Leica Lino L2 Cross Line Laser
Posted by Mark Hunter - January 06, 2011
We enjoy getting our hands on Leica's products. Not only are they incredibly well made, they also look brilliant.
The tool we tested this time around was the Leica Lino L2 Cross Line Laser. And when we took it out of the box we had a 2001: A Space Odyssey moment.
Thankfully, however, the Leica Lino L2 works solely as a cross line laser and has, as far as we could tell, no sentient abilities.
Therefore, we were quite comfortable putting it through its paces in the Toolstop office without worrying about it reading our lips or disconnecting our life support system.
However, what the Lino L2 lacks in Artificial Intelligence, it make up with features that are going to make your day a lot easier.
For example, you're going to be able to see the Lino L2's red laser lines even in bright sunlight. Leica are understandably proud of the brightness of the laser, and claim "it is highly recognised among technicians because of its unparalleled brightness and excellent optics".
When used with the optional extra laser detector, the Leica Lino L2 can be switched onto pulse mode. The detector uses a series of acoustic signals which lock onto the Lino L2's beam. Therefore, even in the brightest conditions you're going to have precise, millimeter-perfect accuracy.
This accuracy is aided by the Lino L2's ability to self-level, which is brilliant for making sure you don't fall foul of user-error.
Of course, you can turn the self-levelling feature off by turning on the lock switch, which also prevents damage to the laser during transit.
Ease of use is paramount on this device. The large glass lens isn't really to make the device look like HAL9000. Rather, the big, bold vertical and horizontal lines projected from the lens make sure you're able to line up those wall and floor joints. Perfectly.
Obviously it screws directly into the Lino L2's 1/4" thread allowing you to stand the device on a surface such as a workbench, as shown.
It also folds down into a magnetic hanging bracket, meaning you can affix it to a metal surface, or hang it from a hook on a wall at your desired height.
The Leica Lino L2 also comes with the CLR290 Clamp Rod, target plate, ball adaptor for tripod (which is lockable and allows you to adjust the angle of the device) and is powered by 3 AA-type 1.5v batteries.
All in all we're very impressed with the Leica Lino L2 and not just for it's fantastic looks.
The big lens, the bright laser, the multi-function tripod and the self-levelling accuracy packaged in Leica's innovative design mark out the Lino L2.
All of this comes with the exclusive Toolstop guarantee that the Leica Lino L2 won't try and shut the air lock doors on you.
Could you see yourself packing a Lino L2? Let us know your thoughts on this device in the comments.
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