We hope our guide to Laser Distance Measures helps you make the right decision!
Laser tape measures, also known as laser distance measures or laser distance meters, are a modern alternative to the traditional tape measure.
Measurements are taken by sending out a pulse of laser light to a defined target and then measuring the amount of time it takes for the refection to return.
This allows for extremely accurate readings, even over large distances.
Additionally, on-board functions allow the device to add, subtract, calculate area and volume, triangulate and a range of other functions.
These have a huge benefit to the user as complex, time-consuming calculations can be made quickly, easily and with high degrees of accuracy.
A quality laser measure can be a useful addition to the working kit of a wide range of professionals including builders, contractors, architects, surveyors, tilers, kitchen fitters, flooring contractors and many other professions in which accurate measuring is required.
To make a simple distance measurement using a laser measure the user must place the instrument at one end of the line that is to be measured and aim the laser beam at a solid target such as a wall or cabinet.
If a solid object is not available then a plastic target can be placed at the required destination to allow the laser beam to be reflected.
Next, the button is pressed and the distance is measured and displayed on the laser measure's screen.
If a simple distance was all that was required then the job is already done but a whole range of options still exist for the user.
Areas and volumes can be calculated by taking further measurements and making use of the on-board functions to perform the calculations for you.
Each model is different so it is always advisable to spend some time with the user manual before attempting some of the more advanced tasks.
If you’ve decided you need a Laser Distance Measure you’ve completed the first step. Next, you should consider whether you should buy or hire the tool.
To make this decision you must consider what you will be using the Laser distance measure for, how often you will be using it and what type of measure you need.
If you plan to use a laser distance measure for small jobs such as home DIY, it might be useful to buy a cheaper measure outright as you are likely to reuse the tool over a long period.
There are many budget options including the Leica DISTO D110 which is excellent value for money and can be used by anyone, from DIY enthusiasts to builders. We also offer the Laser Liner Distance Master Home, brilliant for home measuring.
However, if you need a more expensive measure but will only be using it for a short period of time, perhaps hiring is the better option and something to consider.
We offer a hire or buy service full of comprehensive of Survey and Safety equipment, including laser distance measures.
Winner: Leica DISTO One
The new Leica Disto One is a brilliant entry level distance meter ensuring accuracy and precision at an affordable price.
There are many different laser distance measures available for use and so there is a lot to consider when trying to choose the right one for you. So, what laser measure is right for you? Here are some things to consider:
Winner: Leica DISTO X4
The Leica Disto X4 has Bluetooth capabilities and Smart Area Measurement making it easy to incorporate your measurements onto a digital workflow.
It is perfect for bright, outdoor environments.
The three main benefits to using a laser measure are:
Laser measure accuracy is extremely high these days, especially with a high-quality range such as the Leica DISTO™ range. In fact, the full range offers accuracy of ± 1.5mm or less covering distances of up to 200 metres.
The on-board functions make complex calculations of area, volume and triangulation extremely easy to perform. This helps to reduce human error on site, therefore saving time and money.
Simple distance measurements can be taken with a simple click of a button but, for more complex calculations, the laser measure will either take care of this on-board or, in some cases, extended software is available for Windows meaning complex planning tasks can be undertaking with relative ease.
The Leica DISTO™ Laser measures are also well known to be extremely durable. The full range has a minimum Water Protection IP Rating of IP54 although a number of the range are IP65 meaning they are 100% waterproof. They are also built to withstand falls from height as well as strong vibrations from machinery.
Winner: Leica DISTO X3
The Leica Disto X3 is designed to withstand even the toughest weather and construction site conditions.
It has a solid rubber housing making it robust, waterproof and dust resistant.
Some top selling Leica Laser Distance Measures to consider include:
Leica Geosystems are market leaders in the production of high standard survey equipment. With almost 200 years’ experience in the art of capturing, analysing and displaying spatial information, Leica Geosystems have produced the most complete range of products; whatever your needs.
Some top selling Lecia Laser Distance Measures to consider include:
Winner: Leica DISTO D810
Leica DISTO™ D810 Touch is the first laser distance meter with touch screen and on screen picture measuring or “Measure with Picture” technology.
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Winner: Leica TRi100 Tripod
For use with the Leica Lino and Leica DISTO ranges. An aluminium tripod with easy fine adjustment and a robust tilt head!
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