When choosing laser level tools, it is important to consider what type of job the laser level will be used to help complete. A home improvement project might require a manual line level, while a professional framer might require an auto-leveling rotary laser level. Different jobs and sites may have vastly differing leveling requirements, like accuracy, range, and whether or not a manual or self-leveling laser is needed. No matter what the job, a long battery life and a highly visible beam are important when choosing the best laser levels for the job.
There are many different types of laser level tools available in a wide range of prices. Home improvement centers carry basic manual line laser levels that adhere to a wall and are useful for basic home maintenance projects, like hanging pictures. Construction professionals require more complex laser level tools in higher price ranges. Some laser levels are rotary laser levels that are made up of a head that rotates and projects the laser onto mirrors, making a 360-degree line around a room or job site. These more complex laser levels are mounted on tripods and may have auto-leveling features that allow the laser level to recalibrate itself when bumped. These can be useful in unstable job sites.
One factor to consider is where the laser level will be used. An indoor job will require a single- or multiple-line laser level. Laser levels that project multiple lines may project lasers in a grid pattern that can be useful when installing cabinetry or doing work where a high degree of precision is required. A highly accurate laser level can be an important tool that insures level surfaces in structures.
Outdoor jobs are more likely to require a self-leveling rotating laser level tool. Although this option will be more expensive, its use can save time and work hours in the long term. Jobs in large outdoor spaces will need a laser level that has a high accuracy rate over a long range.
Stability of the job site will be a consideration when choosing the best laser level tools. A manual laser level will be a cost-effective option for most indoor jobs. Outdoor jobs where the laser level is likely to be bumped multiple times are likely to need a self-leveling laser level. A rotary laser level is perhaps the most useful when jobs will be taking place both inside and outdoors.