dealscraftsman laser trac level for $4.99 + $5.00…

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@aoviss: Reviews are for it when it was $34, not $9.99-with shipping. Also a shiny 90 day woot limited warranty.

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some of those reviews were so - so... GF is an artist so we always have to hang paintings straight and I am getting tired of having 50 holes per painting to get it perfect.

Gonna wait for a few more comments to see what other wooters use. I had a different laser level a while ago but it was a POS and it sort of sounds like this is one too.

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@aoviss: thanks for the link...those reviews are absolutely brutal. I had been thinking of ordering this (the last laser level I ordered from another site was broken in shipping), but this sounds almost perversely lousy. A level that doesn't actually provide a level line??? Not very useful.

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Well, the laser level thingee may or may not be any good, but.....

They riffed on a Timbuc3 quote there!

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Just out of curiosity, what is a 100% angle?

Aren't angles defined by degrees? 100 degrees would be slightly more than a 90 degree (right) angle. (One of the corners on a square or rectangle, or the largest angle on a right triangle.)

steve

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OK, just tried to use my coupon, and no luck!

"A coupon has been placed on your account that is valid on any of the other Woot properties."

Except this one!

steve

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Pay attention too, the 35 dollar one comes with accessories and a carrying case. This does not.

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@spacemonkey6401: And yet the reduction in price doesnt fix the chief complaint, that it cant do it's job as a level and point straight.

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Just purchased one, figure once I get it I will disassemble It and seal the ends of the bubbles or check the seams and seal/ caulk those as well. Should be a quick fix and for a little over $10 its not a bad deal. See we can all find issues but its the solutions we need ;)

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Just went through, with the coupon. Either I was copy-n-pasting it wrong, or it took some time.

3 for $10! Maybe, I can get one to work. Oh well, more laser toys for the cats.

steve

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@gizmo192: agreed, would be nice to have tripod mount and levelling base. magnetic mount too easy to jostle.

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Built a room in garage using one of these. Everything square and plumb.Bought it from Sears years ago. No issues.

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i am a professional finish carpenter. this thing is junk. it is also really cheap so go ahead if you want but dont expect that it will save you any time over a spirit level. if you want a cheap decent laser level look to stanley [made by davit white] and expect to pay around 70 bucks

by the way craftsman is nearly 100% junk

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Amused at the trended failure of the bubble level losing fluid thus rendering useless (as opposed to merely inaccurate). Don't waste your money or your time on this.

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Awesome Cat Toy. Don't point it in their face, will hurt any eye in any animal or human.

Other Thought. Duct taped to a Sawed off Shot gun. Nice scarey cheap Home protection. Point in the Eye of Burglars. Will hurt the eye of any Burglar and they deserve it. If You pull that trigger though you should be well stocked in 409 or some other formidable spray cleaner, a pack of shammy's is a great Idea as well.

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I've got one (the full kit) and I think I've used it twice.

It's nowhere near as cool as I had hoped. If it doesn't have the mounting platform with the screw adjustments it is going to be worthless because as others noted, the bubble accuracy leaves room for interpretation. Any minor deviations are then compounded the farther the laser is from the wall.

After re-examining the pictures, this looks even cheaper than the one that others link to the reviews - mine has a rotating cuff at the laser output that lets you rotate it to vertical. I don't see that here.

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@aoviss: That one seems to be different - not only the lack of accessories and case, but I'm not sure the woot! one has the ability to switch from horizontal to vertical projection.

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Probably would have Wooted 3 if it came with the nifty red case (and some dried out vials) like the original units. Sounds like a crap shoot, with the operative word being "crap"!!! Besides, they would live in the tool box with the other laser levels I own and never use -LOL-

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If I point this at my boss will I be able to tell if he's on the level or just lying to me again?

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I received the full-kit version two Christmases ago. Have used it maybe three times for hanging pictures and decorations and the like. Works well enough for that purpose. Bubble levels on mine haven't dried out (yet). Although now I know to watch out for them.

@revragnarok (et al): I think the knob on top near the emitter turns it from horizontal to vertical. It would be nice if Woot! included pics of the beam to confirm.

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You probably shouldn't have to double check a level but with this it's a good idea. But it works ok for hanging border in a room. I think it's a lot easier just to use a regular level for hanging pictures. I just usually use this when it's worth breaking out the tripod. But it's an ok deal at this price. I guess they've come out with a newer model.

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I'm in for 3 even if the viles leak out the lasers will never be bent, and this will help me build a frame for my truck.

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Used the August coupon, for $5 we'll give it a go. I have a larger Craftsman digital level with laser projection and it works great. Figured I'll use this one to hang pictures and such. Plus I can get the dog all worked up and tire her out without leaving my couch.

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OK, fine, it's a crap level. But for $5, it's a frikkin' laser in a red case with a magnet mount. This would make for some great hacks for those so inclined.

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@steve: Have you ever driven in the mountains? Those "caution because there's a hill coming up" yellow signs are in % grade eg. "6% downgrade next 3 miles". And 100% = 45 degrees

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Percent_grade

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mrjoewood as he it's a laser for 5 bucks. You want a tripod mount get a piece of ferrous something big enough for this thing, drill and tap for 1/4-20 and you have a tripod mount. If one was really clever you could put a rotating mirror in front of it and have the around the room style. in for 1

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Someone please tell me where they get the coupon! I have never heard of such a thing and have woofed for years.

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What do you think the reaction would be if I used this as a laser pointer while giving a talk?

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@mkentosh -- Unless you have a GIANT monitor...

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@defilerz: They sell bubble levels for about $1. Unless your gf's art consists of separate pieces that must be place on precisely the same line, perpendicular to plumb, many feet apart, a bubble level is a better tool anyway.

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@lastapeman: If it hurt the eyes, it wouldn't be legal. Open-air lasers must be eye-safe.

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We've been using this (or a model very very similar) for the past couple years at work. We have one mounted (rigged) on each of our 15ft blade industrial saws. Besides some new batteries every month or so, this thing has performed, survived, and provided a straight line to cut anything from beams to bundles of angles.

I know we are using only one of it's capabilities but it provides a clear straight line... and has in a manufacturing setting for 2 years.

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Ok the consensus on this thing seems to be that it is a piece of junk, I am trying to figure out why there are so many positive marks currently 116 and only 16 negative?

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I got one of these for Christmas the year that they first came out...maybe 5 years ago or so? I've used it a few dozen times and it generally does what I need it to. It's one of those tools that I don't use often, but for the occasional job that really requires a laser level, there's just no substitute. For example, my wife wanted a series of these goofy looking mirror thingys hung on the wall by the steps. They were various sizes and had hang points at different places on each one. I set up the laser level at the bottom of the stairs, measured the line at the top to make sure it was parallel to the stairs, then lined up each mirror's top with the line and marked the hang point. Without the laser level, they would definitely not have ended up properly aligned. I also used it to hang a type of crown molding that was dropped down about 6" from the ceiling to conceal accent lighting. It was also indispensable for that job. I've never changed the batteries.

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Even if the bubble level stops working you can still use this this for a straight line guide. You could even plumb or level the laser line with a regular level and it would still be useful.

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@bnadiver1:

Because many people practice "drive by voting" for the sponsored deals(they just add to whatever is already there) and early this morning the level was already the top deal within a few minutes.

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These are great. You can place it on any surface or a ladder and keep it leveled using the 3 legged adjustable stand. You have to remember these are laser lights so they are hard to see when the room is really bright or when your outside during daylight. The red glasses helps but not that much. The one i got came with another device that measures distance by using a laser. I paid about $10 which is the same as the price listed here with shipping and picked it up at a local Sears.

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If the magnetiv mount is no good, and the levels are no good, what is left is a laser module with a line generator and a battery holder.

This would have been a great deal in 2007. Not so great for 2011.

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I use Laser Levels in a Casino to keep machines in a straight line, my advise is to never buy one unless it is self leveling otherwise it is useless.

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Reviews on the sears/craftsman site are generaly brutal. People who hate something tend to be the ones posting there. I take that site for what it is, made people that normally dont' understand how it should work and just get mad they can't figure it out. IMO, only using it yourself is the way to review it and at this price, worth a shot.

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@lastapeman:
I have some ShamWow's from the last BOC I got in May. No shammy, per se, though.

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The projected laser should only be at a 100 degree arc. Unless by some means of angelical power the laser is projecting through the plastic sides of the casing. ;)

In other words its a typo.

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I bought the $34.99 kit from Sears about 4 years ago. I liked and made fairly heavy use of the unit doing remodeling until the dreaded dry bulb syndrome struck after 18 months. Note that all of the negative Sears reviews were from 2008 or before. Surely they've changed level bulb suppliers.
On the positive side I was able to level the unit, often confirmed with a 4 ft level, with patience. The laser on the Craftsman unit I received is brighter and much finer then the $80 B&D BDL310S self-leveling unit I replaced it with.
I don't know how you would use this easily without the tripod platform that comes in the kit and a sturdy tripod.
It will make a lousy pointer as it projects a line.

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Most of the reviews I read were from '08. Surely they've cured the leaking problem by now, wouldn't you think??
Hope so, in for 3.:-)

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Shipping Update

Craftsman Laser Trac Level has completely shipped via FEDEX SMART POST. All tracking has already been emailed out. You can also find your tracking number by following this link and use your ORDER NUMBER as the reference number.

https://www.fedex.com/AltRefTracking?cntry_code=us

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My three laser levels arrived this weekend.

I got three red lasers. With line generators. And magnets. For $15.

All three currently have some type of leveling fluid still, and none appear to have any alien pods attached, or deadly neurotoxins coating them.

I consider that a pretty good deal for $15. If they actually level properly and last more than 15 minutes, then I'll consider it a spectacular deal. I will use them with my existing levels to help me align my sports car, which will save me several hundred dollars a year.