Testing the moisture levels of your grain stock is very important. To ascertain the overall health of the grain, and to ensure that the storage conditions are optimum you need a reliable and accurate way of measuring.
And clearly, the best tool for the job is a grain moisture tester.
There’s a number of models on the market, however, and deciding which to buy can be confusing.
There are factors such as the type of grain that tester can measure, clearly the more versatile model you can buy, the better.
There’s also the issue of portability; will you be taking measurements while out in the field or back at base? In order to do the former, you will need to ensure that the moisture tester is battery powered.
There are also scale and accuracy levels to think about. A premium machine will come close to matching grain elevator-style testing capabilities.
In this review round-up, you will find a selection of top-rated grain moisture tester, backed up with verified customer reviews in tandem with intensive product research and analysis.
These are the results…
Top 5 Picks
Dickey John MiniGAC,
Grain Moisture Tester
20 Grain Calibrations
Choice of 450
Grain Moisture Meter
40 Grain Calibrations
Smart Grain Tester
25 Grain Calibrations
16 Grain Calibrations
Dickey John GAC500XT
Grain Moisture Tester
16 Grain Calibrations
Choice of 450
Elevator Quality Power
Grain Moisture Tester Reviews
1. TOP PICK: Dickey John MiniGAC, Grain Moisture Tester
The MiniGAC from Dickey John is our top pick grain moisture tester for good reason. Not only is the price point more than competitive, but it also contains all the features you need for reliable, yet fast and accurate grain testing.
The expertise is very apparent mind you; with over 50 years in the testing space, Dickey John has been building top-quality sensors, controllers and monitors for agricultural, public works and analytical markets.
And whether you need to test grain moisture for harvesting, storing, or trading, the MiniGac can be used. It’s extreme portability, and handheld nature makes it perfect for out in the field.
Choose from over 450 calibrations that are available, (with 20-grain calibrations)
There are some impressive features built-in of course, (hence being our top pick). The easy to use unit is controlled via a menu-driven operating system.
The automatic temperature compensation is a very handy feature as is the internal scale. The later means no pre-weighing is required.
For calibration loading, there is USB compatibility. Furthermore, the no screw cap avoids any damage happening to the grains once placed inside the machine.
Finally, the reliable Dickey John throws in 1 year’s manufacturer’s warranty.
Overall, the Dickey John is a top-quality grain tester that is ideal for those looking for an affordable, portable option.
Capable of testing over 450 calibrations, versatility is the heart of the MiniGac. Our top pick grain tester for 2020, for good reason.
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2. AgraTronix 05100, MT-PRO+ Portable Grain Moisture Meter
AgraTronix is another well-known brand that has been manufacturing grain testers for a number of years.
While not as easy to use as the MiniGac, the 05100 MT-PRO is still portable in design, and suitable for harvest and storage work; (i.e you can take it to the grain, rather than the other way around).
The moisture range is good; the unit can detect as little as 5% moisture right up to 40%.
The 05100 also measures the temperature of course. Here the range is 32° to 113°F (0° to 45°C).
All well and good I hear you say, but what about accuracy. This is where AgraTronix has a proven track record across their product output.
With repeatability & accuracy: ± 0.5% (normal moisture range for stored grain); this is a unit you can rely on for accurate measurements.
Another great feature is that the unit is able to automatically average the selectable number of tests.
Not only that, the inbuilt memory means that the average calibration for all grains tested can be stored.
Much like our top pick from Dickey John, there is a USB port that enables you to store data as well as feed firmware and diagnostic updates into the machine.
The diagnostic option is there to assist users in diagnosing issues should faults occur.
A total of 40 different grain scales are offered direct readout, (more on that in the tab below).
Overall the MT-PRO+ Grain Moisture Tester is a very capable machine. With its high accuracy levels and portable design, this certainly does the job while out in the field.
While not as versatile as our top pick from Dickey John, this is still well worth considering.
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3. AMTAST Grains Moisture Meter Smart Grain Moisture Tester (Test 25 kinds of grains)
We move further into the budget range options now, with a grain tester that is much cheaper than the 2 we have reviewed so far.
However, the trade-off when opting for a lower-priced model generally comes down to the number of features included, (and rightly so).
With the AMTAST grain moisture tester, you will be able to measure the levels of 25 kinds of grain, (see tab below for the full list).
That being said, if the type you will mainly be working with is listed, there is no reason why this unit could not be the option for you.
Accuracy levels are good, and as with the majority of the testers that have made our top 5, the design is portable too.
Moisture and temperature readings can be taken, (I nice feature with the AMSTAT is that both can be taken at the same time).
This makes for greater efficiency as you work. The AMT65C actually takes very fast readings as well. Data is shown via the small display, which is backlit for use in low light conditions.
Should you need there is also the ability to insert an optional external temperature sensor.
One complaint would be the occasional fault of a loose connection between the cable connecting the screen to the main motherboard.
The manufacturers provide a solution on how to fix this, however.
For a budget option, the AMSTAT AMT65C is a great little grain tester. With a total of 25 types of grain that can be measured, this is one of the least versatile testers in our top 5. However, you do get what you pay for.
The potential fault with the screen cable is something the guys at AMSTAT need to solve. That being said, the fact they have been transparent about the issue is commendable.
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4. BEST BUDGET: MT-16 Grain Moisture Tester
Our top choice budget grain moisture tester is the MT-16 from AgraTronix.
In short, this is the toned-down version of the 05100 that we reviewed above. Smaller, more portable but just as accurate this is a fantastic little unit for the price.
As with the AMSTAT the trade-off when buying a lower budget machine is the level of versatility.
Here, only 16 different grain scales can be read. However, if after checking the specs the ones available apply to your needs, the MT-16 will not disappoint.
Each of the 16 scales adjustable to match the local elevator.
The averaging is also impressive, with the unit capable of averaging up to 99 test results.
The moisture measurement range is good, starting at 5% and reaching 40%, (depending on grain tested). The temperature range is also impressive with the machine able to read outputs between 32° to 113°F (0° to 45°C).
We already mentioned the accuracy levels, but let’s take a closer look at that. Repeatability & Accuracy come in at ± 0.5% (in normal moisture range for stored grain).
The manufacturers state that the high-frequency, capacitive circuit is one of the main reasons overall accuracy has been improved so much.
The AgraTronix MT-16 Grain Moisture Tester is our best budget choice because it balances great features and accuracy, with an affordable price point.
Yes, there are only 16-grain types available for measurement here, but for many of us, that will fit the bill. Highly recommended.
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5. BEST INDUSTRIAL: Dickey John – GAC500XT, Grain Moisture Tester
From budget-friendly, to time to speak to the bank manager. Our top pick for industrial-scale use is this excellent GAC500XT from Dickey John no less.
The features available here warrant a high price point, (we’re talking several 1000 dollars now), however, anyone looking to install the power of elevator-quality testing on their farm, will know that the ability does not come cheap.
That being said, this is still a semi-portable model that can be carried from site to site with relative ease.
The fact it can be powered using a DC inverter or cigarette lighter only adds to the convenient nature of the design.
The Dickey John GAC500XT enables the user to analyze grain moisture, temperature, as well as weight, meaning versatility is also very good.
The unit is easy to use too. More than 450 calibrations are available for download. However, only 16 can be stored at any one time.
As long as you have the correct calibration loaded, you simply choose the appropriate one for the grain you are measuring, load up the hopper and press to initiate the test.
The Dickey John GAC500XT is a top-quality grain moisture tester for those looking for elevator-style power for their farm.
Yes, the price point is high, however it is understandable considering what’s on offer here.
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