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Levels are used in the building & surveying industries to set up level points & check elevations.
Generally, a level consists of a telescope, a level & usually a tripod for mounting.
There are a wide range of different levels that can be used for a variety of different applications, such as:
Deciding you want or need a level is the first step, next you will need to decide whether buying or hiring is best for you. It all depends on what you’ll be using the level for and how often you will be using it.
Buying a level outright can be ideal for those customers who know they will be using it regularly, especially as some levels can be relatively inexpensive.
If you will only be using it on a limited basis for jobs it may be wise to consider hiring!
There are many different levels available for use and so there is a lot to consider when trying to choose the right one for you. Here are some things to consider:
There are a variety of levels available, all with different qualities suited to specific needs and applications.
Types of levels include:
Dumpy levels, also known as automatic levels are an optical instrument used to set horizontal levels and are a tried and trusted member of any construction team.
The operator must look through the optical eyepiece to measure against a staff or tape measure placed at the point being measured. This site levelling technique is particularly useful to surveyors during site surveys as well as a whole host of other uses within the construction industry.
When operating a dumpy level, you must ensure that the level is securely placed, preferably on a tripod, and that the bubble is level. This can be adjusted using the levelling screws. Next you must sight the instrument by looking through the eyepiece and focusing on the staff or tape measure at your chosen point of measurement.
A decent dumpy level should auto-level to a certain degree although it is worth checking the instrument to see that this is working as expected.
Our recommended dumpy levels are the Leica NA700 Range which offers high performance at an affordable price. Different magnification levels are available throughout the range to cater for your exact needs.
A precise level makes use of a parallel plate micrometer which is placed in front of the lens allowing small alterations to the image of the bar-coded staff. This allows for extremely high levels of accuracy.
Precise levels can perform a huge number of surveying jobs including: -
We recommend the Leica NA2 Precise Level. This universal level meets all requirements of precision levelling!
A digital level is an instrument that can be used to perform advanced levelling work, automatic height calculations and basic construction work.
It uses gravity as its reference point and reads bar-code scales from a bar-coded staff to capture incredibly accurate readings.
Measurements from the bar-coded staff are automatically displayed and/or stored for future reference.
We recommend the Leica Sprinter 150M Digital Level - the perfect tool for advanced construction levelling tasks. Store up to 1’000 measurements, download and transfer them for further calculations to Excel® to a PC via USB and much more!
Leica Geosystems are market leaders in the production of high standard survey equipment.
With almost 200 years of experience in the art of capturing, analysing and displaying spatial information, Leica Geosystems have produced the most complete range of products; whatever your needs.
Leica Digital Levels and Precise Levels are designed with more precision and accuracy in mind. These products were built for more advanced surveying tasks that require more accuracy over large distances.
Some top selling Lecia levels to consider include:
Another well-known market provider is Topcon. They supply and provide mature, feature rich and versatile tools that are easy to use.
Their lasers are highly refined and designed to assure you are getting the best and most accurate results.
Topcon offers the AT-B Range. With 3 models to choose from with different magnifications & all of which being ‘all weather’ dependent, you are spoilt for choice!
Launching more than 100 new tools a year, Bosch is a reliable and innovative world market leader for power tools and accessories.
A great level to consider in the Bosch range would be the GOL 32 Automatic Optical Level. A high quality automatic level, it’s weather resistant, has a large aperture for a sharper image and can measure level and alignment as well as estimate distances!
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