Best Metal Detectors

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Richard asks…

what is the best metal detector for a newbie?

What is the best metal detector

Sam answers:

It depends what you want to hunt for, and what kind of budget you’re comfortable with.

Detectors by reputable brands that are worth owning seem to start around $150, but you can spend ten times that and still get a detector that offers a lot of bang for the buck.

The most popular brands for people who are “serious” about the hobby seem to be Garrett, Tesoro, Whites, Fisher, and Minelab. All those brands make detectors in a fairly wide range of prices.

My advice is to spend some time reading metal detecting forums, and watching videos of people hunting with various models of detectors that seem interesting.

In my case, I decided a Minelab E-trac was the best place to start. If I was in a part of the country where gold nuggets were a realistic possibility I might have gone in a different direction. One of my goals was to be sure if I didn’t enjoy the hobby, I’d know it was me, and not the equipment. I discovered this meant delaying my purchase a bit because what I wanted ended up being several times what I originally expected to spend, but in the end, I was happy with my choice.

The Garrett Ace detectors seem to offer a lot of bang for the buck. Tesoro detectors aren’t so flashy, but you don’t find people complaining about their performance.

You’ll also want some accessories –

a small digging tool – Lesche and Predator are the “gold standard” at around $50, Lowes has a true-temper multiple purpose garden trowel for about $10 that’s a bang for the buck champ.

A pinpointer – The Garrett Propointer is widely discounted to $128. It’s worth it. Less expensive ones can be had for about half of that. Think short broom stick with a metal detector that can find things up to a few inches away. You stuff it in the hole you just dug to zero in on the item your main detector found. It really speeds up the process – finding something the size of a dime in a cup or two of dirt can take a few minutes if you don’t have one. Most detectors also have a pinpointer function – that just helps you make sure you dig in the right place.

Good luck with your decision.

Joseph asks…

what is the best brand of metal detectors?

Sam answers:

Whites, Garrett, Fisher and Tesoro are some of the better brands. Goto this site http://www.findmall.com/

Linda asks…

whats the best metal detector for a beginner?

i have a budget of about 400-500 ish, im lookin for one thats best overall, thank you

Sam answers:

Either Wal Mart or you could check this site out,it’s funny you asked,my mother called me the other day and asked me what i wanted for xmas,i said a metel detecter.I just gonna get one from Wal Mart,they’re like $200 or something.
Http://www.whitesmetaldetector.com/hobby.shtml

Betty asks…

Best metal detector for the beginner?

I’m thinking purchasing a decent metal detector for my husband. He already has a basic one but i want to buy him something more serious. For him it is a hobby but he is talking about taking it as a full time job.

Sam answers:

Http://www.bountyhunterstore.com/product/0-89723-12013-4.html

Mary asks…

Best metal detector for a beginner?

When buying a metal detector should I get a VLF detector or some other kind? It will be my first. Used for looking for coins and jewlery.

Sam answers:

Click and talk.

Http://www.metaldetector.cc/index.asp?PageAction=Custom&ID=1

There are different types of detectors for coins and jewelry, for relics, for prospecting and for use in the water. Some detectors can overlap in their application, but generally they are special purpose.

In the link above ..etc
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Paul asks…

What would You Recomend As The Best Metal Detector ?

I Am Considering A Beginer Model . . . But I would Like To Make Sure I Buy A Quality Unit.

Sam answers:

Metal detectors from Whites Electronics are considered some of the best you can buy. See the link below.

Sharon asks…

Are there metal detectors that can tell me what kind of metal it is or what kind of item it is?

if there is what is it call?
is it the best one?
whats the best metal detector for beginners?

Thank you :) xoxo 5pts

Sam answers:

Yeah but it’s a half million dollar machine and you can’t find metal with it, only test to see what it is…. Sorry.

Helen asks…

What is the best metal detector for finding meteorites?

Sam answers:

Metal detectors can detect meteorites????? I didnt know that

Donna asks…

What is best Metal detector in America?

We have no metal detector?

Sam answers:

This is the link to a metal detector review site…

Http://metaldetectorreviews.net/

Hope this helps.
Good Luck!

Michael asks…

What’s the best metal detector to use for meteorite hunting?

Sam answers:

Find them at www.kellycodetectors.com

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Helen asks…

What are the best brands of metal detectors? Do the really cheap ones work just as well?

Where can I buy one? Academy? Cabbelas?

Sam answers:

There are two good brands out there Fisher and White’s. Of course the higher end models will detect deeper and more accurately, but if you are a beginning treasure hunter then one that just beeps is a good place to start. The beep only ones tell you about everything, even junk, but some of the white’s and fisher models have a selectable dectection method. That means if you want to find only quarters, you set the detection to quarters and start detecting. It works like that because each different item that most people are looking for has a unique magnetic signature that the computer recogizes and tells you. Of course there will be error but you can select out all the junk like tin and nails.

Cabela’s is probably a good place to look, but you could find more selection on their website.

Go ahead and check out these two web sites:

http://www.fisherlab.com/

http://whiteselectronics.com/

Happy Detecting!

Paul asks…

What is the best metal detector for amateur archaeology (in the UK)?

My mother’s always wanted a metal detector – as her 60th birthday is coming up, I want to get her one – preferably one that is not overly complicated but is powerful enough to be worth having, in case she really gets into it. She’s aware of the rules around their use.

Sam answers:

Hi!

Any of the White’s ones are the best to get.

My hubby has a top of the range detector and he’s very lucky with his.

Get your Mum to join her local detectors group – she’ll be able to go to all the best sites and will have some great days out!

Best of luck!!

Charles asks…

can metal detectors go 1 metre down if so which ones?

which are the best metal detectors to use that go beneath the surface of about 1 metre?

Sam answers:

Some of the metal detectors on this websire claim to be able to read up to 100 feet down. Http://www.kellycodetectors.com/gpl/ground.htm

Sharon asks…

What is the best metal detector to buy, under £150?

What is the brand I should look out for?

Sam answers:

I found one at amazon for £120, Garrett Ace 250 Metal Detector. Looks like a great deal. I bought one similar to this for £150 a few months ago.

Richard asks…

What is the overall best metal detector that is below 130 dollars?

Sam answers:

GARRETT METAL DETECTOR WILL WORK FOR YOU.

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Paul asks…

What is the best metal detector for the smallest price?

I would like to start searching for buried treasure. Any comments or suggestions will be apreciated.

Sam answers:

Consider these sites:

http://metalgenius.com/metal-detectors-for-sale/

http://www.hobby-hour.com/metaldetecting/cheap_metal_detectors.php

or you can make your own:

http://www.easytreasure.co.uk/bfo.htm

if you’re a newbie in metal detecting hobby, read:

http://gometaldetecting.com/

good luck!

Mark asks…

Which metal detectors is the best for gold prospecting?

Just looking for information on metal detectors, for gold prospecting only

Sam answers:

Everyone I know who prospects prefers Whites

David asks…

What is the best metal detector to buy to go searching for gold nuggets?

greenize615, I asked for the BEST METAL DETECTOR and your unsatisfactory answer failed to even come close to the gist of my question.

Sam answers:

Look here
http://www.google.ca/search?hl=en&q=gold+detector&meta=&aq=0&oq=gold+detec

Donna asks…

what is a the best metal detector that will find even small objects in very deep underground?

how deep can it go in? and how deep can it find with large objects? what is the name of this product? how much $? where can i find it?

Sam answers:

Try White metal detectors.com

George asks…

What is the best metal detector that i can buy for around 200 $ used is okay as long as it works good?

preferably one with a gps screen that helps decide if it is good metal or bad thanks for any help

Sam answers:

If your budget is around $200 you can consider Garrett Ace 250 Metal Detector. Has Touch-N-Go Technology, Large 10″ scan area for quick & accurate scanning.

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Best Metal Detectors For Gold

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Sharon asks…

I lost my gold wedding band in the back yard yesterday pulling up weeds. Will I be able to find it?

Is it best to just give up on the hunt for the lost gold and buy a new wedding ring?
Or should I buy a metal detector or something? It was just yesterday and the weather is dry.

Sam answers:

Depending on how sentimental it is to you. My father has lost his wedding ring before and he just got another one that resembled it. I am sure that if you spend at least twenty or so minutes a night searching in a grid pattern with a metal detector you are bound to find it. Also try not to mow given the fact that gold will most likely get mangled in the blades of the mower.
-use a metal detector in a grid pattern
-dont give up on the first try
-if all else fails buy one that looks like your old one

George asks…

all around metal detector?

looking for the best multipurpose detector good for a day at the beach, relic hunts and/or searching for gold in old panning areas

Sam answers:

I am told these people make the best:

http://whitesmetaldetector.com/

Sandy asks…

Metal Detector questions?

I have a Gold Century model GC-1020 metal detector today and I read the instructions from front to back but I am still having a few problems. I was hoping you may be able to answer a few questions. I am not sure about the depth numbers on the lcd display. I think the numbers go to like 9 is that 9in or 9ft? Also any suggestions on what to do and what not to do for the best success? I burried a nickle about 5″ down in the dirt and the detector did not read it but then it seems to read scrap metal down about 2″ and not much further. It said it’s supposed to read down to like 4ft but I dont think it does?

Sam answers:

9 inches. You have to set your discriminator to ignore ferrous metals to pick up the zinc in the nickle. Unless your coil is about 15″ or more in diameter you would be lucky to get a depth of 24″ under most circs.

Richard asks…

metal detector help…………..?

my dad wants to get a metal detector but doesnt know what to get ive seen a metal detector buying guide 2007 and saw th gtl 2500

but i dont know if that is the best cause thats for 07′

so i need help picking one, i showed him some online that was like $500 but he said he wanted one that was like $6000, and he said he wanted to find alot of stuff like gold coins jewelry not just one specific item

i guess he wants a really good one but i dont know im not that familiar with metal detectors
also i dont think my dad would want something complicated because he will get frustrated and i think a 6000 metal detector would be to difficult to use and with to many extra features that my dad would not use
also my dad doesnt want to find bs like bottle caps and tabs so he wants a good one

Sam answers:

Get the cheapest one you can find , they all find bottle caps and if he gets frustrated easily at least you won’t waste a lot of money , if it turns out that he likes metal detecting upgrade to a better model , btw $6000 is insane , it will take forever to break even.

Nancy asks…

should I share the gold?

Our small town hosts an annual hunt for a “gold” medallion. They post daily clues in the paper starting the monday of a local festival week. My wife, her sister and best friend had looked for 4 days, countless hours. They made a deal to split any winnings. I never joined in any of their questing and was not around when they made this deal. Friday morning before work I had a hunch to it’s whereabouts and headed down to see if I was right. After 2 minutes of looking I found what the whole town had been looking for. The medallion is worth $1200 in prizes, including 5 $100 gift cards, 3 gold coins (valued $525) and a nice metal detector. I offered my wife’s friend and sister a $100 gift card but they all want a gold coin too. I never felt a part of their quest and didn’t ask anyone for help so idk but it seems they are all mad at me.

Sam answers:

Sharing is for sucka’s

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Chris asks…

who makes the best metal detectors?

Sam answers:

Sony

Robert asks…

What is the best metal detector, prices and where can i get 1?

I am wanting a metal detector that will read anything from coins to well i dont know huge bars of gold lol, i also want it to be able to read things as deep as possible and tell me where they are! CAN YOU HELP PLEASE
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Sam answers:

The answer depends on ground conditions in your area, the type of sites you intend to hunt and how deep your pockets are.

All of the major manufacturers offer entry level detectors which are relatively low in price to get you started but if you’re looking for deep objects and a detector that gives you information on target type, depth, etc…, it’ll cost you a little more. If you’re very serious about this hobby, in my opinion you’re better off with a higher end machine that you can grow into instead of upgrading down the road.

If you have a local dealer you should either stop in or give them a call with some of your questions and they should be able to help, plus they can probably point you to a spot or two to get your feet wet. If there are none in your area you can always drop in at any of the online forums that are related to the hobby. I’ll leave you a link to one that I know you’ll find answers to a lot of your questions.

I use a Fisher F75 that I just got this past summer and finally moving up to the newer technology has really paid off for me. This detector isn’t cheap but I saved around 400.00 by buying a near new used model on Ebay. I was able to use a friends F75 for a few hunts and I knew it was the right one to buy but again I used it in the field first. I loved it’s light weight, power, information it gave me, low operating cost and ability to change modes and settings on the fly.

There are many good models out there to consider but I do recommend sticking to the main brands like Fisher, Whites, Tesoro, Garrett and Minelab. Teknetics also has some new models out that have gotten some pretty decent reviews.

If you have any more questions stop in the forum or leave me (mikewaz) a pm and I’ll be glad to help you out.

Good luck!
Mike

Mark asks…

What’s the best metal detector to get?

I’m going to be getting a metal detector. For finding things like coins, rings, meteorites, and with some luck gold nuggets. my price range is going to be like $100-200. Can anyone that knows about different metal detectors and brands, recommend one for me? Also anyone that has a metal detector of your own, please let me know, what kind, how much it cost, and how well it works! thanks

Sam answers:

Did you join a metal detecting or treasure hunting club? If you are beginner, then you should be a part of them. Having the deepest machine is not important but patience. By doing research and studying your local history, you will find spots that others have never hit.

Betty asks…

What is the best metal detector store around Sacramento? I want only a reputable business, it’s for my dad.?

My father, who recently retired, wants to get into metal detecting. I need to find him a place that can sell him what he needs and someone to help him out with questions and problems, otherwise I’ll have to do that.

Any help would be welcome.

Sam answers:

I recently bought from Big Valley Metal Detectors, which is owned and run by Larry Manger. It’s in Citrus Heights (Very close to Sacramento), settled right into Larry’s three car garage.

He’s a metal detecting veteran, and is on speaking terms with Greg Moscini (Another man well-known in the metal detecting world) and Jimmy Sierra (You don’t know a thing about metal detecting until you know the name), which can tell you one big thing: he has lots of knowledge about the business, with two high-placed men giving him constant top-notch info.

He carries many brands, White’s, Minelab, Garret, and multiple other high end names. He has machienes for prospecting, gold hunting, relic hunting, water hunting (metal detecting in water, who would have thought?), and tons more.

He also carries multiple necessary accesories. Digging tools, pluggers, gold pans, sleuices, batteries, phials for your gold, books, pouches, headphones, and more.

Going back to his knowledge, he’s the obvious choice if you want to ask questions or are having trouble with deciding on a machiene, or working a current machiene. You can call him at 1-916-225-9150

If you’re interested, take a look at Bigvalleymetaldetectors.com

Hope I helped,

Emu

Lisa asks…

What’s the best metal detector available?

I’m thinking about buying one so i would like to hear which one may be the best for a beginner.Any ideas?

Sam answers:

The best one is the most expensive one that a mountaineering, outback, all sports store has available to sell to you.

.Now you say which one is best for a beginner?……………… I woulds say …pay $5 for one at a yard sale….

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