DEWALT DW088K Self-Leveling Cross Line Laser Review


The DEWALT DWO88K Self-Leveling Cross Line Laser is the optimum choice for indoor and outdoor projects.  It performs well on the job site but also ideal for professional building tasks in and around the home.  The over-molded durable housing is water and debris resistant making it tough enough to withstand extended periods on the job site without being damaged. For professionals who are in search of a high end industrial tool which can also be used for residential applications, this is your top bet. This laser level makes mapping wall layout or installing floors a quick and painless process.

Technical Specs

The DEWALT DW 088K Self-leveling Cross line laser is battery operated and makes use of bright vertical and horizontal projections. These beams are a bright red which is easy to see indoors within a working range of 100ft. The horizontal and vertical beams provide the best accuracy for various layout and leveling applications. Not even an extended range of 165 ft is too much for this self-leveling laser which remains visible even without the use of an extender. Many indoor or outdoor projects will benefit from the bright red projections which are projected from in front of the laser.


The DEWALT DW 088K Self-Leveling Cross Line Laser is specifically designed with two highly visible cross line beams for leveling and layout purposes. Project bright horizontal and vertical lines.  Accurate for up to 1/8 inch at 30 ft and comes with a built in magnetic pivot base for easy mounting on any metal surface. Full time pulse mode allows for use with a detector for better visibility when using an extended working range of 165 ft.

The durable over-molded housing is water and dust resistant, making it tough enough to withstand extended periods outdoors. It comes with a three year limited warranty and a one year free service plan.  Individual buttons situated on the side control panel allow full control over all three beams.

Material and Dimensions

Strong durable over-molded housing and IP54 rated housing cover provides a water and dust free cover for the laser level making it the obvious choice for long hard days at a construction site.  It also comes with a sturdy hard sided storage box which makes transporting the laser a breeze.

Weighing 3.2 pounds and measuring 9.2 inches high, it is just the right size for heavy construction size jobs as well as residential purposes. Comes with a lightweight magnetic bracket for easy mounting on any metal surface.  Thick glass plates shield the laser tool and help to maintain its calibration and protecting it from any sudden bumps or jolts.


The DEWALT DW088K Self-Leveling Cross Line Laser has been voted one of the best cross line laser levels currently on the market and for good reason.  It is compact and versatile as well as being completely user friendly.  The self-leveling feature is fast and very accurate and can be used for leveling and lying out of cabinets, floor and walling as well as staircases.

Built in magnetic pivots allow for easy mounting onto any metal surfaces making it the perfect one man tool.  The control panel has two buttons which will control both the vertical and horizontal beam by enabling you to switch them on or off respectively.

Bright and accurate indoors and outdoors, the laser has pulse mode which allows the user to initiate the line laser detector when visibility is low. This makes it ideal for use in bright sunlight conditions or any other times when the laser beam needs to be used at an extended range.  So not only is this laser jam packed with features, it is user friendly and really does cut down on the time used on a project.

Other Important Specs

Powered by 3 AA batteries which last up to 20 hours for a longer working time. The batteries are included I the purchase so that the user can test the calibration as soon as they receive the device.  A flashing indicator will indicate low battery life, warning you ahead of time so as not to get caught with a dead device halfway through an important project.

Why We Liked It 

 This product really ticked all of the boxes for us as far as features and user friendliness goes.  It has the professional look of an industrial laser but without the hassles. It has some amazing features, all of which are straightforward and easy to use.  Here are some of our favorite features:


  • 1/8inch accuracy at 30ft
  • 2 highly visible cross lines
  • Self-leveling within +/- 4 degrees
  • Battery operated
  • 3 year warranty
  • 2 button on and off switch

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