Question on Laser Levels

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by GreenMonster, Feb 6, 2006.

  1. GreenMonster

    GreenMonster LawnSite Silver Member
    from NH
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    First, I'm kinda curious what brands/models some of you guys are using.

    I tried the Home Cheapo $400 CST/Berger. It was a manual level laser which I found frustrating to constantly check and readjust for level. so, I think I want a self leveling unit, although I'm wondering how to set it to a pitch, say for your 2% on a walkway or patio. Do most self leveling lasers have the ability to use in manual mode?
     
  2. neversatisfiedj

    neversatisfiedj LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I have the berger from HD. I have no proble with it. I like the ability to read elevations by myself. Once you set it and level it. You should be able to shoot your levels w/out moving it that many times.
     
  3. GreenMonster

    GreenMonster LawnSite Silver Member
    from NH
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    The biggest problem I had with it was that it didn't maintain level well. Kept drifting, I didn't move it. Other than that the drifting, it was easy to use, though I'm not sure how you set this one for pitch either.
     
  4. cgland

    cgland LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Mark - We have a CST/Berger. I think it is the LMH-600. It is self leveling and works very well for us. I believe we paid like $1000-$1100 or something.

    Chris
     
  5. mbella

    mbella LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Mark, we use a Topcon self leveler with the single slope feature. I have to say, we never use the slope feature. Self leveling is a must in my opinion.
     
  6. Squizzy246B

    Squizzy246B LawnSite Senior Member
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    David White and Leica Rugby, both self levelling. Manual levels are very very inaccurate at any distance.
     
  7. GreenMonster

    GreenMonster LawnSite Silver Member
    from NH
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    Ok, thanks guys, good info.

    Mike, Chris, Squizz, how are you setting self-leveling to a slope. Mike - you say you don't use it, but how do you set your slope on a patio?
     
  8. GreenMonster

    GreenMonster LawnSite Silver Member
    from NH
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    That seems to be the going rate for a half-decent self leveler.
     
  9. cgland

    cgland LawnSite Bronze Member
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    We simply calculate the pitch we need, find point A, find point B and connect the dots.

    Chris
     
  10. GreenMonster

    GreenMonster LawnSite Silver Member
    from NH
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    ummm.... can you be more specific? I mean, is there a reciever you put on the stick, like with the $400 I used? Do you "tip" your laser manually so it is on plane with the desired slope?
     

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