December 2, 2008

Black & Decker Bullseye - Review

black_decker_bullseye.jpgThe Black & Decker Bullseye Auto-Leveling Laser with Stud Sensor is a small laser level with the single purpose of hanging things on walls, or more specifically, lining up two or more items on a wall. There's really not a whole lot else you can do with it, but since it does its assigned task so well, the limits of the tool aren't really a problem.

The unit looks like a plus-sized stud sensor with switches on both sides and laser lights coming out of the sides of the rounded top. The switch on the right activates the stud sensor and the switch on the left turns on the self-leveling laser. We tested the laser against one that is about seven times more expensive and we have to say that the Black & Decker was spot on level.

The beam is nice and bright even in a well-lit room and if the unit gets tilted too far to either side, the laser gets blocked and can't be seen. After a few simple tests, we came t o the conclusion that the stud sensor works fine too.

The Bullseye comes with two attachments that allow it to be held on a wall so you can work without having to hold it, freeing up your hands for picture hanging.

The Bullseye costs about $40 which sounds like a lot, but anyone who has ever hung pictures with a loved one realizes that it's a process prone to making one generally unloving. That said, maybe $40 is a small price to pay for a tool that will make picture hanging a little less difficult.

The Bullseye comes with a nice nylon case that can hold the unit and both attachments.


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Posted by Doug Mahoney at December 2, 2008 5:34 AM
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I received one as a gift four years ago. It worked fine until the auto-leveling mechanism stopped operating, making the tool pretty useless. The stud finder is average. All in all, I'm not sure I'd buy it again.

Posted by: Pete at December 4, 2008 10:12 PM

I bought one of these four or five years ago at a Ross store in the "Men's" section for about $25. Along with the features you described, mine has a laser coming out of the top as well so you line things up on the vertical.
Since my wife is an amatuer home decorator, it is one of my most-used tools.

Posted by: Steve at December 3, 2008 4:33 PM
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