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Out With The Old: Consider A Laser Distance Meter For Your Next Project

by Harvie Simms

You are probably tired of relying on antiquated measuring tools, like reel-in tapes or walking wheel distance readers. And you may find it difficult to measure hard-to-reach spaces. This is why you may want to consider a laser measuring meter. The following will show how this device works and how it can help you.

How It Works

The device can be handheld or slightly larger, but the principles behind its operation are the same. The laser is projected and measures the amount of time it takes to get to the end location. Your mechanism, using both time and the known speed of light, should give you an accurate measurement. The accuracy varies between makers and models, but it is usually around 3 millimeters, give or take for distances of about 300 feet.

What You Can Expect

A Laser measuring tool may be able to offer the following functions, in addition to measuring a distance:

  • The surface or floors of the area measured can be calculated
  • Volume or size of the area measured may be quantified as well
  • Many laser measuring devices are able to store and label information from several readings for later review
  • Self-leveling ability is usually built-in
  • Backlight option
  • Some may offer the ability to turn off the sound

You can talk to your laser measuring tool specialist about other features that you might find useful. Be sure to consider renting these devices rather than purchasing to test several models without having to commit.

Types Of Laser Measuring Devices

The following are a few of the most common options:


Some devices have an outer shield that may be able to withstand high drops.


Some laser measuring tools, usually the type that are not handheld, can be extended into a tight space or a hole. Extensions usually have the ability to project more than one laser, which means that you will be able to get a more rounded reading of the area you are measuring. 


You should consider the usual distances that you measure, and compare that to the device's capacity; just keep in mind that accuracy does tend to diminish with longer distances. You can talk to your laser measuring tool specialist about making sure the lens that the device uses is optimized for long distances to get a better reading. 

There you have it; Now you know a little more about laser measuring tools, which should help you find the one that will work best for your needs. Talk to an equipment expert, like those at All Star Equipment Rental & Sales, Inc., to learn more.