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Laser That Wont Break The Bank

Discussion in 'Lasers' started by Danny Steel, Mar 22, 2011.

  1. Danny Steel

    Danny Steel Well-Known Member

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    Hey guys,
    The time has come that I need a laser level, I have been using the old style 2 man level.

    The small excavations I do are maybe 1000 sq '.

    Is It possible to get a small laser around $500?...used, New?
     
  2. stumpjumper83

    stumpjumper83 Senior Member

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    Home depot was selling some w/ warranty for like 475 last year, kit style. laser, tripod, detector, grade rod and case. Thats what I have and I like it. Its manual leveled just like an old school transit, but it works nice. I like it because I can manually set whatever angle I want to run rather than being limited to 10 degrees. Downside is that the detector only have a 2.5" high reception range, but what do you expect for 475. Oh, and its only a 10 or 12' grade rod, thats aluminium.

    It works for me and if it broke tomorrow, I'd go get another one.
     
  3. jrtraderny

    jrtraderny Well-Known Member

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  4. Danny Steel

    Danny Steel Well-Known Member

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    What make Is It?.......Thanks
    Good deals In there.....a bit far for shipping up to here...Thanks
    D
     
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    I like the ones made by Spectra/Trimble. They have a good support/repair dept. You can find some good ones on Ebay, I only buy from distributors/repair centers. I like the automatic level machines. I think I paid around $800 for the last new one I bought. It comes with everything, including carrying case.
    What I did at first, was ask some of the local guys, where they get theirs and what they use, they may have a good used one for sale. I dont like the Home Depot ones, they are not heavy duty enough for my applications
     
  7. jrtraderny

    jrtraderny Well-Known Member

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    Freight's cheap
     
  8. Danny Steel

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    Ok.........If the freight Is not too much, Can someone advise me on a laser that will do the job for my small mini ex business?
    Theres lots too choose from....and I'm not using It every day, or need a range greater than 100' or so.........I need the whole kit. story rod, reciever, tripod ,level
    Thanks guys
     
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  9. jrtraderny

    jrtraderny Well-Known Member

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    Try this one.The whole works is $695 US , I would call them they can quote you the frt. And they're real nice to deal with.
    http://laser-grade.com/l47.htm

    Doesn't come with tripod though. Look at this tripod.
    http://laser-grade.com/northwest_NAT83_tipod.htm

    If you're working alone you might want to consider this also,
    http://laser-grade.com/spectracr600.htm

    jr
     
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  10. Danny Steel

    Danny Steel Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Jr.......I like that gadget that goes on the boom......It must be great for keeping a trench at the same depth
     
  11. jrtraderny

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    I've got a similar setup I 've used for the last 10 yrs. works great.
    jr