Pocket levels come in a variety of forms, from little more than a vial in a block to ones with cast metal housings. Features and prices vary widely as well. Levels like the Milwaukee Pocket Level earn their keep from checking for level conditions in tight spaces or for quick verifications. Milwaukee doesn’t typically make a tool just to add something they didn’t have before. So what sets the Milwaukee 48-22-5102 apart?
One of the most important features of any level is the accuracy. We typically go for levels that give us 0.0005″/1″, though smaller levels can drop below it. That’s the case with the Milwaukee Pocket Level with accuracy at 0.005″/1″.
However, the defining feature that Milwaukee gives you is a locking dial that can rotate 360°. Angles markings are in 2° increments on one side and specific points for 15°, 22.5°, 45° and 75° on the other. A locking screw holds the dial in place so that it won’t reset as you put it in or take it out of your pocket. About the only other thing you might ask for is positive stops, but this isn’t a miter saw.
Milwaukee includes their SharpSite vial design, which magnifies the bubble so that it is easier to read. It’s one of the easiest vials to read, short of help from LED lights that some newer models get. However, we haven’t seen anyone put them on a pocket level yet.
Milwaukee combines cast aluminum construction for the body of the level with a high-impact acrylic for the vial. Milwaukee doesn’t promise this, but I reckon you could run this level over with your truck and it wouldn’t matter all that much. It’s a really solid build. Milwaukee backs it with a limited lifetime warranty, though we’re pretty sure running it over will void that.
Additional Feature Notes
Milwaukee incorporates Amplified Rare Earth Magnet Technology, which uses magnetic circuits to focus the magnetic field, providing improved holding power. With just one magnet point, it’s an effective way to go.
There’s also a groove in the base for working on pipe and other round material.
Although the accuracy drops below what we usually prefer, the Milwaukee Pocket Level is an incredible tool for quick checks. Durability is about as solid as you can ask for and the visibility of the SharpSite vial is excellent. Ultimately, as far as pocket-sized, quick check tools go, you’ll have a hard time finding one that’s more versatile. As far as pocket levels go, $20 is on the high side. What you get for the price makes it a compelling offering.
Milwaukee Pocket Level Features
- Amplified rare earth magnets – 2x holding power on metal jobsite material
- Rotating vial allows users to set and identify any angle
- Locking feature ensures all day accuracy at any angle while level is taken in and out of pockets and pouches
- Heavy-duty die-cast construction ensures maximum durability when dropped
Milwaukee Pocket Level Specs
- Model Number: Milwaukee 48-22-5102
- Assembled Weight: 0.38 lbs
- Length: 4.29 in.
- Width: 1.25 in.
- Case Included: No
- Manufacturer Warranty: Limited Lifetime
- Price: $19.99