The Johnson model 750 pitch and slope locator is about as explanatory as tools come, and it’s also a compact angle finder that can be used in other applications.
There’s an angle finder on one side, with measurements spanning from 90° left to 90° right in 1° increments, and a pitch and slope gauge on the other side that reads in inches of rise per foot.
The layout tool is made in the USA with a high-impact housing and ultrasonically-welded cover.
Johnson says theirs is the ideal tool for identifying roof pitch, stair slope, drainage angles. conduit bend angles, or for making general angle measurements.
Sure, you can buy digital angle finders, digital levels, and I’m sure there are apps you can load onto your smartphone. But, sometimes it’s nice to use a tool that doesn’t use batteries, can be dropped without much stress or repercussions, and can handle uncertain environmental conditions.
I don’t know much about Johnson’s 750 angle and slope finding tool, but it’s been on my wishlist for a while, and for the aforementioned reasons. I do enjoy using good digital tools, but sometimes they don’t provide the best visualizations or can be clumsy to use. This little gauge by Johnson looks *just right* for a lot of different types of quick angle measurement tasks, or for when you need quick pitch or slope measurements without breaking out a calculator.
The reason I haven’t purchased one yet is because I splurged on a digital angle finder for woodworking machine use. I plan to order one eventually, should my digital angle finder ever give me trouble, I need quick outdoor pitch and slope measurements, or my curiosity finally gets the best of me.
If you regularly use this or other angle-finding tools like it, what kinds of tasks does it come in handy for? Would you swap yours for a digital tool, or are you happy with its analog markings?