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Northwest Instrument makes a variety of surveying and construction tools that are known for their quality and value. Northwest instruments are built to last, which is why Engineer Supply is proud to be a Factory Authorized Dealer of Northwest tools and equipment. Feel free to look at we have in stock, so you can find a Northwest laser or any other tool that may be right for you.

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Dual-slope rotary lasers can help you work faster, safer, and smarter. It’s perfect for grading, concrete flatwork, masonry work, as well as for setting forms and footings. With a dual-slope rotary laser, you can work on one or two planes (which allows you to make more complex slope calculations on the job). Once you turn the unit on, it will level itself on a horizontal plane. And if “tilt mode” is enabled, the laser will turn off if it’s bumped. This eliminates the chance of erroneous measurements. If this feature isn’t enabled, it will automatically restart and re-level if it’s bumped


Set up the laser on a tripod or flat surface. If it’s a manual level, make sure the bubble vials show level. If it’s a self-leveling model, it will take a moment to level itself once the unit has been turned on. The device will emit a laser beam that will show level on a wall or across an outdoor workspace. And depending on the type of laser, it can be dot, multiple-line, or rotary (which shows level at 360 degrees horizontally and vertically). You can use a laser detector to intercept the laser if there’s no wall to “catch” the beam (which is typically required outdoors). Connect it to a measuring rod, adjust it up or down until you hear a beep, secure the detector in place, and make measurements as necessary.

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If you’re looking for a broad selection of surveying and construction tools that are built for the working professional, Northwest Instrument has a broad selection of products that are manufactured with quality and value in mind. And at Engineer Supply, you can find everything from a Northwest laser level to a variety of tripods, prisms, and theodolites that can be used to complete any surveying project. Feel free to look at what we have in stock, so you can choose from the broadest selection of Northwest instruments on the market.


Using Northwest tools and equipment can give you the utmost in quality and value, which is why Engineer Supply is proud to carry this brand in our store. All of the Northwest laser tools and survey instruments we carry are built to last, so you can be sure to get a tool that you can use for years. Whether you’re looking for a laser level, tripod, or theodolite, you can trust Northwest Instrument to give you what you need at a reasonable price. Feel free to look at what we have in stock, so you can find a tool that will meet your specific needs.

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What kind of tools are made by Northwest Instrument?

Some of the Northwest instruments that are available include but may not be limited to:
  • Surveying transits
  • Levels
  • Rotary lasers
  • Surveying tripods
  • Prisms
  • Surveying theodolites
Engineer Supply is a Factory Authorized Dealer of Northwest tools and equipment, so feel free to look at what we have in stock.

How good is a Northwest laser level?

Like many other Northwest tools and equipment, their laser level is built with quality and value in mind. So, you can be sure it’s built to last through years of rugged use. Feel free to look at what we have at Engineer Supply, so you can find a product that will meet your specific needs.

Can a Northwest laser level be used outside?

Seeing a laser beam outdoors with the naked eye can be difficult, but it’s not impossible. That’s why most laser levels come with special red or green tinted goggles to make the beam more visible in the daylight. You’ll also need a tripod and some type of laser detector, which will help you to find the beam in case it isn’t visible.

Can a laser level damage my eyes?

A laser emits a concentrated beam of light with a great deal of intensity, so it has enough power to cause more retinal damage than if you had stared into the sun without proper protection. By looking directly into a laser beam, you can disrupt the integrity of your internal eye structure (which can cause permanent blindness).

How does a Northwest laser level work?

Laser levels emit an amplified and highly-focused beam of light from a solid-state device called a “diode,” which can be used as a visual “chalk line” when a straight-line reference is needed. The size of the beam will affect the device’s accuracy. So in this case, smaller is better because it will be more precise. If you want to some of the most accurate Northwest instruments that can be used for leveling, be sure to look at what we have at Engineer Supply.

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