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Following the more-is-better philosophy, the Bosch GPL5 uses five beams to project plumb, level, and square points. It also self-levels (up to 5°). Available for around $200, the 1 lb. unit is 4.125″ × 3.125″ × 1.625″, and can be secured using its 1/4-40 or 5/8-11 threaded mounts, or via straps or magnets with its multipurpose attachment. It can be easily re-calibrated in the field (and comes with a wrench for just that purpose). Its accuracy is ± ¼” @ 100′. Three AA batteries supply power.

If you’re not into multi-axis laser leveling, maybe you could modify the GPL5 for use as a garage/shop intruder alarm.

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4 Responses to Bosch GPL5 5-Point Self-Leveling Alignment Laser

  1. Old Coot says:

    This appears almost identical to my Porter-Cable model RT-7610-5 “RoboTool”, a very handy gadget to have.

  2. Joe Sainz says:

    Old Coot: you are correct in saying that it looks almost identical, when Bosch purchased Robotoolz last year they kept many of the same moldings, choosing to redesign some of the internals on the units. This is a great magnetically compensated unit, although some of use who do multi-story work should consider the larger 5 beam GPL5E with electronic servo compensation, because the beam stays incredibly stable when someone goes stomping along the upper floors. Also be sure to checkout the new GPL5C 5 dot with crosshairs above and below the unit, it’s the first of its kind.

  3. brian says:

    I was thinking the same thing, thats robovector with a bosch label! My old robo finally had enough of helpers dropping it off scaffolding and refused to shoot level out both sides. I bought a fatmax sp5 as a replacement, it works well and has a nice bright beam but I really miss the compactness and balance of the robo especially when getting up against corners. The stanley unit is just too bulky!

  4. Lou says:

    I a bought bosch gpl5 Im not getting a beam just a dot am i doing something wrong? Im framing up door ways in an old house bought it to see if my rough opening is the same on both sides of the door

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