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Forum topic by CaseyJones posted 01-19-2013 06:54 AM 1009 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-19-2013 06:54 AM

I’ve narrowed it down to the Lignomat Mini or the Delmhorst J-Lite…...which one do y’all like the best?

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#1 posted 01-20-2013 02:14 AM

Both are good meters from great companies; you won’t go wrong with either one for basic woodworking. If you are going to be more involved with drying, you need to consider a meter that has species and temperature correction built into it, such as the higher end Delmhorst meters.

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#2 posted 01-20-2013 03:17 AM

I wouldn’t agonize overly with choice of moisture meter. Get one that has a good rating but don’t be surprised when you find that moisture readings vary quite a bit within the same board. That is, it’s not as simple as one might hope, and even a $400 meter only gives you a good idea of the actual moisture content. Like Scsmith42 says, the better meters account for species but even then it’s not bullet proof. I think they likely only react to density differences and my guess is that there’s a bit more to it than that.

What I do is meter the wood and then keep checking it until the readings stabilize. I write on the board with chalk and meter the very same places time after time.

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