Do any of y’all in the electrical field actually use these laser distance measuring tools? I’ve tried many of them, different sizes, brands, displays, distances, but does anyone actually keep them in their pouches and use them day-to-day?
When I first started receiving distance laser measurers I didn’t trust them. Something about the inability to know FOR SURE that you’re getting an accurate reading never sat well with me. Then I started using them more often and realized they’re extremely accurate. And on top of it most of them have ways of saving your readings so you don’t lose track of your measurements.
Electricians use tape-measures all day everyday, mostly for cutting things or laying out materials. So a tool like this is not great for what we do. However if you’re trying to get an idea of how much conduit you need, how big a building is, or how much wire you’ll need to order this is a great tool for measuring, IF YOU’RE INDOORS.
The problem with these lasers is they almost never work outdoors. If you’re doing outdoor measurements in close proximity to where you’re at then they work fine, but once you start getting 50 feet away or further you can’t even see the dot anymore. Doesn’t matter what brand or style, they all do a terrible job outdoors. It makes sense though, its like trying to use a flashlight in daylight. But as an electrician I would use something like this outdoors more than I would indoors, if it worked.
Info from HomeDepot.com
The Bosch BLAZE GLM 42 135 ft. Laser Measure is a fully featured, easy-to-use tool, with a display guide that uses words, letters and icons to walk the user through each measurement process. The easy-to-read backlit color display improves the visibility and usability of the laser measure. It provides real-time length, area, volume and indirect measuring functions and it has a 20-measurement storage capability and addition/subtraction functionality. This tool includes default real-time measurement mode, adjusting the measurement the closer to or further from the target the laser measure is. The digital bubble vial provides a visual reference when measuring horizontal distances. Thanks to its laser precision technology and real-time measurement mode, it takes instant and reliable measurements up to 135 ft., to size up the job in seconds. It is accurate up to ±1/16 in. And it fits in any pocket for easy access.
Easy-to-read backlit color display – illuminates numbers in dark areas with distinct resolution, allowing work in low-light or no-light conditions
Default real-time measurement mode – immediately provides accurate measurement that automatically adjusts closer to or farther from the target
Easy-to-use display guide – walks the user through each measurement process
Multiple measuring features – includes real-time length, area, volume and indirect functions and addition/subtraction capability
Memory storage – provides storage for up to 20-measurements
Accuracy and long-range measuring – provides accuracy up to ±1/16 in. and measures up to 135 ft.
Digital bubble level – provides a visual reference when measuring horizontal distances
Compact size – fits in any pocket for easy access
Includes: GLM 42-laser measure, (1) protective pouch, (1) hand strap, (1) target card, (2) AAA batteries
I’ve never been so impressed with these that they revolutionize how I work, so I can’t give this a 5-star rating. It’s very well-constructed, it works as it should indoors, and gives very accurate readings. I think 4-stars are appropriate.
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