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Metal Detectors

Metal Detectors

Metal Detectors

I'm contemplating the purchase of a metal detector, but don't know where to start. A quick reading of the Cabela's catalog shows that I can spend anywhere from $70-700. Anyone got suggestions? My main use would be for locating things that get lost in the grass--small tools, tractor linch pins, ejected cartridges, etc.

RE: Metal Detectors

Back in 2007, I brought along a fairly inexpensive Radio Shack branded metal detector on a family vacation to the Philippines. It was nominally about $100 price class, but I probably got it on sale for about half that. It's all-analog circuitry, nothing digital (as far as I know), and its primary selling feature is that it offers VLF mode. Seemed to be plenty sensitive, but I'm sure the better ones are, ah, better.

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RE: Metal Detectors

My son wanted one for Christmas a while back. We got him one for about $100. He took it on one vacation. He hasn't used it again in about 3-4 years.

My daughter's Ipod fell out of her pocket in some grass 6-9" tall. The kids used it to try to find it. No luck. When I told her to retrace her exact steps, I found it by eye.

That's my experience with them.

I'd recommend buying a cheap one and see if it holds your interest.

Good luck,

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RE: Metal Detectors

Except for the brass you'd be better off with a magnet broom/rake.

RE: Metal Detectors

I found a lady's ring lost in the forest...

First attempt failed, so I seeded the area with a half-dozen pseudo 'rings' made of 14-ga copper wire (purpose was to calibrate my confidence level) - easily found all of those. So I searched for the lost ring again, this time outside the boundaries of the supposed area where it was reported to have been lost, and found it almost immediately.

The human factors seem to swamp the equipment limitations.

RE: Metal Detectors

If you are really interested in metal detectors, you NEED to read two real-world books describing how they reaallllly work (and how much fun they are to use) in the real-world brush and trees and mud and blood and mosquitoes. And yellow jackets and snakes and poison ivy.

Never Mace a Skunk by Butch Holcombe.
(Also, Never Mace a Skunk II by Butch Holcombe and Charles Harris, but that book doesn't list metal detectors by maker and model)

In the first, Holcombe specifically recommends detectors made by
White's Electronics; Sweet Home, OR; 541-367-6121
Tesoro Electronics; Prescott, AZ; 520-771-2646
Fisher Research Laboratory; Los Banos, CA, 209-826-3292
Garrett Metal Detectors; Garland, TX; 800-527-4011
Minelab Electronics; 888-959-9599
Nautils Metal Detectors; Coats, NC; 910-897-7950

RE: Metal Detectors

Racoookpe1978--I bought the book and have to say it steered me in the right direction.

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