With new models of rotating lasers, grade lasers and line lasers hitting the survey equipment market constantly, it’s easy to get lost in brands and specifications while struggling to find the laser that does what you need.

Earlier this year, we posted a quick guide on different laser level types and now we’ve put together this A-Z list to help you through all the important considerations when buying or hiring a laser.

A is for…Application

What you will be using your laser for dictates the type and functionality you’ll need. This is normally the first thing to think about before you start browsing as it will narrow the search.

B is for…Brand

It comes down to personal preference or what you’re familiar with but there are many different laser manufacturers out there. At Zenith, we stock our quality, cost-conscious range of Datum lasers and the complete Leica Geosystems range so you’re sure to find what you’re looking for.

C is for…Class

Lasers are classified in categories according to their potential risk of damage. Typically, you’ll find information on a laser’s class and type in the product specification.

D is for…Demo

It’s all well and good to read about how great a laser is but that doesn’t compare to seeing it in action. That’s why we offer free demonstrations on our product range, allowing you to get a practical view of how the laser operates and making sure you select the right model for your application every time.

E is for…Ease of use

Since it goes against all man laws to read the instruction manual, it’s important to consider how easy the laser is to use. Some models offer simple one-button operation while others have more advanced features that might take a bit more mastering.

F is for…Fixed Beam 

Many construction applications require the use of a rotating laser, but for some interior trades including plumbers, tilers, builders and kitchen fitters, a fixed beam laser may do the job.

G is for…Grade

Available as either single or dual grade, grade lasers offer a robust, high-accuracy solution for precise construction and machine control applications.

H is for…Hire

There are many benefits to hiring, especially if you’re unsure what you need or don’t have the space or cash available to make the purchase just yet. Zenith offers a hassle-free hire experience so you know exactly what you’re getting before you make the big investment.

I is for…IP Rating

The ingress protection rating determines how well protected the laser is against the environment such as dust, dirt and moisture. Rotating lasers are generally designed for use on tough construction sites but always check that the IP rating of the laser level matches your application.

J is for… Job

If you need a laser level for a particular job, you could just purchase the laser that will suffice for current requirements. But what about the next job? If you’re likely to be working on multiple projects in the future, it might be worth investing in that multi-functional kit.

K is for…Keep Working

Check the product specification for an idea of the operation time. This will depend on the type of batteries the laser uses and the working conditions such as the temperature.

L is for…Li-Ion Battery 

At Zenith, we’re very proud of our Datum range of rotating lasers and can’t help but use this opportunity to talk about our updated Datum DUO and Datum STARTER models, which now feature Li-Ion battery technology for over 50 hours of continuous operation from a single charge.

M is for…Multipurpose

Multipurpose lasers offer more versatility for all applications such as interior and exterior jobs. Models such as the Leica Rugby 640 have the option of a remote control.

N is for…Nationwide delivery

When you’ve invested so much time into selecting the right product, you want to know that it’s going to arrive safely when and where you want it. That’s why we offer a range of delivery options including timed delivery and full UK coverage to get to you wherever you are.

O is for…Operating Range

Think about where you will be working and over what range you need the laser to operate. Often different models will work over different ranges so it’s best to check for that information.

P is for…Power

Different lasers use different battery types and you can expect this to affect the operation time. Laser accessories such as solar panel and car chargers are also available to complement the Leica Rugby laser series and offer the complete power solution.

Q is for…Quick

Fast automatic levelling lasers allow you to work quicker and get the job done!

R is for…Receiver

Just like laser levels, the detectors that go with them vary in functionality. The Leica Rod Eye range has differing options including digital millimetre readouts, detection accuracies and working range, depending on the laser.

S is for…Service and Repair

Because your partnership with Zenith doesn’t end at the point of sale, we also offer calibration and repair services in our workshop facilities. Getting your laser checked in our workshops is important to ensure the working accuracy and correct operation, and Zenith are an accredited Leica Geosystems Service Centre, approved to carry out warranty repairs on your Leica equipment.

T is for…Tripod and Staff

No instrument is complete without its accessories, and we supply everything you need to work with your kit. Buy your tripod and staff along with your laser to benefit from our special offer kit price and get the most out of your equipment.

U is for…Upgrade

Some lasers such as Leica lasers come with a choice of package options so you can select your preferred laser detector or battery type and get the right laser package for you.

V is for…Vertical Beam

Some lasers just offer a simple horizontal beam but if you need a solution for alignment work, look for a laser that can be used in vertical mode.

W is for…Warranty

Different brands and different models have varying warranties and assurances so it’s always wise to check that out before you buy.

X is for….X-hire

Creative spelling aside, we also offer reconditioned, ex-hire or ex-demo  lasers as a cost-effective alternative when you’re on the lookout for a new laser.

Y is for…Your Kit

As well as looking at optional accessories, it’s also wise to consider what’s already included in the cost of your laser. This can be especially important when comparing different costs and different lasers.

Z is for…Zenith

Now you’ve considered everything, we have the laser for you. Why go anywhere else?