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Bosch's 360-Degree Dual-Plane Laser Level is Affordable and Versatile

comments (0) April 21st, 2011 in Blogs
JFink Justin Fink, Senior Editor

Video Length: 2:56
Produced by: Rob Wotzak; edited by: Mike Dobsevage


Sometimes choosing a laser layout tool can be a bit of a balancing act. On one hand you have really expensive rotary lasers, which are overkill for a lot of jobs; and then you have the less expensive crosshair lasers, which are a great buy, but they are a little weak in some applications. Bosch has come out with a new laser level that bridges those two categories and may be the best option for the typical builder or remodeler.

Big laser performance, little laser price
The key to GLL2-80Bosch's GLL2-80 new dual-plane leveling and alignment laser is a a pair of conical mirrors.


Further Resources


Ceiling remodel: From flat to cathedral

Leveling an old ceiling

Review the Bosch GLL2-80 Laser


A typical rotary laser spins a pin-point laser fast enough to project a straight line 360 degrees along a single axis. Bosch took a different approach with the GLL2-80; inside a self-leveling vial on the top of the device is a conical mirror suspended over a dot laser. The beam of light is split by the tip of the conical mirror, projecting a level line in every direction that is accurate to 1/4 in. at a distance of 100 ft. A similar vial on the side of the device holds a laser that creates a 360-degree plumb line. What you end up with is the stability of a stationary laser, but it still gives you a crisp 360-degree line.

Familiar functionality

A switch on the side of the GLL2-80 allows you to lock the laser in the off position for transport, lock the laser on at any angle for projects like laying out sloped ceilings, or put the laser in self-leveling mode for projecting perfect plumb and level lines. In self-leveling mode, an alarm sounds if the device is tilted to far in any direction. There is also a pulse mode for using a detector at up to 265 feet.

A switch on the side of the GLL2-80 allows you to lock the laser in the off position for transport, lock the laser on at any angle for projects like laying out sloped ceilings, or put the laser in self-leveling mode for projecting perfect plumb and level lines. In self-leveling mode, an alarm sounds if the device is tilted to far in any direction. There is also a pulse mode for using a detector at up to 265 feet.

The basic package includes the laser tool, a hard-shell case with a foam-rubber lining, and a wall-mount bracket. It would be tough to find a competitive tool for a similar price.



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