I use a fair amount of reclaimed lumber, so it is important to find all the
nails, screws, staples, etc. before I run the wood through my power tools.
I currently have a Lumber Wizard 3. It works but often seems finicky, so
I'm never real confident it has found the metal in the wood. For starters,
it has a large 12" wand, but it seems only the 3" or so at the tip really
does anything. I also have to adjust the fine sensitivity a lot, a hassle
that requires a small screwdriver. On several occasions the thing just sits
there blinking the lights back and forth and no amount of adjustment has
any effect. I almost threw it away last time I used it because I thought it
was finally broken.
Are there better metal detectors available that are more accurate and
easier to adjust when needed?
The little one I have (I think it's a Little Wizard II) works pretty
decently, within reason. It doesn't always pinpoint the exact location
of a screw or nail, and only penetrates down a short distance. To make
sure I don't hit any nails, it takes a combination of the detector and my
eyes to check everything.
If I was working with a lot of reclaimed wood, I'd probably be buying
cheap saw blades and looking at Shelix cutters for the jointer and
planer. Hit a nail, rotate/replace the piece of carbide that chipped.
It's still a pain, just not a big one in the wallet.
Is that the same as the Wizard III?
I specifically bought a Wizard III for a project where the client wanted a table made from old, reclaimed lumber. I removed hundreds of pieces of metal with out a single mishap.
I've used occasionally since then, and it has always done the job.
One could always use a metal detector. Some small models are likely
well capable for wood. See what you have to buy what you can.
White is a good name and there are others.
On 8/5/2015 3:47 PM, woodchucker wrote:
On Wednesday, August 5, 2015 at 12:22:44 AM UTC-5, HerHusband wrote:
I have a Woodwizard III. As far as I know, it's found every brad, staple, and nail, even in thicker pieces. The on/off switch has gotten a little janky, but with a little messing around it seems to work ok. I've had it for quite a few years now.
ultrasound would be much safer
i did view a video recently where a guy got a used luggage scanner
he does electronics videos and is from the u.k.
he got it working and you are right that would work for wood and would
take a nice sized log
takes up a lot of space though
Recommendations? I have only heard one recommendation so far.
I have the Lumber Wizard III. When it works, it's great. Unfortunately, it
can be finicky to start up and I have to tweak the fine tune adjustment
every time I turn it on. Sometimes it won't work at all and just sits there
blinking the lights. Is this really the best the market has to offer right
like others here mine works fine once you understand it is touchy
but maybe yours is broken
if you are a tinkerer why not take it apart and have a look
maybe something has come loose inside or the like
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