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  1. Murdoch
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    Murdoch Electrician's Arms

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    Woking
    Fed up with using a tape measure and in the market for a laser device

    Any suggestions?
    Recommendations from personal experience?


    Thanks
     
  2. SparkyChick
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    I've got one of these:-

    https://www.screwfix.com/p/bosch-glm50c-laser-rangefinder/6664k

    And I like it. If you want to go full nerd you can link it up to an app on Android or iOS and draw floor plans.

    I held off buying a cheaper one for quite a while and I'm pretty glad I did.

    Edit:- I can't compare it to others as I've never owned any others. But it's feature packed, batteries last quite a while.
     
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  3. Wes1000
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    I’ve got the Leica DISTO D2 it’s similar to the Bosch that sparkychick has. They both connect via Bluetooth to an app.

    Though the plan drawing is a fiddle and takes some messing with to get used to on the Leica, don’t know if the Bosch is better designed.

    Either would be a great buy.
     
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    SparkyChick Making a banana smoothy for my fave gorilla Staff Member Moderator

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    Sounds like you've had the same experience as me.

    Don't get me wrong, the app works, but I whole heartedly agree with
    @Wes1000@Wes1000 's assessment of it. Too fidly. Much easier to sketch a plan on paper and record the measurements on that.

    It might help if I spent the time to get used to it but it just seemed such a faff so I've never bothered. Plus, it's much easier to make notes on a paper plan.
     
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  5. 123
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    I've the Bosch GLM 40, which doesn't have any of that app stuff. Has plenty of functions including a live measurement which is great for marking out downlights etc.
     
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  6. Midwest
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    I gottra Dewalt DW033-XJ, cost about £55. Doesn't come with apples, is about 3mm out of any distance measured. But does for me measuring down lights etc, measures up to 30m.

    PS works in daylight outdoors.
     
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  7. Murdoch
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    Murdoch Electrician's Arms

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    Found the Bosch for £97 inc VAT

    The Leica for £159.99 inc VAT
     
  8. LankyWill
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    I use a Leica Disto410 for surveying buildings and measuring cable runs. Very rugged and robust and the laser can be seen in outdoor light plus it has a camera for pin pointing specific areas.
     
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  9. Midwest
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    Midwest Electrician's Arms

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    Don't buy Bosch tools, they don't do many spares; something I found out with my Bosch laser level, when I cracked the lense. So I don't feather their nest. Just my opinion :)
     
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  10. mydigitalhome
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    Leica disto every time in a class of its own - superb
     
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  11. Marvo
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    Marvo Admin and gender confused Staff Member Admin

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    I'm following this with interest because I've never taken the plunge and bought a laser measure. I think it's a trust issue maybe.

    I still use an analogue vernier, an 8 meter tape, an antique 100m steel tape and a 50 year old measuring wheel with an analogue counter on it depending on the distance being measured.
     
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  12. rompling
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    rompling Regular EF Member

    Have the Leica D510 works outdoors and has camera take a photo with your iPhone and then transfer the measurements to the photo via the app - agree with others the app floor plans v fiddly but photos with measurements
    BUT cost £450 and scared to bring to site bought a£35 one off eBay and use it all the time and chuck it in the tool box
    My mate and I did a test over 50 m and the Ebay hobby v Leica was only 3mm out in comparison
     
  13. Marvo
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    Marvo Admin and gender confused Staff Member Admin

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    Do you have to send these things in for calibration every year?
     
  14. Gavin John Hyde
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    only laser distance measuring devices i have used were in the forces, ... we had a laser measure device in a workshop that could measure hair thickness if so programmed! could never understand the purpose of it myself! most of the time it was out of order and in need or fixing.
    I have been looking into a decent handheld one myself but they all make bold claims and im a bit cynical so will be looking at reliable reviews. i was going to have a look at one of the trade shows and compare models.
     
  15. Wes1000
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    No you don’t.
    Well at least I don’t think so, and I’ve never sent mine if for calibration.
    I did occasionally check it against a tape when I first got it and it’s never wrong.
     
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