January 25, 2011

Johnson Level EcoTech Series Bamboo Bricklayer's Level

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If you've never dealt with bamboo on your own property, you probably hear the word and your mind goes to a tranquil image of a meditative panda bear quietly crunching away at the stalky plant. If, on the other hand, you've had the misfortune of actually having to contend with bamboo, the word probably causes you to see red and start to uncontrollably shake. Bamboo is a total nightmare to deal with. It makes mint look mild in its invasiveness, and it can grow up to two feet in a day.

So anyway, the folks over at Johnson Level have found a nice way to utilize this pest of a plant. They've started making levels out of it. Makes sense too, once you discover that bamboo has the tensile strength of steel. Who knew?

These new levels (there is currently a 2' and a 4') also have stainless steel edges and end caps. If you're looking for more information, the press release is after the jump.

Johnson Level Introduces the World's First Bamboo Level
Expands Breadth of Spirit Level Line with Two New Level Series

MEQUON, WI, January 19, 2011 --Johnson Level & Tool, leader in spirit levels and laser levels introduced the world's first Bamboo levels to masonry professionals at the 2011 World of Concrete tradeshow and 2011 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500® National in Las Vegas, Nevada this week.

Bamboo is the fastest growing plant on Earth, with a tensile strength comparable to steel. Despite being categorized as "wood", bamboo is actually a grass, growing in specific climates all over the world. Made into carpenter, mason and bricklayer levels, Bamboo is rapidly becoming one of the most popular types of residential and commercial raw materials in use today.

"Johnson Level's Bricklayer SeriesTM Bamboo frame is strong, durable, tough and sustainable. It's packed with features most asked for by the professional mason," said Jeff Johnson, Director of Marketing. "The Bricklayer Bamboo level includes nailed on flat stainless steel bindings to protect the frame, screwed on stainless steel end-caps for butting up against brick, an expanded viewing window for ease of reading and a hand-set dual vial system for assured accuracy," he continued. The EcoTech® Series bamboo levels feature angle metal bindings, durable rubber end caps and hand-set dual vials.

Manufacturing the Bamboo levels at its dedicated wood level facility in Tomahawk, Wisconsin, these products further solidify Johnson Level's North American leadership in wood level manufacturing. Other wood level products include heavy-duty Big J® laminated three-piece walnut and maple levels, aluminum framed I-beam birch levels, classic solid mahogany wood levels and American hardwood laminated wood levels, all of which are available for special order laser-etched branding and personalization.

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Hello my name is Chip and I was wondering if you ever tryed to contact Chicago Tool Co. or maybe Pittsburgh Tool Co. if you have not than PLSE try and let me know how it went ! and how you did it! PLSE you can contact me at (chip.1964@yahoo.com) THX Chip


Posted by: Chip at February 25, 2011 1:47 AM

Hello my name is Chip and I was wondering if you have ever tryed to contact Chicago Tool Co. or maybe Pittsburgh Tool Co. PLSE try and if you do let me know how it went and how you did it you can contact me at (chip.1964@yahoo.com) THX Chip


Posted by: Chip at February 25, 2011 1:46 AM

Good to know. I thought there was only the one kind, the evil kind.


Posted by: Tool Snob at January 25, 2011 9:30 AM

BTW there are two kinds of bamboo, running and clumping. The running is a nightmare, the clumping is fine.

The level looks cool too.


Posted by: Tom at January 25, 2011 9:09 AM
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