This is an honest review of the Zircon Multiscanner I520 Stud Finder. If you’re thinking of buying the Zircon Multiscanner I520, maybe you’ll want to just read my review, just to get a better understanding of how it works.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s a good stud finder, but there are some things you’ll want to know.
Firstly, let’s talk about the features, and I’ll start with the benefits and basically the ‘good’ stuff.
|Zircon Multiscanner I520
|Weight: 2.72 ounces
Dimension: 1.2 x 0.8 x 3 inchesMeasurement System: Metric
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It can find studs up to 1 and a half inches deep (about 38mm), and it has some exciting but useful features which make it stand out from the rest, and certainly make this better than a magnetic stud finder.
So, as I said it can scan studs at a pretty good depth, but here’s what’s probably more interesting for the Zircon Multiscanner I520.
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- You can locate the wood studs or metal studs up to 3 to 4 inches deep with the help of the stud scan mode of zircon i520.
- It also has deep scan mode with the help of which the scanning depth is doubled to one and a half inches.
- You can also detect the live AC wires with the help of AC scan mode. The unshielded electric wiring can be found up to 2 inches deep.
- It can also detect ferrous metals such as rebar up to 3 inches deep with the help of metal mode of this stud scanner.
- Live unshielded electric wiring can also be found up to 2 inches deep with wire warning detection indication.
- It has an incredible auto-correcting Technology with the help of which it can automatically correct the errors which the user makes while scanning.
- The weight of zircon multi scanner i520 is 9.6 ounces. So it is very light in weight multi scanner and is very easy to handle while taking readings or calculations.
- Also, you can take it anywhere you want it for calibrating or finding the studs.
- Item Weight: 9.6 ounces
- Dimensions: 6 x 3 x 9 inches
- Batteries Included?: No
- Batteries Required?: Yes
- Size: Standard
- Color: Backlit LCD Display
- Style: Backlit Display
It can detect live ‘hot’ wires’ underneath the stud wall, and it alerts you to them. It does this by using an ‘AC scanner’ which is testing for live current around the tip of the scanner.
When it finds a current, it knows there’s a live wire underneath.
The Zircon Multiscanner I520 Onestep can even tell if the wire is ‘shielded’ or not. This means it can detect whether it will be dangerous to drive a nail into the stud wall. A very important feature and it could very well save you injury!
Imagine you’re trying to find a stud in drywall and you don’t know where they live wires are! This is where magnetic stud finders (and, even worse – The ‘testing with a nail’ approach) just aren’t up to the task.
The future is in electronic stud finders, and this one is a great contender!
Autocorrecting mistakes that people make is another great feature of this stud finder.
Yes, you read that right. It can detect the common mistakes that people make and adjust their results according to that.
This makes it very useful for people who maybe have a shaky hand, or don’t like to hold the stud finder in one place for a long time.
The Zircon Multiscanner I520 Onestep has a 4 mode switch like Zircon Multiscanner I700, a bright LED screen to toggle through options, and a wide range of features. It also has a ‘spotlight’ pointing system to locate the studs and an audio alert, so you know instantly when it’s found a stud.
It automatically calibrates 10 times a second. Just think about how many times that is for a second (pun intended). It is very accurate.
There is a difference in the design of the multi scanner i520 and hd900. There is also a difference in price where I520 is of less price than hd900.
The weight of zircon i520 is 9.6 ounces, whereas the weight of hd900 is 10.6 ounces.
Zircon i520 has the backlight display, and the MS740 is equipped with the wall marker. However, the normal function of both the multi scanner is the same.
Zircon i520 and 740 can detect the metal studs, wood studs, and live AC wires. However, there is a difference in price.
If we talk about the weight of a multi scanner i520, then it is 9.6 ounces, whereas a zircon multi scanner 740 is 4.8 ounces. So from my point of view, multi scanner 740 is handier than the multi scanner i520.
The main negative thing about this stud finder is the battery and accuracy when it’s low on charge. We’ve found that it tends to perform poorly when the battery is low, and this can mean it will give random results or slightly inaccurate ones.
There is a simple way around this however, just make sure it’s always got fresh batteries and that when it starts to slack in performance, you replace or charge your batteries.
There isn’t a lot else to say in terms of negatives, so let’s sum this up.
But it is the additional feature of zircon multi scanner that it can also indicate the presence of live and unshielded electric wires up to 2 inches deep.
It also has an ultra-bright display screen and spotlight pointing system to locate and find the studs and wires.
What is the Warranty of Zircon Multiscanner I520?
Zircon multi scanner i520 has a limited lifetime warranty, including the implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose.
The products used in the making of this tool is free from defects in the materials and workmanship.
Q 1: Can we detect nails and other metal objects in rough-cut lumber if the lumber is, is up to 2 inches thick?
Ans: No, unfortunately, we cannot detect the nails and other metals in the rough cut lumber because it should be depressed against the scanning surface the whole time it is scanning.
You can use another tool named zircon metallic scanner m40 for detecting the nails and other metals through rough cut lumber.
Q 2: Is the multi scanner i520 find studs behind composite or concrete siding?
Ans: We recommend zircon multi scanner i520 for the interior use only as it will not work very well in the exterior construction due to the variables in building techniques, densities, and materials.
This stud sensor works by finding the changes in the density of the materials. It would not allow how to calibrate properly, and thus it would prevent it from scanning for the studs.
Q 3: What is the difference between multi scanner i520 and multi scanner 540; however, the specifications look the same?
Ans: Yes, the multi scanner i520 and multi scanner 540 are the same, and both perform the same functions.
Similarly, they have the same specifications. However, the only difference between the two is that the shell of the starter finders is different. Zircon multi scanner i520 is slimmer in size than multi scanner 540.
Q 4: Can the multi scanner i520 find the stud through the wall that has Plaster or has been gone over with drywall?
Ans: No, it is not possible as it will not detect the stud through the Plaster and Lath. So zircon i520 is not compatible with plaster construction. If you want to detect the stud through the Plaster then you will need a metal scanner.
Q 5: Is zircon i520 can find studs behind the tiled walls?
Ans: No, it will not find the studs behind the tiled walls because we will not know how the tile walls are constructed and the materials used. As it is is a stud finder, it will not work very well.
However, we recommend a tool with metal scanning that has abilities for this purpose. We recommend a multi scanner 740. So, you can find the nails with the help of metals by holding it in the drywall to the studs behind the tile.
Zircon i520 is a very useful multi scanner as it can easily and quickly locate the edges and center of the stud and also the metal studs and joists behind the wall. It can also find the stud behind the floor and ceilings.
Not only can it find the metal or wood stud, but, it can also locate the live electrical wiring. Its signal strength is very sharp with the help of which, it is able to distinguish between the shallow and deep targets.
The Zircon Multiscanner I520 Onestep is a great stud finder and we know you’ll love it and find it useful. Make sure to read through some reviews of other stud finders as well, as the price pint is a bit high for this one.
That being said, it has a lot of great features. Also, make sure to keep it charged or keep the batteries fresh to avoid any annoying experiences