At times, having the ability to measure distances up to 50 ft. is necessary for household and DIY projects. But more typically, woodworking and home improvement tasks involve measurements under 16 ft. Now, General Tools & Instruments has a solution that satisfies both long- and short-distance measuring needs in one tool.
The new 2-in-1 Laser Tape Measure (model LTM1) is designed to replace a conventional extended-length tape measure. It includes a 3/4-in.-wide, heavy-duty 16-ft. tape measure, but General has also added a Class II laser distance measurer to the tape’s case. That feature consists of a laser pointer and a 5-digit readout that displays in feet and fractional inches. The distance measurer is accurate to ±1/4 in. for distances ranging from at least 10 in. up to 50 ft.
With this tool, you’ll need just one hand to take a long reading: hold the case against one surface, and push a button to aim the laser pointer at a far surface. You’ll get an instant reading with no need for a helper or hooking the end of the tape over a contact point. The straight-line distance achieved by a laser also is more precise than holding a metal tape over a long span, where it can bend or sag. The tool can even help reduce the risks involved with taking tall measurements while standing on a stepladder.
Or, you can use the built-in tape as you would for any other conventional tape measure.
The distance measurer and LCD readout are powered by two AAA batteries, which are included. The laser powers off after 15 seconds, and the distance display powers off after 60 seconds, to help conserve battery life. A battery charge indicator shows battery life remaining. General says the typical battery life will enable more than 3,000 measurement readings.
General Tools & Instruments 2-in-1 Laser Tape Measure includes a 1-year warranty and sells for $39.99.