mini-Ligno MD/C

Lignomat quality at a great price.  Mini-Ligno MD/C comes with built-in pins and a connection for external probes. Measuring range is 6-25%, indicated in 1% steps. 2 wood groups are built-in for softwoods and hardwoods and panel products.

The MD/C delivers consistently accurate measurements down to 6%, low enough for woodworking, furniture making and flooring. The range up to 25% is high enough for home construction, water damage repair, lumber drying even firewood.

You can add an external probe for depth measurements of thick lumber or remote cables for in-kiln monitoring.  You can even install a cable to check if a newly fixed water leak is gone or add the E14-m Inspector Electrode for spot checking water damaged areas.

The moisture meter is built to the same high quality standards as all mini-Lignos and comes with the same 2-year warranty. The LED display has a life-time warranty.

Quality, reliability at an affordable price. Spend money for buying a meter only once!

Item Number: MD-1


Product Description

For woodworking, hobbyists and all basic moisture meter uses. Accurate, reliable and affordable, to measure the moisture in wood with mini-Ligno MD/C.

  • A measuring range low enough to check hardwood floors (6%)
  • A high measuring range for wood up to 25%. 
  • 2 settings for wood species corrections: hardwoods, softwoods and panel products
  • A bright, light-emitting numeric display readable even in poorly lit areas
  • The red LED display is virtually indestructible, has a life-time warranty
  • Display indicates moisture in 1% steps
  • Auto shut off to save battery power.
  • Built-in automatic calibration check before each measurement to guarantee accurate readings for the life-time of the meter.
  • Connection for external cables and electrodes. Attachments allow reaching areas, which the built-in pins cannot reach, see below

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An easy-to-use, reliable instrument.

The functionally designed meter fits comfortably in your hand when measuring and is small enough to carry in a shirt-pocket. The green cap covers the pins during transportation and serves as a handle when pushing the pins into wood. This unique design allows pushing behind the entire meter to insert the tapered pins easily. Each mini-Ligno comes with a set of longer pins for measuring deeper. The longer pins are stored inside the meter. The short pins are ideal for surface or end cut readings and for veneer.

Measurements: As you push the pins into the material to be measured, the unique on-off switch between the pins, turns meter on automatically and bright LED lights instantly indicate moisture percentage. The LED display is virtually unbreakable and comes with a life-time warranty. No hassle ever with a broken display! Automatic on-off switch extends battery life.

Each mini-Ligno comes with a set of
#MA Pins for a measuring depth of 3/16″ (5mm) and
#MB Pins for a measuring depth of 7/16″ (10mm).
For core measurements in thicker wood, you can make a fresh cut and measure the end grain. If it is not possible to cut the wood, select the package M-2M with electrode E12.

Besides the slide-hammer depth-electrode E12 we offer more attachments to better use your moisture meter to:

  • Measure thicker lumber without cutting, with E12 (Pkg M2-M
  • Track moisture in walls, floors, ceilings, roofs, with E14-m (Pkg M4-P)
  • In-kiln monitor with remote cables and probes in a dry-kiln, (Pkg M-11)
  • Monitor leaks in your home with remote cables, select M-10

If you have a small kiln operation, package M-11 is the economy kiln-monitor package. It gives you a moisture meter to measure at all times anywhere. Plus, you get one or multiple cables to be installed in the lumber stack in your kiln to measure moisture in the middle of the stack, top and bottom without entering the kiln. 

If you have water damage in your home, under a window, in a roof, under the refrigerator, you can install a cable before closing up the walls and monitor if the problem re-occurs, package M-10. Works great to monitor crawl spaces or attics.

The standard mini-Ligno model is equipped with built in pins for handheld moisture measurements. mini-Ligno C-Models come with built in pins as well as connectors for use with external cables and electrodes.

– mini-Ligno MD

– mini-Ligno E/D

– mini-Ligno S/D
– mini-Ligno DX.


mini-Ligno MD/C
– mini-Ligno S/DC

– mini-Ligno DX/C


(*) Low and high range vary with wood species settings. Moisture measurements are less accurate above fiber saturation point at about 25%.

For more information please contact Customer Service at 1-800-227-2105.

Lignomat USA Ltd, 14345 NE Morris Ct., Portland OR 97230, USA,


mini-Ligno MD/C – Pin Moisture Meter

Included MD/C meter, 2 pairs of pins, measuring depth of 3/16″ and 7/16″ (5, 10mm). Cap, wrist strap and pouch, one 9V battery, manual and laminated wood species card.
Wood Species
2 settings to correct for
– softwood, hardwood and panel products (%)
Display Bright, light-emitting, numeric LED display reads in 1% steps. Most durable display with a lifetime warranty.
Auto shut-off Meter turns itself off automatically after each measurement, saving battery.
Stable calibration, not affected by ambient temperatures. Built-in calibration check before each measurement with automatic adjustments if necessary. Accuracy for the life-time of the meter. All mini-Lignos are calibrated for a wood temperature of 70°F (20°C). A correction table for other wood temperatures is listed in the manual.
Calibration Check External calibration check block #TP is available to verify the calibration and functions of the meter, cable and electrode.
Size Pocket-size 2 3/4″ x 5″ x 1″ (70 x 140 x 25 mm)
Connector The mini-Ligno M/DC has built-in pins and a connection for external electrodes.
Weight 8 ounces (200 g), made out of high-impact plastic
Warranty All mini-Lignos have a 2-year warranty. Display has a lifetime warranty. Accessories have a 1-year warranty. Pins and battery are excluded.

Lignomat USA Ltd / / / 800-227-2105 / 503-257-8957-USA