When you need to make precise measurements, laser measuring tools deliver a level of accuracy that traditional tools such as tape measures cannot. If you’re in the market for a new measuring device, use this guide to find the right model for you.
1. Consider the Size
Some laser measures are small enough to hold while you operate them, while others require a tripod. If you have lots of space in your storage and car, a larger model is appropriate; if you’re short on room, consider a smaller model. Also, if you’re taking lots of measurements on expansive properties, lugging around a heavy instrument, its case, and its stand may get tiring.
2. Think About the Range
Different laser measuring tools have different ranges depending on their purposes. Generally, measures with longer ranges are more expensive, but if you need to check the distance of a huge house or lot, a wide-ranging tool is probably worth the investment.
3. Research Power Options
Some laser measures include batteries, while others have to be recharged every time you take them into the field. With battery-powered measures, you don’t have to remember to charge your device, but you do have to buy new batteries when your first ones run out. Think about how much time you spend in the office versus the field, and check how long your device’s power lasts.
4. Check the Accuracy
Measurements’ acceptable margins of error vary depending on the job you’re doing. If you’re taking a rough estimate of a lot’s size, a large margin of error is fine; if you’re calculating how far apart a client’s floor joists should be, the margin of error is much smaller. Look through different measuring devices’ specifications to find the right level of accuracy.
5. Look at the Operating Conditions
Most laser measuring tools are at least slightly water-resistant, especially from splashes or light showers. If you consistently operate in wet conditions, though, you need a special waterproof device so that the wiring and charging areas don’t get damaged. Similarly, most tools can operate at up to 104 degrees Fahrenheit, but if you’re in a hotter environment, you need a heavy-duty model.
6. Note the Measuring Units
Good laser measures allow you to switch between meters, millimeters, feet, and inches. This versatility of units allows you to meet different clients’ specifications with the same device. While you can perform unit conversions yourself, the process takes time and increases your chances of delivering an incorrect measurement. For the best results, ensure that your device is capable of the right units before you buy it.
7. See if There’s a Warranty
Average warranties for measuring devices range from one to three years, and they usually involve terms such as using your device correctly and not attempting to fix it on your own. The longer your warranty, the longer you’ll be able to use your device.
Picking the right laser measurer is key to keeping your measurements accurate and efficient. The next time you need a new measure, check out the stock at Engineer Supply.