The Savage Digital Torpedo Level is very easy to use. The digital level doesn’t rely on the user to determine if a bubble is accurately between two lines, and it has an Audio alert when it achieves level or plumb. The digital level is the most accurate on the market with.01° accuracy. It is nearly 3X more accurate than the most accurate spirit levels on the market. Other features include an automatic shut off after continual non use, so it does not to waste battery power. Also, if turned upside down, the screen will automatically adjust so you can read it without any problems.
- Audible tone for hands free operations
- 3 modes: degrees, percent of grade and pitch
- Savage accuracy 1/10 of degree
- 90° and 0° vials allows for traditional vial read
- Green backlight auto-correcting screen for top and bottom reading
- Bright view vial surrounds reflect light into the vials for improved visibility
- 4 strong neodymium v-grooved magnets, 10X stronger hold eliminate level movement on metal surfaces, v-grooved to easily work with round surfaces
- Precision machined, solid billet aero space aluminum frame for maximum durability
- Limited lifetime guarantee
- Level Type: Magnetic
- Package Quantity: 1
- Material: Aluminum
- Tools Product Type: Hand Tool
- Condition: New
- Features: Digital,Electronic,Hand-Held,LED Display,Magnetic
- Hand Tool Type: Standard Level
- Accuracy: 0.0005 in
- Number of Vials: 2
- Level Length (in.): 9
- Assembled Depth (in.): 1.57 in
- Assembled Width (in.): 8.94 in
- Assembled Height (in.): 0.79 in
WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals including arsenic, which is known to the State of California to cause cancer. For more information, go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov
Needs better battery life, excellent resolution awesome magnets!
Really solid build quality. The aluminum is thick and it feels like it will take a beating. The magnets work well and if you can’t tell there is a v-notch on the base so it can work great on rounded stock or even the corner of an item. The level bubbles are clear and easy to see, not to mention the digital screen is also very clear and easy to see from a distance. Buttons have a solid feel and are easy to access. Comes already loaded with batteries and even came with an extra set.
The length is exactly 9 inches, the width is 11/16 inches and the height is 1.5 inches. At a half pound this is one solid bar of aluminum. The lights are very bright and the vials are easy to read. There are 4 magnets on the bottom and the top has a grove to rest on pipes and other round objects and it has a top viewing window for the horizontal vial and the 45 degree vial. The on/off switch is located near the 45 degree vial and it is a switch with a rubber cover. The compartment for the batteries also has 2 small screws so the cover doesn’t accidentally come off. It has a hole on each end for hanging or clipping it onto your tool belt. It takes a lot for me to like or love a tool and this one definitely has what it takes to qualify. If you are a serious builder/fixer as I am you will love it.
The 9″ “Savage” level manufactured by Swanson is a very well constructed level. It incorporates not only visual level vials but a digital read out as well with sound. It comes packaged with batteries installed along with 2 extra button batteries. One side is strongly magnetized the other side is not. It carries two USA patents but it is manufactured in China.The “Savage” is a bit heavier when compared to other 9″ levels that I have used. The digital display is very useful since it can measure inclinations on vaulted ceilings, roof pitch etc. This is handy since one would have to pay extra for a readout tool when comparing standard non digitized levels.It has a top view slot for the horizontal measurement but lacks a side slot when observing the measurement from a vertical position if the side vial is obstructed from view. There could be instances when this would be necessary. However there is a plug that can apparently be removed if one really needs to observe the vertical read from the end of a level. The instructions also has calibration process if one suspects that the level is actually not on the level. (Useful feature for the digitized feature. It comes with a lifetime warranty as long as it was not used as a hammer. The only downside to this level is the packaging. Since the packaging in my shop will be used to store the level and instructions when not in use, found it difficult to free the instructions since there was a large emboss used to secure the batteries that also punched through the instruction booklet. Maybe a package redesign is in order.And yes, I would recommend this “Savage” level.
The very cool looking orange that is the signature color of Savage tools is striking. This level feels solid and workmanlike and the package proclaims this is “3 X stronger for lifetime durability”. Stronger than what it didn’t say.Both the base and the top of the level are engraved and I presume this is to provide an additional level of grip. The magnets in the base are neodymium magnets and the level has a strong magnetic grip.This level has two batteries already installed and two spare batteries in the pack. The packaging is almost as tough as this little level and took some cutting and slicing to get into. There are operating and calibration instructions inside the pack too.With horizontal and vertical bubbles the level can be used in the traditional manner and it has a proclaimed accuracy of 0.029 degrees so unless you really are a rocket scientist it is probably fair to say it is perfect. The digital functions provide great precision.When turned on the digital readout is always in degrees and the screen shows large, clear numbers and up/down arrows that indicate which way zero degrees is. Pressing the Unit button cycles through the available measurement methods, percentage of grade and pitch in inches per foot. A third press of the Unit button returns to degrees.The Ref button will set the current angle to zero and any movement will then be calculated from the new abstract zero position. Pressing Ref again resets to the absolute measurement. Pressing the On/Off button again turns on an audible signal and when the level moves through the zero degrees position a faint beep could be heard.The last function is accessed by pressing the Hold button and that will cause the current readout to be frozen. Pressing again releases the hold.When the level is used upside down the display flips to remain easily readable. When used on its side the digital readout shows the error message, Err, and I could not figure out why this would be the case.This level is not cheap at nearly $59.00 and a similar level without the digital functions can be bought for less than $20.00. However, if you need the detail provided by the digital functions then this tool is worth considering.This level is really good quality, very accurate and versatile. It’s a pity the digital functions do not work when it is laid down.
Outstanding tool, especially for the cost of it.
This highly functional digital torpedo level could be a great addition to any handyman’s toolbox. It’s heavy aluminum body is ground flat on one side, and has a “V” groove on the other for pipes and conduit. That side also contains four rare-earth magnets to hold the level securely to the (metal) pipe,. The two vials (horizontal and vertical) are guaranteed to be accurate to 0.029 degrees which equates to 0.006″ over a foot (.05%). The horizontal vial has a window so it can be viewed straight on for increased accuracy; the vertical/plumb vial does not. The fun part of this level is the digital circuitry which displays both absolute angles and relative angles – and it display in three units: degrees, percentage (i.e. slope), and inches per foot, perfect for plumbing lines and drainage pads. Be aware the digital display is not as accurate as the vials themselves, displaying down to only 0.1 degree resolution. There is a calibration capability built into the circuit, which you can run as needed. There is also a “Hold” button to freeze the measurement and a “level” line that shows which way the surface needs to move to get a “zero” reading. The display flips automatically if the level is “upside down”, such as when using the flat side of the level versus the grooved side; the buttons don’t change functions though, so it can be a bit confusing. The level apparently has a convenient “beep” function to provide an audible sound when the level is either perfectly horizontal or vertical, but that function does not work on my unit, which makes me suspicious of the overall circuit quality. You pay about $36 dollars for the convenience of the circuitry (based upon the cost of a similarly accurate, non-digital Savage torpedo level) so I’m disappointed it doesn’t work correctly.The level is manufactured in China for the Swanson Tool Company and seems well machined. The packaging certainly is, as it took tremendous effort with cutting tools to cut the clamshell packaging and access the instructions and batteries. The unit comes with 2 CR2032 button batteries and my unit already had a set of batteries in the level, so the inclusion of a spare set was a welcome surprise. Unfortunately, both sets of batteries showed “low” during the power-on circuitry test, so I can’t say how long they will last. The same things happens with brand new batteries so the battery strength calibration may be wrong. You pay a lot for the convenience of the digital circuitry, and it would be worth it if it all worked and holds up under rough use.