounting anything from picture frames to cabinets. I personally was excited about the Bosch Cross-Line Self-Leveling Laser. To me, its one of those tools that you use when you have it, and its a perk, not really a necessity, but that is just my opinion. This Bosch Cross-Line Self-Leveling Laser has some cool features that can potentially be an upgrade for the normal DIY'er and Maker.
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The Bosch Cross-Line Self-Leveling Laser has some nice features that come with the tool. First being a two line projection. This feature is nice for hanging just about anything, it gives a nice plumb line to reference for square. In Cross-line mode the laser projects two very bright lines that are perfectly level, which is obviously a pretty nice feature. I am a big fan of the mounting device that comes with the laser, the MM 2 Flexible Mounting Device. It clamps to multiple surfaces and provides microfine height adjustment which is quite convenient. In my first application with the tool i was able to clamp it to a beam and a ladder in minimal time, which is a nice little addition. it also has threading for 1/4" nut which allows it to be mounted to just about any tri-pod. Lastly, Bosch claims that the Smart Pendulum System self-levels and indicates out-of-level condition. Which if you can figure it out would be a cool feature, but I struggled with this one. The pendulum locks when the laser is not on, keeping it safe and extending the longevity of accuracy. The tool claims to be accurate to 5/16" at 30ft, which isn't too bad. The Bosch Cross-Line Self-Leveling Laser also comes with a pouch and (2) AA batteries, which is its power source.
With a price tag of 79.97, I would consider this tool to be on the higher range for the quality. What i find with lasers is that they are convenient, but that is about it. If I am buying one, I would rather invest in the best i can afford/ the best on the shelf. In this case I would categorize this tool as more of an entry level laser, which is why i think its priced high.
As I have stated above, lasers are a convenience to most of us in the workshop. More of a necessity on a contractors / construction site. But with that there is some added benefit of having one when they are available. I recently did a 25ft sign installation for a company and used a laser to set the mounting holes. It worked out nicely, but it took me a solid 15 minutes to get the thing working correctly. I believe with these tools there is a learning curve, and in that they're not as easy to use "right out of the box" as we might think. Therefore if I was in the market for a laser level, I would most likely buy the big brother to this model and go for the best on the market, and never need another again. This one took too long to set up for me, and i am not a fan of the 5/16 tolerance.
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