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GaryK

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2402 days ago

Hey All,

I was looking into getting a moisture meter and was wondering if anyone here had any experience with them.

I would like to avoid the pin type.

Any thougnts?

Gary

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX


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Thos. Angle

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#1 posted 2400 days ago

Hi, Gary, I don’t know much about moisture meters but I’ll kick this back to the top and see if it gets any response.
Tom

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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Karson

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#2 posted 2400 days ago

I have a Wagners Pin-less (Not found since the move from NJ) and so I bought a Lignomat. Because I didn’t figure that I needed two of the same if I found the first one.

They both seem to work great. I can’t say about the accuracy between them because I can’t use them on the same board, because I can’t find one.

Mark Decou and I worked on a blog that Mark started. You might look there also.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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snowdog

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#3 posted 2399 days ago

I am also very interested in opinions on moisture meters. I see prices from $25 to well over $120. my usual rule is “bigger is better” and “you get what you pay for” but those rules have failed me in the past :) not often but enough times so that I want to do my research.

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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GaryK

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#4 posted 2399 days ago

Well, it doesn’t look like anyone has really used on here with the exception of Karson.

It looks like at this point I have decided on the Wagner L609. It’s cheaper than the Wagner MMC220
which has a wider range, and more precision, but at $100 more.

Wagner L609 – 4% to 22% $149
(Amazon)

Wagner MMC220 – 5-to 30% $249
(Amazon)

Anything above 22% I’m not going to deal with anyway, and that extra decimal point won’t help that much either. It’s only a half a percent difference between the two.

6.4% would equal 6% and
6.6% would euqal 7% on the L609

I’ll let you know.

Gary

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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GaryK

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#5 posted 2390 days ago

Well, I received my new meter today, and have returned it already.

Very inconsistent readings. I spent about an hour testing it. The readings were just all over the place even re-testing the same piece after a while.

The last straw is when I measured a couple pieces of maple from on old bowling alley lane, and it said it had 16% moisture. Probably kiln dried 20 some years ago, and air drying the rest. No way it’s going to suck up
to the 16% level.

Not worth even $25.

Gary

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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Drew1House

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#6 posted 2389 days ago

So are you going to try the fancier one?

-- Drew, Pleasant Grove, Utah

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Mike Lingenfelter

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#7 posted 2313 days ago

Hey Gary,

Did you find a moisture meter that worked for you? I’m in the market for one and the price range is huge. I’m seeing prices from $20 to almost $400!

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Dorje

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#8 posted 2313 days ago

I’ve got the mmc220 on my list – kind of a dream-o-meter…

Talked with a fellow yesterday that uses a Lignomat- a Portland, OR company…

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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GaryK

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#9 posted 2313 days ago

Mike – I have given up after my disappointment with my last purchase. I have gone all these years without one
I guess I can go longer.

They all seem to be calibrated for douglas fir and you have to adjust the number given for whatever wood
you are testing. That means either you need a really good memory or use the pamplet with the conversions.

Gary

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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Mike Lingenfelter

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#10 posted 2313 days ago

Thanks for the update Gary. There are some that let you can pick the specie of lumber you are testing, but those are the ones that are on the expensive side. Like the one on Dorje’s wishlist, it’s one expensive unit :).

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Dadoo

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#11 posted 2312 days ago

All I know is that if ya whack it with a hammer, and it spits back at ya…well, if it’s wood, then it’s too wet. If it ain’t wood, then it’s still alive and you’ve really pissed it off!

Hahahahahahaha! Sorry Gary…my bad. Had to say it. The temptation, ya know?

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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GaryK

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#12 posted 2312 days ago

Dadoo – I like it!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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TreeBones

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#13 posted 2289 days ago

Any new information on this subject, time for me to get a new one, my last low budget model took a dump.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service http://westcoastlands.net/Sawmill.html http://westcoastlands.net/SawBucks2/phpBB3 http://www.portablesawmill.info

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Karson

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#14 posted 2289 days ago

Buy cheap. I think there is a saying in there someplace.

I’ve got the Ligonmat and I’m happy with it. It uses wood density and moisture to figure out the % moisture. If you hit a knot the readings change.

I still haven’t found my Wagner pinless one. so no comparison between them.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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CaptnA

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#15 posted 2287 days ago

dang Karson I was hoping when you found it you’d offer to sell one cheap…. ????
I’m a bit surprised that there wasn’t more input on this. My wife is looking into one of these and I’m quite ignorant about them. I know people use them who/whom I still can’t say
Gary I am curious why the choice to avoid the pin type?
need to rummage in the piles of Wood magazine and see if they have an article on these. Something’s ringing a bell – either that its the echo again…

-- CaptnA - "When someone hurts you, write it in the sand so the winds of forgiveness will scatter the memory... "

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