I enjoy going to the National Hardware Show because it’s a great place to see tools I haven’t seen before. Among the new tools I saw this year is the Kapro 846 Cyclops level, which is small enough to fit in a tool pouch or pocket.
As with any spirit level, its vial can be viewed from the side. But it can also be viewed through a slot in the edge. A mirror inside the slot provides a clear view of the vial; it’s kind of like using a periscope.
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Being able to see the vial from the edge allows you to check for level and plumb in tight spaces where it might not be possible to get a good look from the side.
The body is made from cast aluminum and has two machined edges. The edges have v-grooves to hold the level parallel to the pipe and conduit it’s placed against, and rare-earth magnets to hold it to iron and steel.
Its accuracy is said to be 0.0005″/inch, or 0.5 mm/m.
Kapro is an Israeli company that specializes in levels, lasers, and other measuring and layout devices. I’ve owned their 2′, 4′, and 6′ spirit levels for 10+ years and have been very happy with them. Kapro does OEM production for other brands, so you may have seen their tools without realizing it was Kapro who made them. If the label on a level says “Made in Israel,” it was probably made by Kapro—which also has production facilities in the USA and China.
I like the idea of having a level that can be read from multiple angles, and is small enough to carry in a pocket or tool bag. You couldn’t use it to hang doors or level cabinets, but it would come in handy for checking electrical boxes, conduit, appliances, machinery, and anything else that’s regular enough to be checked with a small level.