Thursday, March 14, 2013

New Laser Distance Measurer Stanley Delivers New Features Brilliant


KRAEUTLER Tom: Welcome to the podcast edition of The Money Pit Top Products.

Well, when the traditional meter becomes heavy and inaccurate, you may want to consider investing in a much more sophisticated tool.

The Laser Distance Measurer Stanley can provide a more accurate measurement of longer distances in less time.

Here to tell us more Spencer Maheu, a global product manager for Stanley.

Welcome, Spencer.

Spencer Maheu: Hey, good to be here, Tom. Thank you for having me.

KRAEUTLER Tom: So, laser rangefinders - been around for a long time now. But I know that you always start with what is here now. You always reinvent the wheel, so to speak, and put a lot of research and a lot of land, and build many new features to your device.

So how Stanley Laser Distance Measurer change what's there, and what changes you added?

Maheu Spencer: Well, we got three great new items that we will be launching next month: TLM 99, 165, and 330. The display unit is just one more range and accuracy than you normally see in that price point they play now.

So TLM 99, for example, has 100 feet of range and retails for around $ 79 which is about $ 20 less than the opening price point in the market today.

And show them more advanced functionality that provides user productivity, as no direct measurement of Pythagoras, continuous measurement.

And TLM 330, our pro advanced unit, fitted with inclinometer and tilt sensor that can be used as a digital level, and can not directly calculate the value of height or horizontal distance through the barrier.

KRAEUTLER Tom: Okay, so let's talk about how the contractor or homeowner can use some of these products. For example, measuring 100 feet today?

Spencer Maheu: A lot of people, actually. I mean, you have a realtor to take the measure of distance to many, inspectors and provide value, and stuff like that, and then there are builders and remodelers, as well as, a measure of distance.

And, really, the only alternative they have in the past using the old tape or use of objects such as wheel gauge, which actually pretty accurate ...


Spencer Maheu: ... Compared with laser rangefinders.

KRAEUTLER Tom: It's like using an abacus when calculators were sitting there.

Spencer Maheu: [Chuckles] Of course. I mean, if you look at the accuracy of these tools and to compare it with the traditional short-record, for example, the 25-foot tape measure has a plus or minus 1/16 of an inch accuracy during TLM 330 is plus or minus 1/32 inch, so when you combine the flexibility of the tool accuracy, you really have a superior measure.

KRAEUTLER Tom: Now, you mentioned some of the other features that this tool will do.

You mentioned that measure the incline, so it will be effective, for example, building a road or sidewalk, trying to get a pitch in porch, that kind of thing?

Maheu Spencer: Yes, definitely. Even if you want a quick reference while riding on the roof to convert the angle to the field, you actually get better at taking care of OSHA regulations before you get up on the roof to do the job.

KRAEUTLER Tom: Now, this is a market that is actually growing now, and that's a good thing, but what do you think is behind it?

Maheu Spencer: There are several reasons, actually.

Emerging markets as the need for productivity growth in cutting costs. To remain competitive, professional trying to do more with less - less work, less time, and so on - and laser rangefinders that can greatly improve your productivity.

And then, on the other hand, there is the age of technology we live. As people get more comfortable with the iPad and smartphones to be part of their lives, and use them to manage their day-to-day, they become more likely to try a tool like LDM.

KRAEUTLER Tom: Yes, actually, especially considering that Apple does not know how to make an app for. [Chuckles]

Spencer Maheu: [Chuckles].

KRAEUTLER Tom: So let's talk about some of the trades that can benefit from. You mention realtor and contractor.

It seems to me that there might be more out there that you have not mentioned, because anyone who really have a need to measure anything that can benefit from it, such as decorators, for example.

Maheu Spencer: Yes, definitely. I mean, the merchant as drywallers, painters, and floor installer can all benefit from this because, in the end, what people do for a job estimate is that they know what areas need They have to cover what they need to paint. And this tool will include several automatic counting function that will automatically calculate the area and automatically calculates the amount of any area measurement.

KRAEUTLER Tom: What is one of the very recent changes, if you are really stuck that thing do?

Maheu Spencer: We actually measuring the horizontal distance hurdle. So if you want to measure the distance from point A to point B, and there is something in the way that does not allow you to get a straight shot, you can actually measure the hitch on top whatever you want to measure, and will inclinometer to calculate the horizontal distance away if you are measuring by the interruption.

KRAEUTLER Tom: Oh, that's really cool. So, in other words, do not shoot it horizontally, you can shoot it in the corner, and calculate what is the same distance as it can connect over to the other side. Actually - you know, the long side of the triangle that resource, but it is this - it will calculate the accurate basis.

Maheu Spencer: Yes, exactly.

Tom KRAEUTLER: Very cool.

Spencer Maheu, Global Product Manager for Stanley Black & Decker, about Laser Distance Measurer Stanley, a very cool - lots of changes, and very, very affordable.

When is going to hit the market?

Maheu Spencer: It will hit the market in November. Shops very aggressive in this unit: TLM 99 is going to be $ 79; TLM 165, featuring a range of 165 feet, it was $ 129, and TLM 330, featuring a 330 meter range, is going to sell for $ 299.

Tom KRAEUTLER: magnificent. Spencer Maheu, Global Product Manager Stanley Black & Decker, thank you so much for stopping by The Money Pit.

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