Verify Ongoing Laser Level & Pipe Laser Calibration Before Each Use

Midwest Construction Equipment ~ Laser Level ~ Pipe Level ~ Calibration

True or False: You have your laser level or pipe laser professionally calibrated. You can now be confident that it will remain within calibration tolerances for a certain period of time. Answer: False! If you answered true, and many do, it is essential to the quality of your work to immediately correct this misunderstanding regarding calibration.

Many users of a laser level or a pipe laser operate under the false impression that once it is in calibration, it will remain in calibration. Some believe that a laser level or pipe laser is in calibration if it auto-levels and subsequently rotates. If a high quality laser level or pipe laser was permanently set up in a fixed location without any disturbance whatsoever (i.e., dampened from shock, vibration, thermal variations, protected from wind, dust, etc.) that could be true. However, since a laser level or pipe laser is routinely subjected to tough conditions, nothing could be further from the truth. You could have your laser level or pipe laser professionally calibrated, and the next day it could be out of calibration. Conversely, a quality laser level or pipe laser could remain in calibration for more than a year if cared for properly. It all depends on the conditions the laser level or pipe laser is subjected to during use, handling and transportation. Since the very nature of a laser level or pipe laser involves movement and set-up on a regular basis, they are often subjected to less than ideal conditions. You must check the calibration of the instrument each time you use it. Even if you are the only user, movement and transportation must occur, so there is no way to be sure about its calibration status. If you buy a new or used instrument and it is shipped to you, calibration must be verified before use as well, since handling during shipment is an unknown variable. Over the years, Midwest Construction Equipment has learned that, with proper packaging, laser level and pipe laser instruments usually hold their calibration under normal shipping conditions, but sometimes (apparently due to unusual trauma during shipping) calibration is lost. Guidance to check the calibration of your laser level and pipe laser is provided below.

Laser Level Calibration

Pipe Laser Calibration

About Midwest Construction Equipment – Providing quality laser, optical and GNSS surveying instruments and accessories to construction, land surveying, engineering, mining, environmental resource and agricultural businesses for more than a decade. Midwest Construction Equipment.  is an authorized dealer for Trimble Construction Tools which includes the Spectra Precision and Nikon lines of instruments and accessories. In addition, Midwest Construction Equipment provides quality used instruments and accessories across the full spectrum of available products, including total stations and machine control systems. The partners operating Midwest Construction Equipment, Bob Wayman and Dave Wayman, provide the highest level of service to customers because they possess extensive technical knowledge of the instruments and available technologies as well as the end user industries, having both spent considerable time (over 50 combined years) as engineers and general contractors building large-scale projects with heavy mechanical, structural, civil and underground works. We are here to serve you. Please visit our website at for additional information about Midwest Construction Equipment or call us at 877-327-1MCE (1623).

Midwest Construction Equipment ~ Laser Level ~ Pipe Level ~ Calibration