Metal Detectors: 5 Hints for Beginners

Hint #1

There are many places that are open to metal detecting, but whenever you are searching a location that is off your own property, it is wise to seek permission to search. In many cases this is as easy as asking the property owner, or the person in charge. For the most part people will allow you to search as long as you are not destroying lawns or flower beds. So be prepared to carefully remove and replace sod when searching on someone else’s lawn. Sometimes public parks will have limitations or restrictions on metal detecting, so it is always a good idea to check the park rules before beginning to dig.


Hint #2

Many people equate the price of a metal detector with its ability to find treasure. In many cases this may be true, but it is probably better to read many reviews and search for the best metal detector that the money you have can buy. The temptation in many cases is to spend more money on a metal detector than you have, and sometimes that additional cost may not provide a significant enough functional improvement to justify the extra money. So consider carefully based upon a balance a budget and needs. This is an especially important consideration when purchasing a children’s metal detector, since it is important to find a rugged and reasonably low cost unit, but still have something that the child can use. If the metal detector is so inexpensive that it cannot find any metal, the child won’t play with the toy for long.


Hint #3

Learn to use your metal detector and you understand what the gauges, readouts, and sounds are trying to tell you. Different manufacturers will use different methods of signaling the operator when an item of particular interest has been passed over by the search coil. Beginners can usually pick these signals up fairly easily, but to become really proficient with the metal detector expect to spend some time practicing. Time spent learning to use the metal detector can be an important parent-child bonding time during which everyone can have a good time.


Hint #4

When considering accessories it is important to think about the area or location where the metal detector will be used.


For beach searching, a sand scoop is very helpful. The same item would not be of much use at all when working in most backyards. For working in the backyard a probe, garden trowel, or one of the newer digging tools specifically designed for treasure hunting is highly useful.


A small box or pouch for carrying found items is very useful. Scuba divers frequently carry mesh bags and such an item might be useful for working at the beach as long as the match was small enough to prevent small items from falling out.


One very handy accessory is a carrying case for the metal detector. This can keep a metal detector clean and free from dust when stored in a closet waiting for use, and it can also help carry some of the other accessories necessary for the hobby.


Hint #5

Learn how to research. One easy method is to visit the local historical society, Museum, or library. These places often have a wealth of information about the location of old buildings, factories, stores, homes, schools and other places where people may have congregated in the past. Generally, places where people have congregated are places where you will find treasures lost.


Metal detecting is a great hobby for young and old alike. With a little bit of research, a little bit of practice, and little bit of luck, almost anyone can be successful. You need



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