|Item Weight||9.6 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||1.8 x 12 x 5.6 inches|
|Item model number||MS i520|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
|Warranty Description||Zircon Corporation warrants this product to be free from defects in materials and workmanship for one year from the date of purchase.|
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Zircon MultiScanner i520 Center-Finding Stud Finder with Metal and AC Electrical Scanning
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- Locates the edges and center of wood or metal studs up to 1 1/2-Inches (38 mm) deep
- Scans for metal and live AC wires
- Easy-to-read LCD display, audio tone, and the patented SpotLite Pointing System indicate stud center
- WireWarning detection indicates the presence of live, unshielded electrical wiring up to 2" deep
|Special Shipping Information: Due to federal and international regulations, this product can only be shipped within the continental United States.
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Zircon's Top-of-the-Line Multifunction Scanner for Finding Studs, Metal, and Electrical
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The MultiScanner i520 is the most advanced wall scanner that Zircon makes. It has 4 scanning modes:
- STUD SCAN mode locates the edges and center of wood or metal studs in normal walls up to 3/4 inch (19 mm) deep
- DEEPSCAN mode doubles the scanning depth for walls up to 1 1/2 inches (38 mm) deep, and enables scanning for joists in some ceilings and floors
- METAL SCAN mode detects non-ferrous metal, such as copper pipes, up to 1 1/2 inches (38 mm) deep, and ferrous metal, such as rebar, up to 3 inches (76 mm) deep
- AC SCAN mode finds and traces live, unshielded electrical wiring up to two inches deep
In addition to the scanning modes, the i520 is packed with other original and patented features:
- WireWarning detection indicates the presence of live, unshielded electrical wire up to 2 inches (51 mm) deep in stud and metal scanning modes. Most wires in homes are run along wall studs, causing potential safety hazards.
- ACT (Auto Correcting Technology) automatically corrects common user errors, such as when scanning begins over a stud. The tool constantly scans its surroundings and recalibrates itself if necessary.
- An ultra-bright LCD screen indicates direction, edges and center of studs. Makes the screen easier to see in low-light situations.
- The display screen, SpotLite Pointing System, and audio tone all indicate the location of the target.
- A signal strength indicator lets you distinguish between shallow and deep targets. Weak signal strength can also imply other non-stud objects, like wires and pipes.
The i520 is a perfect choice for serious users, such as home improvement hobbyists and professional contractors. Not sure if the i520 is what you need? See the grid below to decide which center-finding tool is right for you.
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Zircon introduced the first stud finders over 25 years ago. We're a smaller, more focused company than our competitors, but thanks to our reputation for engineering and customer service, our brand dominates the stud finder market domestically and abroad. The Handyman Club of America, and their official publication, Handy Magazine, have awarded Zircon's MultiScanner i520 their seal of approval after a round of extensive member testing. The i520 earned a 9.0 (out of 10) overall rating and a whopping 99% approval rating from Handyman Club Members.
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Some practical results from using Zircon i520:
Metal rods behind the MDF board: Excellent accuracy in finding, good depth.
Metal rebar in concrete wall: Good performance, AC detector feature definetly helps to distinguish rebar from wires.
Wires in plaster wall: Not so good, often misses them, regardless are they hot or cold. If plaster coating is a bit thicker (in range of declared sensitivity), no detection at all. (It should be noted, that manual says, that performance in plaster or gypsum walls may be unsatisfactory)
Wires in concrete wall: Excellent accuracy.
Unfortunately, I don't have any studs behind the gypsum boards, so I can't test detection in that aspect.
Overall, this unit performs ok, just having two VERY BIG disadvantages, besides the ones mentioned above:
1. LCD vertical angles are very limited, so when looking from bottom or top, it appears that it's always on, so for example, if you want to check wires above your head, you have to climb on ladder, otherwise, screen is unreadable.
2. Unit is very sensitive to rotation. If you tilt it slightly over it's axis during the movement, false detection will occur. Altrough this "feature" is mentioned in manual, it makes usage of detector not so pleasant.
Will I continue to use this unit? - Yes.
Will I reccomend it to a friend? - No.
For stud finding, it was no better than the very old PRO SL. There was still plenty of ambiguity with some walls (no, it's not a shear wall) but not others. The suggestion to use a piece of smooth cardboard on "rough" walls did not help to resolve the ambiguity. Sometimes just knocking on the wall and listening to the sound proved more definitive.
Detecting AC was reasonably useful as it did always indicate when a hot wire was near. However, trying to trace electrical wiring without opening the drywall has proved elusive. Wires seem to vanish mid-wall with no detectable resume point on the wall. On well, the product never claimed this as a feature.
I have not tried the metal detection feature. The deep scan worked no better at finding studs through 5/8" drywall or on my shear wall which has an additional 3/8" ply. I think I'll just go back to the cheap $10 version since I'm now convinced that technology is the same and only the display is different (but not better).
I bought this stud finder for multiple reason. Primary: I just got a LCD TV mount and wanted a real scanner. This particular scanner is a bonus in that it can also find AC signals (with load on sockets) AND metal. The last thing I needed was to drill down and find a power cable or air duct!
This scanner is great, with the graph on the display it's easy to find the center and the automatic beep with light pinpoints the center. Steps are 1. slap on wall, 2. swipe across, 3. stop when beep. On a test setup it found the stud perfectly. I was curious about the dvd it came with but it's a bit tedious to go through so after the first 10 minutes and only watching 'how to use the AC scanner' I gave up on the videos and applied the same method to the other functions.
The idea to search for the AC signal is a bit weird, it dynamically changes the sensitivity to find the middle. Basically one would swipe across and find the first boundary, at the max of one boundary reset the scanner and you will find new boundaries within parent... keep going until the side-to-side swipes meet in the middle or where the signal is. Same applies to metal scanner. Make sure to not have you hand above the scanner (or where the light is)... the hand adsorbs the signal and messes up the measurements.
Only (very minor) gripe is that there is no toggle on-off switch. Using the side button is a bit of a pain in a tight or long reach area and easily turns off when not pressing hard. It doesn't help the unit is on the large size.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not quite as easy to use or as accurate as they claim but it gets the job done in the long run.Published 12 days ago by Marty K
Have gone through so many cheaper stud finders that only seem to work on interior, non-insulated walls. Read morePublished 12 days ago by AC
Was mailed and received as stated. Good quality. Not sure how it works yet.Published 15 days ago by Cindy
excellent, best stud finder I have ever used. quality costs more and this one meets my expectations.Published 20 days ago by Steven R. Felstein
Works as expected. I had an old zircon stud finder that I have used for years. Bought this one for the ability to locate AC circuits. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Frank