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All About Laser Distance Measuring Tools

All About Laser Distance Measuring Tools

With Laser Distance Measuring Tools, one can achieve more accurate measurement readings especially at extended lengths and in a shorter period of time. The longer that a measuring tape measure is extended, the harder it is to get an accurate measurement. You have to worry about slack in the line or applying too much tension on the tape and stretching or possibly even breaking it. You have to line up the marks directly with the starting point. Even temperature can affect your measurement when using traditional measuring tapes. Laser distance measuring tapes are one of the fastest and most accurate ways to collect measurements, especially if you have multiple measurements to take during the same job or day.


Most laser distance measuring tools offer easy operation, and some advanced models offer many more features and functions depending on what you're wanting to accomplish. The distance measuring tool projects a laser which looks very similar to that of a laser pointer. Simply point and press the button. It will automatically measure to where the laser is pointed. With some models you can select whether you want the length of the tool itself included in the measurement or not, which is handy in situations where its advantageous to have the rear of the unit against a wall or post for example. Most laser distance measuring tools can manage basic calculations like addition, subtraction, area, and volume. They can also store previous measurements, depending on the model, into internal memory. Some laser measuring tools will track minimum and maximum measurements. You can automatically transfer between different units of measure such as feet, inches, tenths, meters, etc. And some lasers have a built-in tilt detector to take measurements at an angle, ranging anywhere from 0% to 100%.

Another feature or function of these tools is the Pythagorean function, which is a versatile feature found on most models. With this feature you can calculate the length of an object using 3 points. Using this method you do not have to be at the start or end point when taking the measurement. Use it if you do not have a target point or if you need to find the height of a window that is on the second floor. Some models have a magnified viewfinder which is very helpful if you are outside and are having trouble seeing your laser dot at a long distance. Another great feature is cable connection, or wireless blue tooth connection capabilities, which allows you to automatically transfer your saved measurements to a PC and input them directly in to programs like AutoCad, Excel, and others.

Please note: The options above do not apply to all laser measuring device models. Please check product specifications or contact EngineerSupply to see what options are available with specific models.

Enjoy Safer Measuring


One of the greatest benefits of laser measuring tools is the overall benefit to contractors’ safety that these tools provide. While manual measurements may require you to walk long distances or even perch on a ledge, a laser tape measure eliminates this need and makes measurements as simple as pointing and pressing. Measuring manually can put you at risk of injury if you aren’t careful, but a laser device is an easy way to minimize risk while simplifying your workflow.

Integrate With Programs

Did you know that you can use a digital tape measure with some of your favorite programs, too? Indeed, there are some digital measuring tools that boast compatibility with applications such as Microsoft Excel. These tools can integrate by transferring data into the program and offering a seamless platform to analyze and organize the information. A manual tape measure definitely can’t do that! If this is an important feature to you, be sure to confirm that the laser tape measure you choose offers it.

Find the Best Laser Tape Measure

Finding the best laser measuring tools is a matter of preference, but there are a few important features you might want to look out for, such as the following:
  • Design that’s compact and easy to transport
  • Ability to store measurements for a while
  • A bright display that’s easy to read in the dark
There are many different laser measuring tools to choose from, but these features are some of the most important to consider when you’re shopping. If you’re not sure what kind of laser tape measure you want, you can start by looking for a model that matches these criteria.

Connect With Wireless Features

Integration with computer programs isn’t the only tech savvy feature you might find. Some digital tape measure options also feature the ability to be activated remotely using wireless technology. Bluetooth can allow you to use some laser measuring tools easily from a distance, and it may also allow you to store and share the measurement data, too. A wireless-enabled laser tape measure is a great asset for any job site.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I use a laser tape measure?

Using a laser tape measure might be one of the easiest things you ever do. You simply need to turn it on, allow it to calibrate, and point to the distance you wish to measure. You can then click the button to obtain the measurement.

Why are laser measuring tools better than manual tape measures?

In addition to the potential safety benefits, a laser tape measure is usually much more accurate than a manual tape measure.

Do I need a digital tape measure for DIY projects?

Some people think that laser measuring tools are only for professional job sites, but they are great for small DIY projects, too!

Can I use a digital tape measure to take measurements in the metric system?

Yes, many laser measuring tools offer metric measurement capability.

Is a laser tape measure worth the money?

Yes! It’s true that a laser tape measure will cost more than a manual tape measure, but the investment will likely pay off in the form of saved time and money.

Some benefits or desirable features of laser distance measuring tools are;

  • Single person use (you can take measurements by yourself easily)
  • Records measurements using the unit memory feature
  • More accurate readings
  • Safer as you may not need to walk out on a wall or ledge or ladder in some case
  • Quicker measuring meaning less time on the job site
  • Long distance
  • Basic calculations built-in which save time
  • Illuminated to work
  • Versatile. Work in different units such as metric or English
  • Automatic
  • Compact and less bulky than carrying a large measuring tape

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