Bosch GLL 2 Self Leveling Cross Line Laser – #THD-ProSpective

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Bosch GLL 2 Self Leveling Laser

When I first received the Bosch GLL2 laser kit I actually laughed out loud. I thought,”Man that looks like a laser level only smaller.”

Bosch was going to get the last laugh as you will soon see.

  I have used laser levels on my projects for the last 15 years.  For many years that meant a large expensive Hilti rotating laser.  I used it both inside and outside for grading, footings and concrete forms all the way through framing, siding and more until the last cabinets and moldings were installed.

  In recent years prices have gotten lower and lower and the units have shrunk even more.  I now rarely use the rotating lasers as most of my jobs are inside these days.  Fixed beam lasers are easier to use inside as they have a constant line which is easier to see at any given moment.

 This Bosch GLL2 is the smallest and one of the  least expensive lasers I have ever used.  It comes with batteries and a base/clamp for mounting to a stud or pipe or anything else that will fit in its jaws.  Since it is a cross line laser level It has a horizontal and a vertical beam.  You can have one or the other or both depending on the task at hand.

Who needs it?

   At $39.00 at Home Depot it is affordable enough to land in every tradespersons toolbox or bag.  I literally cannot think of a trade that wouldn’t benefit from a small yet accurate laser level.  If you can come up with one let me know.

   Our electrician has used it on electrical runs to get receptacle box layout straight and conduit and EMT level and plumb.

    Our HVAC technician has really enjoyed using the Bosch laser to get his trunk lines perfectly level and in a straight line.

  I have used it on  cabinet installs  and it has worked flawlessly.  I checked and rechecked and it  matched the accuracy of larger, much more expensive lasers in kitchens up to 18’ Long.  On somewhat larger areas I expect similar results.

   I have also used it to set showers and bathtubs and for tile layout on walls. It has never given me a false reading with any of it.

  All Lasers have some cons no matter what the price.

  I want to mention that it is not as bright as the other larger more expensive lasers that I use. We can’t expect it to match 500.00 green lasers on every point. Because of this there is a more limited range. The price point is one of the lowest I have seen for a cross line laser level from any brand.  The fact that it is a name brand like Bosch and it actually works makes it that much better.

   I never expected the Bosch GLL2 to be as good as it is.  It exceeded my expectations and I feel it is worth a look if you don’t have a laser level already.  If you do have one I recommend it as a backup for when your helper knocks your expensive one to the concrete.

Find More Info at Boschtools.com

  1. The Bosch GLL 2 Self-Leveling Cross-Line Laser is a compact and high-performance leveling and alignment solution for professionals.
  2. Easy-to-use one-button operation allows the user to choose among cross-line, horizontal or vertical modes, depending on the application, and it provides an accuracy of ±3/16 In. at 30 Ft.
  3. The unit includes a flexible mounting device that can clamp to practically any interior surface for maximum versatility.

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2018-02-02T09:15:08+00:00January 11th, 2018|Bosch|62 Comments

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  1. Sascha 01/16/2018 at 12:25 AM - Reply

    Grüße aus Deutschland.
    Maybe i have a Chance to win it

    Greetings from Germany

  2. Luke Pitney 01/15/2018 at 12:28 PM - Reply

    Thank you for reveiwing a real-world practical tool. This is something that tool-snobs wouldn’t consider and blue collar guys like me can afford.

    I’m a reclaimed woodworker and do a lot of feature walls in homes and offices. This would be great for establishing a level line to work off of. Sometimes that’s a difficult thing to do as a one man operation when you’re dealing with levels and chalklines.
    I could really put it to use!

    Thanks,
    @lukepitney

    • Anonymous 02/07/2018 at 11:38 AM - Reply

      Congrats to the winner Luke Pitney

  3. Eric Kennedy 01/15/2018 at 6:43 AM - Reply

    @kennedyoriginal have been wanting a laser level.. currently building kitchen cabinets for my house.. 95 year old home everything is out of level. :0 picked up makita track saw based on instagram reviews, was best purchase of the year.

  4. Charles 01/14/2018 at 10:27 PM - Reply

    I went to go buy this after I saw it on your Instagram feed but they were out!

    Looks like a promising tool despite the low cost. Amazing times we are living in.

    @makitacharles

  5. Dead head 01/14/2018 at 6:58 PM - Reply

    This would be great laying out boxes as a sparky .

    @grateful_sparky

  6. Jonathan Cole 01/14/2018 at 4:18 PM - Reply

    I’m hesitant to buy the lower priced tools as they tend to wear out quickly or not be accurate. This is a great review that makes me feel comfortable getting one.
    @jonhcole

  7. Manon Giguere 01/14/2018 at 12:03 PM - Reply
  8. m3gustaben 01/14/2018 at 11:41 AM - Reply

    great tool would love to have it
    m3gustaben

  9. m3gustaben 01/14/2018 at 11:40 AM - Reply

    great tool would love to have it

  10. m3gustaben 01/14/2018 at 11:39 AM - Reply

    great tool would love to have it
    m3gustaben

  11. Greg 01/14/2018 at 9:26 AM - Reply

    Nice review! I’ve been looking for a budget-friendly laser level for a while now this might be the answer.

    @rhodywoodworks

  12. Dennis Koval 01/14/2018 at 9:00 AM - Reply

    At that price, I’ll for sure buy one for myself! Keep up the good work, love the reviews! @its_denniskoval

  13. Brad Shaw 01/14/2018 at 8:48 AM - Reply

    I could definitely use this for my cabinet installations. Upper cabinets especially on longer walls, instead of transferring pencil lines around the room.
    IG- @nighthawkvalleyinteriors

  14. Alex 01/14/2018 at 2:14 AM - Reply

    I would love this for setting cabinets
    @fuchsiarolsch

  15. Stratton foster 01/14/2018 at 1:58 AM - Reply

    Great review, would love to have one of these to carry around with me
    Instagram: @samowaiian

  16. Jason 01/14/2018 at 1:30 AM - Reply

    So cool, i’ve been wanting to get one for a while now! Just cant seem to pull the trigger. This one seems simple and compact! @jayjarroldwoodworking

  17. Alfonso De La Vega 01/14/2018 at 12:49 AM - Reply

    I could use a this tool for my upcoming projects around the house. Thanks for the review! @adlvega

  18. Matt P 01/14/2018 at 12:29 AM - Reply

    Makes one man work days so much easier! So small and manageable for easy storage

  19. Jacob Bly 01/14/2018 at 12:18 AM - Reply

    Saw you at IBS this year! Great page with honest reviews. Currently attending tech school for architecture and construction in SD. Would put this laser to many hard days work!!

    @jacob_bly

  20. Liam 01/13/2018 at 11:47 PM - Reply

    Great thorough review. Gotta say I really like this clamp more than some of the oher ones I’ve seen. Seems stable and rotates with ease whereas the magnets require metal and the other clamp stands I’ve seen seem flimsy and cheap. Keep up the good work

    @wlfpk

  21. Joseph Sainz 01/13/2018 at 11:09 PM - Reply

    Great review!…
    @_devron3_

  22. Daniel 01/13/2018 at 10:55 PM - Reply

    Awesome review ? could really use this on my projects.

    @power7renovations

  23. William Garcia 01/13/2018 at 10:50 PM - Reply

    Great review. This will be helpful for projects and will be easy to use with the clamp

    @weezy323

  24. Nathaniel Culberson 01/13/2018 at 10:45 PM - Reply

    Love the review, and I love the page! I always enjoy the various helpful tools you guys review.
    (Instagram Culbyjack74)

  25. Michael Easley 01/13/2018 at 10:27 PM - Reply

    Love seeing a review of a quality tool at a price point that any tradesman or DIYer could justify investing in. Thanks!!

  26. Phillip Scarpone 01/13/2018 at 9:53 PM - Reply

    Borrowed one from a friend once and loved it. Would be great to have one. @phillipscarpone

  27. Michael Markum 01/13/2018 at 9:36 PM - Reply

    @mikeonakite

  28. Michael Markum 01/13/2018 at 9:35 PM - Reply

    Thanks for the review buddy! Use several lasers non stop as a GC. Framing, drywall, hanging hardware, cabinets, tile setting, man I need. I love compact and I love Bosch.

  29. Chad Giesmann 01/13/2018 at 9:28 PM - Reply

    Great tool. Really nice to have to remodel my kitchen. Makes setting all the cabinets square and plum. Also would work great for hanging pictures down, or mirrors down hall ways.

    chad_giesmann1

  30. James 01/13/2018 at 8:22 PM - Reply

    As I said earlier I would be nice to have that today when I was building Footers

  31. Anonymous 01/13/2018 at 7:43 PM - Reply

    Ooh, I could really use this. Look like a sweet little laser. @whomsley

  32. Aaron kihn 01/13/2018 at 7:14 PM - Reply

    This would help get my flood cuts done faster and cleaner not worring about spilling chalk on the carpet(not me the new guy) this would be a great tool for an up and comer in the carpentry /restoration business

  33. Anderson Lopes 01/13/2018 at 6:29 PM - Reply

    I definitely can use one. I’m a superintendent in manhattan and I’m always running into installing kitchen cabinets for my shareholders.My friends keep telling me about how great this laser is for installations.

  34. Eryk Minns 01/13/2018 at 6:25 PM - Reply

    I don’t own a laser level myself but I’ve loved every moment I’ve gotten a chance to use them! Can’t go wrong with having one, such a time saver!
    Insta: @theerklife

  35. Derek Morton 01/13/2018 at 6:19 PM - Reply

    I want one! Been looking for a good lazer level to keep in the toolbox.

  36. Taun Vallet 01/13/2018 at 6:11 PM - Reply

    Always had rotary lasers for site work but this would be good for indoor projects. Thanks for the comparisons and review.

    @backyard_beehive

  37. Drew Joice 01/13/2018 at 6:08 PM - Reply

    Been looking for a laser like this for some remodeling and reno. If I don’t win, I’ll probablt still buy. Thanks for the solid review. @dondonjoice

  38. Dom Bougie 01/13/2018 at 6:00 PM - Reply

    Great review! Used an old rotating level for years but this would definitely make life easier! Self level light is a great feature.
    @dombougie

  39. Brad B. 01/13/2018 at 5:15 PM - Reply

    Great review. This would be nice for any trade.
    @strosfan78

  40. Gabriel 01/13/2018 at 5:00 PM - Reply

    Nifty little thing and a GREAT price! I would have probably overlooked it myself and assumed it couldn’t be that versatile for the price. Thank you toolpig. @gabezaldivar

  41. Jamie Gadberry 01/13/2018 at 4:38 PM - Reply

    I’ve always been thinking about buying one but I have been afraid to. I could use a small one for a little side jobs and odd jobs around the house. Looks like a great laser.
    (Instagram giddygads94)

  42. Jake Mcmahan 01/13/2018 at 3:47 PM - Reply

    Great review and nice tool @jakemcmahan

  43. Zackery Moore 01/13/2018 at 3:26 PM - Reply

    I love how small it is! Perfect for doing inside remodel work. I need one now! Thanks for the review,
    (Moorez208)

  44. Ken Barnard 01/13/2018 at 2:58 PM - Reply

    Love the fact that you can lock it in certain positions… as a painter, I could find good uses for That!
    (IG: nowuries)

  45. Tim collins 01/13/2018 at 2:34 PM - Reply

    Looks like a “nice to have” tool in my box. Love how compact. Would love to have one. Thanks for showing the trade the ups and downs of all of the tools on the market. Saves me so much money and time.

  46. Scott K 01/13/2018 at 2:30 PM - Reply

    I’d love one of these for some around-the-house projects. This is one of those tools I always think would be great to have when it’s too late- just never been in the budget.

    Love the format of this review- the quick summary at the end is really nice.

    (Ig kleimanscott)

  47. Carlos Martinez 01/13/2018 at 2:25 PM - Reply

    I like the clamp feature. No more stacking 2×4 blocks and plywood on the top of a ladder!! Just clamp it directly to it!! Nice description. @carloscarloscarlos_m

  48. Pete Vanderhorst 01/13/2018 at 2:22 PM - Reply

    Looks like a great tool at an affordable price!
    IG @vanderhorst_hvac

  49. David King 01/13/2018 at 2:11 PM - Reply

    This is awesome. I’ve only recently gotten out of the shop and doing some installs, and this would be great for that.

    Instagram Name @kingwoodworking

  50. Jeremy koepplin 01/13/2018 at 2:09 PM - Reply

    I have really been looking at a laser level. I’m a apprentice electrician. And one would really be useful.

  51. zach satterlee 01/13/2018 at 2:02 PM - Reply

    Love the small and convenient size would make tiling in a small bathroom a breeze. Thanks for all the helpful info!
    Instagram (@zachsatterlee)

  52. jesse 01/13/2018 at 1:37 PM - Reply

    Awesome review! Could really use this laser for my upcoming kitchen and bath projects. Thanks for all the tips. @art_of_tylerworks

  53. Aleksandar 01/13/2018 at 1:32 PM - Reply

    This is so good.
    Instagram @ saskogigov

  54. Alex ("elcoucho" on instagram) 01/13/2018 at 1:30 PM - Reply

    I’m a fan of Bosch tools and have been using them for years. Currently renovating a 1930’s house in Baltimore and could make great use of this laser level. Really enjoy your product evaluations. Keep up the great posts.

  55. Josh 01/13/2018 at 1:28 PM - Reply

    I think Bosch makes some of the best value laser levels out there. I have not used this one personally but from the looks of it, im sure it won’t disappoint. @poshjopky

  56. _zacm13 01/13/2018 at 1:16 PM - Reply

    Thanks for the review! This would come in handy for me doing framing, pipework, and cabinetry.

  57. Tom Tetreau 01/13/2018 at 1:10 PM - Reply

    Looks like a great tool! I could definitely use one.

  58. Jamie Goldman 01/13/2018 at 1:03 PM - Reply

    I’m about to start laying miles of shiplap next week. This sure would help keep things in line as we go. Also would be killer for multi bank window systems! Have always been weary of the less expensive layers and that’s why I don’t have one at all. But this sounds killer! @_goldman

  59. Andrew Mitry 01/13/2018 at 1:00 PM - Reply

    Love how compact it is!
    @amitry

  60. Guillaume Brisson 01/13/2018 at 12:53 PM - Reply

    This looks like a fantastic bang for your buck! Love the fact that it has an integrated clamp for mounting on studs!
    (Instagram @guallome)

  61. Hank Forman 01/12/2018 at 8:58 AM - Reply

    Thanks for review a inexpensive laser level. I’m always worried when purchasing tools that are low in price that I’ll be getting junk. Thanks

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