If you have been following us for a while, you already know the Bosch GLL-80 is my favorite laser (See our revisit of the Bosch Laser). I love the laser because it's not only durable, but practical. The Bosch has the capability to project a line laser 360° in a horizontal and vertical direction. Well Dewalt came out with their new Dewalt lasers and we had a chance to take a look at all four models.
- DW089LG – 12v MAX* 3 x 360 Green Line Laser – Retail Price $549
- DW088LG – 12v MAX*Green Cross Line Laser – Retail Price $349
- DW089LR – 12v MAX* 3 x 360 Line Laser – Retail Price $399
- DW088LR – 12V MAX* Red Cross Line Laser – Retail Price $199
With the new Dewalt lasers, they are offering two green lasers and two red lasers. In the green category, they have a 360° laser that has both vertical and horizontal. They are also offering a simpler laser with a cross line laser. Both of these lasers are also in red. You may wonder why they have a green and a red laser. The reason is green is easier to see and detect. However green lasers are more expensive to produce and that is why you see a premium with the green laser. I am surprised at the price point difference between the DW089LG and the DW089LR of only $150. In the past, green lasers always seemed like they had a much higher premium on them. With the green lasers you should get about 100′ visibility range while the red is cut in half with about a 50′ visibility range. So if you tend to do most of your work under the 50′ range, you will be able to save $150 and invest in the red Dewalt laser. The only other difference between the two lasers is what battery comes with the laser. The green lasers comes with a Dewalt 12V 2Ah battery, while the red lasers come with a battery case, which looks like a 12V battery, but you actually have to use 4 AA batteries.
For the following items, this applies to both the green and red Dewalt laser. You can use a range detector with these lasers for up to 165′ and they have an accuracy of 1/8″. All the levels are self leveling, so no messing around with setting it up. Since they are designed for the job site, Dewalt made these with an IP rating of 65, which means it's completely dust proof and can take a pretty good beating with water. You just can't submerge it. Also the lasers are a class II. Each Dewalt laser comes with an integrated magnet and a case to protect it when not in use or transporting.
Overall these all seem like great lasers. None of them feel cheap and they seem like they will last. The functions are easy to use and with the self leveling feature, these are extremely easy to set up on a floor, mount or pretty much where ever you need them. I like the fact that Dewalt is offering four different lasers and didn't go with a motto of one size fits all. This allows the users to buy only what they need. If you are in the market for a line laser, take a look at the Dewalt laser.
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- DEWALT DW089LG 12V Beam Battery, Green
- DEWALT DW088LG 12V Cross Line Laser, Green
- DEWALT DW089LR 12V Beam Battery, Red
- DEWALT DW088LR 12V Cross Line Laser, Red