November 5, 2010

Bosch GLL3-80 360 Degree Line Laser

bosch_GLL380.jpgWe can hardly even bring ourselves to talk about this one. After a month of us wading through about a million reader reviews of the Bosch GLL2-80 Dual Plane Line Laser, the German company has the audacity to release the GLL3-80 360 Line Laser. Like the name suggests, there are now three, not two, laser lines projected from the tool. As with the older model, the new one's mojo is centered around the very cool Cone Mirror Technology (explained here).

And that third laser sure costs a whole lot of money; $230 to be exact. Ohio Power Tool is selling the three-beam for $500 while the the GLL2 for about $270.

At Ohio Power Tool

Check out the press release after the jump...

Bosch GLL3-80 360-Degree Line Laser Offers Full-Time Layout and Squaring Lines in Three Planes

New tool utilizes patented Bosch Cone Mirror technology to project in 360 degrees without moving parts!

Mount Prospect, Ill., October 25 - Building on the success of the revolutionary GLL2-80 360-degree line laser earlier this year, Bosch Measuring Tools introduces the GLL3-80 3-Plane Hybrid Line Laser. The new laser is nearly identical to the GLL2-80, except the GLL3-80 utilizes an additional laser diode to deliver full 360-degree coverage on two perpendicular vertical planes and one horizontal plane.

By providing five cross points and self-leveling lines in 360 degrees, the GLL3-80 makes layout, leveling and squaring a breeze for cabinet installers, finish carpenters, remodelers, electricians and others. Unlike traditional cross line lasers, the GLL3-80 allows the operator to position the unit over one reference mark and provide two 900 layout lines from one setup point. Because the GLL3-80 projects in all directions three axis planes simultaneously, and the tool can be quickly switched between triple axis-plane, vertical-only and horizontal-only modes, the user can complete an entire room from a single setup point.

Like the GLL2-80, the GLL3-80 utilizes Bosch patented Cone Mirror Technology, rather than rotating diodes, to project bright laser "chalk lines" in 360 degrees. By reducing the number of moving parts, Bosch produced a laser layout tool that is more compact, lighter, easier to calibrate, and simpler to use than a traditional rotary laser.

The GLL3-80 can be mounted in multiple ways for added versatility. The base of the unit is designed to enable either freestanding operation or magnetic attachment to metal tracking. The unit can also be mounted to a standard tripod; the base accommodates both ΒΌ-20" and 5/8-11" tripod mounting. By incorporating the included WM1 Positioning Device with a micro-fine height adjustment, users can dial in their preferences even further.

For bright light conditions and/or long distance (up to 265 feet) applications, the GLL3-80 can be used in pulse laser receiver mode in conjunction with the optional LR2 laser receiver. Single-button operation and a compact design make setup, operation and storage simple, regardless of application. Bosch's Smart Pendulum Leveling System quickly levels the unit for use and alerts the user with both blinking lines and an audible alarm if an out-of-level situation occurs. Once leveled, the GLL3-80 is accurate to within 1/4" over its 100-foot range (in normal mode). A secure transport lock protects the pendulum when the unit is switched off.

As with all Bosch products for pro users, durability is important. In addition to the secure transport lock to protect the pendulum, Bosch has built the GLL3-80 to meet rigorous IP54 standards for water and dust protection. The easy-to-grip rubber housing further protects the GLL3-80 from jobsite drops and abuse. This ensures precise and reliable service over the lifespan of the tool.

The GLL3-80 comes complete with a hard carrying case, the WM1 micro-adjustable positioning bracket, an instruction manual and four AA batteries. The BP350 telescoping pole system for laser tools from Bosch Accessories is recommended for use with the GLL3-80.

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Posted by Doug Mahoney at November 5, 2010 2:20 PM
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So in my review for the GLL2-80 I was looking for a way to use as a plumb-bob, looks like the high and low intersections of the two vertical planes would now give that functionality to this laser. Although not sure of the accuracy vs a laser dedicated to plumb laser points...

Any chance of an exchange? Just kidding, tool envy, just the price you pay a couple months after getting a new tool.

Posted by: Eric Fick at November 10, 2010 8:32 AM
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