Rotary lasers are one of the coolest and most useful tools on the jobsite today. While you might currently see them as a novelty item, once you use one, your mind will instantly be changed. From laying tile, to cutting lumber and even hanging shelves, there are all sorts of uses for a finely tuned rotary laser.
The Hilti PR 3-HVSG is “built to last – equipped with newly designed shock-absorbing handles and rugged IP 64 protected housing for maximum reliability in the toughest jobsite environments.” Additionally, the Class 2 Green Diode Technology results in 4x greater visibility. When I compared it to my red laser level, at a distance of 50′, outside, the green laser line of the Hilti PR 3-HVSG was clearly more visible in bright sunlight. (*Note: I was not wearing laser glasses)
Another great thing about laser levels is their versatility. In horizontal and vertical positions, the revolving line is great for all sorts of layout tasks. When I was working on a small commercial job, I witnessed rotating laser levels being used to hang doors, install drop ceilings, and even to run fire extinguisher pipe. Another awesome feature of the Hilti PR 3-HVSG is the vertical plumb dot — great for point reference and or vertical pipe installation. Hands down one of my favorite features of the PR 3-HVSG is, what I call, the fan laser line. Think of it as a set distance back-and-forth motion. What’s great about this is that you can choose from a series of set increments and it just puts that laser in that increment on the wall. So, let’s say you’re installing shelves, and you only need a 4′ line, that’s all the Hilti rotary laser will give you. It’s very convenient and greatly reduces that chance of accidentally blinding a bystander.
One accessory I’d strongly recommend is the Wall Mount Bracket. This bracket will temporarily clamp to a 2×4 stud, drop ceiling frame and other narrow items and hold your rotary laser in the desired position. If you’re thinking of buying one, just a small word of warning, the case is quite large, but, one great thing about the large case is the fact that it’ll hold all the laser level accessories except for the tripod — so there’s a trade off.
Overall, in the month or so I’ve had the Hilti rotary laser, it’s performed above and beyond in everything I’ve asked it to do and it’s never complained about a few of the soft blows it’s taken. For anyone in the market for a professional grade rotary laser, the Hilti PR 3-HVSG is, without a doubt, the tool for the job.
All photos taken with the FujiFilm X-E2 (18-55mm & 55-200mm lenses)