Decent moisture meter in the <100 dollar range

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Forum topic by Rich posted 12-01-2017 11:33 PM 1814 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-01-2017 11:33 PM

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The title pretty much says it all. I’m looking for a relatively inexpensive moisture meter that gives decent results. Obviously, something like a Wagner is out of the question, but Lignomat makes models down close to $100. It seems like the reviews on Amazon are all over the place, so I’d like input from the folks I trust the most, LJs.

I’m up in the air regarding pin or pinless too. I think I’d prefer pinless, but not if I lose accuracy.

Any ideas?

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#1 posted 12-01-2017 11:51 PM

I’ve had your same question for a while, I keep looking on eBay for an old school high-quality one like Delmhorst. I’ve seen people with Timber Check, which is about $80. Thought about pulling the trigger on it but have not.

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#2 posted 12-02-2017 12:00 AM

Rich, I have a Lignomat. Works really well.

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#3 posted 12-02-2017 01:58 AM

Just posted about purchasing 8/4 hard maple and moisture content :) I am in need of a moisture meter as well, I do believe.

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#4 posted 12-02-2017 02:19 AM

I have an old Mind-ligno by Lignomat.
It has a row of lights and a laminated
card that fits in the case. It’s old fashioned
but it works and is easy to understand.
Used ones can be got on ebay.

I have another, new China made one with
a confusing instruction booklet. I haven’t
compared the readings though.

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#5 posted 12-02-2017 04:34 AM

I was looking at the General Tools MMD7NP pinless on Amazon and wondering why it gets such good reviews there, yet on the Lowe’s site, it does horribly. Then I followed the link that Ripper70 posted on Holbs’ thread for the General Tools MMD4E pin type meter and realized it’s the same ratings for both because they share the same page. So, the pinless probably does suck…lol.

You really have to be careful on Amazon. Things are not always what they seem.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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