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A Buyers Guide To Laser Distance Measures

April 24, 2017

A Buyers Guide To Laser Distance Measures

In this guide you will find the following information: 

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  • What is a Laser Distance Measure?
  • How To Use A Laser Distance Measure
  • Laser Measures: To Buy or Hire?
  • Factors to Consider When Choosing a Laser Distance Measure
  • Benefits of Using Laser Distance Measures
  • Laser Distance Measure Brands
  • Laser Measure Accessories

We hope our guide helps you make the right decision!

What is a Laser Distance Measure?

A Buyers Guide to Laser Distance Measures - What is a Laser Distance Measure - One Point Survey

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.

How To Use A Laser Distance Measure 

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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.

Laser Distance Measures: To Buy or Hire?

One Point Survey - A Buyers Guide To Laser Distance Measures - To Hire or Buy?

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.

Factors To Consider When Choosing The Right Laser Level

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:

One Point Survey - A Buyers Guide to Laser Distance Measures - Factors To Consider When Choosing

  • Price – Laser distance measures can range in price from £99 - £599 so what you are willing to spend is an important factor to consider.
  • Indoor/Outdoor Use – Do you need to have a laser measure that can be used for indoor and outdoor measuring? Some laser measures, such as the Leica DISTO D510, can do this. However, other measures will only be suitable for one or the other.
  • Distance Measurement – What will you be measuring? Laser distance measures can vary on the distance they can measure over. Some will measure up to 60m whereas other can go as far as 200m.
  • Waterproof – Will you need a laser distance meter that is waterproof? You might want to consider measures such as the Leica DISTO X310.

The Benefits of Using Laser Distance Measures

The three main benefits to using a laser measure are: 

  • Accuracy
  • Ease of use
  • Durability

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.

Laser Level Brands

Leica Laser Levels

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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:

  • TheLeica DISTO D110  - Although the DISTO™ D110 is the entry level laser measure from Leica, it is calibrated to offer a 60 metre measuring range and has a maximum deviation accuracy of 1.5mm. Best in class optics ensure the laser measure is extremely fast at measuring - in fact faster than many of the higher Leica DISTOs.
  • TheLeica DISTO D210 - One of the smallest laser measures in the world - yet it measures up to 100 metres and is calibrated to within a millimetre at up to 80 metres. It is very simple to use and is accurate to within 1mm - yet it outperforms virtually all other laser measures from other brands.
  • The 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. The DISTO D810 is capable of more than just measuring. Measurement data can be conveniently and accurately transferred using the integrated Bluetooth Smart Technology. 

What Laser Level Accessories Will I Need?

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  • Target Plate – Target plates are an essential accessory for Laser distance measures when measuring large distances. They provide a reflecting target which helps to provide a precise measurement. There are multiple types of target plates, some can be fixed to corners, edges or on floor marks.
  • Tripods – Another important accessory which, by providing stability for the measure, can help improve the accuracy of you distance measurement. We offer the Leica Tri100 Tripod which can be used with the Leica Lino and DISTO ranges.
  • Soft Bag – It can be handy to have a convenient carry bag for your equipment to not only keep it safe but keep everything together. Try our Leica GVP508 DISTO Soft bag which does just that and has pockets for all relevant manuals, CD’s, cables and other equipment.

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