|Review by Shopsmithtom||posted 05-20-2010 10:46 PM||5470 views||1 time favorited||18 comments|
- Harbor Freight Digital Mini Moisture Meter item # 67143
- Brand: Harbor Freight | Category: Measuring Tools
Last fall I put up a couple hundred bd ft of ash to air dry in a friend’s building near our summer place. I couldn’t wait to get back this spring to check on the progress so as soon as I got our place open for the year, I called him to see if he could check it with me since he has a pinless Wagner moisture meter that he paid several hundred bucks for.
Just before I headed that way, I stopped at our local Harbor Freight store & bought my own meter. It was a pin probe style, but I can live with that, and the price was $12.99. Since I get 20% coupons often in the paper, I used one here, so for a bit over 10 bucks, I’ve got my own meter.
I figured that a good test of the meter would be to compare it to the results of my friend’s much pricier meter.
So I did. The HF one comes with batteries (to install) and simple but easy to follow instructions. They say it’s accurate to within + or – 2%, which is (I think) pretty standard for this type of meter. There is no adjustment for different wood species.
My friend adjusted his meter for white ash & read 11-12%. My meter read 10-12%. We both tried this several times with pretty much the same results. I was a happy guy & he was impressed. The only possible thing to be aware of (and I don’t know if it’s really an issue since I’ve not used other pin meters to compare) is when you press the pins into the wood, you sometimes have to try it a time or two to get it to read, or wiggle it a bit. I think it might just be the nature of pin meters, but I don’t know for sure.
The bottom line… I find it to be a great addition to my toolbox at a price that really can’t be beat.
-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you