Empire Magnetic Billet Torpedo Levels

Compact, durable levels that are equally handy in a workshop or for job site use.

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Empire Magnetic Billet Torpedo Levels



Most tradespeople carry a torpedo level in their tool kit - they're unbeatable for use in tight, confined places on the job site. Homeowners will also find them ideally suited for undertaking small projects like hanging picture frames or leveling shelving and furniture.
 
The Empire Level Mfg. Corp., well known for their line of premium line of
True Blue® levels, have launched a new line of Magnetic Billet Torpedo levels. Two models are currently available, a 5-1/2" size (#841.5) and an 8-1/2" size (#841.9). Both are constructed of anodized aluminum alloy, which is widely used in the tool industry because of it's high strength and durability to weight ratio. The 5-1/2" model weighs a mere 4 ounces, making it the lightest and shortest level I've ever used, while the 8-1/2" model tops out at only 6 ounces.
 
Both levels have a cross-sectional dimension of 49/64" x 1-1/4". All edges are nicely rounded, and there is a lanyard on one end so that you can hang the level from a tool bag or belt.
 

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Preset angles           
                          
Each level has four vials that display angles of 0°, 30°, 45° and 90°. These are Empire's consumer grade barrel shaped acrylic Mono Vials, with long lasting, hot-stamped markings for determining bubble position, and fluorescent yellow fluid for high visibility. The vials have what I would consider to be a moderate degree of sensitivity, so that you can fairly quickly level or plumb your work.
 
On both models the side ports that house the vials are 11/16" diameter. On the 8-1/2" model there is also a larger 11/16" x 1-5/16" port. On the top and bottom edges are smaller ports - 3/8" x 11/16" (for the 5-1/2" model) and 3/8" x 13/16" (for the 8-1/2" model).
 
All the ports are beveled, which helps to improve vial visibility.
 

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V-groove along the top of the levels          
                          
Both levels have a V-groove running along the top edge. These grooves make it easier to stabilize the levels when working with pipes and conduits.


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Strong neodymium magnets         
                          
There are three powerful neodymium magnets embedded into the base of the 5-1/2" level (4 magnets on the 8-1/2" level). They provide excellent holding strength on metal so you can make hands-free measurements. And, they provide a handy means of storing the levels in a metal toolbox (keeps them from being tossing about) or on any metal surface in your shop.


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The No-Dog feature             
                          
The 841.6 model is the first torpedo level I've seen with the 'No-Dog' offset feature. Bending electrical conduit pipe with a hand bender isn't overly difficult — what is challenging though is keeping the bends along the same plane.


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The No-Dog feature on the 841.6 level, essentially a threaded brass locking bolt, enables you to use the level to align multiple bends correctly. To begin, you attach one end of the conduit onto the level with the brass locking bolt, and then turn the conduit until the level shows 0°. You then bend the conduit to the desired angle. For each additional bend you repeat this process, making sure you turn the conduit 180° for each bend. However, don't move the level itself until all the bends are made. 

These are very nicely made torpedo levels — the perfect size and weight for carrying around in a tool belt or bag. Vials set at commonly used angles make it quicker to take measurements; magnets are handy when working with metal; and the V-groove is convenient when working with round stock.


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Empire Magnetic Torpedo Levels: compact and convenient   
                          
These are very nicely made torpedo levels — the perfect size and weight for carrying around in a tool belt or bag. Vials set at commonly used angles make it quicker to take measurements; magnets are handy when working with metal; and the V-groove is convenient when working with round stock.
 
Electricians may prefer the 5-1/2" model because of it's No-Dog feature; carpenters, cabinet installers, renovators, and DIYers might find the 8-1/2" model somewhat more practical.
 
The Empire Magnetic Billet Torpedo Levels offer very good value at a competitive price.


KEY FEATURES:

  • 49/64" x 1-1/4" x 5-1/2" (841.6)
  • 49/64" x 1-1/4" x 8-3/8" (841.9)
  • Anodized aluminum alloy body
  • Display angles of 0°, 30°, 45° and 60°
  • Integrated V-groove
  • Neodymium magnets (3 on the 841.6; 4 on the 841.9)
  • Lanyard
  • No-Dog feature (on the 841.6)
  • 4 ounces (841.6); 6 ounces (841.9)
  • 5-year warranty
COMPANY:Empire Level Mfg. Corp
MODEL:841.6 (5-1/2")
841.9 (8-1/2")
PRICE:$24.99US each
MADE IN:Taiwan (Body)
USA (Vials)
SOURCE:Empire Level Mfg. Corp

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