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Old 07-16-2011, 11:16 AM   #1
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Johnson Level & Tool Made In USA Levels?


I am planning on buying some levels, I guess I am a poor excuse for carpenter without levels But anyway I am looking the Mahogany Wooden Level a 24'' and a 48'' thats Made in the USA by Johnson levels and & tool. I am wondering are they anygood? Here is link http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...pf_rd_i=507846
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Old 07-16-2011, 11:43 AM   #2
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Re: Johnson Level & Tool Made In USA Levels?


Get stabilas. Nothing ive seen compares long term. I have an 8 ft stabila that got ran over buy the lift, still dead on just has a crook in it.

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Spend your money on Stabila. You will never regret that decision
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Now three votes for stabila, get a torpedo, 4', jamber set and a 7-12 expander.
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Sadly the beautiful Mahogany levels don't hold up well for most of us.

Wood warps and twists especially when set on damp ground --

All my levels are aluminum--Made in Austria and only need replacement when I need a new shiny tool to make me feel better.

Feel good tools cost less that a trip to the doctor and you get to keep them.
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The carpenter I worked for my first year had the 48" Johnson Level and it was a fine level. However, like everybody said, get a Stabila.
I bought a 4' from Stabila last year and while the $100(on sale!) hurt for a second, it was worth every cent.
Stabila makes levels like Channellock makes pliers.
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This set of Stabila's has caught my eye. http://www.amazon.com/Stabila-37816-...br_fq_k_hmmm_1
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I also vote for the Stabila line-up.

Until someone shows me a better level, there is no better level.
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Until someone shows me a better level, there is no better level.
Lone I thought you just eyeballed it
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I have a couple Johnson levels and they are great.

Crick also makes a nice American level.

...But I have a couple Nazi level's myself too.
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I just picked up a Crick a while ago.

Mostly got it just to be cool.

Get some 'Bila's.
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Lone I thought you just eyeballed it
That's true, but I always have to double check it with the 'Bila.
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I have used Johson for 5 years and they are still work just fine. I also own a few of the new Bostitch levels...they are great as well. I have seen my share of out of alignment Stabilias to not trust the hype. That being said, if you can get a good deal on them (IE don't by from my lumber yard), I would go for them. They are just another level to me.
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Every other level is a Ryobi compared to the Stabila. My firs was purchased 12 years ago. Followed that up with two more. All dead on even with lots of abuse. I like that they are hi vis yellow as well. Employees can usually see them well at clean up time.
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I have sets of both the stabila and fatmax and I have to say the fat max seem the better level. They are stiffer and seem better built from use over the last few months. My stabila set gets used indoors only on clean work. Both are nice levels for sure but stabila does have a little to much hype around them. They sure look cool though.
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No one abuses a level like bricklayers do. I have worked with guys with Stablias and Crick/Smith levels will hold true much longer. They are also pricey but worth the money. But you do have to oil them once in awhile unlike a Stablia.
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nobody likey the festool level



put your bila in the burban?
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Stabila is so good, the festool is a stabila

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That's so true, it's almost funny.
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That's true, but I always have to double check it with the 'Bila.
I thought you used your eyeball to check the bila. You're not the loneframer I thought you were.

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