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New Heavy-Duty Laser Pointers Provide Cost-Effective
Accuracy on Tough Jobsites

Spectra Precision Laser LP20 and LP40 Ideal for Interior Construction Contractors

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Sept. 21, 2004 -- Trimble (NASDAQ:TRMB) today introduced the Spectra Precision® Laser LP20 and LP40 self-leveling laser pointers. Designed to handle a wide range of interior construction applications as well as many exterior applications, these rugged laser layout tools offer several benefits to general and interior contractors, electricians, plumbers and a variety of tradesmen. Both products deliver cost-effective consistency and reliability, enabling users to increase productivity and cut costs.
The dual-beam LP20 projects one beam up and one beam down, up to 30 meters (100 feet), making it ideal for one-person plumb point transfer. A self-leveling mechanism ensures that positioning is accurate.
The LP40, also self-leveling, projects four beams up to 30 meters (100 feet). One beam points up while another points down to create a plumb-up and plumb-down reference. The other two beams are offset at 90 degrees to each other, pointing out horizontally to create level and square reference points.
A special package version of the LP40, the LP40-1, is also available and has all the features and benefits of the LP40 plus a complete set of universal mounting accessories packed in a compact hard carrying case.
Powered by four AA batteries, the units are compact and easy to use. The LP20 and LP40 are designed as portable tools with convenience as well as durability in mind. They can survive a drop of up to 1 meter (3 feet) on concrete and feature IP54 moisture sealing and built-in over-molding, making them ideal for daily jobsite conditions. The units attach to the user's belt with a custom pouch, making them instantly available as needed with no setup or leveling time required.
"The new Spectra Precision Laser LP20 and LP40 laser pointers are rugged and useful," said Pat Bohle, division vice president for Trimble's Construction Instruments Business. "Due to the laser pointers' durability, repairs should be minimal which is important to contractors who need their tools on the jobsite. In addition, the units incorporate intuitive operator controls so there is virtually no training required. And the self-leveling capability may prevent re-work, which commonly results from using manually leveled lasers that frequently drift off-level. The LP20 and LP40 are affordable products that should save users time and money."
The LP20 and LP40 are also versatile, capable of handling any interior or exterior horizontal, vertical or plumb positioning application---anywhere that a carpenter's level or plumb bob would normally be used. Applications include ceiling and drywall installation, framing of doors and windows, counter tops, cabinets, leveling, plumb, squaring and layout, among others. The bright beam makes these products suitable for any level of lighting, from dim to bright.
The new Spectra Precision Laser LP40 and LP20 laser pointers are available now through Trimble's Construction Instruments dealer network.
About Trimble's Construction Instruments Business
Trimble, a world leader in GPS, construction lasers, robotic total stations and machine control solutions, is creating a broad range of innovative solutions that will change the way construction work is done. The Construction Instruments Business of Trimble is focusing on the development of technology and solutions for general, interior and underground contractors. From concept to completion, Trimble's integrated systems streamline jobs and improve productivity.
About Trimble
Trimble is a leading innovator of Global Positioning System (GPS) technology. In addition to providing advanced GPS components, Trimble augments GPS with other positioning technologies as well as wireless communications and software to create complete customer solutions. Trimble's worldwide presence and unique capabilities position the Company for growth in emerging applications including surveying, automobile navigation, machine guidance, asset tracking, wireless platforms, and telecommunications infrastructure. Founded in 1978 and headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., Trimble has more than 2,000 employees in more than 20 countries worldwide.

Media Contact:   Shelly McBrayer of Trimble: 937-245-5376

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