Moisture Meters for Woodworking
As a woodworker, we think you’ll agree – wood makes you feel good. It’s warm and inviting and adds texture, color, and visual interest to any space.
No doubt, these wonderful qualities of wood top the list of reasons why you enjoy working with wood.
Unfortunately, a lot of woodworking projects fail because of moisture-related issues. Happens all too often . . . all because a woodworker fails to understand how moisture can affect and ruin a wood project. Imagine the frustration plus wasted time and money!
But the fact that you’re here on this page is good . . . shows you do understand the importance of the moisture/wood relationship . . . and the value of a quality wood moisture meter.
Introducing Our Most Advanced Moisture Meters: Orion®
We are pleased to announce the introduction of our most accurate, technologically advanced, and versatile moisture meters to date – Orion. We developed Orion based on what woodworkers like you wanted in a moisture meter.
Orion moisture meters come with a wide range of features. Let’s look at a few you’ll especially like . . .
Pinless. With Orion, you avoid poking unsightly holes in your wood like you would with pin meters. So you never have to hassle with filling in the holes or messing with glues and stains to cover them up. Additionally, pinless meters are over 3 times faster than any pin type meter for gathering measurements.
On-site calibration. Ever drop your meter? That drop can throw off your meter’s calibration. As can many other factors including the mere passage of time. Sure, some manufacturers allow you to “check” their meter to see if it’s still calibrated. But if it’s not, your only recourse is to send it to the factory for recalibration – costing you time and money. Not so with Orion.
In addition to a protective rubber boot, every Orion moisture meter comes with an On-Demand Calibrator that allows you to calibrate the meter anywhere at any time. It’s exclusive only to Wagner’s Orion moisture meters and takes only a minute. No other meter offers you this time and money-saving convenience along with the assurance of calibrated accuracy for the life of the meter.
Exceptional accuracy. With Wagner’s patented IntelliSense™ technology, you measure moisture IN the wood, not ON the wood. This gives you a truer picture of your wood’s moisture content.
Say you store your wood outside or someplace where it gets wet. That surface moisture will significantly skew the results of other meters. But IntelliSense™ minimizes the effect of surface moisture so you have a better idea of the actual moisture content IN the wood.
And, depending on where you store your wood, its temperature can also affect a meter’s reading. Again, not with Orion meters which are Virtually Unaffected by Temperature changes.
Another important point . . .
When you’re crafting a table, a chest-of-drawers, and the like, my guess is you want a precision-made, quality meter that gives you consistently accurate readings. That’s what you get with Orion. Not some cheap “bargain” meter that’s often poorly made . . . inaccurate under a variety of conditions like temperature and surface moisture . . . and comes with a larger margin of error in the lower range of moisture content measurements – the range most critical for many of your woodworking projects.
It just keeps getting better . . . all Orion meters come with Fast Selection Species Settings to further ensure accurate readings. These settings cover a comprehensive list of hardwoods, softwoods, and exotic tropical species. Thus, you avoid using an incorrect species setting or species adjustment that could throw off readings.
Equilibrium moisture content (EMC). If you bring wood into your shop from a storage shed you may want to know when that wood reaches equilibrium and no longer gains or loses moisture. Our 950 model can sense the humidity and temperature in your shop and calculate your shop’s EMC. By comparing your wood’s moisture content with the shop’s EMC, you’ll know precisely how much the wood is going to dry or gain moisture, and when it’s ready for your next project.
Industry-leading 7-year warranty. When you invest in an Orion hand-held moisture meter you expect it to give you years of service. So do we. That’s why we offer you an industry-best 7-year warranty and unparalleled customer support. Enjoy peace of mind knowing that if anything ever goes wrong with your Orion meter, you’ve got 7 years of protection – something you won’t get from any other meter manufacturer.
Find the Right Orion® Meter for Your Woodshop
Check out our Orion lineup and choose the model best suited for your needs:
Orion 910. The 910, featuring deep depth readings up to 1.5-inches, is not a “surface” meter. Besides its use in the shop, it’s also great for checking wood you’re about to buy, including milled or kiln-dried wood and live edge slabs. This lets you know if the MC is too high, too low or just right. The 910 is a comparable replacement to Wagner’s popular MMC220 legacy meter – except it’s better in every way.
Orion 930. The 930 offers both deep and shallow depth readings. While most of your work probably involves thicker wood stock, should you ever need to monitor thin woods, check waterborne finishes, or other thin surface applications up to ¼-inch deep, the 930’s got you covered.
Orion 940. The Orion 940 offers deep/shallow depth readings plus allows you to collect data on your wood’s moisture. Data collection is ideal if you buy large amounts of wood and want to do high, low, and average MC analysis.
Orion 950. The 950, our most advanced moisture meter model, offers all of the above features plus a humidity and temperature sensor that helps you calculate EMC. This is great if you’re building say a dining table and want to know how environmental conditions will affect the table once it’s placed. And, if you use lots of wood, the 950 comes equipped with Bluetooth® technology to connect with our free Woodshop MC™ app, available for iOS® and Android™ devices. With the app, you can receive and record data, set specifications for separate jobs, and much more.