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I'm thinking of getting a metal detector for inclusions in wood that I want to plane.

Does anyone have any comments on these please ? The one I'm thinking of is not particularly expensive.

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Hi Peter

I have 3 of them 2 of them are not worth a hill of beans, this is one time you want to get the best you can get,,at about 100.oo bucks for a real good one .....all over the place on Amazon ..

I also use a high end stud finder that works very well also.

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I'm thinking of getting a metal detector for inclusions in wood that I want to plane.

Does anyone have any comments on these please ? The one I'm thinking of is not particularly expensive.

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I have 3 of them 2 of them are not worth a hill of beans, this is one time you want to get the best you can get,,at about 100.oo bucks for a real good one .....all over the place on Amazon ..

I also use a high end stud finder that works very well also.

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I'm thinking of getting a metal detector for inclusions in wood that I want to plane.

Does anyone have any comments on these please ? The one I'm thinking of is not particularly expensive.

Cheers

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Hi Peter:

Well, Ive been all over the gamut with these. I started with an inexpensive stud finder that had a "metal" setting. It doesn't work worth a hoot. It will detect anything that is visible from the surface but the action is slow and cumbersome and it misses a lot.

I bit the bullet and coughed up the bucks and bought the Lumber Wizard III.

http://wizdist.com/woodwizdemo.jpg

It's the only thing I'll use now. Nothing else comes close, and the sensitivity is adjustable. I use it to clear nails from "reclaimed" wood and pallets. Now, if I could just figure out how to take a pallet apart without breaking all of the pieces. However, I have gone through two. It appears that they are temperature sensitive so make sure you purchase from a reliable vendor willing to support the product after sale. I bought mine from LeeValley and they've been very good with problems.

Hope this helps.

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I have an old Zircon 5.5 stud finder, it does metal, electricity and deep scan. Works well on tiled walls and plaster. I occasionally get a hold of old fir posts and or beams sometimes painted, a couple times I cut through nails that rusted off over an inch deep and then were painted over for many years, (no rust stain). The scanner never caught them.

The same scanner will pick up a cut nail sticking out the middle of a real 2X4 inside an old style plaster & lath wall.

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The consensus here sounds clear; there are two options:

* Spend the money to get a good quality metal detector or
* Use your saw blade to locate the nails a poor quality detector missed.

Have I synopsized it?

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The consensus here sounds clear; there are two options:

* Spend the money to get a good quality metal detector or
* Use your saw blade to locate the nails a poor quality detector missed.

Have I synopsized it?
Having done both, I can say with certainty that you've hit the nail on the head!

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Thanks guys. I'll save my money for now. Once I Googled Lumber Wizard III Tom's excellent revue came up. It looks like I'd be better off going for one of those.

Maybe I could rent it out on Saturday nights to a night club security guard and recover the cost !

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100.oo bucks

Amazon.com: Customer Reviews: Wizard Detectors 25506 Lumber Wizard III Metal Detector

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Thanks guys. I'll save my money for now. Once I Googled Lumber Wizard III Tom's excellent revue came up. It looks like I'd be better off going for one of those.

Maybe I could rent it out on Saturday nights to a night club security guard and recover the cost !

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Hi Peter:

Lee Valley currently lists it at $85-. Go directly to the info page because it is not listed as Lumber Wizard and only the small one shows on the short list.

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