Tool Tests and Reviews

  • Bosch GLM 50 C Bluetooth Laser Measure

    After reviewing 18 laser measures over the past three years, contributing editor Bruce Greenlaw calls this an "economical and feature-rich" laser measure.

     
  • Comparing the DeWalt 12-V Cross-Line Red and Green Lasers

    Green beams are up to four times easier to see than red ones, and as the cost for the diodes goes down, more manufacturers are giving them the green light. Here's a look at how DeWalt's DW088LG and DW088LR compare.

     
  • DeWalt 48” Carbon Fiber Composite Level

    DeWalt's new level gets put through the paces on a jobsite; how did it handle a 9-ft. drop onto concrete?

     
  • PLS 480 Layout Laser

    This do-it-all tool from Pacific Laser Systems can project square layout onto sloped surfaces, project plumb and level lines, and be used in place of a plumb bob.

     
  • DeWalt Wall Scanner Teardown

    A geek’s eye view of the interior of DeWalt’s DCT419 wall scanner.

     
  • The Gecko Gauge

    This tool makes it faster and easier to install siding and won’t mar prefinished material.

     
  • Bosch GLM 15 Laser Distance Measurer

    This small tool is just enough: simple enough, accurate enough, and inexpensive enough for those who do not need a full-featured LDM.

     
  • Bosch Laser Measurer With Bluetooth

    The measurements you take with the GLM 100 C can be wirelessly transferred to your smart device.

     
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    Tool Test: Affordable Line Lasers

    For this article, my crew and I tested 11 self-leveling line lasers that can be purchased for $300 or less – an amount any tradesperson should be willing to spend for a tool that can pay for itself. Our pricing came from reputable online dealers; you may pay more or less based on when and where you...

     
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    Tool Test: Combination Lasers

    My first encounter with construction lasers was 20-plus years ago on a commercial job site, where a subcontractor was using a rotary laser to level the track for a suspended ceiling. The tool obviously saved a lot of time, and even though it could only shoot level, I was jealous that my company...

     
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    Tools Up Close: SawGear Automatic Measuring System

    The SawGear consists of an aluminum measuring bar (or fence), a flip stop, and a power head with a digital LCD screen and keypad. Unlike most length stops, which must be positioned by hand, this one moves along the measuring bar in response to dimensions entered on the keypad.

     
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    Green Grass Group DoubleVsquare

    Green Grass Group's DoubleVsquare ($25) — which consists of two triangular-type aluminum squares hinged down the center — makes it easier to transfer marks around corners

     
 
 
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