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Choosing the right Receiver for you, and your Laser

Choosing the right Receiver for you, and your Laser

By Jonel Patrick Opsimar June 16, 2022

Laser Level Receivers - Choosing the right Receiver for you, and your Laser. 

Laser levels are used in many different applications, including construction, carpentry, plumbing, agriculture, earth moving and electrical work. They're also useful for measuring distances, angles, and heights. This article will teach you how to choose a receiver, which will work with your laser level effectively.

The Best Receiver for me

There are several different types of laser level receivers available today.
Some receivers will be specifically designed to only work with Rotating or Multi-Line Lasers - as well as red or green beam. There are a few models which can do red & green, but not many can do both types of lasers. So you need to check the receiver you are looking at, and make sure it will be compatible with your laser. 


Fluke PLS XLD+ Laser Receiver - Universal Receiver, Pacific System | High Quality Laser Receiver
The Fluke PLS XLD+ is a laser level receiver, which is universal, and works with both colours, and rotary & line lasers.
Receivers differ in their size, specifications & pick up area. If you are working outdoors and require your receiver to work over long distances, we recommend a receiver with a long pick up window. Most basic laser receivers have around a 50mm vertical window for detecting the beam coming from the laser. But higher end receivers like the Spectra HL450 or 750, the Leica Rod Eye 160, or the geo-FENNEL FR 75/77 have a 100mm+ window for detecting the beam, and also have a millimetre read out. 


Types of Laser Level Receivers

geo-FENNEL FR 45 Laser Detector & FMR Control Receiver

There are several different types of laser level receivers, but the main ones are:
A Standard Laser Detector, which will use LED lights, sound or arrows to indicate how far up or down you need to move your receiver to be in line with your laser beam. These receivers tend to be under $300 and they will have different specifications, depending on the price, model and brand. The geo-FENNEL FR 45 for example, is a standard receiver which works with RED, ROTATING lasers, and has a dual display, (which is a display on the front & back of the receiver, to allow you to see the screen from both sides), shut-off tone and built in magnetic strips and vial. They have a 3-step accuracy: ± 10 mm, ± 4 mm, ± 2 mm.
You also have Millimetre receivers, which feature a digital readout and provide a numerical display of how far up or down the beam is off the level. These receivers tend to be between $400 and $770 and are used when high accuracy is required. An example of a high quality MM receiver, with numerous features is the Spectra HL450, which has an IP Rating of 67, and has been drop tested up to 1.5m, and has a large reception window. Its working range is up to 200m. This receiver will only work with RED ROTATING Lasers. An alternative Millimetre receiver which can work with both line and rotary lasers, is the PLS XLD+ which is a universal detector, for a great price of $369. This receiver has a working range of 200m for a Rotary Laser, and 75m for a Line Laser.
Another example of a Laser Receiver, would be a Machine Control Receiver. These receivers are different, as instead of mounting them by a clamp to a measuring staff, you would typically mount them to the boom or mast of an excavator or machine.  Unless you are using a Spectra CR700 or the geo-FENNEL FMR 600, which you can mount using your clamp & staff, or directly on to your machine.
For more information on these, please follow the link for our guide to Machine Control. 


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