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Automatic Levels

An Auto Level is a Professional Leveling Tool used by Contractors, Builders, Land Surveying Professionals, or the Engineer who demands accurate leveling every time. AutoLevels set up fast, are easy to use, and save time and money on every job. We have a large selection of Automatic Levels for your choice of options like magnification, accuracy, and price. Some Auto Levels come in kits that include the grade rod and tripod. Auto-Levels are great for Fence Builders, Foundation Installers, Deck Builders, Landscaping Pros, Swimming Pool Builders, Home Builders, Roadwork Jobs, Excavations and More. Auto Levels require that you level the instrument by hand, but you're only required to get the bubble within the black circle on the bubble vial, from there the internal compensator takes over and precisely levels itself. Easier to Level, Quick to Level, and Greater Accuracy. Brands like Agatec, CST Berger, David White, Laser Line, Leica, NorthWest Instrument, Pacific Laser Systems, Pentax, Seco, Sokkia, and Topcon Levels.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How is an auto level used in surveying?

An auto level is a type of leveling tool that’s used by contractors, builders, and land surveyors who need to make consistently accurate level measurements. They’re fast and easy to use, which can save a great deal of time and money while on the job site. And some of them come in kits that will include both a grade rod and a tripod. An automatic level can be used in a variety of situations -- some of which include:
  • Verifying the elevation of foundations, footings, and walls.
  • Designing proper drainage systems for homes and other structures.
  • Determining the proper elevation for a floor.
  • Determining the height of doors and windows.
  • Building suspended ceilings.
Feel free to look at what we have at Engineering Supply, so you can find an automatic builder’s level that’s right for you!

How do you use an auto level?

Once you mount the automatic level, you need to make sure it’s level around a 360-degree plane. This will ensure accuracy throughout the area that you want to measure. You also want to check the following before you start measuring:
  • The tripod is stable planted securely on the ground.
  • The attachment between the tripod and device is secure.
  • The leveling screws aren’t too tight against the base plate.
You need to position the telescope so it’s parallel between two of the three leveling screws, which you can adjust as you watch the bubble inside the leveling vial. And once it’s centered, position the last leveling screw inside the “bulls-eye” circle. Rotate the telescope 180 degrees. And if doesn’t stay in the center of the circle, repeat the previous step. If repeating this process doesn’t solve the problem, there might be an issue with the device.

What's the difference between an auto level and a dumpy level?

Here are some of the main differences between an automatic builder’s level and a dumpy level:
  • Staff Readings — The dumpy level reads the staff at an inverse proportion to what is shown, so you’ll have to adjust your measurements accordingly. This isn’t required for an automatic level, because the actual reading can be seen from the eyepiece.
  • Bubble Adjustment — To adjust the bubble on a dumpy level, you need to keep it parallel to the two leveling screws while it’s at a right angle to the third. On an auto level, the bubble can be adjusted from any side and angle.
  • Line of Sight Adjustment — The line of sight has to be manually adjusted on a dumpy level, while the automatic builder’s level has an internal compensator that does it automatically.
It’s more difficult to get precise readings with a dumpy level. So if you want to get accurate measurements more quickly, an automatic level is a better choice.

What are the three types of level readings?

Any type of leveling instrument that’s used for surveying can be used to provide a height reference, which is a horizontal plane that can be measured through the telescope. This is referred to as the “Height of Collimation” (or instrument height). You can determine this number by taking a backsight measurement to a staff that’s placed on a specific benchmark, which will be added to what the telescope reads on the staff. Once you determine the height of collimation, you can measure the ground height at any spot below that specific plane by subtracting what you read on the staff from this value.

What are the different types of levels?

There are many different types of levels for surveying, and they’re often used to measure the vertical distance of specific objects. Some of these instruments include:
  • Dumpy level
  • Y level
  • Cushing’s Level
  • Tilting level
  • Cooke’s reversible level
  • Automatic level
To do any type of leveling, you need to use the instrument to focus on a specific object. And while there are many leveling devices that have been around for a long time, newer technologies have made it easier to use them. Feel free to look at what we have at Engineering Supply, so you can find the perfect device for your specific needs.
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