Levels can be your best friend or your worst enemy. If you have a level that is not accurate, then your work is off; therefore, it's your worst enemy. On the other hand, a quality level that is accurate can make your life very easy. Having a level that transfers angle from one place to another can also make your life or at least my life a lot easier. So let me introduce you to the Johnson Digital Angle locator, model 40-6064.
There are a lot of times you need to transfer an angle from one place to another such as taking a measurement and transferring that to your saw to produce an accurate cut. The Johnson level does just that. You can take a measurement of an angle and press the hold button. The Johnson level will hold that measurement in memory so the user can transfer that measurement. This comes in handy especially when on a ladder and it's hard to have a pen and paper to write the angle down. Yes you can remember the measurement, but if you have a friend like Dan who is constantly talking, remembering things even for a minute can be tricky.
The angle locator is made from aluminum, so it's not heavy and hard to work with. In fact it only weighs 1.1 lbs. As you can see by the pictures above, the display is large and easy to read with three buttons. On/off, Mitre and hold. There are two vials to help make sure you are level. The upper arm moves to find any angle from 0-222 degrees with an accuracy of ± 0.5 degrees. On the top arm their is also a measuring scale up to 13″. The unit will automatically shut off in five minutes. Which saves battery life. The angle finder is powered by a 9V battery and will last about 50 hours of continues use. The tool does come with the battery all ready installed and a nice case to protect it when not in use.
The unit is very easy to use and transfer measurements. If your profession requires you to take numerous angle measurements, this is a great tool to have around. We have had our four about two months. I would like to say we use it every day, but we don't. The times we have needed it, it has been great. One thing I noticed is right above the three buttons where it tells you what the buttons are for, the writing has all most disappeared. Not sure if Johnson used disappearing ink when they made these or what. Luckily there are only three buttons, so I know what they are for.
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