IF! you are reading this I would presume you have been bitten by the nasty old infectious metal detecting bug. Don’t start to worry it is really a good little varmint. In the next bit of dialog I will give out a bit if information to help out the beginners and hopefully help direct them toward the right path. Also, keep in mind this is something the whole family can participate in.
When I got My first Metal Detector:
I was introduced to a couple of brothers that had created a new brand of detector that they sold from word of mouth. The older brother had been head of research for NASA at Huntsville Alabama before they had a cut back. It was like visiting with MR. Wizard; his shop was like and electrical wonderland. This was back around 1970 when metal detectors were a lot different from they are today mainly they operated on a different frequency from they do now. In those days there were no fancy visual screens or super duper controls. They had limited ground balance and worked by sound; you had to learn to lesson for the right tone. The machines we used were really very effective. I went on outings with the brothers and we picked up a lot of silver coins, civil war relics, jewelry and other items of interest.
Now to get down to Business
This hobby you are about to embark on involves all sorts of hidden objects of interest, coins, relics, jewelry, gold, silver, and even treasure. Of course this is the main appeal: you just never know what that next signal really is until it has been dug. As mentioned there are many things to look for it will be a big help for you as a beginner to decide what interest you the most. This will help you pick the correct detector for your needs and even cost. Of course as time goes by you can always diversify into other search areas. Before you run out and purchase a detector take the time to research and find what best suits you as far as interest and even price. Treasurenet.com is a very good website to find out all sorts of information about detectors and tons of other info. Here you can find real opinions about the current detectors on the market by the people that actually use them, and the site is free.
To be up front and direst here there is not a detector made that you can wipe out of the box slap in a few batteries and run out and dig up a prier treasure in your back yard it ant happening. It requires patience, research, and knowledge of your equipment oh and practice. Read the Manuel that comes with the unit and than read it a few more times. Oh An if you are like me and have a hearing problem use your hearing aids. They will not interfere with the performance of the detector and you will find them a great aide to yourself. A lot of people ask about this including myself.
Let’s now get into some detectors available.
First I want to say that I plan not to get into the price of detectors other than generally as the price changes from dealer to dealer and there are often sales. Above all stick with major brands you will be happier in the long run. I will have a list of sources of dealers that you can choose from later on this site. Now as a beginner as I have said before you do not have to spend a huge amount for a complicated machine. Here are a few to check out Bounty Hunter Tracker IV, Garret Ace,( under $150.) White’s Bullseye Trx (under $160), Tesoro Compadre, White’s Treasure Master (under $200), White’s coin master(under$200). !f you want to work the beaches be sure the detector you choose is suited for it. Salt and the presence of black sand can really mess with a detector that does not compensate for it. Detectors made for the beach often can be used in or under the water and are a bit higher priced it depends on the manufacture. Some detectors in this area are: Tesoro Sand shark, Garret Pro, Garret Infinium Ls, Garret atx and others.
I will suggest other items needed besides a detector:
The first thing I will mention is a good set of head phone. Most detectors come with them but not all. Watch out if you do have to purchase one there are some real good ones on the market for under($50.). Second and almost a must is a pin pointer they save you time and elbow grease. A real good one is the Garret Pin pointer I use one and won’t be without it. There are some other good ones that may cost a little less look around. Next is a digger here you don’t want are need a pick and shovel all you need is a hand digger about 6 to 9 inches long made of stainless steel. These are available at most dealers and will last for years. Mine is about 25 years old and still digging under $25 dollars. You will need something besides your pockets to carry all the loot in. I would go to Home Depot and get a cloth nail apron the work great sometimes they are free. Next is knee pads, Knee pads. No not a mistake first time your knee comes down on a sharp rock you will wish you were somewhere else I guarantee it. Something to carry a water bottle and small snak in. Also Do not forget you ticket to the world: a good old trusty trash bag. Tied to the belt it will get you into a lot of places you normally would not be allowed. Last but not least a pair of gloves there is a lot of glass and sharp stuff out there.
Rounding things up:
I hope my little discussion here has helped the beginner to understand what he is getting into. I would hope that I have pointed out not to get the idea from all of the adds out there once you buy a detector all of the goodies just jump right out of the ground and you will need a wheel barrow to carry it all. Do the research, practice, and have fun.