Tool Review: Wagner Orion 950 Pinless Moisture Meter
Rollie Johnson says that Wagner's new meter makes it dead-easy to determine if lumber is ready to use.
There’s a lot to like about the Wagner Orion 950 pinless moisture meter. The meter is easy to set up for any wood species. The real deal for us furniture folks, though, is the meter’s ability to calculate the exact equilibrium moisture content in your shop for the species being checked. It does this by reading relative humidity and temperature and combining these with the desired species density. This makes it dead easy to determine if the lumber being scanned is ready for use. Dew point and grains per pound can also be detected for more esoteric needs.
Moisture readings can be saved, too, up to 100 of them. Once the readings are saved, you can scroll through them, get an average, and see the highest or lowest. An optional alarm on the high point will sound if the meter moves over an even higher point—another great option for hard-to-reach (and see) places.
You can transfer the meter’s data via Bluetooth to a free app for tracking or storing information. A device for verifying calibration, specifically set to each individual meter, is included, making it snap to check the meter’s accuracy.
Photos: Roland Johnson
From Fine Woodworking #283