LASER LEVEL KIT 406MM £9.99 @ Screwfix (C&C)
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LASER LEVEL KIT 406MM £9.99 @ Screwfix (C&C)

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Found 8th Mar
I posted this a couple of months a go at at this price, but it then went back up to £24.99. Its now been reduced again to £9.99

16" (406mm). Laser spirit level with point mode for rapid and accurate levelling on the base plate.

Includes - Level, 1.02m tripod, target plate and storage case.
Accurate to 1mm/m
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Oh dear, here we go again. Don't bother, they're rubbish. That's why decent ones cost hundreds. And yes before anyone asks I have had one, and the best thing about it was the tripod which I ended up repurposing.
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I got one of these at £9.99 and returned it; it was so imprecise. The whole setup is very flimsy so the slightest touch causes the projected dot to move several inches and the line generating attachment projected an arc! Setting out by eye is more accurate than this, especially if the eye is assisted by a £10 spirit level.
There are much better devices around, but for an item that is needed for the occasional job and will spend most of its life in the shed, this is fine. That small landscaping job, finding levels for decking, kitchen cupboards or shelving, it'll do the job. For a tenner you can't go wrong. Just ordered one, got a specific job for it and it'll probably not be used for a while, so I'm happy.
kenwebb19536 m ago

There are much better devices around, but for an item that is needed for …There are much better devices around, but for an item that is needed for the occasional job and will spend most of its life in the shed, this is fine. That small landscaping job, finding levels for decking, kitchen cupboards or shelving, it'll do the job. For a tenner you can't go wrong. Just ordered one, got a specific job for it and it'll probably not be used for a while, so I'm happy.


No. If it's inaccurate it's inaccurate, no matter how little you use it. If you're happy to use an inaccurate level, why bother even using one in the first place? You've just wasted a tenner I'm afraid, but that's your right to do so, so fair enough.
Edited by: "ThanksForThat" 8th Mar
ThanksForThat3 m ago

No. If it's inaccurate it's inaccurate, no matter how little you use it. …No. If it's inaccurate it's inaccurate, no matter how little you use it. If you're happy to use an inaccurate level, why bother even using one in the first place? You've just wasted a tenner I'm afraid, but that's your right to do so, so fair enough.


I only use it for the dot, if that is level at source, then the dot will be accurate. Unless you can bend light?
mail4411 m ago

I got one of these at £9.99 and returned it; it was so imprecise. The …I got one of these at £9.99 and returned it; it was so imprecise. The whole setup is very flimsy so the slightest touch causes the projected dot to move several inches and the line generating attachment projected an arc! Setting out by eye is more accurate than this, especially if the eye is assisted by a £10 spirit level.


Surely uninterrupted light tends to travel in a perfectly straight line.

Surely the dot moving several inches at the slightest touch is an indication of precision.

Had one for a few years and proved very useful when stabilised/secured correctly.

Amazing value for a tenner.
kenwebb19532 m ago

I only use it for the dot, if that is level at source, then the dot will …I only use it for the dot, if that is level at source, then the dot will be accurate. Unless you can bend light?


Yes well in that case why are you telling people it's fine for levelling up kitchen cabinets or shelves then?
Tenner ain't bad for the tripod.
ThanksForThat16 m ago

Yes well in that case why are you telling people it's fine for levelling …Yes well in that case why are you telling people it's fine for levelling up kitchen cabinets or shelves then?




Ok, I didn't really think I would need to explain how that process works, but not being in a position to require a device that costs a hell of a lot more money, I set the level one end of a room at the required height, rotate it 180 degrees and the transmitted dot gives me the level at the other end of the room!! Then do what any self respecting person would do and use my trusty 1200mm Stabila to mark out positions. Or variations of that. I could work around the room with the level, but that is fraught with issues, pipework, windows, doorways etc. But that dot!! Spot on every time (unless you can bend light). I could take a guess that the floor or ceiling is level and measure up or down too. But even then it is hit and miss over a long span. I have used the horizantal and vertical line adapter on occasions, but do find I still use my level to check it.
Edited by: "kenwebb1953" 8th Mar
kenwebb19537 m ago

Ok, I didn't really think I would need to explain how that process works, …Ok, I didn't really think I would need to explain how that process works, but not being in a position to require a device that costs a hell of a lot more money, I set the level one end of a room at the required height, rotate it 180 degrees and the transmitted dot gives me the level at the other end of the room!! Then do what any self respecting person would do and use my trusty 1200mm Stabila to mark out positions. Or variations of that. I could work around the room with the level, but that is fraught with issues, pipework, windows, doorways etc. But that dot!! Spot on every time (unless you can bend light). I could take a guess that the floor or ceiling is level and measure up or down too. But even then it is hit and miss over a long span. I have used the horizantal and vertical line adapter on occasions, but do find I still use my level to check it.


It's only spot on every time if you take it off the gimble and set it (and then level it) on something of exactly the right height, then re-check it and re-set it every time you turn it. The gimble is the weak link (and then the tripod).
So let me get this straight; your doing all that faff to put a series of dots round the room, which you're then joining up with a level, instead of just using the level in the first place? Wow, do you charge by the hour?!
Edited by: "ThanksForThat" 8th Mar
ThanksForThat14 m ago

It's only spot on every time if you take it off the gimble and set it (and …It's only spot on every time if you take it off the gimble and set it (and then level it) on something of exactly the right height, then re-check it and re-set it every time you turn it. The gimble is the weak link. So let me get this straight; your doing all that faff to put a series of dots round the room, which you're then joining up with a level, instead of just using the level in the first place? Wow, do you charge by the hour?!



Nope, one dot is enough for me, and the gimbal is the weak link, leveling that is next to impossible. This tool isn't worth £24, but to get a straight line accurate level over say 10 metres, it does the job. It does have it's uses, just because it is of no use to you, doesn't mean no one else can find a use for it. If I was fitting suspended ceilings I wouldn't use it, but for the purpose I want it for, it will do the job perfectly. And for under a tenner, happy days.
Edited by: "kenwebb1953" 8th Mar
kenwebb195322 m ago

Nope, one dot is enough for me, and the gimbal is the weak link, leveling …Nope, one dot is enough for me, and the gimbal is the weak link, leveling that is next to impossible. This tool isn't worth £24, but to get a straight line accurate level over say 10 metres, it does the job. It does have it's uses, just because it is of no use to you, doesn't mean no one else can find a use for it. If I was fitting suspended ceilings I wouldn't use it, but for the purpose I want it for, it will do the job perfectly. And for under a tenner, happy days.


If all you want is a red dot, you'd be as well getting a laser distance measure. You'd still have to find someway of leveling it, but you'd achieve the same result without it being a one-trick pony. I've found even the cheap (sub £20) ones to be surprisingly accurate.

The problem with this level is it's of no use for its intended purpose. It's fair enough if you understand this and are prepared to dismantle it, modify it or find workarounds, but endorsing it without making that clear is just going to lead people into buying something that's no good for them..
Edited by: "ThanksForThat" 8th Mar
Okay. I'm struggling here. This is a spirit level with the added bonus of a laser beam.

As far as I can tell, there is only one significant margin for error with this device ..... that the laser beam is not parallel with the physical metal section. I've turned mine upside down in the mount and it happens to be spot on.

This device WILL ALWAYS project a straight line beam (dot).

The projected beam will be level if manufactured within tolerance AND if you've judged the bubbles correctly (like any other traditional spirit bubble device).

For critical jobs, If you have any doubt about the manufacturing tolerance then simply flip the level and then split the difference (if there is any).

I paid twice this and I can honestly say it's been worth every penny.

The only issue I've had is that, when dismantling, the gimbal can be difficult to separate from he tripod because the thread binds.

I agree that this is fine for occasional DIY use.
is this what they used to make the leaning tower of Pisa
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ThanksForThat12 h, 25 m ago

If all you want is a red dot, you'd be as well getting a laser distance …If all you want is a red dot, you'd be as well getting a laser distance measure. You'd still have to find someway of leveling it, but you'd achieve the same result without it being a one-trick pony. I've found even the cheap (sub £20) ones to be surprisingly accurate. The problem with this level is it's of no use for its intended purpose. It's fair enough if you understand this and are prepared to dismantle it, modify it or find workarounds, but endorsing it without making that clear is just going to lead people into buying something that's no good for them..



I think my reply to the OP made it quite clear. And a spirit level with a laser light would do the same job. My job used to be erecting 'fridges, freezers and food processing rooms, the panels being anything up to 5M long and 1200mm wide. Perfect plumb and level was crucial, and my best friend was a 1200 top quality level. Still using 20 years on :). Workarounds are good, and for less than a tenner this item gives plenty of scope for those one off occasions. I don't have the need for an expensive laser level, and I don't need to spend spend £30+ on a spirit level with a laser when this is available for less than a tenner. Horses for courses.
kenwebb19533 h, 26 m ago

I think my reply to the OP made it quite clear.


I don't think it made it clear in the slightest, but I've got better things to be doing than arguing with strangers over a ten quid laser lever, so lets agree to disagree and leave it there
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