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What moisture meter do you use?
« on: October 04, 2015, 06:42:43 PM »
I want to buy a moisture meter and not sure on reliability of the various brands. My past experience is just with the analog meters and am familiar only with the delmhorst and lignomat brands. What do you guys use and are you happy with the reliability of it?

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Re: What moisture meter do you use?
« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2015, 06:52:11 PM »
 I use  the Lignomat and so far have been very happy with it.

It small and mine came with a pretty decent case that keeps the metre well protected.
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Re: What moisture meter do you use?
« Reply #2 on: October 04, 2015, 07:46:56 PM »


 
Mine is a Wagner L606, analog.
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Re: What moisture meter do you use?
« Reply #3 on: October 04, 2015, 08:17:22 PM »
Just got my first one (at a thrift store).  You spend a buck for one of these things and you don't expect to have to replace the battery to get it to work!


I know it's not a high end meter. I see it going for $35 at a tool site, and $24 at that big site that undersells everyone.
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Re: What moisture meter do you use?
« Reply #4 on: October 07, 2015, 08:02:11 AM »
delmhorst. I've been pleased with it so far.
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Re: What moisture meter do you use?
« Reply #5 on: October 07, 2015, 05:02:07 PM »
Lignomat for 15 years.  Very happy with it.
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Re: What moisture meter do you use?
« Reply #6 on: October 07, 2015, 07:52:40 PM »
I just bought a DMioTECH  off E-bay...  $20.87
I dont know if it's good or bad.
Never used one before...
I'll let you know how it works....

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Re: What moisture meter do you use?
« Reply #7 on: October 07, 2015, 09:01:03 PM »
Lignomat, Several years and no problems.

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Re: What moisture meter do you use?
« Reply #8 on: October 07, 2015, 09:22:05 PM »
Lignomat, Several years and no problems.

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Re: What moisture meter do you use?
« Reply #9 on: October 07, 2015, 09:25:22 PM »
I just bought a DMioTECH  off E-bay...  $20.87,  I dont know if it's good or bad.  Never used one before...I'll let you know how it works....
What are you going to compare it with?
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Re: What moisture meter do you use?
« Reply #10 on: October 07, 2015, 09:33:52 PM »
Thank you all for the replies. I just want to make an educated purchase that will last me for quite a few years.

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Re: What moisture meter do you use?
« Reply #11 on: October 07, 2015, 10:42:19 PM »
 
delmhorst. I've been pleased with it so far.

I use one also, easy to use.  Accuracy is very important, and Delmhorst will factory recalibrate on request.  This way I know it's always dead on, no guessing. 
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Re: What moisture meter do you use?
« Reply #12 on: October 08, 2015, 12:31:26 AM »
I use  the Lignomat for 10 years and so far have been very happy with it.
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Re: What moisture meter do you use?
« Reply #13 on: October 08, 2015, 02:03:10 AM »
I just bought a DMioTECH  off E-bay...  $20.87,  I dont know if it's good or bad.  Never used one before...I'll let you know how it works....
What are you going to compare it with?
I had to start somewhere... I had none and never used one.
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Re: What moisture meter do you use?
« Reply #14 on: October 08, 2015, 05:18:13 AM »
Another vote for Delmhorst.
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Re: What moisture meter do you use?
« Reply #15 on: October 08, 2015, 06:44:41 AM »
Wagner, because it was readily and easily available at the local big box store cheap...turns out its pretty accurate, has been compared to some of my woodworking friends meters, and after close to 2 years of abuse, still works like new...I would like to get one that doesn't use pins though, so I'm interested in this thread...
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Re: What moisture meter do you use?
« Reply #16 on: October 08, 2015, 07:28:33 AM »
Delmhorst J2000X

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Re: What moisture meter do you use?
« Reply #17 on: October 08, 2015, 07:37:39 AM »
Wow.... I just checked the price on the Wagner MMC 210....
Guess what I bought is junk....

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Re: What moisture meter do you use?
« Reply #18 on: October 08, 2015, 07:45:31 AM »
Not necessarily.  Compare it side by side with a top end model and see what it does.
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Re: What moisture meter do you use?
« Reply #19 on: October 08, 2015, 08:42:05 AM »
I got one at Rockler for $50.  says +/- 3% error factor which isn't great when you're looking around six to nine percent.  I air dry so I'll measure on cutting then wait to next year to measure again.  When I have hundreds of stacks I might upgrade. 


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