American Hawks Explorer Metal Detector Arm Support, View Meter, Waterproof Search Coil with Headphone, Bag, Batteries

Once kids reach their tweens, they begin to need a little bit better metal detector than the basic units. American Hawks produces this fully functional locator that is priced perfectly for older youngsters who aren’t quite ready for the more expensive machines. A locator like this one can also provide a great deal of fun for adults who just want a small inexpensive metal detector to play with.

The shaft is adjustable from 23 to 34 ½ inches, allowing it to fit comfortably with individuals of many heights. The unit is adjustable for sensitivity, discrimination threshold, and volume, and it operates off one 9 V battery which can easily be found almost everywhere. The arm support is adjustable much like the shaft so that this unit can truly be made to fit a number of different people.

Bounty Hunter QD2GWP Quick Draw II Metal Detector with Pinpointer and Carry Bag

The Quick Draw II features auto and selective notch filters, which enable discrimination between different types of metals. This means that the detector can tell the difference between a quarter and a bottle cap, and can use the LCD digital display to relay this information to the operator. Discrimination provides a great advantage when working in areas with a lot of trash such as around picnic areas in parks where there may be a number of aluminum pull tabs buried. By adjusting the detector to ignore these items, the operator has the benefit of only being alerted to items that may be of value.

Bounty Hunter uses both an audible tone and a visual signal to alert the operator to buried objects that pass under the 8 inch search coil. There is a headphone jack that will allow the use of headphones when working in noisy areas, or in places where it might be better to make a little less noise.

Like much more expensive units, the Quick Draw II features an electronic touch pad control and LCD graphic display that make the unit easy to operate. The display reports the type of metal the object appears to be made of as well as the expected depth. While soil conditions can fool this technology on any metal detector, having the ability to sort this way is a lot better than not having it.

The single-piece aluminum shaft is lightweight, yet feels solid when swung.

Carry bag and electronic pinpointer are included in this package.

Garret Ace 250 Metal Detector

Garret has manufactured a line of fine metal detectors for a number of years, and I personally own a GTA 500. Garret’s electronics package is extremely high quality and the locators are very good at finding and pin-pointing the kinds of metal that Treasure Hunters are looking for while rejecting the scrap.

The Ace 250 operates on 4 AA batteries, which is one-half the number necessary to operate a GTA. AA’s are a nice choice since they are lightweight and often are slightly more readily available than the 9 volt batteries that some other detectors use.

Unlike the GTA series which has batteries in a detachable battery pack that can be worn on the belt, the Ace appears to carry the batteries inside the case of the unit, which in the long run is probably as useful has having a belt carried pack. The shaft also appears to be composed of only a couple of pieces as opposed to my GTA which has a handle grip made of plastic and aluminum shafts connected to it and running in both directions. That aluminum-plastic-aluminum connection has always felt a bit flimsy in my hand, and I find I prefer a detector with a shaft that is all metal.

For the money, this entry level Garret will give you many advanced features like pinpointing and the LCD graphics are easier to understand for most people than a common meter would be. My advice is to buy earphones that have a volume control built in since Garret does not install a volume control and the speaker can be loud enough to be disturbing. Headphones can reduce some of this volume and you can always wear them around your neck with the volume turned up which so you can still hear normally but you can hear the locator at a normal level too.

Bounty Hunter TRACKERIV/TK4-PL Tracker IV Metal Detector

I have only used this machine for a short while, but I have been quite pleased with the operation so far.

The Tracker IV offers automatic ground balancing, a feature that saves a lot of fussing with dials when compared to many low cost detectors. There is a 3 position switch on the right side of the control panel that changes the operation from all metal to a discrimination mode that rejects iron and steel and finally a tone mode than will provide different tones when passed over different metals.

When searching recently for a property corner in a trashy area, I really appreciated the discrimination mode. First I would sweep until I found something, and then I would switch discrimination on to eliminate iron. Since the property corner I was looking for was iron, if the metal detector still gave off a signal after being switched to discriminate, I knew the object could not be the iron corner I was looking for.

The shaft adjusts in length to accommodate most adults and the weight is negligible. Best of all the detector runs on just two 9 volt batteries instead of multiple battery-packs each filled with four to six double A’s. Fewer batteries means less cost and less that you have to carry out into the field in order to ensure your metal detector will continue to work.