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Lumber Wizard 5 Woodworking Metal Detector

Metal Detectors For Woodworkers. The Lumber Wizard was created by @BillyCarmen beginning 1999 and are the only metal detectors designed specifically for woodworkers. We're always here for you 100%

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Billy Carmen of Wizard Industries demonstrates the Lumber Wizard and Little Wizard woodworking metal detectors and explains how to properly tune them.

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Lumber Wizard 5 woodworking metal detector

The Lumber Wizard 5 woodworking metal detector is a wand type metal detector that is designed to alert woodworkers whenever a metal object such as a nail, pin, bolt, wire, staples, etc. are buried inside wood. By sounding an immediate alert, the user is able to quickly locate then retrieve the metal object so as to prevent injury or tool damage. A laser line indicator illuminates when detection events occur, thereby allowing user to easily see where metal is buried. Regular use of the device will help to reduce damages of tools and injuries. 

The Lumber Wizard 5 Laser Line is the latest version of Wizard Industries' flagship woodworking metal detector. A powerful precision  hand-held metal detector with automatic tuning and a laser indicator designed specifically for woodworkers, It helps detect small metal objects hidden inside new or used lumber. The new version features easier one-handed use, with automatic calibration every time the unit is turned on, and better false-positive rejection. Undetected nails, screws or other metal fragments can damage expensive jointer, planer and saw blades. Flying metal can also cause serious injury. Easy to use, the Lumber Wizard 5 helps woodworkers prevent equipment damage and personal injury.  The Lumber Wizard has received rave reviews for almost two decades from woodworkers and magazines across the country, and the new 5 version is even better!

Automatic Tuning each time detector is turned on. 
Laser Line Indicator Projects Red Line onto scanned surface when metal is found. 
Helps pinpoint nails, screws, bullets and wire inside new or used lumber.
Helps prevent costly blade damage and shop down time
Quickly scan any size wood.
Not affected by moisture content of wood.
6" wide scanning area.
Durable, sturdy plastic casing.
One 9 volt battery required.
1 year warranty.


A note about metal detectors and tuning:

Tuning is important as metal detectors are sensitive to ground balance (the mineralization content in the soil around us all) and the amount of humidity in the air. 

Tuning allows the detector coil to concentrate on high-density metallic materials at close range instead of the metals in the earth. Keeping the tuning precise and doing it often helps to find more small metal pieces, therefore the Wizard 5 does its own tuning automatically each time it is turned on. 

The difference in the Lumber Wizard 5 vs other types of wands is the ability to better control detection strength through precise automatic tuning. The Lumber Wizard is made to help detect wire, nails, screws, and small pieces of metal. Thus the importance of tuning often. Think of it as sharpening a blade automatically each time it is used! 

The Lumber Wizard 5 and Little Wizard II are designed to find nails, screws, staples and other metal buried inside wood. Designed as nail finders the Little Wizard and Lumber Wizard are ideal for searching for and locating nails and nail fragments buried inside old reclaimed barn wood. Barn wood can be riddled with nails, screws, wire, and other forms of metal. When metal buried inside barnwood is struck by a planer the planer blades get damaged. Often the cost of a good planer blade can be as much or more than the cost of a metal detector. The Lumber Wizard 5 and Little Wizard II offer two choices of cost and size.

The main difference between these two detectors lies in the size of their metal detector coils. The Lumber Wizard 5 has a larger coil, measuring six inches by two inches, while the Little Wizard II has a smaller coil, measuring two and a half inches by half an inch.

Generally, larger coils are more effective at detecting metal objects at greater depths, while smaller coils are better suited for detecting small or shallowly buried objects. However, the size of the coil is not the only factor that determines the effectiveness of a metal detector. Other factors, such as the detector's sensitivity, discrimination capabilities, and ground balance, can also play a role in how well it performs.

Woodworking Metal Detectors Verses Common Security Wands. 

The Lumber Wizard and Little Wizard metal detectors are designed specifically for woodworking applications, where they are used to detect small metal items such as wood staples, nails, screws, pins, tacks, and other metal fasteners that may be embedded in lumber or other wood products. These detectors are highly sensitive to small metal objects and can help prevent damage to tools, equipment, and finished products by identifying and removing metal debris before it causes harm.

On the other hand, typical security wands are designed to detect a wider range of metal objects, including those with more mass and size, such as knives, guns, blades, and other potentially dangerous materials. These detectors are used in various security settings, such as airports, courthouses, and public events, to ensure that individuals are not carrying prohibited items that could pose a threat to public safety.

While there may be some overlap in the types of metal objects that these different detectors can detect, they are generally designed for different applications and environments, and their sensitivity and detection capabilities may vary accordingly.

A new fully charged 9-Volt battery commonly lasts for weeks of daily use.

Indications of a low 9-volt battery voltage are inconsistent detection or flashing laser.

Always Use A New 9-Volt Battery. A fresh fully charged battery provides the most detection strength and uses time. A partially charged battery can cause false readings, less detection depth, and inconsistent laser.

A fresh, fully charged 9-volt battery provides more than ample use time.

A low battery can cost you blades, material, and lost time......

  • Length, 15"; width, 3-1/8"; height 1-1/8"; weight, 13 oz.

  • Detects nails, screws, wire, bullets, and other metal objects inside recycled wood

  • Quick, one-handed operation

  • 6"-wide scanning area for faster scans

A Powerful Metal Detector Designed Specifically For Wood Workers! The New LUMBER WIZARD 5 Auto-Tuning Laser Line Woodworking Metal Detector is the latest version of Wizard Industries' flagship woodworking metal detector.

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by Steven Darmer from Saint Paul, MN on Aug 23, 2022

This is a great company to deal with when there are issues. I have a Wizard 5 that has worked well in finding metal in recycled wood. I have owned it for a couple years but seldom use it. This time when I went to use it I could not get it to work continually. I contacted Lumber Wizard by email and discussed the issue with Billy tech support. He came up with a couple ideas that I tried to get it to work. When it would not work he immediately sent me a new unit. My unit was out of warranty but they still supported it and then replaced it. I was amazed that a company would support there product to this level. It is the way you would like a company to support their product but they seldom do. I would highly recommend this product because it works well in finding metal in wood and also because you can count on this company to support their product if there is ever an issue.

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by Dean Bielanowski from Australia on Jan 29, 2005

From: http://www.onlinetoolreviews.com/reviews/lumberwizard.htm We all know how expensive good quality blades are to buy these days. Imagine a new $100 circular saw blade or a nice set of 15" planer blades being destroyed by a stray nail or piece of metal buried deep in a piece of recycled hardwood you picked up from a demolition yard or second hand at a garage sale. Such foreign objects hiding in your lumber can easily be missed by the eye, or not seen at all. Search the net and you can find countless stories of such tragedy on forums that will soon change the way you protect your woodworking blades. Of course, the answer to the problem is to own and use a metal detector. They come in all shapes and sizes from security guard types, to your floor stand or fixed models to the long pole seated models you see people on beaches with. Some of these are a little overkill, and rather expensive for most home or enthusiast woodworker's needs. Today we are going to take a look at a light, portable hand held unit from Wizard Detectors called the "Lumber Wizard" and see how well it performs in the common woodworkers workshop! See entire review at: http://www.onlinetoolreviews.com/reviews/lumberwizard.htm

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Lumber Wizard

by Robert Anderson from Australia on Feb 15, 2006

Thank you for helping me. I have purchased a Lumber Wizard and I am more than happy with it. It has certainly saved me some blades in my planer already. I will certainly recommend it to others who work with recycled wood. Thanking you once again Robert Anderson (Australia)

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Product Specifications

Product Dimensions:
Length: 18 inches
Width: 2.5 inches
Height: 2 inches

Package Dimensions:
Length: 21 inches
Width: 8 inches
Height: 2 inches
Weight: 1.00 Pounds

Shipping Carton:
Carton Length: 23 inches
Carton Width: 14 inches
Carton_Depth: 9 inches
Carton Weight: 18 Pounds
Items Per Container: 12

Other Information:
UPC Code: 721633123217
Packaging Type: clamshell


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