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I just purchased a stabila LD400 laser measure.... any of you guys use one of these yet? Just with playing with it today...every measurement is within a 1/16' of an inch on my tape.

I am excited about being able to walk around a room "shoot" all of my measurements for the base board (it will hold the last 10 measurements in the unit) and head back to my saw and start cutting.

Not yet field tested but seems pretty cool:clap:.
 

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Hope it works out for ya. I tried one once, didn't really like it. I have a system I use and it's hard to break it. For the level of accuracy I need I make 2-3 trips to the saw for each side of the miter anyway...
 

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Hope it works out for ya. I tried one once, didn't really like it. I have a system I use and it's hard to break it. For the level of accuracy I need I make 2-3 trips to the saw for each side of the miter anyway...


That is alot of down time...:eek: means you went to the saw 8 to 12 times in a four corner room.... Or...eash side of the miter....that is more like 16-24 times.....
 

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Laser Tools

I have one and I love it, what I love even more are my laser levels, self leveling. I have one dot, and one beam. They save so much time, and its nice to have cool tools!
 

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Hope it works out for ya. I tried one once, didn't really like it. I have a system I use and it's hard to break it. For the level of accuracy I need I make 2-3 trips to the saw for each side of the miter anyway...

That is crazy. That is a ton of wasted time.

Sounds like you need a better saw, blade, or technique.

You are wasting a tone of time.

I can put a tick mark with a knife, line it up with my laser, cut it and go put it up. I dont even have to make a trip anywhere now with the dust collection.

Yes, the laser measurer's are pretty darn accurate.
 

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I have had some experience with laser measuring systems, not quite like the Hilti, but the same concept. We found that you need to be careful if your target is a porous wood, like Red Oak. From our debatable conclusion, we think that because of the pores, the laser tends to creep into the wood and the accuracy of the measurement decreases. We found some instances of 1/2" off. For the most part, 1/16" was a normal tolerance. Whether that is acceptable to you and what you're applying it to, that is your decision.
 

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For framing, I could see being able to make use of 1/16" accuracy. However, for trim, until they bring out a model that reads in RCH's, it's only going to be good for rough measurements anyways.

Hope it works out for ya. I tried one once, didn't really like it. I have a system I use and it's hard to break it. For the level of accuracy I need I make 2-3 trips to the saw for each side of the miter anyway...
I've had to make that many trips (or even more) before when matching to existing and the angles are all over the place. It's not a normal thing though. For the less challenging stuff, I would expect to need 2-3 trips per piece, not per side, and I try to bring 4-5 pieces every time I go back and forth.
 

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yup you will love it. I have the Hilti, its great on doing estimates. I find that for measuring crown, I have to cut my "line" off about 1/16", and you have to be very careful where you aim the dot, I have a small line on the wall (corners) where the bottom of crown will rest, so that's my target.

NOt sure about going to the saw multiple times, I cope the inside corners, and use the bosch miter finder for the outside corners - accurate and quick - mostly!

I'm getting way more crown jobs than baseboard these days, some of the fooring stores are installing baseboard as an extra- 1.25/ft. I can't compete with that! I've seen the work, its worse than most HO's can do- chopped 45 deg cuts, not even pushed tight! then in places gobs of caulk.

good thing I like doing crown better :D

Laurie

www.lauriescustomfinishing.ca
 
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