Application Guide


Whether you are lining up cabinetry or installing fixtures, self-leveling lasers are essential tools for faster alignment. Discover the top applications for PLS products in this handy comparison chart:

APPLICATIONLine Laser LevelLine / Point Laser LevelRotary Laser LevelOptical LevelLaser Distance Meter
Acoustic ceiling installationPLS 180 & PLS 360HVL 100, PLS 4 & PLS 480HDR 1000, HR505 & HR1000
External excavationPLS 24XPLS 1
Electrical ceiling installation
Electrical chase, strut, conduit
Finish carpentryPLS 180 & PLS 360HVL 100, PLS 4 & PLS 480
Floor / Tile installationFT90PLS 1
HVAC / Mechanical layout & install
Interior / Exterior painting
Setting / Leveling foundationPLS 24XPLS 1
Steel / Wood stud framing

Best PLS Laser Tools for Contractors

The right laser tools can help you determine existing conditions and lay out cabinetry fixtures, backsplash, mirrors, lights, tile, windows and more.

Best Laser Levels for Glaziers

The PLS 5, PLS 180 and PLS 480 are designed for the layout of control points, lines in outdoor conditions and bright sunlight as well as interior job sites.

Best Laser Levels for Metal Stud and Wood Framing

How to use PLS laser tools for metal stud and wood framing layout projects. With the PLS 5 and our unique pendulum target or our PLS 480 with universal adapter, you can layout 90-degree angles in a fraction of the time. No more 3-4-5. Place your PLS laser directly over the outside edge of your bottom and top track.

Best Laser Levels for Electricians

With a PLS laser tools and a little thought, you can reduce your layout time dramatically. Use your PLS 3, PLS 4, or the PLS 180 laser to determine reference points and lines down and up for each light, per dimensioned plans. How much time would it take you to lay out 50 lights in a vaulted ceiling with two people and a plumb bob? Install conduit, raceways, fixtures, and more.

Best Laser Levels for Ceiling Contractors

Use our PLS 360, HVR 505 Red or Green Rotary Lasers or our PLS 180 to lay out T bar and grid. One button gives your self-leveling laser a complete level laser line or reference all around the room.

Best PLS Laser Tools for Floor and Tile Layout

Get a perfect square for floor and tile layout by using PLS laser tools. With a lightweight and durable cast aluminum housing, the PLS FT 90 gets the job done! Also, consider our PLS 180 and HVL 100 for floor and wall layout.


PLS tools measure vertical heights far easier than traditional tapes. HVAC contractors can easily take volume measurements and drywall contractors can estimate board feet to eliminate waste materials.