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#4616976 - 12/28/17 05:45 PM Laser Distance Measure?
Quattro Pete Offline


Registered: 10/30/02
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Loc: Great Lakes
Are these things any good for measuring things such as room dimensions? What else can they be used for? Can you get a decent one for $20?
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#4616987 - 12/28/17 05:55 PM Re: Laser Distance Measure? [Re: Quattro Pete]
Donald Offline


Registered: 03/21/04
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Loc: Upstate NY
Surveyors use them to measure distance but are probably $1000 not $20.
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#4616996 - 12/28/17 06:06 PM Re: Laser Distance Measure? [Re: Quattro Pete]
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Registered: 12/14/02
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Loc: New Jersey
My wife got me a bosch last year. Works great. Not sure how much it cost.

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#4617007 - 12/28/17 06:18 PM Re: Laser Distance Measure? [Re: Quattro Pete]
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Registered: 04/27/12
Posts: 4747
Loc: MA
I have a Bosch GLM 80, I think I got it on sale a while ago, does crazy things like measure the angle too.

I see Amazon has some cheap ones starting at $15. Make sure you get a laser one, the ultrasonic ones are inaccurate. For room dimensions, make sure you can get one that allows you to have a mode where it will automatically do the math for you. I think that $15 one only gives you the distance. There's a $23 on Amazon that will give you the area.

https://www.amazon.com/Portable-Distance-Measure-Pythagorean-Calculation/dp/B071YPS2J9

Not sure how reliable those are. I had a Stanley Fat Max at one point til that broke, also have the Bosch DLR130k which I got over 4 years ago and that's still working, it's my backup since I got the GLM 80 about two years ago.

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#4617008 - 12/28/17 06:19 PM Re: Laser Distance Measure? [Re: Quattro Pete]
MrHorspwer Offline


Registered: 12/18/06
Posts: 1422
Loc: Michigan
I also have a Bosch unit. Cost less than $50.

I found it really useful when stick framing walls in-place (like framing a basement). Much quicker to measure stud length than with a tape.

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#4617010 - 12/28/17 06:22 PM Re: Laser Distance Measure? [Re: Donald]
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Registered: 11/29/08
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Loc: Oshawa, Ontario Canada
I think $30 won't get you quality. I have Bosch one inoad around $40-45 for it. Works pretty good.
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#4617025 - 12/28/17 06:37 PM Re: Laser Distance Measure? [Re: JC1]
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I cannot figure out what the typo "inoad" was supposed to have meant.

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#4617031 - 12/28/17 06:44 PM Re: Laser Distance Measure? [Re: Kira]
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Originally Posted By: Kira
I cannot figure out what the typo "inoad" was supposed to have meant.


in at?

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#4617046 - 12/28/17 07:07 PM Re: Laser Distance Measure? [Re: Quattro Pete]
Quattro Pete Offline


Registered: 10/30/02
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Loc: Great Lakes
Thanks all. I actually ordered a cheapie one from ebay, like this one for under $17, mainly just to play around with and not for any kind of serious work. I'm not expecting Bosch quality at this price.
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#4617161 - 12/28/17 08:42 PM Re: Laser Distance Measure? [Re: Quattro Pete]
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The cheap ones are good to + or - 6", not very accurate
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#4617361 - 12/29/17 12:41 AM Re: Laser Distance Measure? [Re: Quattro Pete]
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Registered: 07/07/15
Posts: 4462
Loc: Down Under
I had to measure a large room at work, it was going to be a tight squeeze so I had to get it right. I was given a Bosch laser measuring device to do the job.

Being a measure twice, cut once person. I measured the room a second time with a friend to help and a steel tape measure. We got the same measurement within +/- 5 mm (0.2").
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#4617391 - 12/29/17 04:25 AM Re: Laser Distance Measure? [Re: Quattro Pete]
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Registered: 10/10/08
Posts: 18953
Loc: Sunny Florida
The Bosch unit at Home depot for 100 bucks is extremely accurate. We use them every day, sometimes clients question their accuracy, but they are always spot on...
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#4641405 - 01/20/18 09:23 PM Re: Laser Distance Measure? [Re: Linctex]
Quattro Pete Offline


Registered: 10/30/02
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Loc: Great Lakes
Originally Posted By: Linctex
The cheap ones are good to + or - 6", not very accurate

UPDATE: The cheap one I got seems to be accurate to within a couple of mm when measuring longer distances, but if you ask it to measure something under 12" or so, it sometimes misses by as much as half an inch.
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#4641552 - 01/21/18 02:08 AM Re: Laser Distance Measure? [Re: Quattro Pete]
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Registered: 12/18/12
Posts: 513
Loc: Washington for now
i am thinking of getting one. the newest ones seem to conpensate for angle now.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N7TTDRX/ref=sxbs_sxwds-stvp_1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_p=3341940462&pd_rd_wg=WenBT&pf_rd_r=TXHJ1BXXPTD0RVJTK3DK&pf_rd_s=desktop-sx-bottom-slot&pf_rd_t=301&pd_rd_i=B01N35OHOK&pd_rd_w=pOByp&pf_rd_i=laser%2Btape%2Bmeasure&pd_rd_r=707bda1f-e001-45e2-91b7-4642ac84a3b2&ie=UTF8&qid=1516521990&sr=1&th=1

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a4UUl1lMPR0


Edited by WhyMe (01/21/18 02:16 AM)

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