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PR 16




Operating instructions





PR 16





























It is essential to read these operating instructions carefully

before operating the laser for the first time.
Always keep these instructions with the laser.
The operating instructions should always be with the laser when
it is given to other persons.

Laser components 

PR 16 Rotating Laser
1. Plumb beam (90 to the plane of rotation)
2. Laser beam (plane of rotation)
3. Rotating head
4. Laser exit aperture
5. Control panel
6. Grip
7. Foot screws for vertical setup
8. Battery compartment
9. Baseplate with 5/8 thread
PA 331/341 Beam Catcher
10. Marking notches
11. Magnetic bracket
12. Reflective surfaces
13. Hole for mounting on telescopic staff
Control panel
14. On/off button
15. Speed of rotation button
16. Inclination/direction button (activates the servo motors
in the X/Y inclination/direction
17. Servo button (adjusts the X/Y inclination/direction)
18. Battery LED
19. X inclination/direction LED
20. Y inclination/direction LED

Contents / 1. General Information

1. General Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
2. Description . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
3. Tools and Accessories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
4. Technical Data. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
5. Safety Precautions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
6. Preparation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
7. Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
8. Checks and Adjustments. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
9. Care and Maintenance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
10. Disposal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
11. Warranty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
12. FCC Statement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
13. EC Certificate of Conformity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36

1. General Information
1.1 Headings indicating danger
Used to indicate a potentially dangerous situation that
could lead to minor personal injuries or serious
damage to property or the environment.
Information that helps the user employ the product
efficiently and in a technically correct manner.

1. General Notes
1.2 Pictograms
Warning of general danger

Laser radiation. Do not stare into beam

Class 2 laser product
Read operating instructions before use

 The numbers refer to figures on the pages of the cover, which

should be kept folded out when studying the operating instructions.
The PR 16 rotating laser is always referred to in these operating
instructions simply as the laser.
Location of identification details on laser
The type designation and serial number are marked on the nameplate
of your laser. Make a note of these details on your set of operating
instructions and always quote them when contacting our dealer or
service centre.
Type :
Serial number (S.no.):

PR 16

2. Description

2. Description
2.1 PR 16 rotating laser for quick and accurate levelling and
alignment work
The Hilti PR 16 is a laser with a plumb beam at 90 to its
rotating beam.
2.2 Features
Choice of rotation speeds (0, 50, 80 or 300
revolutions per minute (rpm)).
With rotation switched off, the laser beam can also be
aligned manually.
LEDs show the operating status.
The laser can be set up directly on the floor, on a
tripod, the wall bracket or the various other brackets
2.3 Functional description
2.3.1 Levelled plane (auto levelling)
When the laser is switched on, it levels itself
automatically using the 2 built-in servomotors for the Xand Y-axes.
2.3.2 Plane with inclined X-axis (defined direction of
The inclination of the X-axis can be set with the servo
buttons. The servo system then keeps the Y-axis

2. Description
2.3.3 Any inclined plane (free alignment)
The inclination can be aligned with any given marks or
contours by operating the X- and Y-axis motor
2.3.4 Vertical plane (auto plumbing)
The laser plumbs itself (X-axis) automatically. The
vertical plane can be aligned (rotated) manually with the
servo buttons.
2.3.5 Any inclined plane with vertical laser setup.
(free alignment)
This function corresponds to free alignment in X- or Yaxis.
2.3.6 Automatic cut-out
During automatic levelling of one or both axes, the servo
system monitors whether the specified accuracy is
The system switches off:
if levelling is not accomplished (laser outside levelling
range or mechanical obstruction)
if the laser is vibrated or knocked off plumb.
Rotation then switches off, the laser beam blinks, and all
the LEDs blink.

2. Description
2.3.7 Increased visibility of laser beam  
The visibility of the laser beam depends on the operating
distance and brightness of the surroundings. It can be
improved with the aid of the beam catcher or laser
The beam catcher is used for distances from 1 to
The laser detector is used for distances from 2 to

3. Tools and Accessories

3. Tools and Accessories

One PR 16 rotating laser
one PA 331/341 beam catcher
one set of operating instructions
four D size batteries
one pack of desiccant
one Hilti carrying case

Various tripods
Wall bracket
Laser detector
Detector clamp
Telescopic levelling staffs
Sight rail mount
Tripod adapter
Faade adapter
Sighting glasses

PA 910, PA 911, PA 920, PA 930 and

PA 931/2
PA 311 / 321
PA 350
PA 360
PA 950/960 and PA 951/961
PA 370
PA 371
PA 372
PA 970

4. Technical Data

4. Technical Data
Range (radius)
1 to 30m [3 to 100] with beam catcher
2 to 150m [6 to 500] with laser detector
Accuracy (at 24C/+75F)
1.0mm @ 10m [ 3/32 @ 60]
Laser product class
2, visible, 635nm, < 1mW
(IEC825-1/EN60825; FDA 21 CFR 1040)
Beam diameter
Approx 3.3x3.9mm @ 10m, approx 6.5x6.3mm @ 30 m,
[approx < 0.13x0.15 @ 30, approx < 0.26x0.25 @ 100]
Plumb beam Continuously at right angles to plane of rotation
Speed of rotation [rpm]
0 Stop mode
50 Additional manual mode
80 Mode for beam catcher
300 Mode for laser detector
Scanning lengths
From approx 150mm (5m) to approx 2000mm (30m)
[5.9 (16.5) to approx 79 (100];
depending on selected mode (apart from Smart Scan

4. Technical Data
Self-levelling range
Automatic cut-out
If the laser is knocked 120 seconds [ 6mm @ 10m /
0.24 @ 60.] off level/plumb (apart from when both
axes are inclined):
- rotation switches off
- laser blinks
- all LEDs blink
Status indicators
- Battery condition LED
- Rotation speed LED
- X/Y inclination/direction LED
Power supply
4 x size D alkaline batteries
Battery life at 25C [+77]
Alkaline batteries: > 80 h
Operating temperature
-20 to +50C [-4 to +122F]

4. Technical Data
Storage temperature
-30 to +60C [-22 to +140F]

IP 42M (to IEC 529)

Tripod thread
5/8 x 11

Approx 2300g (5.5 lb) without batteries

183(L)x 168(W)x 234(H) mm [7.2(L)x 6.6(W)x


5. Safety Precautions

5. Safety Precautions
5.1 Basic safety information
In addition to the safety information in the individual
sections of these operating instructions, the following
safety precautions must be strictly observed at all times.
5.2 Intended use
The laser is designed to be used for determining and
checking horizontal alignment and height differences,
verticals, alignments, plumb points, inclined planes and
right angles, e.g.:
Transferring datums and heights
Setting out partition walls (at right angles and/or in
the vertical plane) and
3D alignment of structural elements, equipment and
Hilti offers various accessories that allow best use to
be made of the laser.
5.3 Misuse
Do not tamper with or modify the laser.
Follow the operating, care and maintenance details in
the operating instructions.
Only operate the laser as intended and in perfect
Do not render any safety devices ineffective or remove
notices and warning signs.


5. Safety Precautions
Keep the laser out of reach of children.
Only have the laser repaired by a Hilti Service Centre.
Laser radiation in excess of class 2 may be emitted if
its housing is opened without due care and without
taking the applicable safety precautions.
Do not use the laser in environments where there is a
risk of explosion.
5.4 State of the art
The laser is manufactured to the state of the art.
5.5 Safety measures where the laser is in use
Take safety measures at the location where the laser is
in use (eg levelling or alignment work at the roadside,
Avoid awkward positions when working off a ladder.
Make sure your stance is secure and always keep your
Measurements taken through panes of glass or other
objects may be inaccurate.
Take care not to direct the beam towards others or
yourself when setting up the laser.
Make sure the laser is set up on a steady support that
is free from vibration.
Do not use the laser outside its operating limits.


5. Safety Precautions
5.5.1 Electromagnetic compatibility
Although the laser complies with the strict requirements
of the relevant directives and standards, Hilti cannot rule
out the possibility of it
interfering with other (eg aircraft navigation)
equipment or
malfunctioning due to interference caused by very
intense electromagnetic radiation.
Under these or other conditions giving rise to
uncertainty, check measurements should be carried

5.5.2 Laser classification

The product complies with laser class 2, based on the
IEC825-1 / EN60825 standard and class II based on FDA
21CFR. The eyelid closure reflex protects the eyes
should anyone happen to look briefly into the laser
beam. However, medicines, alcohol or drugs can impair
this reflex. This laser product may be used without
further protective measures. Nevertheless, as with the
sun, care should be taken to avoid looking directly into
the light source. Do not direct the laser beam at people.
Laser warnings based on IEC825 / EN60825:


5. Safety Precautions
Laser warnings for USA based on FDA 21CFR:

This laser product complies with 21 CFR 1040 as

5.6 General safety precautions
Check the laser for possible damage before use. Have
any damage repaired at a Hilti service centre.
If the laser has been dropped or subjected to other
mechanical stresses, its accuracy must be checked.
For safetys safe, check its accuracy before each use.
When the laser is brought into a warmer environment
from a very low temperature, or vice versa, it should
be allowed to become acclimatised before being
When using adapters, always ensure the tool is
screwed on securely.
To avoid inaccurate measurements, always keep the
laser beam exit windows clean.
Although the laser is designed for use under arduous
conditions on construction sites, like any other item of
optical equipment (e.g. binoculars, spectacles or
camera), it should be handled with care.


5. Safety Precautions
Although the laser is designed to prevent the ingress
of moisture, it should be wiped dry before being put
away in its carrying case.
5.6.1 Electrical
Always remove or isolate the batteries before
To avoid damaging the environment, dispose of the
laser and the batteries in accordance with the local
regulations. Contact the manufacturer in case of


6. Preparation

6. Preparation

6.1 Switching laser on 

1. Press the ON/OFF (EIN/AUS) button.
2. Levelling takes place automatically (within
maximum of 40s). Shortly before it is completed
the laser beam is switched on in the normal
direction of rotation. The laser begins to rotate
automatically at the last speed selected (indicated
by LED).
6.2 LEDs for operating status and battery voltage 
Green (continuous) - Laser ready for operation (shock
warning system activated; when
laser has neither been shifted
and nor readjusted for 1 minute)
Green (blinking) battery voltage low
Red (continuous) batteries discharged; laser beam
All LEDs and the laser blink if the
laser is knocked.


6. Preparation
6.3 Inserting new batteries 
1. Open the battery compartment by turning the catch
to OPEN.
2. Insert the batteries into the compartment with the
correct polarity.
3. Close the compartment again by turning the catch
to LOCK.
Do not mix new and old batteries. Do not mix batteries
of different makes or types.


7. Operation

7. Operation

7.1 Switching laser on 

1. Press the ON/OFF (EIN/AUS) button
7.2 Choosing rotation speed (revolutions per minute (rpm))
Choose the required mode (0 => 50 => 80 => 300). It
will be indicated by an LED and retained in the memory
even after the laser has been switched off.
7.2.1 0 = Stop mode
The rotating head will not turn and the laser beam is
permanently switched off.
The beam can be aligned manually.
7.2.2 50 = Manual mode
This provides an additional speed for working without a
beam catcher.
7.2.3 80 = Mode for beam catcher
The beam catcher can be used from 1 - 30m (specified)
and from 1 - 50m (typical), depending on the brightness
of the surroundings.


7. Operation
7.2.4 300= Mode for laser detector
The detector can be used from 2 - 150m. It is particularly
appropriate when it is no longer possible to work with the
beam catcher (e.g. unfavourable light conditions).
7.3 Working with beam catcher 
Scanning function
Moving it slightly, hold the beam catcher (PA 331/341)
in the rotating laser beam for less than 5 seconds or
continuously. The laser will follow the catcher as it is
guided by hand or move in the range from about 150 to
about 1400mm (depending on the intervening distance)
around it. The catcher will make the beam appear much
Smart Scan function
Hold beam catcher (PA 331/341) still in the rotating
laser beam for longer than 5 seconds.
+ Stop Laser Line
The laser beam will stop at the chosen point and project
a line with a lenght of 150 - 2000 mm (depending on the
intervening distance) across the beam catcher. This
leaves both hands free for installation work.


7. Operation
+ Extend Laser Line (max.180) 
At the point where the laser beam was stopped, the line
can then be extended by moving the beam catcher
immediately (within max. 3 sec.) in the desired direction.
The line thus indicates the reference accurately at any
required point in the plane of alignment.
+ Cancelling Smart Scan function
Hold beam catcher in the laser plane again. The laser
beam will rotate at the set speed.


7. Operation
7.4 Working with the laser detector (accessory) 
For distances of up to 150m or unfavourable light
conditions, the detector (PA 350; available as an
accessory) can be used.
The laser beam will be indicated visually and
7.5 Horizontal operation 
1. Mount the laser appropriately for the application,
e.g. on a tripod.
2. Press the ON/OFF button.
3. The X- and Y-LEDs will show green.
Shortly before levelling is achieved, the laser beam
will switch on and rotate (in last mode selected).
7.6 Vertical operation 
1. Depending on the application, stand the laser on,
for example, a level surface and level it
approximately with the foot screws (with the aid of
the spirit level).
2. Press the ON/OFF button.
3. The X-LED will show green = X-axis is automatically
perpendicular and is monitored.
The Y-LED will show red = Y-axis can be aligned
manually with the servo buttons (laser plane
remains perpendicular).


7. Operation
7.6.1 Inclination/Axis button
Used to manually align the X-axis as well (X-LED will
change to red). If the manual mode is chosen for the Xaxis and the Y-axis, the laser will no longer be monitored
to ensure it remains perpendicular. The Inclination/Axis
button can be pressed again to toggle between X- and Yaxes as necessary. The laser has to be switched off and
on again to return to the original mode (X-LED = green;
Y=LED = red).
If manual (X- and/or Y-) axis setting was the last mode
used, within 3 seconds of switching the laser on the
Inclination/Axis button can be pressed to retain the last
setting. Otherwise the laser will automatically return to
the standard mode (X-LED = green; Y-LED = red).


7. Operation
7.7 Working with inclinations
1. Mount the laser appropriately for the application,
e.g. on a tripod.
2. The X- and Y-LEDs will show green.
Shortly before levelling is completed, the laser
beam will be switched on and rotate (in the last
mode selected).
7.7.1 Inclination/Axis button 
Used to set the inclination of the X- or Y-axis manually
(X- or Y-LED will change to red). If the manual mode is
selected for the X- and Y-axes, the laser is no longer
monitored to ensure it remains level. The
Inclination/Axis button can be pressed again to toggle
between X- and Y-axes as necessary.
The laser has to be switched off and on again to return
to the original mode (X-LED = green; Y-LED = green).
If manual (X- and/or Y-) axis setting was the last mode
used, within 3 seconds of switching the laser on the
Inclination/Axis button can be pressed to confirm that
the last setting should be retained. Otherwise the laser
will automatically return to the standard mode (X-LED =
green; Y-LED = red).


8. Checks and Adjustments

8. Checks and Adjustments

The laser should be checked at regular intervals (at
least before each major or relevant project) to ensure
compliance with the technical specifications.
Further information on this subject can be found in the
DIN 18723-8 standard.
Use the beam catcher to stop the beam when carrying
out the checks. This make the beam more easily
The laser may be adjusted by trained, experienced
persons only. If unsure of the procedure, please contact
your Hilti service centre.
Accuracy cannot be guaranteed if adjustment is not
carried out exactly in accordance with instructions.
All three axes (X, Y and Z) of the laser must be adjusted.
Each axis must be adjusted by checking in two opposite
directions (i.e. at 180).


8. Checks and Adjustments

8.1 Checking and adjusting horizontal rotation 
Checking and adjusting horizontality of laser X-axis:
8.1.1 Checking
1. Set the laser up level approximately 20m from a
wall (can also be mounted on tripod).
2. Press Rotation Speed button, hold down and press
ON/OFF button. Release both buttons. Wait until the
laser has levelled itself.
X-Inclination/Axis LED will change to red.
2a. Only when checking and adjusting horizontality of
Y-axis of laser:
Press Inclination/Axis button
Y-Inclination/Axis LED will change to red.
3. Use the beam catcher to mark point A of the laser
beam on the wall.
4. Turn the laser 180 on its axis.
5. Use the beam catcher to mark point B of the laser
beam on the wall.
When this procedure is carried out carefully, the
distance between the marks A and B should be less
than 4mm (at 20m).
Readjust laser if the discrepancy is greater than


8. Checks and Adjustments

8.1.2 Adjusting


Use the servo buttons to position the laser beam

exactly between the marks.
Press Rotation Speed button.
X-Inclination/Axis LED will blink.
Five seconds later the laser will switch off
The X-axis of the laser is now readjusted.
Check and adjust the horizontality of the Y-axis of
the laser in a similar manner.

8.2 Checking and adjusting vertical rotation

8.2.1 Checking
1. After adjusting the horizontal rotation (X- and
Y-axes), set the laser up level at the mid point
between walls A and B. The two walls should be
about 40m apart.
2. Switch on the laser and wait until it has levelled
3. Use the beam catcher to mark points (A1) and (B1)
of the laser beam on the wall.


8. Checks and Adjustments


Set the laser up vertically as close as possible to

wall (A), so that the plumb beam is now directed
towards this wall.
5. Press the Rotation Speed button, hold down and
press ON/OFF button. Release both buttons. Wait
until the laser has levelled itself.
X-Inclination/Axis LED will change to red.
6. Mark plumb beam on wall (A) (A2).
7. Measure the distance between the point marked for
the plumb beam and point (A1).
8. Turn the laser 180 on the foot screw for vertical
setup, so that the plumb beam is now directed
towards wall (B).
9. Mark plumb beam on wall (B) (B2).
When this procedure is carried out carefully, the
difference between the distance of the plumb beam from
point (A1) (D1) and the distance of the plumb beam
from point (B1) (D2) should be less than 8mm (at 40m).
Readjust laser if the discrepancy is greater than this.


8. Checks and Adjustments

8.2.2 Adjusting
1. Use the servo buttons to position the laser beam at
the same distance as was measured on wall (A).
2. Press the Rotation Speed button.
X-Inclination/Axis LED will blink.
Five seconds later the laser will switch off
3. The laser is now readjusted in the vertical setup.


9. Care and Maintenance

9. Care and Maintenance

9.1 Cleaning and drying
Blow dust off the lenses.
Dont touch the glass with your fingers.
Use only clean, soft cloths for cleaning. If necessary,
moisten the cloth slightly with pure alcohol or a little water.
Do not use any other liquids as these may damage the
plastic components.
Observe the temperature limits when storing your
equipment. This is particularly important in winter or
summer if the equipment is kept inside a motor vehicle
(-30C to +60C / -22F to +140F).
9.2 Storage
Remove the tool from its case if it has become wet. The
tool, its carrying case, and accessories should be cleaned
and dried (max 40C / 108F). Put the equipment back
into its case only when it is completely dry.
Check the accuracy of the equipment by taking test
measurements before it is used after a long period of
storage or transportation.
9.3 Transportation
Your equipment should be shipped in the Hilti shipping
carton or packaging of similar quality.
Always remove the batteries before shipping.


10. Disposal

10. Disposal
Improper disposal of the equipment may lead to the
Burning of plastic components generates toxic fumes
which may present a health hazard.
If damaged or exposed to very high temperatures,
batteries may explode, causing poisoning, burns, acid
burns or environmental pollution.
Careless disposal enables unauthorised persons to
make improper use of the equipment. This may lead to
serious injury to themselves or to a third party and to
pollution of the environment.
Dispose batteries according to national requirements.
Most of the materials from which Hilti tools are
manufactured can be recycled.
The materials must be correctly separated before they
can be recycled.
In many countries, Hilti has already made arrangements
for taking back old tools for recycling.
Please ask your Hilti customer service department or
Hilti representative for further information.


10. Disposal
Seperate the individual items as follows:
Part, assembly
Housing, carrying case
Control panel, display
Servo motor
Screws, small parts

Main material
alkaline manganese

plastics recycling
plastics recycling
scap metal
electronics scrap
scrap metal

Dispose of the batteries in accordance with

national regulations.

Please help to protect and maintain our



11. Warranty

11. Warranty
Hilti warrants that the tool supplied is free of defects in
material and workmanship. This warranty is valid so
long as the tool is operated and handled correctly,
cleaned and serviced properly and in accordance with
the Hilti Operating Instructions, all warranty claims are
made within 12 months from the date of the sale
(invoice date), and the technical system is maintained.
This means that only original Hilti consumables,
components and spare parts may be used in the tool.
(Unless stringent national rules stipulate a longer
minimum warranty period.)
This warranty provides the free-of-charge repair or
replacement of defective parts only. Parts requiring
repair or replacement as a result of normal wear and
tear are not covered by this warranty.
Additional claims are excluded, unless stringent
national rules prohibit such exclusion. In particular,
Hilti is not obligated for direct, indirect, incidental or
consequential damages, losses or expenses in
connection with, or by reason of, the use of, or
inability to use the tool for any purpose. Implied
warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular
purpose are specifically excluded.


11. Warranty
For repair or replacement, send tool and / or related
parts immediately upon discovery of the defect to the
address of the local Hilti marketing organization
This constitutes Hilits entire obligation with regard to
warranty and supersedes all prior or contemporaneous
comments and oral or written agreements concerning


12. FCC Statement (applicable in the USA)

12. FCC Statement (applicable in the USA)

This equipment has been tested and found to comply
with the limits for a class B digital device, pursuant to
part 15 of the FCC rules.
This device complies with part 15 of the FCC Rules.
Operation is subject to the following two conditions:
(1) This device may not cause harmful interference, and
(2) this device must accept any interference received,
including interference that may cause undesired
operation. However, there is no guarantee that
interference will not occur in a particular installation. If
this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio
or television reception, which can be determined by
turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged
to try to correct the interference by one or more of the
following measures:
Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
Increase the separation between the equipment and
Connect the equipment to an outlet on a circuit
different from that to which the receiver is connected.
Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV
technician for help.


12. FCC Statement (applicable in the USA)

Changes or modifications not expressly approved by Hilti
for compliance could void the users authority to operate
the equipment.



13. EC declaration of conformity

13. EC declaration of conformity

Serial no.:
Year of design:

Rotating Laser
PR 16
C00001 99999

We declare, on our sole responsibility, that this product

complies with the following standards or standardisation
documents: 89/336/EWG
Hilti Corporation

Armin Spiegel
Head of Positioning
Systems Business Unit
01 / 2002


Bodo Baur
Quality Manager
Positioning Systems
Business Unit
01 / 2002

Hilti = reg. trademark of Hilti Corp., Schaan W2695 0102 2-Pos. 1

Right of technical and programme changes reserved S.E.&O.

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Hilti Corporation
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