There are a few things that can put a stop to your construction project immediately and accidentally hammering a nail or drilling into a pipe behind a wall is one of them. A wall scanner is a nifty device that will minimize chances of this type of disaster from happening as it has a number of functions, the primary one being able to detect different sorts of materials behind a wall. This prevents you from hitting a stud and you will know exactly how much the studs are set apart. A wall scanner is also great for determining whether what you are told is behind a wall, is actually present there. Whether you are doing home-based projects like putting up a new set of shelves or large scale construction projects, knowing what is behind a wall will always be a great help. To make the most out of your construction projects and have perfect alignment and leveling, consider investing in a laser rotary level.
The following are comparison reviews for two Wall Scanners by Bosch: the Bosch D-TECT 120 and the Bosch D-TECT 150.
Bosch D-TECT 120 Wall and Floor Detection Scanner
The Bosch D-TECT 120 wall and floor scanner delivers accuracy that exceeds expectations thanks to its radar technology. While a lot of basic scanners require the device to be waved over the surface in order to scan it, the D-TECT 120 scans the second it is placed on the wall or floor. There will also be no need for calibration, so your time will be saved and you can get results instantly. Even though it is not very feature-heavy in comparison to the D-TECT 150, its 3 modes make if one of the best detectors for a variety of jobs, the concrete and universal modes in particular.
Objects are detected up to a depth of 4.75″; Copper Wiring 2.375″, Wood structures 2.375″, ferrous metals 4.75″ and Non Ferrous metals 4.75″. The measurements are displayed on the LCD display, with even visual guidance for locating the center of the object precisely. The interface is very user friendly with three mode selection buttons and the audio and visuals give signals when an object is detected inside the wall. Another great feature is that the device works with spot measurement rather than the standard procedural measurement, and is able to detect under very small surface areas.
The built of the D-TECT 120 is lightweight and it is compact enough to be taken anywhere and to be used on tiny spaces. The power works on 4 AA batteries, which some users wish was Lithium-ion. This is possibly the only thing most users were concerned with. The box comes with an instructions and safety booklet, and a carrying case made of hard plastic. The Bosch D-TECT 120 covers all basic requirements and is ideal for both job sites and households.
Bosch D-Tect 150 Wall Scanner and Floor Detection Scanner
The Bosch D-TECT 150 Wall scanner that is much more advanced than the D-TECT 120, and gives the highest level of precision and accuracy. Like the former, this device detects all kinds of materials due to its ultra-wideband radar sensor system that is a class apart. Maximum measurements are around 6″. It can detect metals, both ferrous and nonferrous up to 6″, electrical copper wiring up to 3.125″ and wood studs and beams up to 1.5″. It can also detect plastic pipes, something that is always amiss in other wall scanners of this range.
Deep-scans are conducted every time and signals go off both audibly and visually after which the results are shown graphically on the large illuminated display, showing the location, edge, center, depth and strength of detection of the object. The state of the art signal view alerts when two objects are very close together. Sizes of big hollow plastic pipes are also estimated easily. Because of all these factors that are displayed, determining the depth to drill or the amount of product required to layer over the object is easily determined. The product calibrates automatically ones detection mode is initiated and it continues to self-calibrate throughout the detection process.
There are more features on the D-TECT 150 than the D-TECT 120. The menu can be viewed in different languages and there are seven modes for various applications which include wet concrete, deep concrete, concrete, drywall, in-floor heating, metal and signal. Wood studs, metal objects, plastic pipes etc. are all detectable. The LCD Display itself is illuminated, large and easy to read which is great for the tough requirements on the work site. It is also protected against dust and water and remarkably remains fully function even after it is dropped from a height of approximately 1 meter.
The design and body of the Bosch D-TECT 150 is sturdier and more durable. A soft-grip ergonomic is also present so that the product is comfortable to use. Its four wheel design makes maneuvering over surfaces easy. Like the D-TECT 120, 4 AA batteries and a carrying case are included with the product. This premium quality and advanced features comes with a higher price tag. It is definitely a high price for a home-based DIY. However, the professional features definitely do justify the higher price.
If you are a DIY remodeler and are seeking the best basic wall and floor scanner, opt for the Bosch D-TECT 120. If you want the absolute best of what a wall scanner can offer, and will be using it for professional uses, the Bosch D-TECT 150 is ideal for construction sites. Both products will allow users to be more productive without much effort, and gives accuracy to their work with reliable detection.