HF Moisture Meter - Woodworking Talk - Woodworkers Forum
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 16 Old 06-29-2011, 09:51 AM Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
slicksqueegie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Warren, MI
Posts: 572
View slicksqueegie's Photo Album My Photos
HF Moisture Meter

Has anyone used this moisture meter?
http://www.harborfreight.com/digital...ter-67143.html
as far as moisture meters are concerned, is it a good one?

Anybody can become a woodworker, but only a Craftsmen can hide his mistakes!
slicksqueegie is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 16 Old 06-29-2011, 10:32 AM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Baxter, Tennessee
Posts: 3,257
View john lucas's Photo Album My Photos
I don't have any idea about that one. However if your going to use it for turning, most meters won't read deep enough. I did find one from General tools that will read 4" deep. I didn't ask the price but I'll bet it was $200 to $300 if not more. I doubt the HF meter will read more than 3/4" deep and probably not accurately at that.
The best way to judge the moisture in turned wood is to wieght it. when it stops losing weight it is at equalibrium with your shop.
john lucas is offline  
post #3 of 16 Old 06-29-2011, 10:53 AM Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
slicksqueegie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Warren, MI
Posts: 572
View slicksqueegie's Photo Album My Photos
Quote:
Originally Posted by john lucas View Post
I doubt the HF meter will read more than 3/4" deep and probably not accurately at that.
The roughed bowl walls are usually not more than 3/4" - 1" thick. Could I get a reading on both sides of the bowl?

Quote:
Originally Posted by john lucas View Post
The best way to judge the moisture in turned wood is to wieght it. when it stops losing weight it is at equalibrium with your shop.
This is what i have been doing. i cant see the point of spending 300 bucks for a meter, but wouldn't mind having one if it works and costs 10 bucks.

Anybody can become a woodworker, but only a Craftsmen can hide his mistakes!
slicksqueegie is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of 16 Old 06-29-2011, 12:34 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 1,021
View NCPaladin's Photo Album My Photos
I use one but it is a Delmhorst and was about $60 on ebay new. I typically turn the foot area down to about inch or less since it is side grain and not endgrain. Not a problem pushing the pins in 3/8 but they do sell an optional cable assembly to read without using the pins. I have never been able to find the pin holes after finish turning.
Not sure if the HF $10 is good or not. It would be nice if they had more reviews.

They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety. Benjamin Franklin
NCPaladin is offline  
post #5 of 16 Old 06-29-2011, 04:56 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Jacksonville, NC
Posts: 517
View wildwood's Photo Album My Photos
I read the owners manual! How could you go wrong for just $10?
wildwood is offline  
post #6 of 16 Old 06-30-2011, 07:56 AM
sawdust manufacturer
 
txpaulie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: SE Texas
Posts: 581
View txpaulie's Photo Album My Photos
Quote:
How could you go wrong for just $10?
and

Quote:
It would be nice if they had more reviews.


C'mon Slick, go for it!

p

...ever notice how "I'm sorry" and "I apologize" mean the same thing, unless you are at a funeral..?
txpaulie is offline  
post #7 of 16 Old 06-30-2011, 08:13 AM
Old School
 
cabinetman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: So. Florida
Posts: 24,062
View cabinetman's Photo Album My Photos
Saw this at Lowes:
http://www.lowes.com/webapp/wcs/stor...59-56005-MMD4E

Some stores have it at $9.98, some have it at $19.98. Gotta check different stores.








.
cabinetman is offline  
post #8 of 16 Old 07-03-2011, 05:40 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Baxter, Tennessee
Posts: 3,257
View john lucas's Photo Album My Photos
I purchased the one at Lowes yesterday. I'll try to play with it tomorrow. It told me my dry wood is 12%. That's exactly what I have found wood in my area to be. I used the dry it in the microwave completely and weighing the difference and manually calculating the MC.
I'm going to measure some wood that's been drying in my shop. I don't know what that will tell me other than it's wet. I have some 3" thick platter blanks that are about 6 months old. I know they aren't dry enough to turn but it will be interesting what the meter tells me.
john lucas is offline  
post #9 of 16 Old 07-04-2011, 07:33 AM Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
slicksqueegie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Warren, MI
Posts: 572
View slicksqueegie's Photo Album My Photos
Yeah, if I grab one it will be from there. It seems to be the best deal.

Anybody can become a woodworker, but only a Craftsmen can hide his mistakes!
slicksqueegie is offline  
post #10 of 16 Old 07-04-2011, 06:30 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: UP of Michigan
Posts: 1,046
View Bob Willing's Photo Album My Photos
Quote:
Originally Posted by john lucas View Post
I purchased the one at Lowes yesterday. I'll try to play with it tomorrow. It told me my dry wood is 12%. That's exactly what I have found wood in my area to be. I used the dry it in the microwave completely and weighing the difference and manually calculating the MC.
I'm going to measure some wood that's been drying in my shop. I don't know what that will tell me other than it's wet. I have some 3" thick platter blanks that are about 6 months old. I know they aren't dry enough to turn but it will be interesting what the meter tells me.

Bought one from Lowes today works great $9.98 in Marquette, MI. Home is Crysyal Falls, MI. Read my siding on the house which is quarter log and it measured 6%. It is very dry up here, we need the rain. The meter is made by General, I think that is a HF brand.
Bob Willing is offline  
post #11 of 16 Old 07-04-2011, 07:37 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Baxter, Tennessee
Posts: 3,257
View john lucas's Photo Album My Photos
I played with the General meter today. It seems accurate but you have to push the pins in at least 1/8". I also got some strange readings when I read at 4 different locations on a 3" thick platter blank that is 16" square. This has been drying since Oct. in my shop. I think it did give me a fair idea of where those pieces are.
john lucas is offline  
post #12 of 16 Old 07-04-2011, 10:07 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: UP of Michigan
Posts: 1,046
View Bob Willing's Photo Album My Photos
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bob Willing View Post
Bought one from Lowes today works great $9.98 in Marquette, MI. Home is Crysyal Falls, MI. Read my siding on the house which is quarter log and it measured 6%. It is very dry up here, we need the rain. The meter is made by General, I think that is a HF brand.
I saw this meter on Amazon for $24.99 the exact same one that is sold by Lowes
Bob Willing is offline  
post #13 of 16 Old 07-07-2011, 01:22 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Jacksonville, NC
Posts: 517
View wildwood's Photo Album My Photos
I was out throwing money around town this morning and picked up General MMD4E pin LCD moisture meter at Lowes for $10 and change with tax. Works pretty good.
wildwood is offline  
post #14 of 16 Old 07-07-2011, 02:52 PM
Senior Member
 
Joe Lyddon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Alta Loma, CA
Posts: 711
View Joe Lyddon's Photo Album My Photos
Cool

Quote:
Originally Posted by cabinetman View Post
Saw this at Lowes:
http://www.lowes.com/webapp/wcs/stor...59-56005-MMD4E

Some stores have it at $9.98, some have it at $19.98. Gotta check different stores.

.
The link was bad... Searched for "Moisture Meter" and found THIS .

Looks a lot better than the HF one (to me)...
Hope the Link worked... and stays good.

The Review ratings are SUPER GOOD compared to HF... 4 out of 4 GOOD.

I didn't think one could get a Moisture Meter for that kind of price! Looks good!
I just might give it a "try"...

Thank you Capt.!

Last edited by Joe Lyddon; 07-07-2011 at 02:55 PM.
Joe Lyddon is offline  
post #15 of 16 Old 07-07-2011, 05:27 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Jacksonville, NC
Posts: 517
View wildwood's Photo Album My Photos
I took some MC readings in my shop and woodshed this afternoon and very impressed with General MMD4E. Bradford Pear harvested in Jan ran between 16% to 19% MC, some Oak been in my woodshed for at least two years ran 10% MC.

Hope meter stays accurate after I drop it a few times.
wildwood is offline  
post #16 of 16 Old 07-07-2011, 05:37 PM
Senior Member
 
Joe Lyddon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Alta Loma, CA
Posts: 711
View Joe Lyddon's Photo Album My Photos
I just noticed that you can pay $3 extra and get 1 year replacement plan...

Might be good to take that offer... I don't know...
Joe Lyddon is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Woodworking Talk - Woodworkers Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Moisture Meter? MS Sportsman General Woodworking Discussion 5 04-23-2010 09:09 AM
Moisture Meter cedacwood Hand Tools 3 02-27-2009 10:44 AM
Moisture Meter or Not? Tom5151 General Woodworking Discussion 9 01-15-2009 06:12 PM
Moisture Meter werneb01 General Woodworking Discussion 2 07-16-2008 09:54 AM
moisture meter paulidaho New Member Introductions 2 03-19-2008 06:10 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome