The DeWALT DW08802CG is a laser line level that features excellent leveling capabilities, various projection features and a durable design. It’s multiple mounting options make it useful for many different projects. The self-leveling features are excellent and allow you to quickly set up laser level lines without a fuss. Because of its many features and uses, the DeWALT DW08802CG was our top pick for this category.
This laser line level is self-leveling, which saves time. It uses an internal pendulum to ascertain true plumb and level lines, which is highly accurate and precise. You can place the tool up to four degrees out of level without affecting its accuracy. If the level is out of its self-leveling range, the lasers blink repeatedly. This indicates that it is out of level and needs to be adjusted. If you bump or move the level, it only takes about three seconds to adjust back to normal.
This laser line level projects a line up to 40 feet away, which is about average among the line lasers we reviewed. The level retains a high degree of accuracy at 30 feet but starts to suffer the farther away you move it from the wall. At 30 feet, the laser line is sharp and crisp against the wall and is accurate within 1/8 of an inch, which is impressive. One thing to note about this laser line level is that it has a green laser as opposed to red, which is found on all the other tools in this category. And it’s highly visible, even in bright light.
The DeWALT DW08802CG projects a horizontal line within a turnable range of 130 degrees, so you’ll only need to set the level up once to have it project against an entire wall or surface. This DeWALT level can project both vertical and horizontal lines at the same time, creating a cross-line laser, or individually so you can focus on one line at a time.
This cross-line laser level is made of durable material that can handle some abuse without compromising the integrity of the tool. The over-molded housing protects the internal pendulum and sensitive lasers from dust, dirt and objects. The body is made from rugged rubber and durable plastic, so it can take some wear and tear without too much issue.
A built-in magnetic swivel attaches the tool to a metal surface to project a line. The magnets are powerful, so you don't have to worry about the level falling off a surface and getting damaged. The level also includes a mount that you can attach to a wall with a nail or screw, which can be very useful if you are remodeling a room and don't mind putting a small hole in the wall. You can attach this tool to most tripods. However, the tripod thread is only 5mm deep, so you'll bottom out threading before it's secure on some tripods.
The level uses three included AA batteries. They last approximately 20 hours, which is the longest battery life out of all the levels we reviewed.
DeWALT offers a three-year limited warranty, during which time the company will repair any defects due to faulty materials or workmanship. However, the warranty does not cover any part failures caused by normal wear and tear or tool abuse.
The DeWALT DW08802CG is an excellent laser line level that allows you to create perfectly level or plumb lines without issue. This tool also offers multiple mounting methods, including a built-in swiveling magnetic clamp, an additional ceiling clamp and tripod threading. Because of its durable design, projection capabilities and leveling features, the DeWALT DW08802CG is our top pick in this category.