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how many of you guys check incoming wood product with a meter ?
Im thinking about buying one . I havent had a problem yet , but sooner or later it's bound to come up .
what kind of coinage we talking for a decent unit ? I realize the sky is the limit with this type of product.....but will , lets just say a $100 , get a unit that will at least tell warn of impending problems ?
I have a Delmhorst J-2000 I don't use it much when buying wood from my regular supplier.
Wagner and Extech are the 2 big names for these devices. Wagner's products are $300 and up. Extech has units that run from $50 to $500. Sears and Home Depot sell units for around $50 to $100.
How much you spend is a function of how much of an issue wood moisture content is for you, and how accurate you need to be (+/- 1% or +/- 4%). Extech sells a $100 pocket model that's small, easy to use, and fairly accurate
well , it wont be used every day ; probably a quick check when a project comes in , especially if coming from a big-box ,. I dont need to differentiate between 7 and 8 percent . but I do want to know if something is over 10% (ish) . maybe I'll look into that Extech meter.....thanks .
You should spend more than $200 for a moisture meter if you want accurate results. You should also get one made in the USA so you can get repairs and supplies easily. Also, this assures you that it is properly calibrated for US species.
The three big names are Delmhorst, Lignomat, and Wagner. If buying a different brand than these three, make sure your supplier will accept readings from this brand. Experience shows the big three are widely accepted. The J-2000 is indeed widely used. Get the 26E probe with it so you can also get the interior MC, and not just the surface or average MC.
Be careful with other brands that they do cover all species; for example, one of the others only covers 10 species. One brand I tested was way off in its calibrations, but it was cheap. Another sold a moisture meter that could be used on all sorts of materials, but for dry wood, it had no resolution. We do want to know if the wood is more than "dry." We want to know if it is 9.2%, 7.4%, etc., but this dry end is hard to achieve in wood without spending a few dollars for equipment design and manufacturing.