September 8, 2010

Bosch GLL2-80 Laser Level - Reader Review (Derek C.)

More successful hands on testing of the Bosch laser...but also more criticism of the lack of receiver in the on...

bosch_laser_DC.jpgI am a General Contractor that has a lot of remodel projects so i am use to things being out of level and out of plumb. Before i received the Bosch GLL2-80 i had been researching different lasers in preparation to purchase one. I have owned one other line level previously, it was a Christmas present from a relative and to say the least it was unreliable.

After a few minutes of playing with the Bosch and a quick glance of the owners manual the basic operation is quiet easy. I love how compact the case is, it is just the right size to win a permanent spot in the back seat of the truck.

The First job i took it on we were installing drywall over an old ceiling in a house build in the 1920's. So needless too say nothing was square. Usually i would get the chalk box out and pop a line where the edge of the drywall needed to be to take out any curves in the wall. But we use the GLL2-80 instead, we set the laser line and set each sheet to it.

The next job we used it on was hardwood flooring. We installed hardwood in a bathroom and aligned it with the hardwood in the existing bedroom the GLL2-80 made this a simple task. The laser performed well in both situations except for when the sunlight was directly shining in to the room it made the line a little hard to see.

Its best features are the ease of setup and use, the loud tone when out of level, and that it will blink when it is locked so you can't mistakenly get an out of level measurement. The only thing i would change about the laser itself is the thickness of the laser line. I would prefer to see it a little finer.

I wish it came with the receiver for pulse mode, it would make the low visibility lines easier to read. And i wish it came with a bigger tripod, but luckily they put both 1/4" and 5/8" tripod mounts in both the laser its self and the WM1 positioning device. I am defiantly going to keep the tool, and i am going to order a receiver and test out its long range accuracy. I give the GLL2-80 a 8 out of 10. Had it came with the receiver and the line was a little finer it would get a 10 out of 10.


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Posted by Doug Mahoney at September 8, 2010 11:40 AM
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