I wrote about the Dewalt Atomic laser distance measuring tool about a year ago, and was surprised to see that there’s a similar Craftsman tool, model CMHT77721.
This shouldn’t have come as a surprise, as I’ve observed cross-branded layout tools between Dewalt and Craftsman before, such as with their low-profile stud finder. But, I was surprised anyway.
Like the Dewalt Atomic laser distance measuring tool, the Craftsman LDM has a 55 foot range and built-in rechargeable battery.
It’s a simple tool with one-button operation, but for many DIYers and even pros, that’s all you really need.
I recently parted with my first-generation Dewalt rechargeable laser distance measurer. It worked alright, but I wasn’t a fan of its too-small size. The newer Dewalt Atomic LDM is a better size, in my opinion, and I assume the same is true about the nearly-identical Craftsman.
Neither Craftsman now Lowe’s list the dimensions, so here are the Dewalt Atomic LDM measurements: 2.5″ long x 1.5″ wide x 3/4″ thick.
According to its packaging, the Craftsman is said to have ±1/4″ accuracy at 32 feet.
Craftsman’s website says that the CMHT77721 can provide area and volume calculations, but I assume this is an error. The Dewalt Atomic LDM doesn’t offer this, and I don’t know of any one-button LDMs that do.
At the time of this posting, the Craftsman laser is priced at $32, whereas the Dewalt at $40. The Dewalt is also out of stock at most retailers.
If you want something a little better, consider stepping up to the Bosch GLM20, which has a 65-foot range and ±1/8″ accuracy. The Bosch is a great tool, but it’s a different form factor; the Bosch is larger and works with 2xAAA batteries.