When you’re going about your business as usual, you likely won’t think much about where the ground is. This is something that we pretty much take for granted and we assume that when we need it, it will be there.
But then when you’re being paid to do work on someone’s home, suddenly the simplest task becomes very difficult. Cutting a straight line in a piece of wood, or drilling holes that are perfectly level and not sloping up at an angle is much harder than you might expect and thus you will find you need all the help you can get!
Fortunately, help is here in the form of the Leica Lino L2P5. This is a self-levelling line and point laser tool. But what does all that mean and is it a good choice when compared with other gadgets that do the same thing? Read this Review!
The Swiss Army Knife of Laser Levels
Leica calls this product the ‘Swiss army knife of laser levels’ and in many ways, that is a fair description. The device can produce 180 degree horizontal and vertical lines, has a wide 180 degree fan angle and four laser points calibrated to 90 degree angles. You can place this device in the corner of a room and use it to lay out pretty much the entire design.
What puts this above a lot of the competition though is the leveling pendulum. This tells you if the line is out of level by blinking and disabling the dots from point mode. The machine will then alter its angle to address the problem, so you can always be 100% sure that you’re getting the perfect alignment.
If you want to turn off the self-leveling though, then you can simply lock the pendulum in place and that will allow you to measure out angled lines.
The device itself is sturdy and relatively small, though not enough to fit in a pocket or be carried without the included bag. It will attach nicely to a tripod, or you can use the also-included target plate or magnetic adaptor. The Leica Lino L2P5 is highly versatile and should be suitable for a vast range of applications.
Pros and Cons: Level Up!
The Leica Lino L2P5 is one of the best line and dot lasers we’ve reviewed. While it is a little on the pricey side, all line and dot lasers are and what you’re getting here makes it superior to many of the competitors in terms of the value for money.
The self-leveling pendulum, fan angle and other features all help to improve your workflow and save time setting things up. The included pouch, batteries and mounting options increase the value further and the design is sturdy, relatively good looking and great well made overall.
What can also be said for the Leica Lino L2P5, is that the laser lines produced are very clearly visible. This is a green line and of course it’s up to you whether that’s your preference – it’s unlikely to be a deal breaker for most people though!
Reviews are also very good, basically praising the quality and the feature set. Note that this is intended for interior use.
Conclusion: A Good Option for Leveling
If you want to level up your DIY game, then the Leica Lino L2P5 is a good option. It packs a whole lot of functionality into its form factor and is well made with lots of options for expanding later on. It is clearly designed for professionals and the array of different features should ensure that it meets any requirements that you might have at any level.
Of course, it is a little pricey and if you’re looking for a cheap and cheerful way to find ‘down’, then this isn’t it. Your mileage may also vary when it comes to which of these features you actually need. A good rule of thumb when buying hardware for your DIY and home improvement though, is to look for something with more features than you need. That way, as you improve and develop your skills, the hardware you have will be able to keep up with you and you won’t find yourself spending even more money to upgrade your entire toolkit!