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SuperScan M3 Stud Finder

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  • New Target Control mode locates wood studs and not metal
  • MetalliWarning Indicator displays when metal is detected
  • New LoLevel Indicator displays weak signal objects in TC mode
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Featuring new, revolutionary Target Control Level 1 Technology. The Zircon SuperScan M3 advanced wall scanner is tuned to find clean, wood studs while filtering out metallic false positive objects, such as plumbing, conduit, straps, brackets or ducts, hiding behind surfaces. The LoLevel and MetalliWarning Indicators alert to the presence of dangerous, deep, less dense false positives and metal targets, reducing the chance of accidentally drilling into a piece of metal or plastic pipe. with the addition of Metal Scan mode, users can interactively narrow and map metal in walls, making for a more robust and multi-functional tool. The SuperScan M3 offers 4 distinct detection modes - TC, StudScan, DeepScan and Metal Scan. A 3-mode switch makes it easy to toggle between functions, while the ColorTrip Display conveniently details information. The screen will illuminate pale blue in TC mode and indicate the center, edges and direction of wood studs, while enabling the user to identify 'safe-to-drill' zones by utilizing the new Trust but Verify technique. When TC mode is off, the tool will perform in StudScan mode indicating both wood and metal studs. DeepScan mode doubles the scanning depth to find wood and metal studs beneath extra layers of drywall or paneling. A dedicated Metal Scan mode helps users detect ferrous metal, such as rebar and non-ferrous metal, such as copper.
  • New target control mode locates the center, edges and direction of wood studs and not metal, up to 3/4 in. D (19 mm) behind surfaces, identifies safe-to-drill zones between adjacent drywall screws, nails and protector plates
  • StudScan mode locates center, edges and direction of wood and metal studs up to 3/4 in. D (19 mm)
  • Deep scan mode doubles the scan depth of wood and metal studs up to 1-1/2 in. D (38 mm)
  • Metal scan mode locates ferrous metal up to 3 in. D (75 mm) and non-ferrous metal up to 1-1/2 in. D (38 mm)
  • WireWarning detection alerts to live, unshielded AC wires up to 2 in. D (50 mm)
  • LoLevel indicator displays low (weak) signal objects, such as plastic water pipes, while in TC mode
  • Signal strength indicator helps distinguish between shallow and deep targets while in studs can and deepscan modes
  • MetalliWarning indicator turns on when metal is detected in TC, studs can and DeepScan modes
  • ACT (Auto Correcting Technology) automatically corrects common errors, such as when scanning begins over a stud
  • Low battery indicator for optimum performance (9-Volt battery required, not included)
  • Target spotlight illuminates on screen when target is detected
  • ColorTrip display illuminates pale blue in TC mode, green in DeepScan mode, blue in metal scan mode and red to alert to the presence of live AC electricity
  • Spotlite pointer shines an arrow-shaped light on the scanned surface to indicate the target location
  • V marker groove enables accurate marking of target location



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  • 4.4
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Much slower and less reliable than other stud finders I have used
If you need a stud finder for lots of different situations and materials and depths, this Zircon SuperScan M3 model might have some features and benefits that may work for you. But if 99% of the time you only need to to find standard studs behind standard interior drywall, then I don't think this this is the best tool. I compared this M3 model to an old Zircon StudSensor i65, a Franklin ProSensor 710, and a basic magnetic stud finder, and on a basic interior wall of drywall and studs, I found the SuperScan M3 to be the slowest, least accurate, and least reliable. In the "Target Control" mode, I had to move the M3 extremely slowly in order for it to detect any studs--far slower than my other stud sensors. And even then I couldn't reliably find a known stud in the wall. If I switched the M3 to "Deep Scan" mode, it would pick up studs faster, but the deep scan mode also made it so sensitive that it constantly gave false positives or indicated a 4" wide area for a stud. In one test in DeepScan mode, it lit up on a 4" area, but when I re-tested the area, it didn't detect anything. So I found it very unreliable. My other stud sensors were faster to calibrate, faster to use, faster to detect studs behind drywall, and more accurate at identifying the stud edges. The Zircon M3 does have a "WireWarning" feature that detects live wires in the wall, but in my test, the screen would flash bright red anywhere near a wire, which was really annoying, and made it difficult to tell where the wire was located. To be fair, I tested the wall with a Klein non-contact voltage tester, and it also gave low level detection of the wire over a 3 foot area, so it may just be difficult for voltage sensors to accurately detect a wire location. I don't have a need to detect metal, and don't have any good test surfaces or walls with metal behind them, so I was not able to test the "Metal Scan" feature. Also note that the M3 comes with 2 full pages of instructions, which you will likely need to read in order to understand how to use it. I don't believe I had to read any instructions to understand how to use my other stud sensors, so that may also tell you whether this is the stud sensor for you. While the M3 seems to work, for wooden studs behind drywall, it does not seem to perform nearly as well as the other stud finders that I have used for years.
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Response from Zircon Customer ServiceDec 20, 2021
Hi. We're sorry to hear about your experience with the SuperScan M3 and that we didn’t have the opportunity to help you at the time. In situations like this, we encourage users to call into our toll-free support line found on the Zircon website. We have expert support staff online that can provide proven techniques that will help you accurately locate walls studs. As you mentioned, the M3 features all-new Target Control (TC) technology.. TC that allows you to not only locate the center of wood studs, but helps avoid drywall screw/nail heads, metal protector plates, metal pipes, PEX, and other potentially dangerous low-level objects recessed in the wall. As stated in the instructions, you do need to scan surfaces in a slow and steady manner so that the tool can accurately indicate wood studs and alert to these low level objects. DeepScan is a high-sensitivity mode and should only be used for scanning surfaces thicker than ¾ in. (19 mm). Using DeepScan on surfaces less ¾ in. can provide inaccurate readings which could account for the scanning inconsistency you experienced. The WireWarning feature you referred to is not designed to indicate the precise location of live unshielded AC wires in your walls, but is intended as a safety feature to alert that you are scanning near live AC lines. We’d love to help you get the most out of your new M3. Please contact us by phone during normal business hours Mon. thru Fri. 8:00 am to 5:00 pm PST or via email. We’re here to help. Thank you. zircon
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Can be as simple or complex as you need it to be
I have been very frustrated with standard stud finders, going over the same wall space multiple times just to get different readings each time. I knew my house wasn't THAT wonky! The M3 has been very consistent for me so far. I had no issues with the performance and really like the stud center indicator. No guess work at all and my first project with it of hanging a bank of shelf standards was a breeze. I can see how it might be a little daunting for your average homeowner with the different modes, but once you have a basic understanding of the functions and display it is a great tool to have. And I would rather err on the side of caution and have a tool that can do it all so I don't have to worry about finding surprises in my walls. If you are a diyer, like me, and wont be using it on a daily basis, I would definitely recommend watching their how to video before your first use and bookmark it for future reference. The instructions are fine but sometimes a video is just better. Anxious for more projects to test out all it can do.
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Response from Zircon Customer ServiceNov 15, 2021
Hi. Thank you for your review of the SuperScan M3 advanced wall scanner. We appreciate you taking the time to share your experience with us and are happy to know you like all the new Target Control (TC) features. We agree that reading the instructions, quick start brochure, and watching the how-to videos are key to better understanding the tool’s functionality and always recommend that users become familiar with the tool before beginning any project. Please visit our website for our customer service contact information if you ever have any questions, comments, or concerns. We're here to help. We offer toll-free support during normal business hours Mon. - Fri. 8:00 am to 5:00 pm PST and via email. Thank you. zircon
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So Many Features!!
Here's the thing. I don't need a stud finder to loc ate the stud in a wall. I began work as an installer before I was licensed to drive at age 15. But this gadget is awesome! Watch the video and trust me, it really does what it says. stop screwing ion to another screw or a pipe or wire. This gadget will save you money and trouble. By far the best stud finder I have ever used and mastering it is easy even if you don't read the directions.
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Response from Zircon Customer ServiceNov 9, 2021
Hi. Thank you for your review of the SuperScan M3 advanced wall scanner. We appreciate you taking the time to share your experience with us and are happy to know the all new Target Control (TC) technology exceeds your expectations. Please visit our website for our customer service contact information if you ever have any questions, comments, or concerns. We're here to help. We offer toll-free support during normal business hours Mon. - Fri. 8:00 am to 5:00 pm PST and via email. Thank you. zircon
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Zircon SuperScan M3 Stud Finder
The Zircon SuperScan M3 Stud Finder certainly is a step above the old way of finding the studs behind the walls with the swivel magnets and the old-time stud finders. You guys have stepped it up a notch or two with the different settings so that you can locate and discern what lies behind the wall. When you are doing work on older houses, you never know what is behind the walls.
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Response from Zircon Customer ServiceNov 9, 2021
Thank you for your review of the SuperScan M3. We appreciate your feedback and we’re happy to hear it’s working well for you. Please visit our website for our customer service contact information if you ever have any questions, comments, or concerns. We're here to help. Technical and product support services are available toll- free during normal business hours Mon.- Fri. 8:00 am to 5:00 pm PST. Thank you. zircon
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Essential tool to find studs in walls
Stud finders are an essential tool. They are used to find wood and metal studs so you know where to drill or not to drill into a wall. I’ve used cheap ones for years, and they do an OK job, but the newer more expensive models do a much better job. I will admit I’ve tried several premium stud finder, and have yet to find a “perfect” one, they can be a bit frustrating and inconsistent. This Zircon Superscan finds wood and metal studs, and also metal by using three different modes. The most automatic mode is TC mode, or total control, which locates stud edges and centers, illuminating the center with a red laser line, and then can be scanned vertically to find clear zones on the stud free of metal or screws. You can also switch to stud scan which finds studs edges and center. In this mode the finder did a good job, although I had difficulty using the TC clear zone feature to find screws. Switching to deep scan mode increase the ability to find studs through thicker materials and walls, and metal scan mode detects ferrous and non-ferrous metal such as pipes. Mode is selected by a front sliding switch, and power is controlled by a side push button switch. A nine volt battery is required and is not included. It is important to follow the directions for calibration and operation. Be sure to test an area several times to confirm. A good rule to employ is most studs are spaced 16 inches on center, some are 24 inches on center, and I like to find three of four and check the pattern to be sure. This stud finder is backed by a lifetime limited warranty. Indoor use only.
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Response from Zircon Customer ServiceNov 2, 2021
Hi. Thank you for your review of the SuperScan M3 advanced wall scanner. We appreciate you taking the time to share your experience with us and are happy to know you like all the new Target Control (TC) features. Please feel free to contact us directly as we’d like to help you with applying the “Trust but Verify” technique you refer to as the TC clear zone feature. For helpful videos, you can scan the QR code located on the instructions and packaging with a smartphone or view on the Zircon website. Please visit our website for our customer service contact information if you ever have any questions, comments, or concerns. We're here to help. We offer toll-free support during normal business hours Mon. - Fri. 8:00 am to 5:00 pm PST and via email. Thank you. zircon
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Top of the Line
The Zircon SuperScan M3 Stud Finder is a great tool with many features. Wow they have really come along way over the years. To get the most out of this you really should read instructions. Very easy to use! You will need to install a 9V battery when you receive it. The M3 has all the features of the M2, but with the added features of metal scan mode which allows you to scan for metals like nails and galvanized pipes. Would make a great gift.
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A great stud finder
I got this stud finder a couple weeks ago. It is amazing. It blows the doors offf the other stud finders. It can be used on these types of different surfaces: typical drywall, multi-layer drywall, paneling, wood flooring, lath and plaster, ceramic tile. It makes it easier to safely drill. Stud edges, and metal pipes. It is very easy to operate and use.
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Not your dad's old stud finder!
This stud finder is so much better than my old fashioned one. it operates the same way but can give an informed notification of what is behind the dry wall. it has various indicator to let you know if it is wood, or metal, or a thinner, less dense, item. I will take a 9 volt battery which is NOT included and it has a limited lifetime warranty. It can also be used vertically to indicate nail heads. Overall, much better than my old finder.
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Response from Zircon Customer ServiceOct 27, 2021
Hi. Thank you for your review of the SuperScan M3 advanced wall scanner. We appreciate you taking the time to share your experience with us and are happy to know that the scanner meets your expectations. Please visit our website for our customer service contact information if you ever have any questions, comments, or concerns. We're here to help. Technical and product support services are available toll-free during normal business hours Mon.- Fri. 8:00 am to 5:00 pm PST. Thank you. zircon
  • Recommended
Very sophisticated dependable stud scanner
The Zircon Superscan is designed and calibrated for detecting clean wood studs by finding density changes. The M3 can be recalibrated to assure accurate scans. This stud-finder can detect and identify metal and plastic components as well as unshielded wire to help the user avoid making a dangerous and costly drilling mistake. The M3 has a WireWarning detection icon that will display when wire is detected. that show up on the display if wire or metal is detected. This Zircon Superscan M3 can be used to scan for metal like water pipes and conduit or scan for metal brackets and will display MetalliWarning icon when found. This tool is far more sophisticated than stud-finders I’ve used in the past.
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Response from Zircon Customer ServiceOct 27, 2021
Hi Mike. Thank you for your review of the SuperScan M3 advanced wall scanner. We appreciate you taking the time to share your experience with us and are happy to know that the scanner meets your expectations. Please visit our website for our customer service contact information if you ever have any questions, comments, or concerns. We're here to help. Technical and product support services are available toll-free during normal business hours Mon.- Fri. 8:00 am to 5:00 pm PST. Thank you. zircon
  • Recommended
A great tool that lets you know what is behind the drywall.
If you ever need to know where it is safe to drill, cut, or pound on a drywall enclosed area, this is the tool for you. It does 4 different types of scans...a TC (Target Control), Stud Scan, Deep Scan, and Metal Scan. There are different screen color highlights for each type of scan. All are explained fully in the very comprehensive instructions. One new thing for me was that when scanning you do not touch the wall with the scanner...you hold it a short distance from the wall. The displays are very self explanatory and include bars to show the center of the stud etc. It also always scans for live wires. As mentioned earlier, the instructions are well done and very helpful.
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Response from Zircon Customer ServiceOct 27, 2021
Hi. Thank you for your review of the SuperScan M3 advanced wall scanner. We appreciate you taking the time to share your experience with us and are happy to know that the scanner meets your expectations. To clarify, the scanner must be placed on the wall first and held still as it is powered on. It should be held with only your thumb and forefinger and away from the top half of the tool. Your free hand should be kept away from the scanner and off the wall during calibration and when scanning. The objective is to calibrate over a clean section of drywall before moving the scanner. Please visit our website for our customer service contact information if you ever have any questions, comments, or concerns. We're here to help. We offer toll-free support during normal business hours Mon. - Fri. 8:00 am to 5:00 pm PST and via email. Thank you. zircon
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