Bosch D-Tect150 D-Tect Wallscanner Complete Review for 2017

The Bosch D-Tect 150 is perhaps the most high tech stud finder out there. It’s a jack of all trades, detecting any materials you could possibly imagine behind surfaces, including plastic and AC current, as well as distinguishing between them and giving a permitted drilling depth.

It’s possibly the most diverse stud finder we’ve come across, with seven different surface modes:

– Concrete
– Wet concrete
– Deep concrete
– In-floor heating
– Drywall
– Metal
– Signal view

In theory, this is the ultimate tool for anyone working in construction, even having multilingual options so literally anyone can use it.

It’s unbelievably precise

The accuracy is never faltering as the seven different detection modes means the device can be switched to best suit the situation and consistently give accurate results regardless of other variables like the environment.

The Bosch D-Tect 150 is precise to the millimetre when giving dimensions of anything detected. The display screen will clearly show you both the edges of studs and the centre as well as the depth. You’ll have a full picture in your mind of what lies behind the surface once you’ve finished using this product.

There seems to be no problems with false negatives or positives, a common problem in stud finders, so you can rely on this device to give you the results you need without any uncertainty.

It can also show you two detections at once, using two different peaks on the display screen. With a clearer picture of what’s going on when there’s multiple detections, you’ll be able to look at the bigger picture rather than focusing on one stud at a time.

It’s durable

The D-Tect 150 might be one of the most valuable tools you’ll ever use, so you’ll be pleased to hear that as stud finders go  it’s relatively indestructible – your investment isn’t going to be short lived. It can be dropped from 1 metre without any damage occurring, which, let’s be honest, would probably mess up any other stud finder at least a little bit.

With it’s sturdy build though comes a little extra weight, the device weighing 3 pounds. But in this case that’s almost a good thing. At least you’ve got that assurance that there’s some substance behind the device you’re paying for. For a stud finder this well built and high tech you’d expect it be slightly more hefty than other, flimsier devices. Plus, it does everything, so there’s no need to carry round any additional scanners.

It’s IP rating is also IP54, meaning that you can trust that the device is sealed securely to protect the electrics inside from any water spray or dust. The 150 can handle almost any construction environment it’s thrown into, so whatever the size of the job, you’re sorted.

And then, as if it hadn’t just withstood a blitz of drill dust, water sprays, and being dropped from a height, it comes with a carry case to protect it even further on the way home.

It’s a complex device, but easy to use

Being so high tech, the D-Tect can come across as quite complex and in a way, it is. It’s complex in the way it works and the many things it does, but despite this its still actually fairly easy to use once you’ve got the hang on it.

It self calibrates once you begin and continuously does so whilst you use it, so theres no need to spend time and thought calibrating after each detection. Your thoughts should simply be with the results it’s giving you, and the display system as well as the LED light indicators let you easily see what’s going on. The LED light follows a colour system:

– Green when nothing is detected behind that area
– Red when something has been detected
– Flashing red when an AC wire has been detected

This gives a general idea of what you’re dealing with, but then the display screen (the next thing you direct your attention to) will give you much more in-depth information but displayed in a simple way. It will show you where the edge and centre of studs are, and also tell you with symbols the detected material, including, if a metal detection, whether ferrous or non-ferrous.

It also tells you if the detection is too deep to properly identify, so rather than leaving you completely in the dark, you’ll have a rough idea of obstructions that lay beyond the Bosch D-Tect’s range.

The only real difficulty comes from the four wheel design system. Whilst this design is in place to make scanning smoother and easier, sometimes the wheels cause the device to slip. This can cause the device to restart which is somewhat of a nuisance as it hinders the speed of your progress. We found though that this is easily rectified by taking a little extra care in keeping the Bosch firmly in position or on track.

The DTECT 150 is pricey, but could actually SAVE you money

More to the point, the factor that probably worries you most about this product…the price. If you’ve seen the price already that’s probably why you’re reading this review, to figure out if it’s worth it or not. If you haven’t seen it, I’ll enlighten you, it costs around $700.

I know you’re probably thinking the same as I did at first, that no stud finder is worth that much money. BUT ‘stud finder’ isn’t really a label that does the D-Tect justice, as it’s so much more than that.

It’s the perfect tool for anyone working in construction, with so many modes and the ability to identify and distinguish between different materials. It’s the precision and reliability you’re paying for, you’ll know exactly what’s behind surfaces. By the time you’ve gone through countless cheaper ones, trying to find one that actually does the trick, you might even have spent over what you’d pay for this one anyway.

There’s also the drill depth indication, so this Bosch does half of the thinking for you, eradicating any chance of human error and by extension, danger.

Using a less reliable stud finder may leave you with some irreparable damage, which in the long run is going to be a lot more expensive than simply investing in a product you know you can trust (the Bosch D-Tect 150). Besides, you can’t put a price on safety.

Review Summary

This is the ultimate stud finder for any construction professional. It will last you a while, if not a lifetime, and make redundant any other scanners in the tool box – this does everything. With a 6 inch range as well, the performance of this device is particularly impressive. It’s pricey but for good reason, its not going to let you down.

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