Whether you are a contractor, a remodeler or any other professional working with your hands, you likely follow the old adage “measure twice and cut once.” Most people working in such professions have a trusted steel measuring tape. However, these tapes come with some limitations. You may be thinking about upgrading to a laser measure. Understanding the differences between laser measuring tools will help you find the right one for your needs.
Why Use a Laser Measuring Tool?
There are a few good reasons to consider switching to a laser measuring tool. The most significant benefit for most users is that they can be used by a single person even over great distances. You don’t need someone to hold the end of the tape in place to use its full range. Simply aim and press the button to get an instant and accurate reading. This can save you a lot of time. Additionally, most laser measuring tools are extremely precise. They can return highly specific reading with excellent accuracy.
Key Considerations When Selecting a Laser Measure
There are a lot of laser measuring tools on the market. Thus, selecting one may seem a little overwhelming. The following considerations will help you narrow down an option that fits your needs and your budget.
Think about the distances you typically need to measure. Interior projects typically require a measure with a range of at least 65 feet. Construction and surveying projects may need a measure with up to 300 feet of range. Find a model that has at least enough range for your typical work. However, keep in mind that you can always break out the old fiberglass measuring tape for occasional long measurements.
If you are working outside, consider using a reflecting target accessory. This helps to increase the distance and accuracy of your laser measure when there is a lot of light pollution.
Naturally, you will want a display that can output the data you need clearly. Most laser measures have digital displays with multiple unit options. Find one that has all the information you need without being too complicated for you.
Most laser measures output readings to the quarter inch. Some have even more precise measurements than that. Keep in mind that a traditional measuring tape can stretch or bend by that much. So, even with a basic laser measure, you will likely get more accurate measurements.
You don’t want to have a large measure designed for surveyors when you are mostly just remodeling individual rooms. Make sure to find a device that is a practical size for your needs. Typically, smaller is better, provided that it can satisfy your other needs.
5) Other Features
Finally, think about some of the other features that may come with your laser measure. This may be a bubble level, a long battery life or a backlit display.
Explore the Catalog at Engineer Supply
Check out Engineer Supply’s catalog today. We have a great selection of laser measuring tools. Plus, we have lots of other engineering, construction, surveying and industrial equipment and supplies. You can find everything you need for your next big project.