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Old 11-21-2014, 10:30 PM   #21
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I would be more worried about the case than the levels
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Old 11-21-2014, 10:33 PM   #22
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I would be more worried about the case than the levels
Yeah, thought I'd make a case for it....

Nah, just killing time in between glue and lacquer drying. The dents and abrasions will give it character.
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Well you should never look at a bubble from any angle except dead in front of it as your gonna be off level. If it's low light turn the lights on or use the stabila with the bubble light lol
...or...use a Sola...your point makes zero sense...yes, you still read it the same way. Don't like Sola? Who cares? I do, I'll use the Stabila...nobody here said anything bad about either one, OP simply asked why we use the ones we use, so we answered. Now go get out your Mastercraft "Stabila" level at the 11% sale at Menards and save big money...it'll still tell you if it's level or not.
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I have all stabila. I worked with a friend this summer who bought some solas. They do have easier to read vials. The end caps are not as nice as stabilas though. If you remove your end caps alot or work on finished surfaces I would stick with stabila. Solas don't have little stand off feet to prevent scratching on walls. Also, the sola ends caps don't seems like they will hold up to repeated removing and replacing. I don't own any so this is just what I noticed using them for a few days.
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Just bought a 4' and 2' sola, Big X. They aren't so big. Level vial is supposed to be glow in the dark. It doesn't glow yet, but I keep them in the dark most of the time. Maybe they need to sit in the sun for a while.

Like most levels these days, the end caps do not run straight off the end. They taper slightly. I don't like that.

What I do like is that they are smooth on the sides. So many levels have milled sides. I don't like the roughness of them. If I use them to mark a line, they actually grind down the lead on the pencil. Of course that is a personal complaint. There are so many out there with milled sides, most people must not mind.
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...or...use a Sola...your point makes zero sense...yes, you still read it the same way. Don't like Sola? Who cares? I do, I'll use the Stabila...nobody here said anything bad about either one, OP simply asked why we use the ones we use, so we answered. Now go get out your Mastercraft "Stabila" level at the 11% sale at Menards and save big money...it'll still tell you if it's level or not.

My reply was to stabilas bubbles being hard to see. No levels bubbles are hard to see unless of course you work in the dark but who does that? But if you do stabila make lighted bubbles so if you do your covered. Plus I didn't see anywhere where I said I didn't like sola levels. Perhaps you can quote me on that or just keep making stuff up.
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My reply was to stabilas bubbles being hard to see. No levels bubbles are hard to see unless of course you work in the dark but who does that? But if you do stabila make lighted bubbles so if you do your covered. Plus I didn't see anywhere where I said I didn't like sola levels. Perhaps you can quote me on that or just keep making stuff up.
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Nevermind...They both make quality levels...many will agree that the Sola is easier to read. Does that make any difference? I say yes, others just don't care. That's all. Would I trust both? Yes. They're both quality, worthwhile tools to have.
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I work in quite a few homes where lighting is not as bright as I'm accustom to. I opted for the lighted level. After reading this thread, I probably will hunt down a Sola just to check out the bubble when I get ready to replace my 72".
Nice to have options. I'd never even heard of Sola before this thread.
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Go with the Stabila R Beam levels. We have been using them for nearly 2 years and love them. We use the 8' and 6' most often and I keep the 6' out almost every day. It is a perfect straight edge for marking ply
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thanks fellas, it sounds like either level is a sure bet, guess when the time comes to pull the trigger i'll shop around and see who has the best deal or package deals at the time...regardless thanks for the info
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I went with the Stabila electronic level and LOVE IT! If I am not am to look at the vial, I can turn the audible on and it is great. Plus I love being able to set run offs on concrete forms and use the same decimal reading instead of making sure bubble is always in the same spot.
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would like to offer a sujestion . http://www.amazon.com/Stabila-36548-...=stabila+level .something like this . I got into these due to accuracy years ago .digitals are more important now with needing glasses .you will be far more accurate and much less chance of mistake .a vial needs to be looked at dead-on to be read ,takes a bit of looking to really know if it is centered .these digitals are easy to see ,easy to read and very very accurate .it is very easy with a digital to run a line around 4 walls and end up dead center .at least have one . I am not comfortable with close enough .
as for vials - i do agree with others ,some are easier to read,some are far more sensitive [bubble responds faster] I have a smith from years ago .Really nice vials ,definitely a step up from my stabilias .
stabilias are good but that smith is great .take time to look at the vials and see what you like .do not leave the store without checking accuracy .
also as a finish carpenter you may want to consider the edges ,are they sharp .Can you draw a sharp pencil line along them .

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