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I recently partnered with The Home Depot for the 2019-2020 year and one of the major benefits is the ability to test and use tools that I normally wouldn’t give any consideration to. A laser level provides points or lines to layout plumb, level or square references within construction. DIYers and carpenters are using to hang cabinets and built ins. I’m going to be exploring two Bosch laser levels at two very broad price points.
The Bosch 40 ft. Self Leveling Cross Line Laser with VisiMax Green Beam is a compact cross-line laser level coming in at $129. This laser level is going to do most of everything you’ll ever need. It features a bright green beam which is 4 times brighter than standard red beams. The laser projects two lines that are precisely level and plumb (perpendicular). The laser comes with a mount with a clip. I personally like using a camera tripod and the laser level has a 1/4”-20tpi socket to accept a camera tripod bracket. When you turn on the level, the pendulum will self-level and indicates when it is out-of-level. However, when you turn the level off, the pendulum locks to ensure safe transport. It also comes with a nice protective pouch. For most of what I do (mount cabinets, install trim, mount picture frames) this laser level is more than adequate.
The Bosch 200 ft. Self Leveling 3 Plane Cross Line Laser Level comes in at $349. This is a significantly higher price point with a lot more features which professional contractors are likely to appreciate more. This laser level offers three projection lines (1 horizontal and 2 vertical). The 2 vertical lines cross at 90 degrees to each other to quickly square the layout of a room. This laser has a visible range of up to 200 ft. in diameter, but a pulse mode extends the working range to 300 ft. in diameter. It comes with a receiver to increase visibility at longer ranges. The laser level can illuminate one line, two lines, or all three red lines. This system has a self-leveling pendulum of up to 4 degrees (+ or -) and an out-of-level indicator. The mounting clip allows for mounting the laser level on just about anything but also mounted on a flat surface. It also has a manual mode that allows the laser to lock for use at any angle. While this laser level is full of amazing features, it’s much more than I’ll ever need.
The Bosch 40-ft level is adequate for my needs, such as hanging a microwave, leveling base cabinets, hanging upper cabinets, leveling built-ins, installing trim, and hanging wall decor. The Bosch 200-ft laser level is more than I’d need or use. A professional contractor would benefit greatly from the Bosch 200-ft laser level.