September 27, 2010

Bosch GLL2-80 Laser Level - Reader Review (Brian B.)

We took a little break from our Bosch-a-palooza laser review extravaganza, but now we're back with it, lead by reader Brian B. who, like many others, has something to say about what's included in the package....


When I first got the Bosch GLL-2 80 Laser Level I was stoked. I am finally done struggling with my crappy $15 laser pointer with a line painter lens and a bubble all on a mini tripod tool. (See Photo) Even describing that thing is annoying and time consuming just like using it.

The Bosch GLL-2 80 has all the functions of the expensive spinning type laser levels I have borrowed or rented in the past plus you get the vertical dimension all in 360◦. I was immediately impressed by the way Bosch eliminated the spinning aspect by replacing the moving parts with conical lenses.

bosch_laser_BB1.jpgI turned it on and checked out the beams and the auto leveling. Very nice, bright too. I start to attach it to the base and I noticed it wanting to cross thread so I realign it and it went on correctly. When I took it off the base I checked the threads and they're ok but I noticed they're aluminum...WTF ... Why would Bosch make a part that's going to see such heavy use and is easily cross threaded out of aluminum and not stainless steel is beyond me. They could have Heli Coiled it. Sometimes it's the little things that do you in.

I decided to try it out on a little DIY project. I'm mounting my window air conditioner in the wall. I just put in new windows and didn't want it to be visible from the front of the house. Plus it will get less sun on the side of the house. I first had to find my tripod that I got a few years back for $10. This was something, in my opinion, they could have included with the tool. The Bosch GLL-2 80 Laser Level worked great making short work of marking the drywall cuts on the inside. I moved it outside to mark the cuts on the stucco. It was almost impossible to see the beams. The glasses would have been helpful if they were included. Overall I would give the Bosch GLL-2 80 Laser Level an 8 out of 10. Still it's a vast improvement over my crappy $15 laser pointer with a line painter lens and a bubble all on a mini tripod tool. Thanks Tool Snob and thanks Bosch.


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Posted by Doug Mahoney at September 27, 2010 1:00 PM
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Please stick to your day job. Overlooking some of the short diatribes and vendettas on Amazon, this may potentially be the worst review I have recently read.

I do realize that I may not be able to do any better than you did. But -- I would put more time into it and certainly ask someone to edit and proof the piece before submission.

Posted by: shively at October 7, 2010 6:17 AM
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