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Generation Tools’ I-Beam level gives you a long level in a short package. It incorporates three sliding rails which allow it to expand to about 2.5x its length. They claim it can be used in framing and leveling forms, and because of its construction, it even works around warped studs.

They fabricate the level from 6061 aluminum, anodize it, and then add stainless steel hardware and precision milled bubble vials. Positive lock brakes keep the level set to the length you choose.

Generation Tools manufactures three different sizes of the I-Beam levels. The first can extend from 4′ 3″ to 10′ 8″, the second from 5′ 3″ to 13′ 10″, and the third from 6′ 4″ to 17′ 4″. Pricing for the levels starts around $140.

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6 Responses to Long Level In A Short Package

  1. fred says:

    Interesting concept – a bit like – but also quite a bit different from the plate levels that we use for framing:


  2. ToolGuyd says:

    I haven’t used one of these myself, but it looks awfully similar to the Plumbit Level.


  3. @ToolGuyd:

    Good catch. Except for the labeling, they are identical. I wonder who actually makes these, Generation Tools, PlumbIt, or a third party.

  4. ToolGuyd says:

    That’s a good question. PlumbIt claims that they make the “original extendable level,” but that might not mean anything.

  5. Paul Semler says:

    This is a direct Chinese knock off of the Plumb-It Level designed and manufactured in USA 25 years ago.
    The metal isn’t straight and the vials are junk.
    We bought and tested this product and it’s accuracy isn’t something you want to stake your reputation or work on.
    Plumb-It does make the “original extendable level” check the patent documents and you will see for yourself.
    This Chinese copy was the brainchild of a California boy “Generation Tools” who thought it would be cool to copy a good product, make it in China and sell it as “the same thng” in the US. He got very nervous when talking to the owner of Plumb-it; for good reason !
    I’m very sure it was Mr. Generation who tried to buy vials from Plumb-It when he discovered how bad his were. Plumb-It refused him because they only manufacture their solid cast precision vial for Plumb-It Levels.

  6. fred says:

    Not having any experience with this level – the Plumb-It – or the Generation Tools variants – I can’t comment on them. But I can attest to what Paul Semler says about not all levels (and their heart – level vials) being the same. We’ve used Stabila Box Beam Levels – which happen to be yellow in color – and have seen other yellow box-beam levels that look like Stabila’s but are inaccurate when brand new – let alone after some mild use.

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