Transit Level

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by Husky05, Jan 4, 2013.

  1. Husky05

    Husky05 LawnSite Senior Member
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    What is the best Transit level you could use for concrete for judging depth and elevations? What would this cost, which ones do you guys use or prefer?

  2. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
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    depths meaning distance? that gets pricey (I took surveying in college and those total stations were like $20k). elevations is your standard transit

    I have a dewalt transit and an old berger, the bergers seem to be pretty popular. I use mine for concrete frequently.
  3. GreenI.A.

    GreenI.A. LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,131

    I'm assuming by "Distance" you are not talking about one that uses a laser to give distance, like Falcone said above, those are pretty pricy.

    I'm gonna guess you mean one that is accurate for different distances. As your transit being off a 1/8" of an inch at 25' will make you off by a full inch at 200'. We use a Berger for our transit, anything that is a relatively short distance such as within a 50' radius, we usually use our CST laser level
  4. etwman

    etwman LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,552

    Zip Bar none the best thing out there. I've used every topcon, Berger, etc. for what Hardscaping is this thing works perfectly and is so simple. It's great for designers and architects too.
  5. SDLandscapes VT

    SDLandscapes VT LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 581

    wish there was a like on etwman.....ziplevel for us
  6. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,793

    Anyone have a video showing the zip level in action? Could only find 2 on youtube.
    Is this guy using a zip level?
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  7. SDLandscapes VT

    SDLandscapes VT LawnSite Senior Member
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    I don't know the Chris Axel from the video, but I will say this--zip levels are crazy popular in the Twin Cities because the landscape horticulture department at the University of Minnesota used zip levels in their curriculum for the design and implementation classes--we had to use it alongside the lasers and transits--everyone left the exercise ready to plunk down money on the miracle box--heck we don't even install walls and I have a ziplevel and we love the ease of use for setting grades etc. I would like a laser setup that attaches to machinery, but that will happen in time.
  8. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
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    Looked at their site last night. I'm sold but i think i only need the 75' version since its 200 less. Its lame that they make you buy the case and unipod separate.
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  9. SDLandscapes VT

    SDLandscapes VT LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 581

    no get the 200' and things must have changed since mine came with that stuff
  10. PaperCutter

    PaperCutter LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,996

    Do you guys find the calibration on the zip level goes a little wonky in the cold weather? I ended up switching back to a laser transit for the time being because the last few cold days I used the zip, it was all over the place. Above 50 degrees it didn't seem like an issue.

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