Rated 2.8 out of 5 by 30
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by LosRubios Effective solution for the price
We bought the laser level as part of a re-siding project. Since we were paneling from the ground level upwards, I needed to make sure that the panels either side of our front door would match up when we got to the top of the door. Our concrete slab has a drainage slope at the front of the house so I wasn't able to take a reliable reference mark from the slab.
We opted for this laser level as it includes the tripod and is a complete set with batteries included. For the job we bought it for, it worked as well as I could have expected with the red laser dot showing up well enough for me to mark the white Tyvek house wrap in direct sunlight. As the angle of the rotating head increases away from 90 degrees, the laser spot did diffuse and deform from the precise dot, but it still have me the marks I needed. The laser was around 20' from the furthest point that I marked in direct sunlight. To assist with marking the reference points, I just pointed the laser at the wall without letting it rotate and this gave me the reference points I needed - letting it rotate in direct sunlight resulted in a line I couldn't see.
It is easy enough to set up and has two built in bubble levels that are easily adjust with two thumb wheels. the laser can be mounted horizontally to mark on walls or vertically to mark on ceilings on the included tripod. If you are working at heights beyond the scope of the tripod, the laser unit can be hung on a screw head and this was the approach we used when we needed to set the level above our front door.
The tripod is a little flimsy and sensitive to being moved, but that is to be expected for the price. It remains stable while the laser head is rotating.
If you want a low cost rotating laser level for occasional jobs around the home such as siding, tiling or picture hook/frame alignment, this is the tool for the job.
When you're finished with it, it comes in a handy molded compact plastic carry/storage case when not in use.
September 3, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by pakooka You get what you pay for.
It's shaky and hard to level. The laser is very hard to see unless the room is dark. Better ones cost $200 to $300 but would be worth it.
August 31, 2010
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by KeepTryin Difficult to calibrate
I didn't realize that the laser would be so "fussy" with respect to the effort I needed to put into it to calibrate. The whole idea of buying a laser level was to make life easier. It doesn't! Manual calibration is a pain. It requires 25' of uninterrupted space between opposing walls--which I don't have. Then you need to go back and forth as you adjust the level of the levels. I'm simplifying, but my message is that it was more work to do than I wanted.
I wish I had spent more to get a "self-leveling" unit.
I wish I had returned this manual unit while I was still within the 90 day return period, but I kept trying to make it work for me.
November 4, 2014
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by bob35 It is much cheaper than self leveling machines.
I used this rotary laser level to install ceiling tile in our basement. It took a while to get used to using the tool as it is of low quality. I found that if I set the laser at the desired height, tightened the tripod and then leveled the bubbles it worked well. If you are not good a centering bubbles don't get it. Also, do not level it and then raise or lower the tripod or loosen the lock screw any such movement throws the level off. For what I bought it for it worked well once I played with it for a while. Ok for home use, I would not use it for anything commercial or critical.
May 6, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by homedepotofwestjax Horrible product
I purchased one of these to help level my house and in the dark under the house, the laser is visible and that is all the good that I can say about it. Within a couple of days the motor died and the laser would no longer rotate. I sent it to Johnson and they sent me a new one but it lasted just past the one year warranty and it was dead too. Don't waste your time or money with this clearly inferior product.
March 17, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Nicfromlizardlick Very nice for the price
easy to put together and you get great value for the home depot price. I would recommend this as an entry level laser or for the small business carpenter!
February 19, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by builder Great value for money
I haven`t had any trouble with this level aside from the batteries. The ones that came with it were near dead. put in new ones and it works fine. I have used rotary leveels before and this is not a high end one, but it is great value for money. higher end ones use auto leveling where this is manual leveling. Not bad just takes an extra minute to set up on a job. I find it to be pretty accurate inside the 100' range. Have not really used it for longer than that. I think that the better stand is worth the extra money if your gona use it alot and the measure stick and reciever if your gona use it outdoors during the day. still thumbs up for any DIYer or handyman.
July 28, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Lex414 Great for the Average Homeowner DIY Projects
Unlike my master DIY husband, I'm a bit of a novice. So if it can work for me, it can work for anyone! Of course its not a $1000+ high-end laser level, but it does the trick at a really affordable price.
February 14, 2014