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    Question Laser measuring tape

    Looking to buy a laser measuring tape. I shopped quickly online and the good ones seem to be around $200. I have no idea which make is better then the next. I was wandering which one are you guys using and are satisfied with?

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    Default Re: Laser measuring tape

    I don't have a need for a laser tape measure. I rarely take measurement during an inspection other than using them in photos of garage door sensors or controls (too high or too low).
    I do have a 25' tape in my bag I lend to clients so they can measure rooms.
    But $200 for a tape seems a little excessive, unless I had a big use for one.


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    Default Re: Laser measuring tape

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Feldmann View Post
    I don't have a need for a laser tape measure. I rarely take measurement during an inspection other than using them in photos of garage door sensors or controls (too high or too low).
    I do have a 25' tape in my bag I lend to clients so they can measure rooms.
    But $200 for a tape seems a little excessive, unless I had a big use for one.
    About 80 % of my home inspections are for financial institutions and now I have taken on work for Insurance companies and they are simple and quick. No tools, only a pen/paper and measuring tape. I have to measure the house and every room in it then it's square footage. So I do need to invest in a decent laser tape. Robert Foster is considering the following Bosch Laser Distance and Angle Measurer GLM 80 and to-date I think it is the best one. Still shopping. Thanks....


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    Default Re: Laser measuring tape

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Feldmann View Post
    I don't have a need for a laser tape measure. I rarely take measurement during an inspection other than using them in photos of garage door sensors or controls (too high or too low).
    I do have a 25' tape in my bag I lend to clients so they can measure rooms.
    But $200 for a tape seems a little excessive, unless I had a big use for one.
    I have a bottom-of-the-line Bosch. It was about $100-150 at HD. It works great. It does not have any fancy features, but it is small, accurate, and easy to use.


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    Default Re: Laser measuring tape

    The entry level Stabila is great. Small good features, good backlight, fits into a shirt pocket.
    The Leica's D5, 8, etc are all great but sort of bigger and bulkier. Too many buttons and the backlight isn't as good.
    I prefer my Stabila over my Leica

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    Default Re: Laser measuring tape

    Johnson has a laser measure that triangulates height etc. measures hands free and more. I got mine for $100 new with case at Menards. It works great.

    Rick Sabatino
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    Default Re: Laser measuring tape

    Quote Originally Posted by Gilbert View Post
    Looking to buy a laser measuring tape. I shopped quickly online and the good ones seem to be around $200. I have no idea which make is better then the next. I was wandering which one are you guys using and are satisfied with?
    HI Gilbert!
    You need something that has a video sighting, because you can't see the laser dot very far.
    The Leica Disto series (D5, etc) is the only one that I found works outside in 50 - 150 meter ranges (you need a tripod for steady shots even then) Closer in, this unit gives more options for measurements than any other I've used... ( mining engineering...)

    I have an extra one, like new condition, that you can have for a reasonable price
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    Bob


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    Default Re: Laser measuring tape

    Quote Originally Posted by Gilbert View Post
    Looking to buy a laser measuring tape. I shopped quickly online and the good ones seem to be around $200. I have no idea which make is better then the next. I was wandering which one are you guys using and are satisfied with?

    Gilbert,
    I agree with Bob from Hawaii, the Leica series is great. I own a D2, and have used it extensively in inspections of all kinds. It produces linear, square footage and volume calculations with push button speed. It cost me $125 three years ago.
    Walter


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    Default Re: Laser measuring tape

    Quote Originally Posted by Walter Money View Post
    Gilbert,
    I agree with Bob from Hawaii, the Leica series is great. I own a D2, and have used it extensively in inspections of all kinds. It produces linear, square footage and volume calculations with push button speed. It cost me $125 three years ago.
    Walter
    That's what I wanted to know. Thanks


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