By Katy Tomasulo. Laser levels can turn a two- or three-man job into a one-man operation. And as laser diodes become more affordable, accurate, and efficient, laser tools are becoming an important component for contractors of all sizes. It's no wonder that several large power tool manufacturers are getting into the laser game, starting with DeWalt in 2001. This summer, it was Porter-Cable's turn, as the manufacturer unveiled its own line of laser levels.

The product line includes the LR1100, an indoor/outdoor rotary laser with a three-speed remote control and two laser modes. An all-purpose layout tool, the self-leveling LS3100 laser square features three beams and gravity-leveled pendulum technology. The third unit, model LL3100, uses three bubble vials and three laser beams.

"It's a fast-growing market that makes sense for Porter-Cable as far as extensions from our current lineup," says Jorge Silveira, product line manager for nailing, stapling, and laser products. The company, which has partnered with laser tools manufacturer RoboToolz, also believes that the Porter-Cable name should help raise more awareness to the product category. "I think that our company will be able to [teach] the benefits of lasers to people who aren't aware [of them] to help grow the market," Silveira says.

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