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on 13 October 2017
I was looking for a lengthy level to put up a long curtain pole and this fit the bill, strong, durable and more importantly accurate. Stanley are really demonstrating what they do best here and the item should help me through future projects where such a tool is needed. This pro level looks like it can take a battering and will come out the other still shiny and new.

Solid acrylic viles to keep them intact even when drops, large viles for easy viewing, rubber bumpers, the two well positioned handles are comfortable and good send when you have this thing above your head and considering the size pretty light for a compete peewee like myself.

If you are a Prime customer it will be the best £23 you have ever spent, but even if you are not a Prime customer this tool wins hands down even over Stabila for design, price and features. Some reviews state that this is not a Stanley Fatmax Pro level......well wrong.....this is a pro level as listed and this has been confirmed with Stanley. I think some people are getting confused with the Stanley Fatmax Xtreme level which is a different product.
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on 28 January 2016
There seem to be two main brands on the market for everyday use: Stanley and Stabila. I think this is the only Stanley model that really competes with Stabila. This is the Fatmax Pro version (see the manufacturer’s reference number), and it seems it can come with Extreme written on it or not (latterly not, I think). Currently the Stanley website advertises three types of spirit level: a simple box section level and a girder style, and this one which is the strongest of the three. It’s a reinforced box section, with shoulders and ribs. Stabila does three box section levels (a simple box, a box with shoulders, and a reinforced box with shoulders and ribs), and their girder style levels are stronger (not weaker) than the reinforced box (as you might expect).

The Stanley 043624 or 043636 (and so on, according to the length in inches) competes with the Stabila 196-2. The Stanley is cheaper usually. They both have the same accuracy. Whether the metal in the Stabila is stronger I cannot tell, but they both look about the same. I did see a Stanley promotional video which showed a cross-section that seemed to indicate that there was an internal metal “baffle” (the very expensive Stabila R Type has a number of them), a sort of “false floor” running the full length, and that would make the Stanley stronger; but, when I took the handle off to check, it wasn’t there. Personally, I have had occasional problems with the squared vial of the Stabila. I found it difficult to judge exactly where the bubble was when looking at a 45 degree angle (i.e. through the corner of the rectangular vial block), and had to reposition myself (and the work!). The Stanley has a rounded vial, and it looks the same whichever way you look at it.

All of the good models are accurate to 0.5mm/m, so I suppose that the issue in making your choice is only how robust you need the level to be for it to maintain its accuracy in the working environment.
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on 19 March 2018
Got it a day ahead of schedule, very pleased to find inside the package the item from the picture, some of the previous reviews got me slightly worried! Very happy with it and at the price I paid for it there’s no comparable level on the market. Very happy customer here!
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on 19 July 2017
Very easy to hand hold using the two grips. Very precisely manufactured and can take quite a beating. Also great for checking the squareness of wood whilst planing. It has quickly become an indespensable tool in my work. Highly recommended.
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on 4 November 2017
I bought this after owning 3 shorter ones for some time. Those are as reliable as the day is long, and this 2m level is just as accurate. Well worth the money, and cheaper than the 1.8m one!
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on 7 March 2018
I’m a bit of a Stanley fat max fan so I decided I get this instead of a cheap one. What a great tool, the handle in the middle is perfect.
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on 3 June 2014
The Stanley brand is synonymous with quality and this level is certainly that. The level is very well made and looks and feels very sturdy. The ends of the level are encased in rubber to protect it against bumps and drops. The handle is also rubberised for extra grip. The vials are large and easy to read. Recommended.
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on 26 September 2017
Good quality level.
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on 7 March 2018
Not measuring marks on it so you need a tape measure in combination - silly oversight it seems to me.
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on 4 January 2018
Nice sturdy level. You can tell it's high quality (as you'd expect from Stanley)
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