New from Trimble, the Spectra Precision Laser CR600 laser receiver can be used for a range of construction, grading, and excavation projects as a handheld, rod-mounted, or machine-mounted unit. The tool features a bright LED display that can be read in poor light, at a far distance, and at an angle. The waterproof unit can survive a 10-foot drop onto concrete, the company claims. The CR600 model with receiver, clamp, and magnet mount costs $695. For more information, contact Trimble, 408-481-8000; www.trimble.com.
Designed to withstand the rigors of the jobsite, the Rugby 100 rugged automatic self-leveling laser from Leica Geosystems is crafted with high-impact plastic and rubber, has an aluminum base, and is water-resistant. The basic Rugby model sells for $1,295. For more information, contact Leica Geosystems, 800-367-9453; www.laseralignment.com.
New from Pacific Laser Systems, the PLS2 palm laser is compact and portable without sacrificing accuracy. Ideal for plumb, square, and level applications, the handheld unit is self-leveling up to 6 degrees and is accurate to within 1/8 inch at 30 feet. The unit retails for $329. For more information, contact Pacific Laser Systems, 800-601-4500; www.plslaser.com.
Porter-Cable entered the laser level market this summer with three new models. The LR1100 rotary laser features a three-speed remote with a 100-foot radius range and two different laser modes that allow contractors to use the tool indoors or outdoors without a detector. The unit will self-level when within 10 degrees of level. It shuts off automatically after five minutes of inactivity. The LR1100 sells for about $339. For more information, contact Porter-Cable, 800-487-8665; www.porter-cable.com.
The RoboToolz RT-7690-2 self-leveling, remote-controlled laser level offers simultaneous level and plumb rotating laser beams, with a leveling accuracy of plus or minus 1/8 inch at 100 feet and a plumb accuracy of plus or minus 1/4 inch at 100 feet. The tool has a self-leveling range of plus or minus 6 degrees and includes an out-of-level indicator. It offers both a line dither/scan mode with six adjustable beam lengths and a three-speed spin mode. An all-in-one remote control/laser detector operates up to 300 feet away. The laser sells for $599. For more information, contact RoboToolz, 800-984-0404; www.robotoolz.com.
With a calibrated scale and pinstop adjustments, the Laserjamb system allows contractors to position a rotary laser from as low as 6 inches from the floor to up to 148 inches high. The two-piece pole is crafted with anodized aluminum and features a sliding mount with adjustable sight glass and neoprene rubber top and bottom caps to prevent marring. The company's Q-Pro electronic self-leveling rotary laser includes an automatic shut-off feature and is accurate within plus or minus 3/16 inch at 100 feet. The LJ3 Laserjamb system with Q-Pro laser costs $1,499. For more information, contact Laserjamb, 888-443-3750; www.laserjamb.com.
Stabila's type LA-P+L compact laser system has a self-leveling range of 5 degrees and is accurate to plus or minus 5/16 inch at 100 feet. The unit features a Class 2 diode and a beam-splitting prism. The compact tool weighs less than a pound and is encased in rubber. It comes in a kit with an outdoor sight system, batteries, split-beam prism, laser glasses, target plate, folding ruler, tripod adapter, and case for $347. For more information, contact Stabila, 800-869-7460; www.stabila.com.
DeWalt's DW077 fully automatic self-leveling rotary laser is accurate to within plus or minus 1/8 inch per 100 feet and features out-of-level shut-off, one-button leveling, and a remote control. A high-power diode delivers a bright beam that is visible indoors up to 100 feet and up to 600 feet outdoors with a detector. The DW077 costs about $1,099 for the interior kit and $1,299 for the exterior kit. For more information, contact DeWalt, 800-433-9258; www.dewalt.com.