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Irwin Laser Ruler Measuring Device


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  • Calculates area and volume
  • Measures using sonar from 2-feet to 50-feet
  • Laser to target the point to which you want to measure
  • Large LCD screen
  • Converts feet to meters
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Product Information

Technical Details
Part Number 64030
Item Weight3.2 ounces
Product Dimensions8.3 x 5.1 x 2 inches
Item model number64030
Item Package Quantity1
  
Additional Information
ASINB0000ALR30
Best Sellers Rank #330,278 in Home Improvement (See top 100)
Shipping Weight3.2 ounces
Date First AvailableAugust 25, 2003
  
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Product Description

Product Description

A cool tool for the do-it-yourselfer, this laser ruler calculates length, square footage and cubic feet from as close as 2 feet to as far as 50 feet. The laser tape offers trouble-free and fast measurements—just point and shoot, and the distance to the target is displayed on its LCD. It's accurate—even from a distance—and easy to use with a "Read" button, foot/meter select, volume, area, and memory input and recall. Perfect for painting, carpeting, landscaping and many other home projects. Max output less than 5mW. Wavelength 630-670 nm.

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Granted, if you're into home repair, you've got a 25-foot steel tape in your toolbox. But how many times have you grumbled at it when it didn't stay rigid from across the room? Tapes have their purpose, but for estimated measurements of up to 50 feet, the Laser Tape is the way to go. Just point, press "read", and the distance is displayed in feet and inches or metric. It's simple to use and would be perfect for the homeowner trying to calculate how many gallons of paint to buy, how much vinyl flooring to get or even how much fertilizer to buy, provided you've got walls round your yard to bounce the laser off. It is, we must say, a little finicky, and it works best on monochromatic sold surfaces, but once you get the hang of it, it's a handy little tool.--Kris Jensen-Van Heste

Customer Reviews

I'll probably be returning this as defective.
J. York
On the surface it is appears to be a laser measurement device, but instead it bounces high frequency sound off an object you are measuring to determine distance.
Rob Belton
I purchased this Laser Tape to measure the spacing of trees in a field, which it cannot do.
Bing

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

160 of 161 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 25, 2003
I understand that this tool is only for estimating, but even for that purpose it's unacceptable. Lots, maybe most of the time I simply get an "error" result; other times, on a distance I can visualize to be 10 or 12 feet, this device says "3 foot" or "3 foot 2 inch" (this seems to be a favorite false result, happens A LOT). Device won't work if you're close to a corner, won't work well on any irregular surface, and rounds to the nearest inch; no eighths, no quarters, nothing less than a full inch. All in all, I have no confidence in the results, and have switched back to a tape.
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104 of 108 people found the following review helpful By Kala TOP 1000 REVIEWER on November 30, 2003
I got this tool because I LOVE the laser level and it works so well - NOT so with the laser tape! I guess we need a little bit more technology before something like this can be very useful as a household tool. When its low on battery especially, it gives wacky numbers that are nothing close to the actual distance! It also doesn't work well if you have patterned wallpaper - it needs a solid surface! When it does work, it only measures to the closest inch - anyone who has done home repairs knows that isn't nearly close enough! An inch might as well be a mile! I don't recommend this product.
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55 of 56 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 23, 2003
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I had great expectations for this product but when I received it I realized it had major short falls. First of all it only displays in whole numbers. What about all those 1/8th, 1/4's etc. that are crucial to measurements. Secondly it only works when directed at very solid objects. Anything that can absorb sound waves will result in an inaccurate reading. I cannot think of any application where these shortfalls are acceptible. Don't buy this product. I in fact tried to return it and was told that since it was opened it was unreturnable. The suggestion was to try to sell it used. WHO WOULD BUY THIS JUNK?!
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69 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 25, 2003
Would give it 0 stars if I could. Yes it does measure but only to within an inch. i'm sorry but that isn't even close for making accurate cuts and if you cut short your really messed. Also it doesn't have a level bubble so if your not shooting real straight your length will be biased by the laser being out of level. Unless your only requirement is a "best guess" as to the length forget it.
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66 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Vince on December 4, 2003
Never mind that the measurement readout only reads down to the nearest inch, the accuracy of this tape is simply mind-bogglingly bad.
Examples: Several readings taken against a far wall varied from 14' to 22'. I repeatedly got an "exact" reading of 14' 8" on a wall over 20 feet away, even while varying the distance to the target by several feet! Closer in, I get a 2' 9" measurement on a target over 4 feet away.
These are not occasional errors, they are continuous and render this 'tool' unusable.
If the price were cheaper, this would make a great cat exerciser. Other than that, this product is completely useless.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 28, 2004
I purchased a Laser tape to compare the accuracy to the Leica Disto Laser Distance Gage that I use professionally as an Insurance Adjuster. I found that the Strait Line Laser tape works well if you are in an empty square room and are only trying to find an approximate size, for example if you were buying carpet and needed approximate square footage. The display only shows the measurement to the nearest inch, and if there are obstructions anywhere near the intended target, (cabinets, furniture, people, art, etc), you cannot depend on the dimension displayed being the actual dimension from the unit to the red dot. It does have an easy to use interface, but if you need fast, accurate measurements, I recommend a device that actually uses the laser beam to determine the dimension, as opposed to a sonic device with a laser pointer. Two true laser measuring devices are the Leica Disto and Trimble HD150. They cost from $300 to $700, but are well worth it for measuring professionals.
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48 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Rheumor on November 24, 2003
I wanted to add 2 things to my original review:
1) This instrument is very sensitive to low battery strength. Replacing the battery corrected a good bit (though not all) of its inconsistency.
2) It is blind as a bat when aimed at certain complex (wallpaper) patterns or at irregular (like fluted molding) surfaces; it needs a solid, flat target to calculate distance accurately.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 8, 2003
A relative of mine does work for Irwin and received a box of these free. He gave me 4 units. I was quite excited and began to use 1 of them for myself right away. It does not work well at all. I've tried it in several rooms in my house from my garage down to my basement. It has been terribly wrong. As I sit here and type this I am pointing it at a wall that is 15'5" (used regular tape measure). The Laser Tape is reading 12'3". When I point the laser at the solid wood door on the same wall, I get a reading of 4'9"! To reduce the chance of user error I am placing the unit on my counter top and just pressing the 'Read' button. It consistently states the measurements above.
I have two theories on why it does not work. (1) Battery strength or (2) sound waves bouncing off objects in or near laser dot.
I have read some reviews on batteries making a difference and this is a new battery. To be fair in my reporting I will say this is the only new 9V battery I have, so I have not tested the unit with another battery. If the strength of the battery is so important they should (1) add a battery strength meter and not allow the unit to work with a weakening battery or (2) add a rechargeable battery with a cradle to keep the unit fully charged.
Perhaps the problem is the fact that it uses sonar and the reading is messed up by surrounding objects. The laser is pointed under my kitchen cabinets. Perhaps the sound waves are bouncing off the counter top or bottom of the cabinet. Is that why the commercial shows a guy in an empty room? Maybe the unit is more accurate with flat walls and no objects in the room. This makes using it unrealistic.
Even though the unit was free for me I can not recommend it as a tool, even for estimating. I now have a dilemma in that I was going to give the other 3 units away as xmas gifts, but I cannot do that. It simply does not work reliably.
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