Hottest 2017 Holiday Gift? The New Garrett AT Max Metal Detector!

Easy-to-use controls on the Garrett AT Max metal detector.

Easy-to-use controls found on the Garrett AT Max metal detector.

The all-new Garrett AT Max has arrived. It is IN STOCK and ready to be shipped to you TODAY. This is the perfect holiday gift!! Garrett engineers took everything customers have been asking for and built it into one detector! This is the best of the AT Pro and AT Gold detectors combined, with even MORE. The most notable new feature is AT Max’s built-in Z-Lynk wireless technology with included wireless headphones.

Here’s why the Garrett AT Max is on course to be the hottest-selling detector on the market. Did we mention? NO MORE WIRES! True All metal Mode. New Backlight, More detection depth, larger display and much more!

  • New Garrett MS-3 Z-Lynk Wireless Headphones with Auto Pairing
  • No delay in target signal, no interference with other wireless devices
  • Consistent Solid Tone in Highly Mineralized Soil
  • Auto Ground Balance Window allows users to hear faint signals
  • Greater Detection Depth with Enhanced Sensitivity. Sensitive enough to pick up small gold nuggets!
  • Optimized 13.6 kHz Frequency for excellent detection on a wide range of targets
  • Fully Waterproof to 10 Feet (3 Meters)
  • Display Backlight for visibility in dim lighting
  • Larger Display Numbers

In field tests with detectors in the same price range (and even higher), the Garrett AT Max came out the clear winner when it came to depth! The AT Max comes standard with the 8.5” x 11” DD PROformance searchcoil, but all Garrett AT searchcoils are compatible. This is a holiday winner! Order today for the best gift EVER!

AND, when you order this detector now, you get a BONUS gift of a FREE pinpointer probe or a $100 Restaurant Gift Card!!

Get Her Something She’ll Actually Like this Year and Give Her a Metal Detector

Garrett AT Pro Metal Detector For Her

The popular Garrett AT pro is a top choice for any woman on your Christmas list this year.

There are a variety of different Holiday gift ideas available today for your wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, or that other lucky woman on your shopping list. Jewelry, books, clothing, pictures, computers, and collectibles are just a few that come to mind. But have you considered giving her a metal detector this year?

Metal detectors make fantastic gifts for any lady you’re shopping for this Holiday season who enjoys time outside, exercise, opportunities to learn and discover new things, and of course, a chance at finding valuable treasure like jewelry, gold, antiques, coins and more! Not only that though, metal detecting is also a hobby that you can do together, as a family, and, she can also join metal detecting clubs for further learning and fun with this unique hobby.

With all of these benefits it’s easy to see that when you give her a metal detector it will end up being something she actually likes and uses throughout her life, not just a gift she’ll smile about and put in her drawer. This isn’t a benefit many Holiday gifts for her will offer. So, why not consider giving her a metal detector this Holiday season and give her a gift she’ll remember for many Holidays to come.

Here is a list of the top 11 metal detectors for her to get you started. You can also find metal detecting accessories including digging shovels, pinpointers, carrying cases and more to add to this special gift idea for her.

For girls ages 8 and under we recommend the Bounty Hunter Junior Target ID metal detector.

Making sure all the special guys on your list are happy can be easy when you check out last week’s blog post “Why you should give him a metal detector this holiday season.”

Garrett Pro-Pointer AT Review – Waterproof Pinpointer from Garrett

The Garrett Pro-Pointer AT is currently one of the most requested metal detector accessories we have in stock; and with very good reason. Even the pros are excited about this fully submersible, all terrain hand held pinpointer and you’re sure to be too.

“The Garrett Pro-Pinpointer AT has taken my detector results to the next level. Super accurate, all weather and easy to use.” – Customer review submitted by Bill S.

Garrett ProPointer AT Pinpointer

Garrett Pro-Pointer AT Pinpointer

It’s based on the already fantastic Garrett Pro-Pointer II but, like the Garrett AT Pro, Garrett AT Gold and new Garrett AT Max metal detectors, their Pro-Pointer AT also includes all of the enhancements users have requested over the years. This has made for a spectacular product that detectorists are understandably really thrilled to use.

Waterproof Pinpointer

One of the most well known features of the Garrett Pro-Pointer AT handheld pinpointer is that it can be submersed in up to 10 ft underwater. This makes it ideal for SCUBA diving with your metal detector as well as for those all terrain treasure hunting excursions.

This pinpointer has a lot of other neat things to offer metal detectors too including a “lost alarm” that will alert you after the pinpointer has been unused for 5 minutes; an invaluable feature that will help you find the pinpointer if it’s lost in the field, as so many are! Garrett also gave the Pro Pointer AT a nice bright color to make it easy to find as well. We want you to be in-the-know, so when you hear someone say “Garrett carrot”, that’s their Pro-Pointer AT!

In addition to these features you’ll get to enjoy a fast re-tune which is important especially when you’re searching in mineralized ground. The Pro-Pointer AT also has a 360 degree detection area, vibration and sensitivity controls, and an LED light so you won’t miss anything. With a feature set like this users are raving about this hand held pinpointer.

Here are just a sampling of the customer reviews and comments we’ve received regarding the Pro Pointer AT:

Customer feedback on the Garrett Pro-Pinpointer AT.

Customer feedback on the Garrett Pro-Pinpointer AT.

Bill S: “Next Level – The Garrett Pro-Pinpointer AT has taken my detector results to the next level. Super accurate, all weather and easy to use. No matter how small the target, it will let you know.

Thomas V: “I have been metal detecting for 20 years, sometimes it takes some people a long time to get it right. I got a Pro-Pointer (Garrett) and I can cut my time looking for my target 75 percent. Get one! I also got a better digging tool. I have more fun now.

Michelle H: “I gave this to my boyfriend as a Christmas gift and he is over the moon about it.

Robert Hoover: “This Probe is Incredible! Metals can’t hide from THIS probe. It will tell on metal more than a little sister about your secrets. Price is better than anything even IF close to comparable. One of my grandsons realized that it detected BETTER than his toy detector and used it by itself to find targets. Lots of targets. He called it his “Golden Carrot”. This probe is worth every penny and getting it on MetalDetector.com at their sale price is AWESOME. I’ve ordered a second one to come with the ATMax. Garrett Pro-Pointer AT is my Probe of Choice!

Ken: I was hesitant about purchasing the Garrett Pin Pointer AT, but now that I have it, I kick myself for waiting so long. Really helps with not having to dig deep holes.

If you’d like to learn more about this revolutionary pinpointer from Garrett, please visit our Pro-Pointer AT product page. You’ll be able to watch a video review of the Pro Pointer AT, view a full product spec sheet and more so you can get as much information as possible on this pinpointer to be sure it’s the metal detecting accessory for you.

 

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Why You Should Give Him a Metal Detector This Holiday Season

Bounty Hunter Platinum pro with 11" DD Metal Detector

The Bounty Hunter Platinum is a top seller for the holidays and all year long.

Making sure all the special guys on your shopping list are happy this Holiday season can be easy when you get them a metal detector. Whether it’s your son, grandson, father, grandfather, husband or other lucky guy, get him a metal detector this year and you’ll be giving him a gift that gives back for many, many Holidays to come.

Metal Detecting as a Hobby

Metal detecting is an ideal hobby for guys of all ages because it gets them outside, in the fresh air, digging in the dirt and finding treasure. Plus, they’ll meet other metal detecting enthusiasts, make discoveries about the area’s history, and so much more. Gifts for him don’t usually offer all of these benefits but, metal detectors do; and all in one package!

Best Metal Detectors

To get you started here are the top metal detectors any guy on your Holiday shopping list can have fun with:

If the guy you’re shopping for already has a metal detector you can give him metal detecting accessories like a pinpointer, digging tool, carrying case, or new search coil this year. Whatever you choose you can be sure he’ll like your gift because metal detecting and guys of all ages go well together. So give him a metal detector this Holiday season and you’ll be giving him a gift he’ll use and enjoy for many years to come.

Searching for “Coin Spreads”- How to Pinpoint and Dig Them

Whites Dig Master Digging Tool

Whites Dig Master Digging Tool for recovering your metal detecting treasure finds.

Searching for old coins is exciting, but searching for “coin spreads” is even MORE exciting! What is a “coin spread?” Well, back in the day, it was very common for people to bury small caches of coins and other valuables in the ground. Burying coins was easier than trying to keep them safe inside a home, so former farmland is a hot commodity for cache hunting. People often forgot where to dig and/or forgot to retrieve their treasures.

“As real treasure finds go, a coin spread is one of the most realistic for anyone with a metal detector to make.” – Daniel Bernzweig of MetalDetector.com

In the 1800’s and early 1900’s, farmers and homestead owners buried their valuables inconspicuously in socks, Mason type glass jars or small wooden boxes. These containers decay over  time, leaving metal valuables intact and in the ground. During plowing season, coin sacks are brought closer to the surface. And over time, coin sacks break and the coins are spread across a small area of land. Sometimes, handfuls of coins are found altogether. If you stumble upon a coin spread, adjust your metal detector’s sensitivity to easily pick up coins.

Pinpointing and Digging a Coin Spread

Once you’ve pinpointed a small area where a coin spread is present, it’s time to dig up your treasure! The depth of your digging area should be no less than ten inches. Each few inches of soil should be carefully removed from your target area and examined for the presence of coins. Move slowly and carefully! If your metal detector has multiple search coils, use the smaller search coil. Adjust the sensitivity of the metal detector and scan every scoop of dirt. When you’ve dug deeply enough, stop for a few minutes to examine the “walls” that you’ve created by digging. A large piece of tarp comes in handy; you can spread your dirt on the tarp to better spot coins.

Methods for Digging up Coins

Every detectorist has their favorite method of digging. Just remember: it’s important to maintain the integrity of coins when digging (no scratching) all the while doing your best at leaving the ground as you first found it. That’s why there are tried and true methods for digging up coins.

  • The Plug Method: Use a small search coil to determine the approximate location of your target. After locating the target, take note of the depth and cut a square block of soil. Lift under your target so you can recover it. A tool with a serrated edge, like the Lesche digging tool makes this work easy. After you’ve located it, replace your block of soil so it’s restored to its former appearance.
  • Alternate Plug: Dig up a half-circle, a “v”-shape, or cone-shaped hole.
  • Use a Handheld Pinpointer Probe: Experienced detectorists often use a pinpointer to locate their target. After determining your best search location, use a handheld probe to search the hole or continue digging until you find the target. You can also search the flap area for the coin if it is not visible.

Necessary Tools for Coin Retrieval

Here are a few of our favorite tools for pinpointing and digging up coin spreads:

Metal Detector Pinpointers and Probes

Makro Pointer Waterproof Pinpointer

Garrett Pro-Pointer II Pinpointing Metal Detector

Garrett Pro-Pointer AT Waterproof Pinpointer

Whites TRX Pinpointer

XP MI-6 Pinpointer

Metal Detecting Trowels and Digging Tools

Whites Dig Master Tool

Garrett Edge Digger with Sheath

Pro Digging Trowel

Saw Tooth Pro Digging Trowel

Fisher Teknetics Ultimate Recovery Tool

What Are Metal Detector Search Coils and Which One Should You Choose?

A larger search coil will detect deeper plus cover more ground. Detech 13" Ultimate Search Coil pictured above.

A larger search coil will detect deeper plus cover more ground. Detech 13″ Ultimate Search Coil pictured above.

One of the most important parts of a metal detector is it’s search coil. Search coils help determine in part how deeply the metal detector can search, the size of treasure it can find, the way the machine reacts to the type of ground you’re hunting, and more. Let’s take a minute to talk about the types of search coils available and how to determine which metal detector search coil that would be best for you.

Search Coil Size: Small, Medium or Large?

Search coils come in small, medium, and large sizes. Smaller metal detector search coils will find smaller treasures closer to the surface, like gold flakes for example. Larger sized search coils are used for finding larger items like treasure caches of coins that are buried deeper underground. Mid sized search coils fall in about, you guessed it, the middle with regard to the size and depth of treasure they can locate.

The type of metal detector search coil has an effect on your treasure hunting as well. The two most widely used search coils found on metal detectors at this point in time are:

  1. Concentric
  2. Wide Scan

Concentric metal detector search coils offer improved target discrimination while you should choose a wide scan search coil if you’re hunting in a location with heavy ground mineralization like the wet salt water beach.

One company to look to when selecting an additional search coil is Detech. Detech makes search coils for a wide variety of metal detector models from today’s top brands. For more on metal detector search coils, all they do for your machine, and which one is the best for your current needs, please enjoy these articles from our learning library.

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Digging Deep for Hidden Treasure- What are the Advantages?

Detech Chaser Metal Detector

The Detech Chaser Metal Detector, a great unit for deep coin hunting.

Using a metal detector is a science in itself—particularly, discerning  its individual beeps and tones. Once you have mastered your detector, you can focus on how deep you are finding targets. Some hobbyists only focus on targets that are buried 2-5″ deep. Others swear that their best targets are buried much deeper. Civil War relic hunters often talk about great finds buried 10″ and more underground. If you are looking to find better treasures, you may consider a detector that is built to find deeper targets, such as the Teknetics T2, Fisher F75. or Detech Chaser. One well-known treasure hunter who makes videos, “Aquachigger,” always digs deep holes while searching 1800’s homes- finding “Seated Liberty” quarters, Indianhead pennies, muskets, belt buckles and buttons.

Listening to Your Signals

The textbook coin signal is “round”. What this means is that for coins laying flat, the signal has the same characteristics no matter what angle you scan it. As you walk around the target while swinging the coil back and forth, a coin sound will be smooth and repeatable. If it beeps for half an inch one way, the “round” signal will beep for half an inch every other way. Oversized objects (like pop or beer cans), may give loud signals from one angle, but no signal from another.

Get the Most Depth Out of Your Detector

Here are expert tips to get the best depth out of your metal detector:

  1. Turn up the Sensitivity.  You can find the optimal setting for the particular conditions you’re using, but you’ll have to fine-tune it.
  2. Adjust the Ground Balance to be neutral or slightly negative. If your ground balance is positive, it’s easy to overlook a lot of stuff.

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Beach Detecting Success: How to Read the Beach

Garrett Sea Hunter Mark II Metal Detector being used at the beach.

Garrett Sea Hunter Mark II Metal Detector being used at the beach.

We’re right in the middle of prime beach detecting days, so get out there every chance you get! New hobbyists often ask, “with miles of beach in front of me, where do I begin?” This is a good question, because there are definitely secrets to beach-hunting success with a metal detector. Seasoned detectorists study wind, moon phases and tides to plan their beach trips. This is because the moon dictates the rising and falling of ocean tides. Tides and moon, along with currents and wind move the sand on the beach to uncover jewelry.

Where Do I Begin?

We talked about “reading the beach” in previous articles, but it is worthy of mentioning again! Whether you’ve arrived at an ocean or freshwater beach, the first thing to do is analyze the sand and surf in front of you. Look for low lying areas (or pockets) where sand has been recently removed by wind and tides. This is where jewelry, coins and other metal items accumulate. Also look for sloughs (small water channels or cut-outs in the sand) and scallops (humps on the beach). These are all hot spots for treasure on the beach. Searching after a storm, when the sand has been blown and tossed around, is another expert tip!

Detect Where Beach-Go’ers Frequent

Increase your find by searching the “activity centers” of a beach. Where are the crowds gathering? If there are volleyball courts, horseshoe pits and frisbee areas, these are the places to detect. The maximum potential for your beach depends on where activity is happening most. The towel line is where people place their belongings and put on sunscreen. Detectorists find coin spills, rings, necklaces and sunglasses in this area. Restrooms, sand spray-off areas, concession stands and beach entrances should be on your to-do list. People lose items when they are rinsing off, eating, etc. At the exit and entry area, beach-go’ers stumble to grab last minute items or need to adjust what they’re holding. Items are always dropped here and get buried.

Get a Beach Detector – Get Lucky!

Shop our Beach Metal Detectors if you are looking for a detector this summer. There’s still time to get out there and get lucky! A female detectorist who hunts the beaches of New Jersey recently cashed in on gold she’s found for $1,300. Detectors are the most advanced they’ve ever been, and there’s much more treasure to be found. You can only find it if you’re searching!

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Amateur Hobbyists Really CAN Get Lucky… Start Detecting and Enjoy Beginner’s Luck!

Coin found metal detecting.

What a great coin Logan found with some luck and his uncles metal detector.

Recently, a Green Bay, Wisconsin teen found the treasure of a lifetime at a local beach. It was 13-year-old Logan Williams’ first ever treasure-hunting trip! He stumbled upon a Large Cent, wreath variety, minted in 1793. This was the first coin mass-produced by the U.S. Mint and its composition is pure copper.

According to Logan, “I borrowed my Uncle Mark’s metal detector and my friends and I took it down to ‘Fat Ladies Beach’ (Tourist Park). After searching for about 30 minutes, I got a good, strong signal. I dug down a few inches and found a coin. It looked pretty interesting. At first, I thought it was a token or something. I’d never seen a coin like it before, but I knew that it was old.”

The seventh grader, on spring break, never thought he would come across a rare 16th century copper coin. Curious about the coin, Logan and his mom took it to “Card and Coin-Packer City Antiques.” Owner Mike Worachek was amazed. He said in good condition, this coin lists at around $3,000. He recommended that the teen “send it in to get graded, especially for a coin of that value. The company will secure it in an air-tight, sealed holder.”

At first Logan thought about selling the coin to purchase video games, but instead decided to take Worachek’s advice. Logan said he’ll continue to hunt for treasure, but plans to buy his own metal detector. It just goes to show that there IS such thing as “beginner’s luck!” Get out and hunt, so you can tell your own exciting treasure-hunting story!

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Freshwater Lake Treasure Hunting with a Metal Detector

Fresh water metal detecting at the shoreline.

Fresh water metal detecting at the shoreline.

Headed to a lakefront cottage or summer destination near a freshwater beach? Don’t forget your metal detector! Every vacationer walks the beach—but the SMART detectorist brings his or her metal detector. Many hobbyists say you’ll find MORE treasure along freshwater beaches than the ocean. They say you’ll get more good finds in one day here than any popular ocean beach! Here’s why: popular ocean beaches are hunted every day. But beaches and [boating & swimming areas] on a freshwater lake are rarely detected.

A roped-off swimming area is usually only 30-50 yards wide, so it’s easy to read where the most treasure will be found. Jackpot area: Search right near the shoreline where mothers often sit with kids in the water. Here, you’ll find jewelry– gold, silver and diamond rings.

Advice from Fellow Hobbyists (Friendly Metal Detecting Forum)

Jeff says:  “I detect Southeastern Virginia & Northeastern North Carolina and concentrate on the areas in the water where the people swim and play. I especially like working around piers and platforms that they dive from. Also check out the shallow areas where parents and kids frolick.”

Chris says:  “Most of the time in freshwater lakes, the goodies either sink into the sand where they were dropped or slowly get pushed up to the water’s edge. Concentrate on the swimming area first, but things find their way all over the place.”

Is Your Detector Waterproof?

Before you dip your machine into the water, be sure to check that it is a waterproof model. Some models are only waterproof up to the control box. The last thing you need is to ruin the electronics when you’re just trying to treasure hunt on vacation!

Equipment: All-purpose or Waterproof VLF metal detector:

Very Low Frequency (VLF) Metal Detectors are usually recommended for freshwater hunting. They will easily locate coins, relics, and jewelry. If you want to go shallow-water-hunting, make the sure the specs allow for it. Here is a list of our best-selling water proof freshwater metal detectors.

Short or long-handled sand scoop

Beach scoops are a tremendous help when sifting through sand for treasure. A water scoop is necessary for shallow water metal detecting, as it digs deeper into wet sand. Check out: Sand Scoops for the Beach.