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Little Wizard II

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This precision hand-held metal detector can save you from costly damage to blades, planers, cutter heads, and jointers by detecting nails, screws, staples, or other metal objects in wood. It's perfect for scanning recycled wood as well as for locating wood studs inside of walls. The Little Wizard is lightweight, rugged, and easy to operate. Indicators include a speaker and LED red lights. To operate, simply adjust the dial on the Little Wizard until the tone signal stops, position and move in a circular motion. A continuous tone and light will let you know when you're directly above any metal object. The Little Wizard can easily be fine-tuned or adjusted to your environmental conditions too.

(1) Little Wizard II
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Brand Little Wizard
Manufacturer Part Number 24902
Weight 0.4000
Tech Spec
  • Requires one 9 volt standard Alkaline battery
  • Typical battery life up to 40 hours
  • High impact plastic case
  • Under ideal conditions, the unit can detect a solid piece of metal up to approximately 3'', a large deck screw up to 2'', a medium nail up to 1”, a paneling nail up to ½''a wood staple up to 3/8''
  • Dimensions: 2-1/2'' wide scanning head
  • Height: 1-1/2''
  • Length: 8-5/8''
3.9 / 5.0
49 Reviews
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Good product
Worked well for my purposes. Finding metal in reclaimed wood prior to planing
May 30, 2020
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Little Wizard II
I picked up a lot of HT Pallets. of course the nail never want to come out. The Little Wizard II is doing a great job in finding these hide saw blade killers,

It is doing what is suppose to do. I would recommend it.
May 19, 2020
3 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Money well spent
Working with reclaimed wood this little device has been a godsend on my tools. It locate any small metal objects within any reclaimed wood. For the price it is definitely worth buying.
March 5, 2020
5 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Little Wizard II
This little tool in my wood shop has saved me replacing planer blades...this tool is a gem
November 10, 2019
9 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Little Wizard II
Excellent detector priced right and it works as expected. when tuned correctly it picks up the smallest piece of metal and saves the blades of my plainer.
July 25, 2019
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
I would highly recommend this tool.
This is a much more sensitive and user friendly tool than others we have used.
May 24, 2019
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
little wizard II
I bought some barn wood and used the Little Wizard to detect any metal lodged in the wood. It was able to detect metal fragments that was just under the surface of the wood. That would have gone unnoticed by me. Using this product I was able to locate the metal fragments and remove then. Now I am able to use my planer without worrying about damaging the blades. I would recommend this product, especially if you are using reclaimed material. My dislike is having to tune it up every time prior to using it .
April 25, 2019
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Loved it I recommend it
I like this tool . At first I had problems but found out it pick up all the way through the board so I placed it on top of another thicker board . It was picking up the screws in my table top. This took care of it . It is touchy but after playing with it I got better also I found a nail that was broke off in board so it all ready paid for it self I was planning on my planer so it saved my new blades.
March 9, 2019
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Little Wizard II
Works great. Hasen't missed any metal yet.
July 8, 2018
over 5 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Required tool for working with pallet wood!!
I bought this specifically for working with pallet wood. It is great insurance for my tools, as I am able to assure there are no lingering nails or staples before it goes through the planer. It a great value for the price and being able to adjust the sensitivity is super helpful. I would absolutely recommend this product.
March 14, 2018
Woodworking Experience:
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Why did you choose this?
Rockler Store
Projects using barn wood
H O on Jun 12, 2020
Help preserve my tool edges from hitting embedded metals on wood.
Will on Jun 2, 2020
Projects using barn wood
H O on Jun 12, 2020
for reclaimed lumber and to prevent tripping a sawstop
Chell H on Jun 3, 2020
Help preserve my tool edges from hitting embedded metals on wood.
Will on Jun 2, 2020
Rated highly through independent evaluations and great pricing.
Don K on May 9, 2020
I like to build using reclaimed wood.
Gilbert M on Apr 9, 2020
Needed it for reclaimed wood, read reviews seems solid. Hope everything works out.
Jesus D on Mar 31, 2020
To find nails in old beams
Lawrence B on Mar 31, 2020
saw it in your Seattle store should have bought it than
Robert R on Mar 20, 2020
I needed a metal detector to find nails and screws in reclaimed wood so I don't wreck my plainer and saw blades.
Timothy M on Jan 25, 2020
Using reclaimed wood without a metal detector is taking a big chance when prepping lumber to reuse. It can cost a lot to replace blades and knives on saws and planers because you hit a piece of metal you couldn't see.
Erwin D on Sep 29, 2019
There are a lot of opportunities to use reclaimed wood, and I wanted an inexpensive way to find the problematic metal bits inside those pieces.
Brian G on Sep 15, 2019
needed one
kelly L on Aug 28, 2019
Highly recommended. Trust Rockler
Robert B on Aug 11, 2019
Want to detect nails in old used lumber prior to running through planer
James M on Jul 28, 2019
to check for nails in old seasoned wood
John on Jun 18, 2019
Working on a project using old wood. need to check for nails, screws, staples before working with the wood.
J J on Apr 20, 2019
Hope to save planer and joiner blades as well as saws.
james b on Apr 18, 2019
Needed to check for nails in pre used wood
Scott B on Jan 4, 2019
I'm going to use reclaimed boards from a shed to make rustic cabinets. The reviews are very good and the price is good.
The doctor. on Sep 29, 2018
Need to get some old wood beams cut and need to find the nails.
Terry T on Jun 19, 2018
to help save planner blades
Aaron W on Mar 19, 2018
I use a lot of reclaimed lumber. Nails are an issue.
Larry D on Jan 17, 2018
tired of destroying planer blades with old heart pine and old cypress taking from old barns
timothy t on Dec 28, 2017
we removed some white oak from an old house and I am going to use the lumber to make things. the oak boards are 2" X 10" and some are 8 to 10 feet long. lots of nails and screws to find!!
George G on Dec 11, 2017
Husband wanted it for Christmas.
Steve H on Nov 26, 2017
Working with recycled wood
Bernard D on Sep 26, 2017
needed a metal detector for project
Jeff K on Sep 8, 2017
This will be my first metal detector and did'nt want to spend too much for it.
Vince F on May 10, 2017
I have 2 boards to check
Al M on Apr 6, 2017
it was priced right and has good reviews
scott g on Mar 1, 2017
Ron F on Feb 21, 2017
I am going to try this out to "scan" over waterfowl meat that I shoot to check for pellets. I have broken a tooth already not finding a pellet and $25 is a lot less than a dentist visit.
David S on Feb 12, 2017
least expensive of metal detectors
Marion R. H on Feb 11, 2017
used it before work well
Andrew H on Feb 9, 2017
my husband does wood work with reclaimed wood
carey o on Feb 6, 2017
For reclaiming a used Church Pew
Ben S on Jan 31, 2017
working with reclaimed wood
E L on Jan 7, 2017
To be able to reclaim used decking or other wood
Wayne M on Jan 6, 2017
To re-purpose used wood
Brenda K on Dec 30, 2016
To help find nails before my saw blades do.
Gerald K on Dec 30, 2016
My Husband needs this tool to find nails/screws in old barn wood that we use for making things.
Amanda C on Dec 15, 2016
Finding nails in pallet boards
Charlie W on Dec 3, 2016
I might use some reclaimed wood and want to be it's free of nails
Glenn B on Dec 1, 2016
well regarded on several woodworking websites
Michael P on Nov 28, 2016
I work with reclaimed wood. I need to protect my tools.
Phillip D on Nov 25, 2016
the reviews about it were good
SANTIAGO H on Oct 30, 2016
I work with a lot or reclaimed wood, need to detect nails before using my planner or saws
Eric M on Sep 20, 2016
I wanted it
hardy h on Aug 10, 2016
Looks like a useful item and I liked the reviews
Brian F on Aug 1, 2016
Bob B on Jul 18, 2016
for reclaimed lumber and to prevent tripping a sawstop
Chell H on Jun 3, 2020
Rated highly through independent evaluations and great pricing.
Don K on May 9, 2020
How deep does the little wizard II detect metal?
A shopper on Sep 7, 2015
BEST ANSWER: If you set on HI at least an inch. I have not needed to go deeper.
I have 2 to 6 inch beams in need to scan . Will the little wizard pick up metal at those depths?
john b on Sep 20, 2017
BEST ANSWER: You'll be good as long as you are scanning the 2" depth.
Does it detect coins and jewelry?
A shopper on Jul 21, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I have no issues with mine. I trust it very much. Mine is so sensitive that it finds screw heads on my bench when I am scanning a 2 inch rough cut board. I have to get the boards away from any metal below to get a good reading. I know I could reduce the sensitivity but I want to scan deep as possible. So I just set it to the max, put the head on the wood, and pull back at about 1 inch a second.
Will it find staples in a stack of paper?
Jim W on Jun 1, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I have not used this too much as yet. I do know that you have to be careful about using it to find nails in used lumber setting on a metal sawhorse! I have been very happy with the unit so far. It also will pick up the aluminum table on my miter saw through a 1X.
I have a stud finder that I tried to use to clean up some old hard pine stair treads but the old lead paint set it off. Does this "ignore" lead paint?
David I on Jan 12, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I think so, but not !00% sure. The Little Wizard is so sensitive that if you turn up the volume you'll hea rthe differencebetween the paint and a nail. Adrian
Will this detect copper ?
levon on Apr 21, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It seems to detect a penny, brass, aluminum, most any metal I run it over.
can it detect lead shot in meat ?
Gene G on Mar 24, 2018
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