Laser Level Tripod Selection
You want to be as precise and accurate as possible with your measurements. This is why it’s important to select the correct laser level tripod for the job.
As you’re aware there are dozens of brands of these products. These can be broken down into the OEM products, through to the cheap and cheerful. OEM stands for original equipment manufacturer, so a Dewalt laser level tripod would be the one to use with a Dewalt leveler. The advantages of buying an OEM product, is that you know they will fit correctly. I best add here that this only applies if you order the correct model!
Buying a compatible product is often cheaper, but you’ll also discover some of these the quality is much cheaper too. This could range from inferior material being used in the construction, to a quality of workmanship that’s perhaps not as good as from the branded manufacturer.
Choose The Best Laser Level Tripod
Here are a few suggestions on what to look out for. Naturally price will be an important factor, but here are a few other points to consider.
Load Bearing Capacity.
Double check the maximum weight you can mount onto one of these tripods. The last thing you want is to set up with a heavy measuring tool, to find the tripod isn’t strong enough. If this happens you run the risk of the tripod buckling and this will affect readings.
Goes without saying you need a rugged and sturdy enough tripod. It also needs to be portable and easy to transport. Aluminium, as an example is a very light metal with a specific weight of 2.7 g/cm3, about a third that of steel. This is an ideal material for the tripod.
Wood is another option, although these tend not to be as portable nor as modern in style.
Flat or dome options are to be considered. The dome style is often thought to offer better accuracy, due to the way it holds the measuring tool in place. The flat versions though are the most popular and the own branded products are geared to fit most brands.
Height & Adjustability.
Check the ratings for the adjustability especially for the height settings. The better the rate of adjustment, the more uses you’ll have available to you.
Bosch Laser Level Tripod – Bosch BT150 Compact Extendable Tripod
From the Bosch range, this is a very popular product selection.
EXTENDABLE: The Bosch BT 150 provides extendable height adjustments so the user can expand tripod from 22 inches to 61 inches for different height applications
ADJUSTABLE: The tripod features a steady adjustable base that swivels, adjusts, and tightens product for steady measurement applications.
COMPACT: The Bosch BT 150 is compact, portable and lightweight with collapsible legs. At only 2 lbs. the tripod is easy to store and transport.
STABILITY: The Bosch BT 150 tripod provides an adjustment system that tightens the tripod for increased stability at the user’s desired height.
VERSATILE: With a 1/4-Inch to 20 mounting thread of detachable base, the Bosch BT 150 is compatible with Bosch line lasers, point lasers, and laser measures for a variety of applications
Pacific Laser Systems PLS-20309 Tripod
Another popular brand among contractors, the Pacific Laser Systems PLS-20309 1/4-Inch by 20 Threaded Flat Head Tripod offers value for money.
Mid weight aluminum this product is ideal for outdoor or indoor use.
Adjusts from 32 inches to 60 inches in height to give a wide range of applications.
This is ideal if you have the PS3 laser level in your tool kit.
Dewalt Laser Tripod DEWALT DW0881 1/4-Inch Laser Tripod
The DEWALT DW0881 1/4-Inch Laser Tripod is a lightweight, durable product. Loved by professional contractors and home DIY users alike this is a must have. Comeing from another hugely popular brand, this mid priced product is one of the most popular we have tested.
The DW0881 Laser Tripod has an extendable height ranges from 24 inches to 69 inches and is compatible with all DeWalt lasers and laser distance measurers with 1/4-inch x 20 thread mount. Click here to order the DW0881.
AmazonBasics 50-Inch Lightweight Tripod with Bag
If you are buying on price, then look no further. With over 3800 positive reviews and the price costing less than a breakfast, this has to be a contender.
Adjustable-height tripod made of lightweight aluminum; weighs just over a pound
3-way head allows for tilt and swivel motion; portrait or landscape options
Quick-release plate helps ensure fast transitions between shots
3-section, lever-lock legs for easy height adjustments; zippered storage bag included
Measures 16.5 inches (collapsed); extends up to 50 inches
Johnson Level and Tool 40-6861 Tripod
The 3-year warranty is a plus point with this tripod. Lightweight, this is a portable aluminum tripod ideal for both indoor and outdoor use.
Adjustment range from 2′ to 5’5″ (nominal length) includes elevating column with fine adjustment knobs.
The tripod feet are also adjustable making this quite a sturdy product.
Adapter that reduces threads from 5/8″ – 11 to 1/4″ – 20
The Johnson Level and Tool 40-6861 Tripod also comes with a handy carrying case. We like this and you can order it here for quick delivery.
Stabila 08560 Tripods 27″ – 66″ Elevator Tripod
I once heard this referred to as the Rolls Royce of tripods. I’m not sure if the remark was due to the quality, the price or a combination of both. What is for sure though, the Stabila 08560 Elevator Tripod is a very sturdy workhorse. It’s rugged to the point of I’d compare it to a Range Rover not the Rolls Royce. But joking aside this Stabila is a beast. It’s heavy aluminium construction ensures it will last and last.
Aluminum construction heavy duty tripod with lifting column. This enables exact positioning of the laser so you can work at the desired working height.
- Strap leg closure for transport and storage
- Collapsed Length – 30″
- Working height – 27″ to 66″
This is not the cheapest by far, but then again quality does often come with a price.
The more accurate the reading comes from using your laser level correctly. The laser level tripod offers that accuracy thanks to the ability to hold the laser in place, firmly to enable you to work without worrying about movement.
We have looked at several of the more popular makes and models, but there are other brands and styles available on the market.