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Forum topic by sean1327 posted 10-17-2012 09:51 AM 1901 views 1 time favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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sean1327

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10-17-2012 09:51 AM

I am looking for the most ACCURATE moisture meter on the market. Price is not as important as accuracy and quality. The coin I spend will offset my cost after its first few uses.

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I will be using this tool on finished wood. The wood I will be testing will already be stained and sealed. Sometimes the wood is stained and other times it is painted.

Let me know what you would call the most accurate/best meter.


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#1 posted 10-17-2012 10:22 AM

am looking for the most ACCURATE moisture meter on the market. Price is not as important as accuracy and quality. The coin I spend will offset my cost after its first few uses.

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Tennessee

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#2 posted 10-17-2012 12:29 PM

You are probably have to go with a pin meter, since the pad meters do not do well with painted and finished surfaces. Beyond that, can’t help.

-- Paul, Tennessee, http://www.tsunamiguitars.com

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#3 posted 10-17-2012 02:02 PM

Can use either pin or pinless meter if know what you are doing. Nice read:
http://www.wagnermeters.com/moisture-meter-mistakes.php

Bought this meter back when cost $10 and change, a darling of message boards and has served me well. I harvest wood for turning.
http://www.lowes.com/pd_78059-56005-MMD4E_0__?productId=3136919&Ntt=mositure+meter&pl=1&currentURL=%3FNtt%3Dmositure%2Bmeter&facetInfo=

Decide whether want pin or pinless type and read reviews on line. Wagner meters noted for accuracy and ease of use. Have no idea on cost.

-- Bill

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Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

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#4 posted 10-17-2012 07:52 PM

I have used a Lingomat for several years now and find it to be top notch. It is a pin style meter that I paid around $100 or so when new. It has a digital readout and reads with in 10ths of a %. The most important point in getting an accurate reading is not only taking a surface reading but also taking a reading of the board center.
I purchased a good bit of sinker cypress that had a 60% moisture content due to being recently pulled out of the swamps. The log was sawn into 1.24” boards and stickered to dry. I take a reading on the surface and also cut a sample board to get a center reading..the moisture content can vary greatly and be higher in the center until the board has had enough time to dry very thoroughly. I also run a dehumilifier in my wood shed constantly.

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WoodGoddess

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#5 posted 10-17-2012 09:09 PM

Naturally as a true Wagner Meter employee…I will say that we have accurate meters that will last for years. I’m talking years and years and used by many generations. ;) The cost of each meter is on our site and if you have any direct questions…I’d be happy to get real answers for you. I’d suggest a pin-less meter simply because you said you’d be using it on finished wood. Depending on the product…tiny holes may not be desirable. Good luck! And welcome…everyone here is AWESOME!!!!

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#6 posted 10-18-2012 10:48 PM

After speaking with Wagner customer service…... I went with the L607 Waterborne

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