What You Need To Know: Pinless Wood Moisture Meter

Carpenters at some home industries or even medium-sized factories may rarely use pinless Moisture Content (MC) meter in their wood processing facility. The analog MC meter with pin seems more familiar, apart from being more affordable and less complex to use. However, there are several brands of choices now in the market and more people are using this tools for their factory, specially at the middle of processing because this pinless MC meter does not leave a mark on component.

Pinless MC meter does not penetrate into the wood. It read the moisture content by electromagnetic sensor to scan wood.

To adapt to the different expectations, there are 3 things you need to know when using pinless MC meter.

Location and type of components.

Pinless MC meters are more appropriate for the use in production areas where the timber has went through planer machine and continue further process in sanding area to finished product before packing. It is considering that using pinless MC meter needs a flat surface to get the most accurate measurement. If you have curved components, the results might be less accurate. The less sensor touch wood surface, the less result accuracy.

Wood Density

You need to know the density range of the wood, and to adjust the setting of the tools before measuring. The higher wood density, a stronger measuring signal is needed from the pinless MC meter to read the wood moisture level deeper.

Keep in mind that the most accurate measurement of wood density is when the wood is dried.


Pinless MC meter should have controls and features to adjust the measuring methods and some advance ones are capable to do calibration. As an example you can measure wide range of wood density like Albasia wood (density less than 400kg/m3) to Teak wood or even Bangkirai wood (density up to 800kg/m3).


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