Disclosure: This post is sponsored by The Home Depot. I am excited to announce that I have partnered with The Home Depot Prosepctive tool review program. I received all these tools for free, and I am paid for these posts, but these opinions are my own.
I’m reviewing two Bosch laser measurement tools today. The Bosch BLAZE 65 ft. laser distance measurer and the Bosch 40 ft. self leveling cross line laser with visimax green beam. First off the kid in me has always been fascinated with lasers, but I’ve never owned any laser measuring tools before now. I never knew how handy it was to quickly get an accurate measurement with a laser across a longer distance than to rely on a conventional tape measure. Let’s dive in, and I promise to hold off on the sharks with laser beams on their head jokes…for now.
Bosch BLAZE 65 ft. Laser Distance Measurer
Let’s be honest, when it comes to getting a quick measurement you often just need something in the ballpark of the actual dimensions. This is especially true in the planning stages. Let me explan…If I am going to build a chest of drawers for a space I usually don’t need to measure out the room down to 1/32”. What I need is quick, convenient measurements to give me an idea of how much room I have to work with, and how the piece will fit into the space. The same is true when I recently rearranged my shop and was planning the layout. I didn’t plan where each tool or workbench would go down to the inch, but rather wanted a general idea of tool placement and how it would all fit. Enter this Bosch 65 foot laser distance measurer. In both scenarios I used this laser to get all the dimensions I needed accurately and quickly.
We all know that frustration of trying to use a conventional tape measure over a longer distance. Where you can’t get the end to stay hooked to your starting point. When the tape measure keeps collapsing because it’s extended too long. The Bosch BLAZE 65 foot laser distance measurer takes a measure meant from the bottom plate forward. This allowed me to place the laser measurer against one wall and shoot 20’ across my shop to the opposite wall. The laser measurer has one button for all functions. Hit it once to turn on and begin measuring instantly. Hit it again to lock in a measurement. Hit the button again to get your next measurement while still saving the previous measurement on the easy to read backlit screen. Hold the button in to shut the unit down. It’s really that simple. Everything I have described so far talks about using this laser measurer over long distances, but it excels as a quick measuring tool for smaller applications as well. I used this to measure out the inside of a cabinet I built to check for square. If I had used a conventional tape measure I would run into the use of having to fold over the end to get the inside dimension which means you’re basically guessing as to what that measurement actually is. This laser measurer is accurate to within 1/8”.
40 ft. Self Leveling Cross Line Laser with VisiMax Green Beam
You know how you walk into some people’s homes with everything in its perfect spot and all the pictures perfectly aligned and level on the walls? Yeah, that is not my place…hanging pictures level always seems like a lot of guess work to me. Enter this 40 foot self leveling cross line laser from Bosch. This laser features a self leveling pendulum provided you don’t have it too far out of level, and it will indicate if this is the case. This comes with a handy attachment bracket to lock mount this on a cross beam or stud, but it also has a 1/4-20 thread for mounting on a trip which is what I did. The beam has two bright green laser lines that are up to 2 times brighter than red line lasers. As a matter of fact I used this laser in my well lit living room when hanging my mantel, and the beams showed up very bright and easy to see. The pendulum also locks with the switch in the off position to prevent damage while in transport. This unit runs off 2 AAA batteries which are included with purchase. I’ve had some fun going throughout my house and shooting up the laser to see just how crooked my pictures are hanging on the wall.
Laser technology is still as cool as it was when I was a kid, but now its super practical and functional in everyday shop applications. Make sure to check out the links for each one listed above, and check out my YouTube channel Jonny Builds to see what I come up with next. Thanks for stopping by.