Johnson 40-6543 Rotary Green Laser Review

Barnaby (host): Hey how’s it going?  Barnaby here.  So you want to know more about the Johnson “Green bright” self-leveling laser.  Well I’ll tell you what; this is Phil Geurink right here.  A man with endless experience with commercial construction with Pioneer.  What kind of work do you do Phil? 

Phil Geurink (product tester): We do commercial construction.  A lot of healthcare facilities.

Barnaby (host): So you use laser in the course of your day in day out work?

Phil Geurink (product tester): Oh yeah.  We use them a lot.

Barnaby (host): see don’t you love that?  A man with a lot of experience getting ready to tell you what his experience was with this laser.  So let’s talk about it.  What sort of work did you do with this?

Phil Geurink (product tester): We did a lot of interior work.  That’s where we are at with our building right now.  And so we took it to work on some ceiling grids which was a lot of what we did.

Barnaby (host): How important was the green laser

Phil Geurink (product tester): Yeah, for our use the green light on it was very important.  It was well lit within the uses that we had.  It was very helpful to have it, the light that bright and it was much brighter than the normal red laser that we would use.

Barnaby (host): ok, and then as far as focusing it.  Its got the scan and all that--tell me about the attributes of this laser right here.

Phil Geurink (product tester): Sure, this laser has something I’d never seen before.  It allows the beam aligned to focus on one area of the wall.  That is quite helpful when you need the concentrated light in an area that might be a little brighter within the building or something, but it works very well for that it sets up, it aligns itself real quickly so there’s no waiting for this thing to level-up and startup and that’s a good thing.  Used on the vertical plain it does require to be level, so you have to do some fine adjustment to get it level before you can shoot vertical.  It doesn’t have the feature to put a dot on something finely like some of the high end lasers that we use.  You can use the remote control and stop it at different points; so it I’m not saying it doesn’t do that completely, but to fine tune it it’s just not quite there.  If its set up on a tripod or on something that can be moved and it lowers, it will automatically start again.  The laser level will start up again at that different elevation and if you don’t know it, it can cause you some trouble, but, so it needs to be set up in a controlled environment so that doesn’t happen.

Barnaby (host):  Ok, cause some other higher dollar lasers will just shut off and that will let you know there’s a problem

Phil Geurink (product tester): Right you have to reset it.

Barnaby (host): Right, ok, well let’s talk about the bracket.  Did that work well?

Phil Geurink (product tester): Oh yeah, this is what we used on the ceiling grid I was talking about at first.  We had some issues when we tightened up to the grid itself, it will scratch the grid. That is something you have to pay attention to.  Slide something in there, but it is easily adjustable.  Because in that application you need to get the laser light at the right height. So it’s easily adjustable, light weight and it all works together pretty well.

 We ran it for up to 8 hrs. We never took it to its, I think it 16 hrs. advertised for.  It could easily get that, but we’ve run it all day with no problems at all and they added a little extra if you could put some “C” batteries in here and if it does run out you could use your regular batteries in here to get you by till the recharging is complete.

Barnaby (host): ok, let’s talk about recommendations here.  Somebody asks you about this.  Who would you recommend it to?

Phil Geurink (product tester): I would recommend it to a ceiling person or flooring person.  Anybody that does alto of work on the interior of a building because it is very well lit beam that goes on this device and if its outside its not going to work very well for sidewalks and concrete.  We have so many needs in what we do for commercial that we’d want one that  can do it all and be a little higher end so that we can do it all with one tool.

Barnaby (host): All righty, thanks man, and you know what you can read endlessly about this stuff.  You’ll see opinions this way and that but isn’t it better to hear from a person who’s had years of experience in the construction industry.  Who has tested it in the field and that is what you get at  Thanks a lot phil.  He’s got construction hands!