Orion® 930 Dual Depth Pinless Wood Moisture Meter Kit

(31 customer reviews)

From USD $465.00

• Dual depth pinless moisture meter (0.25” or 0.75”).
• IntelliSense technology backed with a 7-year warranty.
• Easily set wood species to measure what you need.
• Relative measurement mode to measure non-solid wood such as drywall.
• Includes an on-demand calibrator.



Product Description

The Orion® 930 Dual Depth Moisture Meter Kit includes:

  • Orion 930 Wood Moisture Meter with backlit screen
  • Paired On-Demand Calibrator
  • Rubber Protective Boot
  • Foam-lined ABS Plastic Carrying Case
  • 9V Battery
  • Species Settings Booklet
  • Instruction Manual
  • Common Flooring Materials Settings Reference Card

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The Orion 930 Dual Depth Pinless Wood Moisture Meter Kit features the Orion 930, carrying the Wagner tradition of superior accuracy forward with the added versatility of dual depth measurement in wood or other materials. The 930 takes moisture readings in your wood from the surface down to .25” (6.4mm) in depth in the shallow mode or from the surface down to .75” (19mm) in the deep scan mode. A flexible rubber boot makes the 930 durable enough to withstand your toughest jobs.

The Orion 930 joins the rest of the Orion line of meters in being the first in the industry to provide true in-the-field calibration capability with the included On-Demand Calibrator. Calibrate your Orion 930 at your location in about 30 seconds whenever you want.

The Orion line of wood moisture meters continues Wagner’s 50-plus year tradition of providing accurate, dependable non-damaging pinless moisture measurement technology, measuring IN the wood not just ON the wood, and backed by Wagner’s industry-leading 7-year warranty.

Meter Features:

Dual Depth Measurements

The 930 takes moisture readings in your wood from the surface down to .25” (6.4mm) in depth in the shallow scan mode or from the surface down to .75” (19mm) in the deep scan mode.

IntelliSense™ Technology

Orion 910, 930, 940, and 950 pinless wood moisture meters incorporate IntelliSense™ technology in their ¾” (19mm) 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.

Fast Selection Species Settings

With simple up/down arrow buttons, your Orion 930 meter can be easily and quickly set for the wood species you need to measure. Plus, the range of settings accommodates practically any softwood or hardwood species in the world. The Orion 930 can also be configured to measure some non-solid wood products such as plywood, OSB, or MDF. Orion meters also have species settings for many bamboo flooring products.

Non-Damaging Pinless Sensor

Every Orion meter features electromagnetic wave technology…a non-damaging way to quickly and accurately measure the moisture content of wood or other materials. Compared against pin meters, the pinless sensor technology of the Orion line of meters does not damage the wood and also eliminates the frustrations and costs of broken pins, common with pin-type meters.

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.

True In-The-Field 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

Relative Moisture Measurement 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.

Press to Hold Readings

On every Orion moisture 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.

Programmable Alarm

The Orion 930 includes a user-programmable, audible alarm for high moisture content levels.

7-Year Warranty

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

Have questions? Give us a call: (541) 291-5124

Technical Specifications

Dimensions with Boot

  • Length: 5.75 inches (146mm)
  • Width: 3.0 inches (76mm)
  • Thickness: 1.0 inches (25mm)

Weight with Boot

  • 7.2 oz. (204g)

Scanning Area

  • 2.0 inches (50mm) x 2.5 inches (63mm)


  • 9-volt battery (Wagner recommends using non-rechargeable Alkaline or Lithium or rechargeable NiMH batteries)

Auto Power Shut-Down

  • 60 seconds

Measurement Ranges

  • MC for wood: 4.0% to 32.0% (range will vary slightly depending on species setting)
  • Relative Measurement Scale: 0-100

Dual Depth Measurement

  • From the surface down to .25” (6.4mm) in depth in the shallow scan mode
  • From the surface down to .75” (19mm) in the deep scan mode

Specific Gravity Range for Wood Species

  • 0.20-1.0 SG

Storage Temperature and Humidity

  • +50˚F to +90˚F (+10˚C to +32˚C), Maximum relative humidity of 95%, Non-condensing

Operating Temperature Range

  • +32˚F to +110˚F (+0˚C to +43˚C)


  Orion® 930 Manual
  Species Settings Booklet
   Species Settings for Common Flooring Products


What is an Orion pinless moisture meter?
The Orion series of pinless moisture meters features accuracy, versatility, and quality that can’t be found in other meters. Incorporating enhanced technology, the Orion line 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 area 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 for approximately 5 seconds until the word DONE appears on the display.
  7. Press the ON/HOLD to return the meter to normal measuring mode.

31 reviews for Orion® 930 Dual Depth Pinless Wood Moisture Meter Kit

  1. David Dunn (verified owner)

    I appreciate the accuracy and ability of reading moisture and both 0.25” and 0.75”. I never trusted my old pin meter, but this one shows consistent readings.

  2. Lee, Amazon Customer

    This is so much nicer to use than my old pin meter. Seems accurate out of the box. Easy to set for different wood species and so much better for hardwoods. Should have upgraded years ago. Thanks Orion, seems like a big investment but well worth it.

  3. Paul Vance, Amazon Customer

    Reads deep into the wood without pins…

  4. djackett, Amazon Customer

    Meter working as described

  5. K. Edwards, Amazon Customer

    Easy to use. Works Great!

  6. Amazon Customer

    would be nice if it went a little deeper in the wood

  7. Thomas S Frailey, Amazon Customer

    Easy to use

  8. Slab Slicer, Amazon Customer

    Most accurate meter I’ve used. Solid and reliable.

  9. Wonders of wood, Amazon Customer

    Very user friendly right out of the box . Orion review was excellent, helped me choose the unit that fit my requirements.

  10. Kenny Nix, Amazon Customer

    This meter works great and easy to use. If you install wood Flooring everyday and need to document the reading for warranty the Is buy the Orion 950 with Bluetooth

  11. txag, Amazon Customer

    Best moisture meter I have owned! Accurate simple to use! Pricey but if your working with rough lumber, milling, etc hard to beat

  12. Greg Cook, Amazon Customer

    I Build furniture and it’s very important to have Accurate readings on moisture content of the wood your working wit, this meter gives you that, very satisfied with this meter so far.

  13. Kindle Customer, Amazon Customer

    Perfect meter every time. I can trust my 10 year old son to get accurate measurements between different species of wood

  14. Box Collector, Amazon Customer

    I use this meter from sawmill all the way to to kiln dried state. I like using the dual depth to make sure the wood is dried all the way through. This unit is less expensive than the old model, a pleasant bonus. Good company to work with.

  15. President Dogeater, Amazon Customer

    Does exactly what I need it to do with no hassle. A quality unit it appears to be.

  16. adrian j bileydi-lee, Amazon Customer

    You reach a point in your working life when you need to invest in a quality product. Wagner and lignomat are the leaders for moisture meters for timbers. Not cheap. One of the best. Where you need to ensure the moisture of your wood product is consistent ,it is important

  17. Ryan J., Amazon Customer

    A tool for measuring moisture content wont be the most exciting thing you ever purchase, but probably the most important. I have a different cheap moisture meter that is horrible. This one works amazing and is extremely accurate. I will use it on every wood project I ever have to complete.

  18. Chad R, Amazon Customer

    Pin meter is much more accurate and reliables, would not recommend this meter for testing MC% in lumber.

  19. Amazon Customer

    This meter is a game changer. I never have to wonder if my wood slabs are fully dried or not. This little guy clearly tells me what I have for moisture in my slabs.

  20. welex, Amazon Customer

    This meter is far easier and faster to use than my old pin-type meter. I had some questions about measuring different wood species without resetting the SG value. Submitted a question on Wagner’s website, and got great help the next business day. You definitely get your money’s worth.

  21. Yankee Fiddler, Amazon Customer

    I am a wood carver and use this to make sure the wood has adequately dried. works great

  22. Leif Alton, Amazon Customer

    I had a slow dishwasher leak in the kitchen and had to tear up a large section of the maple flooring. I bought this meter to be certain I had everything dried out and that the moisture content of the underlayment and new flooring had sufficiently balanced before I began installation of the new floor. I had a question on using the meter in Relative mode and also over USB, so I emailed support at Wagner meters. I also mentioned the manual was a little lacking in the Relative mode section. The very next day I received an in-depth reply. They even noted my comment on the section that was lacking in the manual. Here was Tony’s response: “You are quite right about the explanation on how to use the Relative mode. I appreciate your bringing this to my attention. I have made a recommendation to amend the manual.”
    Needless to say, I was very pleased with both the product and the support.

  23. J, Amazon Customer

    Works well but it could feel more solid in your hand, it is also not cheap.

  24. Matt Morgan

    When working with slabs it’s VERY important to know your moisture content. Make sure you get a reliable meter so you know your % before you start working on your project!

  25. Amazon Customer

    Love having a tool that’s the best at what is does.

  26. David Mealey

    Finally a moisture meter that gives an accurate reading, with simple to use, easy to read controls. We are a custom sawmill company in Oregon.We also kiln dry wood for ourselves and customers. I’ve been using a pair of Delmhorst J-2000 pin meters for years and resigned myself to the hassles of removing broken pins from the wood, having to return the meters semi-annually to get them repaired (at $200 a pop) and the inconsistent readings they provided. I’ve recently obtained a Wagner Orion 930 and it’s a game changer.For the same price as the J-2000 the Orion930 is a much better investment.

    For starters, having the ability to move freely over the lumber or slab enables me to find water pockets much easier. With the pin meter it’s always a guessing game that a good reading in one spot is the same elsewhere without pounding pins across the face of the wood.

    To satisfy my curiosity I’ve been comparing readings between the 2 types of meters and both are within .2-.3% mcv., which gives me confidence that the Wagner meter is accurate.The size and ease of use with the Orion 930 is also a bonus. Having to carry the hammer and meter around was always a hassle. I can slip the Orion930 into my pocket and not worry about leaving it somewhere.

    Finally, the comprehensive list of species and appropriate settings on the Orion930 was pleasant surprise. We mainly mill local indigenous hardwoods but occasionally come across an exotic or odd wood that isn’t listed in the Delmhorst manual. Reading through the list in the Wagner meter is like reading a complete book of species. Great buy at a fair price!

  27. Bailey Wood Products

    I am very pleased with the Orion Moisture meter. I have written an article titled Air Drying, Kiln Drying, and Thermally Modifying that I am planning to submit to Fine Woodworking to see if they will use it in their publication. I am going to show a photo of the Orion in the draft article when it is sent. I am hoping that they will pick it up for the magazine. I will put in a side bar that I personally use the Orion for checking moisture here at Bailey Wood Products, Inc.

  28. John Pommon

    Excellent quality ~ Easy to use.

  29. Ed (verified owner)

    So far so good!! Easy to learn, easy to read!!

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  31. Alex (verified owner)

    Fantastic product as advertised!

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