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The first thing we noticed about the Sola MM Torpedo Level was its heft and solidity. Weighing in at 1 pound, with a solid, powder-coated aluminum frame, it’s clearly a tool that will stand up to job-site abuse. It’s also extremely easy to read: The top bubble is surrounded by a magnifying lens, and rather than lines, all vials have a clear center space inside wide ink-jet rings. Each vial is embedded in a thermoplastic block glued securely into the housing. The magnetized base ensures a tight grip on metal. (This tool is great for leveling appliances.) It costs about $50.

Sola, 414/471-3883, sola.us.