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Forum topic by Teddy posted 01-22-2010 02:39 AM 1277 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-22-2010 02:39 AM

I have been drying out some walnut cut to 5/4 and 8/4 for 20 months now. I’m in Elenton, Fla. so I realize that our humidity might prolong the drying out process, but I think some of this wood could be about ready to start using. Most of the moisture meters that I have read about either say that they read to 3/4” or don’t say at all what their depth of read is. I’m thinking I need one that reads to 1” depth and just read both sides of the board. I guess I’m looking for some feedback on some meters that many of you might be using to give me an idea of the meters that would best suit my needs. Cost is a consideration as I’ve seen them in prices ranges from $20.00 to over $500.00. Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks Ted

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#1 posted 01-22-2010 10:51 PM

Fine Woodworking recently reviewed (in two separate articles) pin type and pinless meters. The Mini Ligno items in both types did very well as i recall.

I have a pin type Mini Ligno 0-60%. Look carefully at the specs, there are Ligno models with quite a narrow range.

There’s links from here to both articles, and short summary of the pros and cons of both types:


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#2 posted 01-24-2010 05:47 PM

Thanks for the response. I do subscribe to Fine Woodworking and I read the articles on the moisture meters that they featured but since my wood was rough sawn at 5/4 and 8/4 I wasn’t sure what models would siut my needs. I have never used a meter before so I just assumed that you read both sides of the board. Most of the Lingo models only read to 3/4”. I didn’t think that was enough, b ut I could be wrong.

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#3 posted 01-25-2010 12:24 AM

Based on a FWW review I purchased a Electrophysics pin model. Very effective and affordable..

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