grading laser

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by BrandonV, Jan 4, 2008.

  1. BrandonV

    BrandonV LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,606

    hey guys, well last summer my cheapo laser got stolen out of my truck, and I've got another job(s) comming up where I'll need it again... because frankly who wants to use a transit. I've been researching a little (that's why I'm asking on here) and I think I might spring for one of these lasers that allow you to program the slope into it instead of having to adjust you're rod or set stakes. anyways the one I've come across so far is...
    Click Here

    anyone have one or suggest somthing else
  2. ksss

    ksss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,157

    That looks like the same laser made by Apache. Are you only doing single slop or dual slope? If that is the Apache there is an attachment for it to use it as dual slope but it is cheesy. Apache laser equipment is first class as far as I am concerned. I bought a Topcon dual plane laser cant remember the model number it was about $2,500 if I remember correctly. What ever brand you buy be sure you can get it worked on. They do need to be serviced from time to time.
  3. bobcat_ron

    bobcat_ron LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,133

    Stay with Topcon or better yet, Trimple, most of these companies are just re-badged products.

    And get some insurance on these buggers, my brother has an independent insurance set up on all tools over 600 bucks in value.
  4. turboawd

    turboawd LawnSite Member
    from midwest
    Messages: 236

    well i recently bought a Spectra Precision Laser LL400 with a HR500 and CR500 recievers.


    its self leveling which means real fast setups. you can also pitch the laser for slopes. a remote is also available so you can change the grade.

    the CR600 reciever has a magnetic base which you can mount to a backhoe or excavator boom, or anything else you can think of.
    i dig foundations with an excavator, with the cr600 reciever mounted on the boom. i dont need a guy in the whole checking grade.


    spectra also makes simpler and more sophisticated lasers. it just depends how much you want to spend.:dizzy:
  5. AWJ Services

    AWJ Services LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Ga
    Messages: 4,281

    I have a Leica but another member here said that Leica was getting out of the Laser buisness.
    They are really heavy duty with very little plastic in there internal parts.
    I woulld like to know who has comparable quality to Leica construction wise?
  6. Construct'O

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

    Spectra Precision,Laser Plane, and Trimble is the same just went from older to the new now Trimble.

    Apache has there own laser ,but is compatible to the above because they use the aboves recievers and control boxes for machine control.

    Agl basicly all there own through the whole system.

    Leica was Laser Alignment,which is what i have .Laser is LB 1 and LB 4 dual grade.

    Like AWJ has guessing would be the newer brand called Rubey 100 or 400.

    Best to check the sites posted.Personally i would buy off Ebay.Dirt cheap compared to new.

    With GPS the laser is becoming less important to the big companys.Just us smaller companys are concerened about lasers.

    Leica doesn't cares about making parts for lasers when they can sell 50 to 100k dollar GPS system that is what i'm finding out.

    Trimble,Topcon and Apache would be my choices now since Laser Alignment sold out to Leica i wouldn't buy one of them.

    The first three is still making thing compatible as far as machine control systems goes within there same brands.

    I realize you just want a laser,but you never know when you might want to go to auto control system then find out your reciever won't work with the other stuff you already have then you have to start all over buying again.

    Most lasers will work with each other recievers,it when you start adding the control box,hydraulic valve, and cables that you start having problems.Good luck:usflag:
  7. RockSet N' Grade

    RockSet N' Grade LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,454

    What Constructo says. I personally have invested in Apache. I bought an Apache 6 receiver for my trackhoe for trenching..........nice! And it bought it with my next implement purchase in mind also. Try and think ahead in this game....I think it is a key to survival and being cost effective.
  8. ksss

    ksss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,157

    What Construct'O said. I am piecing together a comprehensive automated laser system. Commonality among components is key as Rock Set hinted at. Topcon and Apache seem to work very well together. I really like the durability of Apache products. It is waterproof, dirtproof and almost idiot proof.
  9. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,067

    Apache is a good system for automated, my surveying teacher was talking to us about GPS systems and machine mounted lasers. He's not an operator, but he said most guys are running Apache systems on dozers, automatically adjusting systems that is. Maybe someone will correct me or can verify, but does Apache supply Cat's Accu-Grade recievers and control system? I thought maybe I read it somewhere, maybe someone knows. I'm sure Cat doesn't build those systems themselves.
  10. BrandonV

    BrandonV LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,606

    Link Hey guys about this package? I don't do much heavy grading, mostly use these for paver installs, gutter drains and waterfalls. I did find an Spectra Precision Laser Level 1242 on ebay but I'm 1 not sure I'd win the bid, and 2) hope it works... guys didn't leave a whole lot of info

Share This Page