The Zircon 61899 Studsensor is more simple and modest in appearance than a lot of the other Zircon stud finders, and it’s also one of the cheapest models there is.
None of us want to spend more money than we have to, but equally, if we’re going to spend money at all, we want to know that our purchase is worth it. So is this Zircon a bargain or will it reveal more disappointment than studs?
It’s simple and easy to use
You won’t find a simpler stud finder than this Zircon model. There’s no complex settings to fiddle with, and no ambiguous readings.
When you pass over the edge of a stud, the LED lights will light up, alerting you to the presence of a wooden or metal stud or joist. As you approach the edge, red lights show, and as you pass over the edge, green lights will show. There will also be an audible beeping, just in case you struggle to see the lights.
As well as being simple to use, it’s also simple in terms of what it delivers. This stud finder can’t distinguish between different materials or depths and can’t help you identify live wires.
If you have a vague idea of what’s behind the surfaces your scanning, this shouldn’t pose too much of a problem, but if you don’t, it’s better to be safe than sorry, so it might be wise to use this device alongside another that can detect more detail.
You’ll need to master how to use this device
Some stud finders are easy to use and will give accurate and precise results regardless of whether they’re being used exactly as instructed, but the Zircon 61899 needs you to focus a little more.
You’ll need to make sure you use the studsensor on flat surfaces, and move it slowly across the surface with a steady hand. For definitely accurate results, it’s a good idea to scan walls more than once, just to make sure you get the exact location of studs and joists.
When you do this, it’s also worth starting from different points, in case you started on top of a stud that wasn’t picked up.
It’s deep scanning isn’t particularly deep
Some stud finders offer deep scanning up to 3 inches deep, other more impressive devices even stretching to 6-inch detection. But the deep scanning on the Zircon 61899 isn’t quite as impressive, and can only detect studs and joists up to 1 ½ inches.
Depending on what you plan on doing after you’ve scanned your wall, this might not prove a problem for things like putting up a picture, but if you’re going to be drilling a little deeper, you might want to look at a slightly more technical device, like the Zircon Metalliscanner MT6.
It’s good for one off jobs
If you just need to do a bit of unexpected DIY, this stud finder is a good option. It’s cheap as chips and it will do the job. But it’s not the easiest to use, and if you don’t stick to the directions in the instruction booklet, you’ll likely receive inaccurate results, which could get you into some tricky situations.
Zircon 61899 review summary
If you’re a professional and you use stud finders regularly, it’s definitely worth forking out a little more for a more advanced stud finder (Check the best stud finders of 2017 for example)
Otherwise you might find yourself needing to carry around multiple pieces of equipment for detecting studs and live wires, as the Zircon 61899 can’t detect live wires.
You also don’t want to risk inaccurate results. If you’re after a device that does everything, check out the Bosch D-Tech 150 wall scanner, it’s a little more suitable for professionals.