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10-25-2020 06:55 PM

Topic tags/keywords: moisture meter metal detector

I’ve decided to buy a moisture meter. I’ve never used/owned one. Which brand/model do you folks recommend? Do any of them come in combination with a metal detector?

-- Measure twice, cut once. If you cut it too short get a wood stretcher.


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#1 posted 10-25-2020 07:33 PM

I have an old Lignomat but honestly the technology of moisture meters is unsophisticated by today’s standards of manufacturing and paying a premium price for a European brand like Lignomat is likely not something you need to do to get accurate readings.

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#2 posted 10-25-2020 09:11 PM

Pin or pinless, that is the question!

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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#3 posted 10-25-2020 09:25 PM



Pin or pinless, that is the question!

- Madmark2


I’m open to either.

-- Measure twice, cut once. If you cut it too short get a wood stretcher.

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#4 posted 10-25-2020 09:38 PM

Pinned will be less expensive, but don’t think you can just push it into the face of a board and get a good reading. For real accuracy it’s recommended to cut around six inches off the length and take your reading in the center of the exposed surface. Otherwise, you’re reading the surface moisture content and not the core.

The real pinless meters like Wagner and Lignomat are in the $300 range and up, with the Wagners more in the $400 and up zone. All the cheaper ones like General are good for is leak detection. They’ll detect moisture, but not with sufficient accuracy for woodworking.

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

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#5 posted 10-27-2020 07:33 AM

Quality tools these are. They have one for a lot of different situations. I love my 930. If you decide to get one of the higher priced units, Wagner, Ligno, Delmhorst, would be the 3 companies I would look at. I also suggest pinless.

https://www.wagnermeters.com/moisture-meters/

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#6 posted 10-27-2020 02:49 PM

Ive had this unit since 2004. Still use it all the time. Pinless and best of all goes up to 1 inch deep.
https://inspectortools.com/tramex-mep-moisture-encounter-plus-non-destructive-moisture-meter/

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#7 posted 10-27-2020 03:35 PM

I have Delmhorst J-4 In very good condition for sale. Meter, remote electrode, additional tips, manual, case. $300.00 + 10 for shipping PM me for pictures.
Peter
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#8 posted 10-27-2020 03:38 PM


I have Delmhorst J-4 In very good condition for sale. Meter, remote electrode, additional tips, manual, case. $300.00 + 10 for shipping

- zorro9

Amazon has it for $310 with free shipping.

https://www.amazon.com/Delmhorst-Analog-Wood-Moisture-Meter/dp/B0000224D5

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

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#9 posted 10-27-2020 05:35 PM

Lignomat MD/C

Here is a review I did on this model. I have an ED model as well, which works great. I prefer the MD/C though because it is capable of accepting lead wires and probes. This has been very useful in my small scale lumber kiln.

https://www.lumberjocks.com/reviews/9378

Or read more here…
https://www.lignomatusa.com/meters/non-digital-mini-lignos/

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#10 posted 10-27-2020 05:54 PM

I have been very happy with mine, but I don’t remember what kind it is. It has pins; I didn’t pay a lot for it, and I put it in a box or drawer so that it would be easy to find…. six or seven months ago and I haven’t found it since.

-- derek / oregon

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#11 posted 10-28-2020 02:40 AM

Amazon has only the meter for 310.00

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#12 posted 10-28-2020 03:51 AM


Amazon has only the meter for 310.00

- zorro9

Welcome to LumberJocks.

That’s not what I’d call a game-changer. But hey, who knows? Maybe you’ll get lucky and find a buyer here. In general, I’d never pay even 50% of retail for a used item, especially electronics with no guarantee. Accessories generally don’t add much value.

Speaking of Zorro. It’s Spanish for fox. The original 1957 series starred Guy Williams. It was classic early television, and Guy went on to play Prof. John Robinson in the ‘60s series Lost in Space. Just a bit of TV trivia.

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

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#13 posted 10-29-2020 01:04 AM

Rich, you’re telling your age. Thanks for your input.
Zorro ( the fox)

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#14 posted 10-29-2020 01:14 AM


Rich, you re telling your age. Thanks for your input.
Zorro ( the fox)

- zorro9

Indeed. I watched Zorro when it ran in the late ‘50s, so I guess the cat’s out of the bag.

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

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#15 posted 10-29-2020 11:39 AM


Amazon has only the meter for 310.00

- zorro9

Welcome to LumberJocks.

That s not what I d call a game-changer. But hey, who knows? Maybe you ll get lucky and find a buyer here. In general, I d never pay even 50% of retail for a used item, especially electronics with no guarantee. Accessories generally don t add much value.

Speaking of Zorro. It s Spanish for fox. The original 1957 series starred Guy Williams. It was classic early television, and Guy went on to play Prof. John Robinson in the 60s series Lost in Space. Just a bit of TV trivia.

- Rich


I never did like Lost In Space. In my opinion it was lame.

-- Measure twice, cut once. If you cut it too short get a wood stretcher.

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