Rated 2.7 out of 5 by 35
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by FirstLevel Must prep device correctly - manual isn't clear
There was another review recently posted that states these things but it is worth restating.
1) When putting the batteries in for the laser (not the air grip) be sure to remove the plastic pull tab that you will find in the battery compartment. If you do not the laser will not auto-level and probably will be useless to you as a result.
2) The laser projects through a protective plastic protection that has a stick-on user info sticker. Remove the sticker (50ft x 50 ft info). Without removing this sticker the laser as projected will not be in focus.
3) Don't tilt the device too far (most applicable if using a tripod. Otherwise when the device the level (if it even will) the ray won't exit the device through the tee-shaped clear in the dust cover.
After accomplishing those three things the device seems to work great.
December 18, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by MrFixzit Works as advertised.
Used it to install vertical blinds for 2 doors across a 24 foot wall. The vacuum pump held up well on a painted wall through out the whole installation. The 50 foot range is a bit of a stretch in bright daylight, but overall a good value for the money.
January 14, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Andy A little common sense ...
I purchased this inexpensive level instead of a $1000 tripod that would hold my contractor-grade, rotating level in place about 3 meters off the floor in our house. The Ryobi performed flawlessly. It is genius!
The project was the installation of Stas picture hanging rails on the walls just below the crown moulding / ceiling. That's 50 2-meter long rails at about 3 meters off the floor. Upon completion, the rails are level and spot on. During hours of operation while I was learning as I went, the AirGrip hummed along, absolutely stuck to the painted drywall, and the batteries still are at 80% power. Not one fail. No marks on the light painted surfaces.
Anyone who would expect the laser vacuum base to hold on stucco or cinder block or bare wood would expect a screen door to keep the water out of a submarine. Think about it ...
The user's manual from Ryobi is terrible. It tells you how to use the laser, but it doesn't tell you how to unpack and ready it for use. To their credit, Ryobi inserts a long Y-shaped piece of plastic to keep the self-leveling laser element from beating itself to death during shipping. (See image.) What they DON'T tell you is that you have to remove the tab before use. How? You locate the tab in the battery housing and pull gently. As it is, it's hard to know if the plastic tab is supposed to be there. I wrote to Ryobi customer service, send photographs, and asked the obvious question. I got the obvious answer, quickly I might add. I never should have had to ask. Terrible manual.
Is the laser accurate? Compared with two others and a water level (God and gravity), it's spot on — after you remove the red cross external sticker and pull out the shipping tab.
The only downside I see is that the product is Home Depot-specific, and I would hate to see Ryobi abandon or discontinue the product. It is a winner at twice the price.
February 1, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by allbrigs OK when used in conjunction with another level
The vacuum pump holds well on my skim-coated drywall (semi-smooth texture). The horizontal laser measures a 1/4" out of level for every four feet when checked against a couple different bubble-style levels and against my uncalibrated eye. Worked great for putting up shelves in a two-foot wide closet but not so great for a four foot shelf on a bedroom wall. It's very useful in that it frees up your hands, just make sure it's accurate by checking it with other tools first. And I'm a little concerned with the cheap-feeling internal gears that raise and lower the laser. I don't see this product lasting very long except for occasional users.
January 13, 2012
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by OldFarmHouse Ryobi AirGrip Procross Laser
Ryobi AirGrip Procross Laser
This inexpensive laser does exceedingly well at short distances. At distances greater than 15 or so feet the beam spread gets a little too large for some tasks. Also after some testing found that the laser beam is not perfectly flat as it curves at the beam ends, so use the center section and rotate it around as needed. The Vacuum pump worked well on all but rough dusty sheet rock. Clever design and easy of use. I used this for strapping a small room for a new ceiling in an 200 year old farm house, can you say crooked every thing! And this is so much easier than strings and levels. It even survived a drop from 6 feet to the tile floor.
September 28, 2009
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Dairylander Decent indoor self leveler
The vacuum wall mount works amazingly well, and saves you $ on buying a tripod.
I used it for a kitchen install, and it was accurate from 12 feet away. However, when the beam turned a corner from one wall onto another perpendicular wall, it was off about an eighth inch.
It is absolutely useless outdoors - I even got my red tinted glasses that came with a different laser and I still couldn't see the beam four feet away.
The self-leveling works fast.
Overall, it is super handy for indoor use. Just turn it on and BAM!, instant level or plumb line. But it really only seems useful for one or maybe two walls at a time.
July 26, 2008
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by JW I wouldn't use it if you gave it to me.
Just returned this back to the store and bought the $109.00 Bosh Self-Leveling Cross-Line Laser. Didn't even have it for an hour before returning.
The Ryobi is a solid piece (meaning it is constructed nicely), but the line is uneven along the length of it and goes from being 3/16" to 1/2" thick to 3/16" to 1/2" to... and this is when it is only 3' from a wall. It looks like a hairy wave; not even a solid line. I wouldn't use it if you gave it to me. How can you level something when it is as off as much as this is?
I'm happy with the Bosh. Twice as much but you'll be happy you paid the extra.
December 4, 2012
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Jaw1 Ryobi Air Self Leveling Level
I have had this level for several years and found it useful at times. I removed the batteries when I stored it in a closet. It has been over a year since I needed it. The vacuum still works fine, however, the laser will not turn on. This is very disappointing since it is not a tool I use in my home shop constantly, only as needed so it has had relatively speaking very little use. Apparently it is considered a disposal product by Ryobi and Home Depot since I can not find a repair service.
August 9, 2014