Moisture Meters

The New Orion Line of Pinless Wood Moisture Meters
Proven Accuracy • Non-Damaging • 7-Year Warranty

Moisture Meter - Orion 910
Deep Depth
Wood Moisture Meter - Orion 920
Shallow Depth
Moisture Meter for Wood - Orion 930
Dual Depth
Lumber Moisture Meter - Orion 940
Data Collection
Moisture Meter - Orion 950
Smart Meter

Woodworking


Ensure that your flawless work lasts for lifetimes

Furniture Manufacturing


The cornerstone of quality assurance for wood manufacturers

Wood Flooring Installers


Trust your expert reputation to moisture meters with proven superior accuracy

Luthiers


Ensure the quality, longevity, and stability of your masterpiece

Building Inspection


Proven superior accuracy to protect your clients and your reputation

Small Sawmill Operators


Significantly increase the value of your wood

Pinless moisture meters featuring accuracy, versatility, and quality only found in the Orion Series
The Orion® Series.

The new Orion series is the next generation of pinless moisture meters from Wagner Meters featuring accuracy, versatility, and quality that can’t be found in other meters. Incorporating enhanced technology based on feedback about our beloved MMC line, the new Orion line (with multiple patents pending) leaves our competitors in the sawdust.


The Orion Series has 5 different moisture meters to choose from


High-Speed
Moisture Content Readings

More Time to Find Hidden Moisture Pockets
We graduated with the same "Time Is Money" diploma you did, so we made a wood moisture meter capable of taking a large volume of near-instantaneous, accurate readings so that you can measure every piece of wood for total peace of mind. It's our way of giving you back more of your valuable time to take more readings on your wood and catch those hidden moisture pockets that can really wreck your project and your day. Orion pinless wood moisture meters read moisture content levels in wood or other materials with a non-damaging electromagnetic sensor pad that provides speedy moisture content readings scientifically proven for superior accuracy. Pin-type wood moisture meters often require multiple stabs into the wood to get readings, and only if the sharp pins are penetrating correctly. Don't be a slow-poke with a pin meter, get an Orion pinless meter and get more time to do the thorough scanning you need to do.

Don't hassle with broken pins anymore with Orion's non-damaging pinless sensor technology

Non-Damaging Pinless Sensor

Every Orion meter features pinless technology…a non-damaging way to quickly and accurately measure the moisture content of wood. (This also eliminates the frustrations and costs of broken pins!)

  Learn more about the Top 5 Best Moisture Meters

On-Site Calibration

No need to return your Orion to the factory for calibration. Every Orion meter comes with an individually paired On-Demand Calibrator allowing you to easily calibrate your meter anytime*, ensuring that you will always be able to obtain accurate moisture measurements. A NIST-traceable version, with a certificate of calibration, can also be purchased. *patent pending

  Click here to watch a video about the quick and easy on-site calibration process

Easily calibrate the Orion moisture meters with on-demand calibration to accurately measure moisture
Wagner Meters includes a 7-year warranty on the Orion pinless moisture meters

7-Year Warranty

Wagner Meters is proud to include the Orion line of pinless meters within our Genuine Wagner 7-Year Warranty program. The longest lasting warranty in the industry!

Deep Depth Measurements

The Orion 910 Deep Depth Pinless Moisture Meter is ideal for reading the moisture content in wood thicknesses from .75” (19mm) to 1.5” (38mm).

The Orion 910 moisture meter is perfect for deep depth measurements
The Orion 920 moisture meter is capable of measuring shallow depths down to a quarter inch

Shallow Depth Measurements

The Orion 920 Shallow Depth Pinless Moisture Meter provides the capability to measure moisture content from the surface down to ¼” deep inside the wood specimen. This is particularly useful for checking wood moisture content after application of waterborne finishes or for thin wood such as checking moisture content during wood flooring acclimation.

High-Speed Moisture Content Readings

More Time to Find Hidden Moisture Pockets We graduated with the same "Time Is Money" diploma you did, so we made a wood moisture meter capable of taking a large volume of near-instantaneous, accurate readings so that you can measure every piece of wood for total peace of mind. It's our way of giving you back more of your valuable time to take more readings on your wood and catch those hidden moisture pockets that can really wreck your project and your day. Orion pinless wood moisture meters read moisture content levels in wood or other materials with a non-damaging electromagnetic sensor pad that provides speedy moisture content readings scientifically proven for superior accuracy. Pin-type wood moisture meters often require multiple stabs into the wood to get readings, and only if the sharp pins are penetrating correctly. Don't be a slow-poke with a pin meter, get an Orion pinless meter and get more time to do the thorough scanning you need to do.

No more dealing with broken pins with Orion's non-damaging pinless sensor technology

Non-Damaging Pinless Sensor

Every Orion meter features pinless technology…a non-damaging way to quickly and accurately measure the moisture content of wood. (This also eliminates the frustrations and costs of broken pins!)

  Learn more about the Top 5 Best Moisture Meters

Easy on-site calibration with the Orion moisture meters to accurately measure moisture

On-Site Calibration

No need to return your Orion to the factory for calibration. Every Orion meter comes with its own paired calibration reference allowing you to easily calibrate your meter anytime, ensuring that you will always be able to obtain accurate moisture measurements. A NIST-traceable version, with a certificate of the calibration reference, can be purchased.

Wagner Meters includes a 7-year warranty on all the Orion pinless moisture meters

7-Year Warranty

Wagner Meters is proud to include the Orion line of pinless meters within our Genuine Wagner 7-Year Warranty program. The longest lasting warranty in the industry!

The Orion 910 moisture meter is perfect for recording deep depth measurements

Deep Depth Measurements

The Orion 910 Deep Depth Pinless Moisture Meter is ideal for reading the moisture content in wood thicknesses from .75” (19mm) to 1.5” (38mm).

The Orion 920 moisture meter is capable of measuring shallow depths down to a quarter inch

Shallow Depth Measurements

The Orion 920 Shallow Depth Pinless Moisture Meter provides the capability to measure moisture content from the surface down to ¼” in the wood specimen. This is particularly useful for checking wood moisture content after application of waterborne finishes or for thin wood such as checking moisture content during wood flooring acclimation.

The Orion 930, 940, and 950 moisture meters have dual depth measurement capabilities

Dual Depth Moisture Measurements

Get the best of both worlds: The Orion 930, 940, and 950 moisture meters provide readings at ¼” and ¾” depth modes to measure the moisture content of thin samples such as wood floors or deeper into thick wood samples to find moisture further into the wood.

IntelliSense™ Technology

Orion 910, 930, 940, and 950 pinless meters incorporate IntelliSense™ technology in their ¾” deep reading modes. This enables accurate determination of the moisture content deeper in the wood while minimizing the effect that surface moisture will have on the meter readings. Pin-type meters may be able to bypass the surface conditions, but they also damage the surface of the wood every time you take a reading. Air humidity, condensation, or other ambient conditions can impact many moisture meters and give inaccurate readings that cost you money.

IntelliSense technology enabling accurate wood moisture content measurements
Orion pinless moisture meters are unaffected by wood temperatures or the environment

Virtually Unaffected by Temperature

Every Orion pinless meter is virtually unaffected by the temperature of the wood or the environment. Unlike pin meters, Orion’s sensing technology does not need correction or adjustment to account for the temperature of the wood.

Data Collection

The Orion 940 and 950 can collect data in two modes…either manual or automatic with viewable moisture stats. Both meters can hold data storage of up to 100 readings and includes high-low-average analysis. Utilize the 950’s smart capabilities to send out that data into job-specific reports.

The 940 and 950 Orion meters can collect data manually or automatically
The Orion 950 moisture meter has Bluetooth capability built in to use with Wagner's mobile apps

Bluetooth App Enabled

The Orion 950 interacts through Bluetooth technology with both Woodshop MC™ and FloorSmart™ free mobile apps for your Android or Apple smart device. The apps are available on either Google Play or iTunes. You can receive and record data, set specifications for separate jobs, and much more!

Temperature and Humidity Sensor

Get the ambient temperature and relative humidity measurements of any room the Orion 950 is in with its built-in sensor. It’s like having a Smart Logger™ and a moisture meter all in one!

The Orion 950 meter has a built-in sensor to get the ambient temperature and relative humidity
Each Orion moisture meter has an easy to use press to hold readings function

Press to Hold Readings

On every Orion meter, if you press down once on the ON/HOLD button it will hold the moisture reading you took. This is quite useful if you’re measuring in a hard to reach area.

Orion pinless moisture meters are unaffected by wood temperatures or the environment

Virtually Unaffected by Temperature

Every Orion pinless meter is virtually unaffected by the temperature of the wood or the environment. Unlike pin meters, Orion’s sensing technology does not need correction or adjustment to account for the temperature of the wood.

The 940 and 950 Orion meters can collect data manually or automatically

Data Collection

The Orion 940 and 950 can collect data in two modes…either manual or automatic with viewable moisture stats. Both meters can hold data storage of up to 100 readings and includes high-low-average analysis. Utilize the 950’s smart capabilities to send out that data into job-specific reports.

The Orion 950 moisture meter has Bluetooth capability built in to use with Wagner's mobile apps

Bluetooth App Enabled

The Orion 950 interacts through Bluetooth technology with both Woodshop MC™ and FloorSmart™ free mobile apps for your Android or Apple smart device. The apps are available on either Google Play or iTunes. You can receive and record data, set specifications for separate jobs, and much more!

The Orion 950 meter has a built-in sensor to get the ambient temperature and relative humidity

Temperature and Humidity Sensor

Get the ambient temperature and relative humidity measurements of any room the Orion 950 is in with its built-in sensor. It’s like having a Smart Logger™ and a moisture meter all in one!

Each Orion moisture meter has an easy to use press to hold readings function

Press to Hold Readings

On every Orion meter, if you press down once on the ON/HOLD button it will hold the moisture reading you took. This is quite useful if you’re measuring in a hard to reach area.

Featuring the Orion 930 wood moisture meter

Fast Selection Species Settings

With simple up/down arrow buttons, your Orion meter can be easily and quickly set for the wood species you need to measure, and the range of settings accommodates practically any softwood or hardwood species in the world. Orion’s can also be user-configured to measure some non-solid wood products such as plywood, OSB, or MDF. The Orion line even has settings information for many bamboo flooring products.

Easily set the wood species for moisture measurements

Relative Moisture Mode

A relative moisture measurement mode allows for taking relative moisture measurements in non-wood based materials and engineered wood flooring. This means you can use an Orion moisture meter to obtain relative moisture conditions on a number of non-wood building materials and flooring products.

The Orion 950 moisture meter calculates the dew point of the environment

Dew Point Calculations

Throw out your calculator because the Orion 950 will calculate the dew point of the environment for you. Utilizing the built-in temperature and humidity sensor the Orion 950 will calculate and display the current dew point whenever and wherever you need.

Equilibrium Moisture Content

The Orion 950 will also calculate the equilibrium moisture content (EMC) of the environment where your wood is stored. This will allow you to verify that your shop or plant environment is conducive for the proper acclimation of wood.

The Orion 950 moisture meter can calculate the equilibrium moisture content
The Orion 950 moisture meter calculates and displays the grains per pound/kilogram

Grains Per Pound/Kilogram Mode

Grains per pound/kilogram (GPP/GPK) is a more precise measurement to know the exact weight of water vapor that is in the surrounding air. The Orion 950 will calculate and display instantly the grains per pound/kilogram, also known as the specific humidity of the air, compared to relative humidity.

Programmable Alarm

Every Orion includes a user-programmable, audible alarm for high moisture content levels.

Each Orion includes a programmable alarm to alert for high moisture content levels
Protect the Orion moisture meters with the protective rubber boot

Ruggedized Protective Rubber Boot

Every Orion meter comes with a stylish rubber boot to help protect your meter from accidental drops or bumps just like a phone case protects a phone. In addition, a foam-lined rugged hard case is provided for your Orion and its calibration reference.

Relative Moisture Mode

A relative moisture measurement mode allows for taking relative moisture measurements in non-wood based materials and engineered wood flooring. This means you can use an Orion moisture meter to obtain relative moisture conditions on a number of non-wood building materials and flooring products.

The Orion 950 moisture meter calculates the dew point of the environment

Dew Point Calculations

Throw out your calculator because the Orion 950 will calculate the dew point of the environment for you. Utilizing the built-in temperature and humidity sensor the Orion 950 will calculate and display the current dew point whenever and wherever you need.

The Orion 950 moisture meter can calculate the equilibrium moisture content

Equilibrium Moisture Content

The Orion 950 will also calculate if a wood specimen is at the critical threshold where it has reached its equilibrium with the environment and will no longer gain or lose moisture. The equilibrium moisture content (EMC) will tell you when your wood floor or wood projects are ready for installation or fabrication.

The Orion 950 moisture meter calculates and displays the grains per pound/kilogram

Grains Per Pound/Kilogram Mode

Grains per pound/kilogram (GPP/GPK) is a more precise measurement to know the exact weight of water vapor that is in the surrounding air. The Orion 950 will calculate and display instantly the grains per pound/kilogram, also known as the specific humidity of the air, compared to relative humidity.

Each Orion includes a programmable alarm to alert for high moisture content levels

Programmable Alarm

Every Orion includes a user-programmable, audible alarm for high moisture content levels.

Protect the Orion moisture meters with the protective rubber boot

Ruggedized Protective Rubber Boot

Every Orion meter comes with a stylish rubber boot to help protect your meter from accidental drops or bumps just like a phone case protects a phone. In addition, a foam-lined rugged hard case is provided for your Orion and its calibration reference.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is an Orion pinless moisture meter?

The Orion series is the next generation of pinless moisture meters featuring accuracy, versatility, and quality that can’t be found in other meters. Incorporating enhanced technology, the new Orion line (with multiple patents pending) leaves our competitors in the sawdust with high-speed moisture content readings, on the site calibration, deep depth measurements, Bluetooth enabled, and EMC calculator.

How does an Orion pinless moisture meter work?

Orion Pinless meters use electromagnetic wave technology. The meter sends out electrical waves at a certain electromagnetic frequency that creates an electromagnetic field in the area under the sensor pad. The meter then produces a moisture content correlated to the signal it reads back. Pinless meters typically test a much larger area than pin-style meters and can “scan” the wood for a more complete moisture content picture. Again, this technology is not without some limitations and can be impacted by density variations.

How do I calibrate an Orion wood moisture meter?

1. Make sure the serial number on your On-Demand Calibrator (ODC) matches the serial number on your meter.
2. Place the ODC on its legs on a non-metallic surface.
3. Turn the meter on, then use the SPECIES/MATERIAL button to put your meter in CAL mode.
4. Place the meter on the ODC, correctly “seating” the meter sensor pad firmly in the recessed ara of the ODC. IMPORTANT: Failure to correctly and firmly “seat” the sensor pad in the recessed area will cause an inaccurate calibration.
5. Apply light downward pressure, and press the AUDIO button 3 times. The meter will begin to make a “beeping” sound which indicates it’s going through the calibration process.
6. When the calibration procedure is completed, the meter will display the word LIFT. Immediately remove the meter from the ODC, and hold the meter in the air approximately 5 seconds until the word DONE appears on the display.
7. Press the ON/HOLD to return the meter to normal measuring mode.
Watch the video on the calibration process.

What is the best wood moisture meter?

Well, it all depends on what you're looking for as far as meters go. There are many different articles out there with their lists of best moisture meters, but how can you tell if it's the right one for you? Most people prefer a pinless moisture meter over a pin meter because they don't want to ruin the wood. Our choice for the best moisture meter is the Orion 950 pinless wood moisture meter.

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