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Decent laser with big limitations
on 7 December 2011
This review is about the product and the product only, I did not purchase it from Amazon.
After you have torn away all the packaging and take it out of the box you will find a big tin can where your brand new self leveling laser will be, the tin can that it comes in is really poor and not so easy to open, with the plastic molds on the inside to stop the laser bouncing around the tin is big and bulky, you will never figure out the correct way to twist the mount back to make it all fit properly from the moment you take it out, so the tin is pretty useless.
Now lets talk about the laser it self, the box shape of the laser is good and well made, it has a very limited range of self leveling, the laser is used also as a red light at the top to show when it isn't leveled enough to "self level" and you cannot use only 1 line at a time may that be vertical or horizontal, you are stuck with both on at the same time at all time, not such a big deal.
The button to turn on the laser acts as a cover for the laser lens and also works as a lock for fixing the laser inside from bouncing around once not in used but in transport, I like this feature and it will probably safe the laser projector from breaking if it falls. All in all the laser is good and I do understand this is a budget and DIY laser and not a professional tool, where the limitations are acceptable.
The laser beam has an accuracy margin of ± 0,8 mm/m, that is very good and out do alot of professional lasers with double the price.
Now what lets this laser down and renders it almost worthless is the mount, it is terrible, and I do mean terrible. The mount has a very limited adjustable height of less than 70mm, that means whatever you clamp it to must be at the height of within 70mm for where you need the laser line to be, very limited, the clamp is also limited and I have not found much items with the level of thickness to clamp it to so again very limited.
All of that with the mount can be delt with and not a huge deal but where this mount truly drops the bomb is when you need to rotate the laser in order to extend your laser line for a different horizontal location with the same height, as you rotate you can indirectly change the height. The locking wheel for the vertical angle is the same for the horizontal and therefore you cannot change the height without accidentally changing the position nor can you change position without accidentally changing the height, so whatever you are using the laser for, if moves out of the 5 meter range for the laser you will have to start all over again with setting your "level" point because you cannot be 100% sure the height hasn't changed accidentally while rotating it.
All in all the laser is good but the clamp mount that comes with it is terrible so 2 stars due to badly design mount.
I have not given up on this product yet though, Bosch have other mounts that will fit this laser where you can rotate without adjusting the height.
The mount that can do that is "Bosch WM1" however this is not a clamp mount and can only be fixed using screws to the wall or locked to a metal surface using the build in magnets
I hope my review help some of you who may come across similar problems due to the limitations of the mount