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Leica Laser Levels.

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by AWJ Services, Sep 21, 2006.

  1. AWJ Services

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

    I have a local guy that sells them .
    They have almost all metal construction unlike most of the others I have been looking at.

    Anyone have any experience with them?

    They also have a neat grade indicator for your machine and it also has a plumb sensor on it for when using on excavators or back hoes.
  2. RockSet N' Grade

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

    No experience with Leica lasers. Price? Website? For some reason Topcon and Apache seem to be the standards......
  3. ksss

    ksss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,162

    Leica certainly is top shelf equipment. I have a Topcon single plane and a Topcon dual plane laser and I have been happy with them. I also have an Apache plus 5 grade reader (great piece of gear). I don't think I would get excited over one transmitter being metal and the other plastic. There are other features that are much more important such as susceptability to water and shock. You want one that automaticly levels itself and shuts off if it is bumped. Rechargeable batteries with an alkaline option (if the rechargeable battery goes dead you can throw in 4 C batteries). The single plane cost about 1400 and the dual was around 2500 and the Apache was 1600 if I recall.
  4. Construct'O

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

    I have Laser Alinment LB1 which is just a level and an LB4 which is dual slope,plus you can add grade in it.I install drainage tile ,so need to be able to add grade in the tile line without moving the laser.

    It has been a nice heavy duty laser,but is getting out dated with time because of the new tec stuff coming out all the time.

    Still works for what i use it for.It also has a speical mount that you use on tripod to check slopes over 3 to 1.
  5. AWJ Services

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

    The internal components are almost all metal not the case.
    He actually had a Topcon taken apart and a Leica and there was a remarkable difference in construction.

    This unit shuts off if bumped and is water and shock proof.
    Very heavy duty for sure.

    The single plane self leveling setup is around 1300.
    The extended range is around 1500.

    the dual plane grade will set you back about 4500.

    There MC200 depth master is about 1500 also.

    Of course the salesman could be comparing apples too oranges for all I know.

    But for around 3 grand I could have a single plane laser that will go too 2500 feet diameter and the indicator for my machine.

    Thanks again guys.

    He also said Topcon was a good unit as well.
    He sales them also.
  6. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,067

    We have a Trimble single plane laser that I like. We paid $1600 for the laser, reciever, and a rod. Not the highest end laser out there, but definately a step up from a cheap laser we bought a couple years ago. Honestly, lasers are almost the same. The only real difference is the range and accuracy and maybe a couple other small options. Leica (I'm assuming it's the same company) should probably stick to making cameras. I think that's one thing about Leica, all their cameras bodies are built of metal, which is why you can get a tiny point and shoot camera that competes with a $300 Canon or Nikon and Leica sells their model for $800. I think the laser is almost the same, probably not much difference in quality you're just paying for that metal construction and the name.
  7. AWJ Services

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

    Spent more time with the laser guy today.

    I actually got too see the difference first hand between the others and the Leica.

    Seeing is believing.There stuff is way overbuilt.

    I am in the process of purchasing the Rugby 400 and the Depth master 200.

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