I borrowed my friend's Little Wizard II. It hardly seems to work at
all. I've got an edge band around my router table screwed into place. If I
hold this device right on the surface where I know the screws are, I can
detect them. Most of them. It seems like it'll only detect through about
1/4" of wood, maybe 1/2" if I already know where to look, and that's with
the sensitivity screw dialed up as high as it will go without perpetually
I didn't replace his battery, but he told me he thought it was still
good. Would a weak battery make any difference to how well this thing could
detect metal? I'm not going to risk my blades after assessing wood with
this thing, so I'm wondering if the Wizard III (the larger one pictured on
the above website) could do the job well. I've got a pile of reclaimed pine
with thicknesses as large as 2" strong to assess.
What have your experiences with metal detectors been?
- Owen -
I've got the Little Wizard and have found quite a few nails with it,
but if I'm trying to get usable stock from pallets or other used
lumber, I still make my initial cuts with a $5 harbor freight blade.
Incidentally, while I've hit -and cut- some nails, the blade is still
OK and hasn't lost any teeth.
No dumb questions, just dumb answers.
Larry Wasserman - Baltimore, Maryland - lwasserm(@)charm(.)net
IMHE none of the Wizards are any use. They certainly can detect things,
but they seem unreliable. If you move the wand around relative to the
target then the indication comes and goes. Some of this is inevitable,
but the Wizards were too poor to contemplate using seriously.
I use a mil surplus mine detector. Cheaper too.
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