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GR Series Direct Reading (Lenker Style) Grade Rods

Laser or optical. These grade rods are the number one seller in the USA, and there's a reason — Tremendous Quality. Tough, lightweight, and versatile, our direct reading (lenker style) rods bear the true test of quality in the field, and hold up exceptionally well. Choose from our large selection of lengths and increments in tenths, metric, and inches.

UB-1 Universal Bracket: Works with virtually all receivers

4-Foot Rod Extension: Allows you to extend the GR1000 Series Direct Reading Grade Rods in 1-foot increments up to 4 additional feet. (Please Note; The 4 foot extension is NOT compatible with GR10, GR15 or GR1450 series rods)


How to Read a Direct Reading Grade Rod

Tape Replacement Video

Rail Replacement Video

Detector Brackets - GR 1000 & GR 1450 Rods

Laser Version Direct Reading/ True Elevation Rods

For use with a laser detector. There is a special
rail slide and Laserline detector bracket that
lets the laser detector travel the full working
length of the rod. This allows faster and easier
readings because it takes the awkwardness
out of having to loosen the detector, move
the detector, then tighten the detector for
each reading.

Optical Version Direct Reading/ True Elevation Rods

Are used with optical instruments and have
no special rail for the laser detector. All tape
faces have large scales and are easy to read at a
distance when using an optical instrument.

1 review for GR Series Direct Reading (Lenker Style) Grade Rods

  1. Marc Blanden – Cutting Edge Excavation

    These are by far the best grade rods made. we have been using them for 20 years and it is the most logical way of setting grade using true elevations. To much room for error using standard grade rods, making a random number equivalent to an actual elevation number. These things are the best!!!!!!!!!! They are Cutting Edge!

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Direct Reading/True Elevation Grade Rod

Direct Reading, or True Elevation (also known as Lenker style) is a Grade Rod with a moveable tape face
allowing you to set the actual benchmark elevation, or any elevation, above or below the bench into the
rod. The actual true elevation above sea level is read on these rods, thus eliminating errors caused by adding
or subtracting. Since no math is involved, grade shots are much faster than conventional style rods.
On most jobsites, the bench elevation is typically established by survey, and all elevations on that project are
above that or below primary bench elevation.


In the USA, these elevations are typically represented in feet, tenths and hundredths of a foot as per the example.