Calculated Industries, the folks who brought you all those neat calculators (e.g., Construction Master, ElectriCalc, ConcreteCalc, KithenCalc, PlumbingCalc, and more), now bring you the Prexiso X2 Laser Distance Measurer. The X2 measures with an accuracy ≤ ± 1/8″ over a range of 4″ to 100′. It can display the results in feet & inches, inches, or meters. It also — as you might expect from this company — calculates: areas, volumes, and, via Pythagoras, indirect measurements of height (measure to top; measure to bottom; it solves for height) or width (measure near point; measure far point; it solves for width) — you measure two sides of a right triangle, and it calculates the third side. The $99.95 X2 is powered by two AAA batteries (included), has auto shut-off after 3 minutes, weighs only 3.5 oz., and comes with a carrying case and a two-year warranty.
If given the opportunity, where would you use this laser measurer?
Amazon is selling Calculated Industries’ 4020 Measure Master Pro measurement conversion calculator for only $22. The calculator converts between feet, inches, decimal inches, yards, meters, centimeters, and millimeters, including fractions. It does areas and volumes as well as circle calculations.
Construction workers (at least here in the ‘States) don’t think in decimals — they think in feet, inches, and fractions. So does Calculated Industries’ Construction Master Pro Trig calculator. And besides speaking “construction,” it also handles trigonometric functions to help calculate precise angle measurements for framing and roofing.
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Yesterday we mentioned Stanley’s Fat Max Tru-Laser measuring device, and today we came across another tool that’d be extremely handy in putting together job estimates: Calculated Industries’ Scale Master Classic.
You can use the Scale Master just like a pen; draw around an area on plans and it’ll give you linear distance, rectangular area, and even volume. It converts between scales and dimensions using a number of built-in scales, or you can draw a line and enter its distance to create a custom scale (to match a faxed set of plans, for example), six of which can be stored in the Scale Master for future use.
The Scale Master Classic lists for $69.95, and we found it for as little as $52 today on the street. To make getting learning the Scale Master easier, Calculated Industries also offers a “quick start tutorial video” for $10. They offers a variety of other calculators and calculating tools for construction and shop purposes as well; their website is worth a look.