Mason’s levels take a beating, so they have to be ruggedly designed. They get banged, dropped, and covered in dirt and mortar. If this sounds like how you treat your level, you might be interested in Stabila’s line of mason levels.
These lightweight German-made levels have a strong frame, and they feature a blow shield designed to be hit with a trowel. The rubber end caps are removable and replaceable, and the 36″ and 48″ levels sport centered handholds. Stabila manufactures the vials from solid acrylic and places the horizontal vial so it’s easy to read standing up. The smooth construction of the level body and the vials makes removing mortar easy.
The type 196K level comes in four lengths: 16″, 24″,36″, and 48″. Prices range from $60 for the shortest to $120 for the longest. If you have any problems with the accuracy of the level, Stabila will replace it — but if you bend it, you’re on your own.