Rated 2.5 out of 5 by 10
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Chicago123 Correction of earlier review
My earlier review on April 21, 2014 gave it one star because the unit did not provide a plumb or level laser line. A week after posting that review I received an email from Thomas Evatt, Ryobi customer service, who asked be two questions.
1. Was the label covering the laser window removed? I responded yes that it was removed.
2. Was the clear plastic tag inside the laser battery compartment removed? I checked my unit and the tag was still there! Apparently this clear tag keeps the laser self-leveling mechanism secure during shipping. If not removed the laser will not self-level. I removed the clear tag and tested the laser and now it works.
Ryobi's instruction manual does not mention this clear tag. It is very easy to miss the tag while inserting the two AA batteries in the laser compartment (not the vacuum motor compartment). I included a picture of the tag. The black lines were added by me to make the tag visible in the photo.
I tested the laser and verified that the two lines are plumb and level.
Giving the unit four stars because the instruction book omission and the time wasted to get the unit to work properly. Also, the online instructions are not correct and that is wrong. Ryobi could easily update the instructions and provide them to Home Depot for update.
May 22, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by RickW Laser is not level and worse, it is not square either. Serious quality control issues
Talk about making my life hard. I got this laser and did not use it until about a year after it was purchased (delayed project start). I found quickly that it was not level. I found that there is a weight screw at the bottom of the pendulum that is used to adjust for level. Unfortunately, access to this screw is not easy as the area is sealed with glue. Ultimately decided to drill a small hole in the side if the plastic housing to access it. There are two threaded holes and one is empty. With some serious cursing after trying to balance a set screw into the chamber and threaded hole without dropping it (took a good 50 tries), I was able to place a screw to serve as counterbalance and achieved level.
Having a level crosshair, I returned to setting mosaic tile and was having the most difficult time as the rows would not line up without significant effort and a complete mess of trying to unnaturally try and manipulate the tiny mosaic pieces in the thin set. It took me days of clean up to get all of the thin set out of between every tiny tile. I tested level again to see of anything was wrong and on a whim, threw up my square to learn that it was not giving true 90 degree angles. There is no way to adjust for square in this unit as the optics are machined in. This is good for durability, but if your tooling is off, then the product is useless as this one is.
I now have a laser that served only to cost me fifty bucks, an hour or so of adjustment time, and extra hour of tiling time and about 20 hours of time getting thin set out of between mosaics that were being lined up to a non square, laser square. I want my money back and it would be nice if somebody from Ryobi and or Home Depot contacted me to make things right. I'll update you if on the off chance they do.
February 23, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by HandymanExtraordinaire A good usable tool, especially for wall tile and framing.
This is my second of these laser levels. On the first, the ratchet mechanism for the height adjustment gave up so I can't get to the batteries to change them. I used it on a difficult tile job and it saved my bacon. I've used it for framing, and it lets me get the studs exactly plumb. For my second one, I got a reconditioned one at less than half the price of a new one. Even at retail, I think it's a good deal.
October 21, 2014
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by glmsas good but not quality built
I had my unit for about a month and after just 2-3 uses the button on the top quit working and the system was stuck in the on position. Nothing I tried would loosen the switch and I ended up taking the batteries out. I've not made a trip yet back to HD to see what they recommend.
The level worked great for the first 2-3 time but should last a little longer than that I would hope
September 23, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by XoXo Great, but could be better
Laser level does everything as advertised with fresh alkaline batteries to power the lasers. The vacuum pump runs just fine on NiMH rechargeable batteries. I tried rechargeable batteries on laser and cross hair was not visible from 3 ft, with alkalines I can see line across 30’ x 30’ room w/o red goggles. I hope that they will improve the laser power, use green laser, and improve the laser door cover. It works for me very well.
July 16, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Aretesys Has to be level itself, which defeats the purpose
I assembled it and turned the laser on. It was very difficult to get the first setting, the horizontal level line, to be straight. It was projecting out from something that was not level itself when standing up. Then I tried the multi-base function and pinned the unit to the wall, thinking it was approximately straight and the unit would "self-level". Couldn't even get close to a level line. Not capable in my mind of performing its function
April 12, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Waldo Good ideas in a bad product
Great idea to have a level that will hold its self where you need it. A level must first be level or its useless. Returned after first use when it was off by over an inch on a 6 foot span. This level lies.
February 21, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Kron Does Not Level
I add this review just to confirm what everyone else says. This product will not level. Do Not Purchase! Buyer Beware!!
May 1, 2014