A laser distance measurer can provide you with incredibly accurate distance measurements that will greatly help your accuracy when it comes to building furniture and working on other woodworking or DIY projects.
These devices help you save time and remove the uncertainty that comes from using a tape measure to make a small mark in pencil and then hoping that you were holding the ruler straight…
The Leica Disto x310 (also known as E7400X in the USA) is one of the most popular laser distance measurers on the market and has a lot of fans. Let’s take a closer look and see if this is a good choice for your own workshop and whether there are any drawbacks you need to be aware of.
Product Description: Durable, Accurate and Reliable
To look at, the Leica DISTO X310 is a well made and premium feeling device. DIY tools don’t tend to have the best build quality or design but in this case, you can a sleek gadget around the size of an old Nokia 3310 and with a nice black and red color scheme. The LED screen is also very bright and large enough to be able to easily read the information presented. There are several buttons and these are easy enough to navigate and understand with just a little bit of practice finding your way around.
One very good feature of the Leica DISTO X310 is just how robust it is. This is very important for DIY work, seeing as we do have a tendency to drop our tools. To drop tools on top of our tools. And to cover everything in dust. And occasionally we smash them with hammers, just for good measure…
The Leica DISTO X310 is IP65 water and dust resistant, which means that it won’t get damaged when you’re creating a cloud of sawdust as you saw. It can also be dropped from 2 meters and will bounce without any damage.
As you would expect from a device like this, it will make 100% accurate measurements of heights and lengths and can work at indirect angles too thanks to a tilt sensor working at 360 degree angles. This means that you don’t need to worry too much about your unsteady hand – the device will compensate for your inadequacy!
There is also a mode for measuring distances with obstructing objects, height tracking and more. The measuring accuracy is 1mm and the range anything from 0.05 to 80 meters.
Pros: Excellent Durability, Design and Accuracy
In short, the Leica DISTO X310 is one of the best in its category. It looks and feels great to use and is highly accurate with lots of useful features.
The real killer app of this tool though is the water and dust resistance. This should come as a big relief for those who have seen their other tools bite the dust (pun intended) and is a very welcome feature.
Of course, nothing is perfect however. One thing missing here is a level, which could have been very handy and would have been a smart fit. It is also a very expensive device and seeing as a laser measuring tool like this is not essential for DIY, some people will likely choose to go without. You can make do with a tape measure and some pencil marks!
Conclusion: One of the Best
That doesn’t change the fact that the Leica DISTO X310 is one of the best at what it does. The lack of level is a little disappointing but the water and dust resistance are excellent, the range is very good indeed and the accuracy is spot-on.
All this means that this tool can serve as a life-long partner in crime, saving you a lot of time and helping you to make more accurate measurements. At the end of the day, that results in tables that don’t rock when you lean on them and to many, that is going to be a smart investment.
But if you’re happy to do things the old-school way, then of course you can make do with a tape measure and a pencil. You can claim that the wonky nature of your bookshelves is part of their charm and you did it on purpose…