View Full Version : which laser to buy

10-13-2011, 03:18 PM
For years I used string lines to set grades of patios and for drainage and a couple of years ago I bought a transit and its saved a bunch of time on patios and drainage projects. Ive been thinking about buying a laser and have been looking at Tapcons I havent used one since school and have been reading about manual slope, single slope, and dual slope lasers. Id like to be able to set the slope of a patio on the maching that way I dont need to move the sensor as i work across the patio what exactly is the difference between manual, single, and dual slope? and what units do you recomend or have used? I liked the tapcon as I can get readers to add to my excavator and other possible equipment but am open to other options

10-13-2011, 10:16 PM
You have to check out Zip level before buying a lazer.:clapping:

10-14-2011, 07:30 PM
We use Trimble.

All of the civil engineers we use have it, so we're all on the same page. We use the GPS system to set foundation corners, mark utility locations, and control the AccuGrade system. We have the laser for making sure grades and slopes are correct to the plans.

At the end, we have a complete set of as-builts for each project for the future stored in the project file.

I have said it before and I will say it again: the Trimble rep drives a much nicer truck than I do, and the Trimble trainer drives a nicer truck than the both of us.

If you get plans from engineers frequently, ask what they used and buy the same system they use.

SDLandscapes VT
10-14-2011, 08:35 PM
second the zip level.....though readers on the equipment would be nice

10-23-2011, 10:57 PM
tapcon dole slope that way you can hav it piched on a x and y plane for dranage

11-17-2011, 08:21 PM
I use a Pro Shot L5. I'm not impressed. It's been in for repairs 4-5 times in the last year.
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11-21-2011, 09:35 PM
The zip level looks pretty cool.