Dewalt Rotating Laser kit

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by Fieldman12, Dec 26, 2007.

  1. Fieldman12

    Fieldman12 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,504

    My girlfriend bought me the Rotating laser kit Dw073kd for Christmas. :) I went today and purchased the tripod and grade rod for it. I have had to take two of the laser kits back. The first kit one of the plastic knobs crumbled in my hand and the second one straight out of the box had hardly any of the fluid in one of the eye level bubbles. Now I know it is no Topcon by any means but I expected better quality from Dewalt. Anyone else have this kit and have had any issues? A friend of mine has I think the same kit with no issues. I did notice I think part of the problem is the case does not really hold the receiver or anything else very secure. Most of the stuff just floats around in the case.
  2. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,067

    We had a cheap RoboToolz laser, can't remember for the life of me who makes it, I'll remember. Anyway, it was a pretty cheap setup but it worked. We now have a Trimble laser system that's way nice, but the cheap lasers will get the job done. Like you say, the only sacrifice with the cheaper ones is build quality.
  3. YellowDogSVC

    YellowDogSVC LawnSite Gold Member
    from TX
    Posts: 3,758

    sounds like you have a damaged unit. I have one of the earliest ones from about 4 years ago and it is great and I just recently had to get a new battery for it. Not sure if the model number is the same but mine was the 18v with the two adjustment knobs, tripod, and rod and receiver.
  4. wanabe

    wanabe LawnSite Senior Member
    from So. IL
    Posts: 943

    Not trying to tell you what to do, but buying a laser is not the place to save money. We have a cheep POS of work that is not self leveling. Takes for ever to set up, and then the wind blows and it is off again. Next problem is that it eats batteries like none other. And it is not accurate. I have a Topcon with the slope feature, and it is set up for machine control. Yes, it cost a little more, but it is the last one I will buy. They have a nice unit that is about $650 with the tripod and grade rod if you are interested.
  5. Fieldman12

    Fieldman12 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,504

    YellowDog, it sounds like you have the same one. I guess I just got two bad ones and the 3rd time is the charm. I did set it up late tonight and mess with it a bit. It seems to work fine. Wanabe, I would love to have a Topcon, but at this time and since my business is small I think this will be okay. Maybe down the road when I have more money flowing I will sell this unit for what I can get out of it and step up to one of the big names such as Topcon or Trimble. As for the Robotoolz I have one that a buddy gave me that is not very old. Something is screwed up with the automatic leveling. I tried adjusting it but had no luck. Anyone know how much it is to get one of these fixed? I tried the manual adjusting screws and had no luck. I might have it fixed for a backup.
  6. mverick

    mverick LawnSite Senior Member
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    I have the dewalt 77. No problems and I like it... Had if for a year or two. Don't remember.
  7. YellowDogSVC

    YellowDogSVC LawnSite Gold Member
    from TX
    Posts: 3,758

    not sure on repairs. I guess it wouldn't be that bad at an authorized dewalt place. I bet they just swap parts.
  8. Construct'O

    Construct'O LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Sw Iowa
    Posts: 1,387

    Well !!!!!!!!! Better think about this.That isn't any old laser! that was a gift! from your girlfriend.

    You better at least show her what the problem was at least.When it is a gift it makes it tuffer.

    Hopefully you have got one that will be okay.Is a little scary you had to go through three right off the go.

    My next laser (probably won't happen) but if i did would be Trimble dual grade.I think the model is 727,is late so not going to look it up.Ebay this time of the year has some real deals on lasers.Slow time for construction and guys needing fast cash.

    They sure don't bring much for as much as they cost new.Good luck:usflag:

    from LA
    Posts: 23

    Lazer Plane The Only Way To Go!!
  10. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,067

    Porter Cable makes RoboToolz stuff, I knew I'd remember eventually. I think the laser, tripod, case, and reciever were like $550 a few years back, not a bad deal. Trimble, Leica, David White, Topcon, Apache are about as good as it gets. I'd say a good majority of guys are using Trimble and Topcon, I know that I won't use anything else now. $1500 for a decent laser system is only a small drop in the bucket compared to how much $$$ that system can generate or save labor costs. Most of the cheaper lasers will get the job done, but if you're putting a reciever on a machine to either manually control grade changes or the system is automatically adjusting grade control for the operator on dozers/graders/scrapers, spending more money initially on the system is like an insurance policy. Once you're at that level, buying the bottom end isn't recommended, accuracy counts.

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