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TECHNICAL FORUMS => Surveying => Topic started by: Badlad on January 02, 2013, 09:22:06 am

Title: Budget Disto
Post by: Badlad on January 02, 2013, 09:22:06 am
Saw these Hilti laser range finders on offer for £59.  Anyone in the know think they are ok for cave surveying?

http://www.hilti.co.uk/holuk/page/module/home/browse_main.jsf;jsessionid=4E732AA060BD1E9112A51A1FE067EDB2.node2?lang=en&nodeId=-529962 (http://www.hilti.co.uk/holuk/page/module/home/browse_main.jsf;jsessionid=4E732AA060BD1E9112A51A1FE067EDB2.node2?lang=en&nodeId=-529962)
Title: Re: Budget Disto
Post by: Badlad on January 02, 2013, 09:37:35 am

Just spoke to Hilti briefly.  70m range with 0.02 accuracy, rugged, dust proof.  Sounds very much like the Leica DXB with another name on it. 
Title: Re: Budget Disto
Post by: peterk on January 02, 2013, 10:48:21 am
PD 4 user manual is at http://www.us.hilti.com/fstore/holus/techlib/docs/instruction_manuals/measuring/pd4.pdf (http://www.us.hilti.com/fstore/holus/techlib/docs/instruction_manuals/measuring/pd4.pdf)
Title: Re: Budget Disto
Post by: underground on January 02, 2013, 11:51:04 am
Badlad - when you say 'like the Leica DXB' - does this mean good or bad (suitable or not?) - and did you mean DXT?

Ta!
Title: Re: Budget Disto
Post by: Badlad on January 03, 2013, 09:06:51 am

Yes - DXT, I think.  The ruggedised 70m disto from Leica anyway.   These are very suitable for cave surveying and were considered for conversion to the next generation DistoX at one time.

I did wonder whether these were made in the same factory as Leica and may be a bargin at that price.
Title: Re: Budget Disto
Post by: underground on January 03, 2013, 12:32:46 pm
Thanks for replying  :thumbsup: I've just taken delivery of one for a play at any rate. Price delivered works out at £70 as the 59 is ex VAT.
Title: Re: Budget Disto
Post by: underground on January 05, 2013, 12:42:33 am
OK. I've used the tool. Loosely- i.e. I haven't measured with a tape then compared accuracy or anything - but it can get a reading in the dark, streetlit outside of my house to the house opposite and tells me it's 50m or so away which is reasonable. It has a small power button and a big measure button, quite a big (10x10mm) aperture for the laser that you'd obviously need to keep mud free. The 2 AA batteries go in and are sealed by a piece of plastic that's then screwed shut against an o ring by a steel screw with a 'penny slot' i.e any flat bladed tool can open and close it. Nylon belt pouch included plus calibration cert from Hilti.

Anything I or anyone else should want to know or ask? (open question)...
Title: Re: Budget Disto
Post by: SamT on January 05, 2013, 10:28:49 am
is there a delay on the measurement... i,e. press button, half a second delay to steady the laser, takes reading.
Title: Re: Budget Disto
Post by: underground on January 05, 2013, 12:44:36 pm
Yes Sam - you turn on the laser and place the unit to sight it, press the button and after a very brief pause it beeps to denote the reading is done. Seems to take slightly longer if you don't hold still
Title: Re: Budget Disto
Post by: notdavidgilmour on March 17, 2013, 07:29:03 pm
Sorry for digging up an oldish post, but have you used this underground yet?  If so would you recommend for cave surveying?

Thanks in advance.
Title: Re: Budget Disto
Post by: underground on March 17, 2013, 07:56:28 pm
Afraid not, only used it to measure the length of my office...
Title: Re: Budget Disto
Post by: notdavidgilmour on March 17, 2013, 08:32:38 pm
ok, cheers for the reply.  I won't bother  :'(
Title: Re: Budget Disto
Post by: SamT on March 17, 2013, 09:18:57 pm
For what it's worth, I tried to buy one of these for work a few days after the original post and they were out of stock so I think the offer was very short lived.