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How to Check a Box-Beam Level for Accuracy Before Buying It

comments (4) May 27th, 2012
JFink Justin Fink, Senior Editor

Video Length: 1:48
Produced by: Colin Russell and Justin Fink

One part of choosing the right level has to be done in person: checking for accuracy. Watch the video above to get tips on how to see if bubble vials are reading plumb and level.

Plus, there's a wide range of other options you should be familiar with when buying a level. Online members can get the full breakdown in our article: An Inside Look at Box-Beam Levels.


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Comments (4)

jimtrim jimtrim writes: I purchased a 72" Stabila and return it, I think for the accuracy they clam the bubble should touch the lines on the vile
Posted: 8:36 am on June 21st

hefnerconstructionlc hefnerconstructionlc writes: You could skip the Stabila and purchase a Starrett.
Posted: 10:38 pm on May 29th

lynxsg lynxsg writes: Can I add an additional check that I recommend when purchasing a level. Stack 3 or 4 levels (of a particular brand) one on top of the other. If they do not read the same as each other, don't buy that brand!

Posted: 9:10 am on May 28th

deutch48 deutch48 writes: You use a Stabila level to demonstrate and then mention returning an inaccurate level for a replacement. Don't waste your time trying to return a Stabila level. About five years ago I spent over 400 bucks buying a set of Stabila levels, mostly because of the warranty. A while later I noticed the four foot level was out of level by 1/32 inch in the length of the level. I took it back to the store and the salesman confirmed this. It went back to Stabila and was returned a couple of weeks later with a letter saying it was within tolerance. I grumbled about 1/32 inch being acceptable tolerance for a level that cost close to a hundred bucks. The salesman's response? "I know. The Stabila rep told us the company used to replace almost all returns, but someone at Stabila thought they were replacing too many levels and the decision was made to cut the number way down. Now it's almost impossible to get a replacement."
I'll never buy another Stabila. For what they cost, you're better off buying a cheaper level and and replacing it yourself when you need to.
Posted: 6:24 am on May 28th

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