Thinking of buying the Leica Rugby 620 rotating laser level. Read this article before you do.
The Leica Rugby 620 Rotating Laser Level is the most recent release from one of the best laser level brands in the world. The Leica Rugby 620 rotating laser level offers accuracy, durability and quality that can’t be beat. With a reputation for being able to withstand the toughest of site conditions and proven accuracy is this latest laser level from Leica the one for you?
With so many rotating laser levels on the market it is difficult to know which one to buy. So, you are interested in getting a rotating laser level, but with so many rotating laser levels on the market, which one will serve you best? Well, Leica have just last year released a new line of rotating laser levels starting with the Leica Rugby 600 series of rotating laser levels. In this article I shall be reviewing the Leica Rugby 620 rotating laser level.
The Leica Rugby 600 series rotating laser level is the replacement for the ageing Leica Rugby 100 series rotating laser levels. There are 6 Leica Rugby rotating laser level models in the 600 series. But I think the most popular one will be the Leica Rugby 620 Rotating Laser level. This is the one I see on most construction sites that I work on.
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The Leica Rugby 600 Range.
The main differences in the Leica Rugby 600 series range are:
- The accuracy over a set distance.
- The working range of the rotating laser level.
- The slope function or Grade Laser Level.
- Green laser beam option.
Is the Leica Rugby 620 the best rotating laser level?
The Leica Rugby 620 is one of the best rotating laser levels that you can buy in 2021. I consider it to be on a par with the Topcon RL-H5A rotating laser level. Either the Topcon RL-H5A or the Leica Rugby 620 will serve you well. It will be your choice of manufacturer that will ultimately sway your decision.
I have compiled a list of the top 5 best rotating laser levels in 2021 and the reasons why I have ranked them in this way. It is available to read on this website at the top 5 best rotating laser levels in 2021.
How easy is the Leica Rugby 620 to use?
Setting up the Leica Rugby 620 is easy. Just setup your stand or survey tripod relatively and put the Leica Rugby 620 rotating laser level on securely and switch on. The electronic self-levelling motors will automatically level up the rotating laser for you. With just one button press the Leica Rugby 620 will go through its start up sequence and start self-levelling. Once the Leica Rugby 620 has self-levelled the laser will start spinning at 600rpm.
One of the most important decisions is where to position the laser level for the best visibility during construction. Positioning it in a place that can be seen from all corners helps ensure accuracy and see if there are any flaws in your plane before continuing with concrete work or finalizing anything on site. Positioning the laser level where it can be seen over the entire site may well be the hardest part of setting up the Leica Rugby 620 Laser Level.
The best position on a job site may not be perfect. With great accuracy and range of the Leica Rugby 620 finding that ideal location is magnified. You can afford to be further away from your intended work area. Also multiple work areas can use the same laser level at the same time. Trying to use two laser levels on the same site invariably leads to errors.
Is the Leica Rugby 620 accurate?
The quoted accuracy from Leica for the Rugby 620 rotating laser level is ±1.5mm @ 30m. From experience this figure is true. In addition to having a great reputation for being able to stand up in tough job sites, some Leica Rugby Rotating Lasers can also provide accuracy at 100 metres.
I have for years found that the Leica rotating laser levels are accurate over large distances. Often better than the quoted figures.
Another thing you should know is that depending on the detector setting there are different levels of accuracy that can be achieved. With the Leica rugby 620 laser level, there are 3 different Rod Eye receivers available.
What is the working range of the Leica Rugby 620 Rotating Laser Level?
The Leica Rugby 620 has a working range of up to 400m from the rotating laser. This gives a working range of up to 800m diameter, or can cover an area of over 502,500m².
The working range of the Leica Rugby 620 is large enough to cover most construction sites by itself. This eliminates the need for multiple rotating laser levels on the same site.
Is the Leica Rugby 620 Weatherproof?
The Leica Rugby 620 has an IP67 rating, which means it protected against dust that may harm the instrument and is also protected from being immersed in water (prevents the ingress of a harmful quantity of water) to a depth of 1m for 30 minutes. This means the two main issues, dust and rain, that are encountered on constructions sites are covered. If it does get caught out in the rain, just make sure it is dried off before it is put back in the carry case.
Leica refer to their rotating laser levels as being Site Tough. Over the years that I have been using these Leica Lasers I can confirm that this is the case. They are by no means indestructible, but they can take a lot of abuse.
But what you need from a rotating laser level is accurate levels, day in day out.
Is a rechargeable battery available for the Leica Rugby 620?
Yes, a rechargeable battery pack is available for the Leica Rugby 620. But it is not offered as standard by all retailers. Expect to pay an additional £100+VAT for the rechargeable battery pack. The rechargeable battery pack will last up to 40 hours of continuous use. This is not quite enough to last the full working week of most construction sites. It can also run on alkaline (4) D-Cell batteries which last up to 60 hours of continuous use.
What guarantee is offered with the Leica Rugby 620?
The Leica Rugby 620 is covered with the Leica Protect, which is a 3 year no cost guarantee. This should ensure that you never left high and dry should there be a problem with the rotating laser level. Very rarely do these rotating laser levels go wrong in my experience. The Leica rugby 620 rotating laser level is one of the most reliable on the market today with it being seen as an industry leader in high quality levels.
Can the Leica Rugby 620 rotating laser level set slopes?
Yes, the Leica Rugby 620 can be set to match slopes. It is limited to a single axis. My advice, if you are doing a lot of work with slopes then you would be better off getting a rotating grade laser level, like the Leica Rugby 680. The Leica Rugby 620 can do slopes, it is just that it is limited in its range of slope capability.
What is the Leica Rugby 620 Rotating Laser Level Kit?
What comprises a rotating laser level kit varies between retailers. So, what should you expect to get as part of the Leica Rugby 620 rotating laser level kit? As a bare minimum you should get the Leica Rugby 620 rotating laser, the carry case and a laser detector with clamp. I would also expect to have an aluminium tripod and an E-Grad Staff in a rotating laser level kit.
What laser detectors are available for Leica Rotating Laser Levels?
There are 3 different models available for the Leica Rotating Laser Levels. They are all called the Leica Rod Eye and then a model number.
- Leica Rod Eye 120
- Leica Rod Eye 140
- Leica Rod Eye 160
They can also be known as the Leica Rod Eye Basic, the Leica Rod Eye 140 Classic and the Leica Rod Eye 160 Digital.
My preference would be the Leica Rod Eye 160. The Rod Eye 160 has the longest range and is most accurate. This is highly recommended for professional users. It’s accuracy over such long distances make it perfect for demanding sites.
The Leica Rod Eye Basic receiver is the starter receiver of the range. It has all the functions you would expect from the Lecia Rod Eye. There is an LCD display on the front and the back along with two volume audible indicator. It comes with the integrated clamp with spirit vial for accurate levelling. The Rod Eye Basic also has a rubberised outer protection case for the toughest of construction sites.
The Leica Rod Eye 140 Classic has all the same features as the Rod Eye Basic. But it has a greater capture height and greater working range. It has a detection range of 12cm.
The Leica Rod Eye 160 Digital is the best Rod Eye of the Leica range. It has all the capabilities of the previous two Rod Eyes mentioned. It has a greater accuracy, being able to read to 0.5mm and the ability to capture height readings. It is also able to disregard strobe lighting, which is a great benefit on sites with lots of flashing beacons.
Leica Rugby 620 Rotating Laser Level Price?
This very much depends on the retailer. Very often I see what on the surface is an incredibly cheap price for the Leica Rugby 620, but on closer inspection turns out to be just as expensive when you add in all the extras needed. It is very much a case of buyer beware. Make sure that the retailers include the rechargeable battery pack in their rotating laser level kit. However, the cheapest rotating laser level kits charge up to an additional £100+VAT for the rechargeable battery kit. Retail price, at the time of writing, for the Leica Rugby 620, rechargeable battery, Leica Rod Eye Basic Receiver, calibration certificate and Tripod and staff should be £660+VAT. My Recommendation would be to go for the full Leica Rugby 620 Kit with the Leica Rod Eye 160 Digital and expect to pay around £799+VAT.
Where to buy the Leica Rotating Laser Level?
You should only buy the Leica rotating laser level from a reputable source. And one that can sort out any problems that may arise with your rotating laser level. Most of the time there are never any issues issues seen with the Leica rotating laser levels other than the yearly calibration check required and if they are knocked over and require repair. One recommended place would be Lichfield Survey Supplies Ltd.
It is always worth checking out Amazon for the latest prices on these rotating laser levels.
Verdict on the Leica Rugby 620 Rotating Laser Level.
The Leica Rugby 620 Rotating Laser Level is a quality product. With the Leica Rod Eye 160 Digital attached it gives an incredible accuracy of +/- 0.05mm/m to ensure perfect alignment no matter what site you are working on and with its IP67 rating, the leica rugby 620 rotating laser level can withstand any tough environment or weather conditions thrown at them. It’s worth noting though that this particular model is usually purchased by professionals due to cost. Professionals will look past the cost and see the value that the Leica Rugby 620 Laser Level will add to their business.