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Give your husband, son, grandfather or any dad on your list a metal detector for Father’s Day.

Father’s Day 2017 is coming! Do you need a GREAT gift for Dad or Grandpa to show them how much they’re appreciated? MetalDetector.com has you covered—on any budget, large or small. A new metal detector is a gift ANY Dad would love (and brag about!) Decent entry-level models start at around $150; and mid-range units start at around $400. If Dad (or Grandpa) already has a metal detector, accessories are ALWAYS appreciated! We have listed popular metal detecting accessories below. Gift certificates are also among Dad’s favorites! MetalDetector.com gift cards range from $25–$1,000, so Dad can pick out what he really wants, and YOU can spend the amount you’re comfortable with.

Metal Detecting Accessory Gifts

Pinpointers and digging tools are probably the best-selling detecting accessories, followed by beach scoops and “finds” pouches. If Dad needs a pinpointer, this is an affordable Father’s Day gift he’ll love.

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  • MetalDetector.com Gift Certificates are a GREAT last-minute gift idea because they are emailed to your recipient with a gift message or emailed to you, for in person gift giving!

Best-Selling Entry- and Mid-Level Metal Detectors:

Celebrate Father’s Day in style and wish him the best from all of us at MetalDetector.com!

Ready to Go Metal Detecting? What Other Equipment Do You Need?

Metal Detecting Accessories

Metal detecting accessories for added success in the field.

If you’re a beginner metal detectorist, you are probably asking, “What other equipment do I need?” You’ll want to get started using your new detector right away, so by all means—take your detector out in your own backyard or the local park – even without headphones or gloves. It’s also a good idea to read your detector’s user manual—and even a few field test reviews about your specific unit before you’re off to the races. The instruction manual will give you pointers and explain the detector tones and settings, so you’re not confused when you are out using your unit. As far as the other equipment you may need, the list below highlights “necessities” as well as “best case scenario” equipment.

Metal Detecting Necessities:

  • Headphones: A must. You are going to need a good headphone set. You can try a pair that you have at home to start with because they may very well be all you need.  However, a set of headphones designed to go with the machine are better.  Recommendation: do not use the “ear-bud” type.  Headphones will help cancel outside noises and help you distinguish the tones and signals given off by your detector. Do use a pair that has volume control.
  • Digging Tools: Obviously, you are going to have to have some way of digging in the ground to get your finds. Depending on the conditions of the soil in the area you are hunting, a larger digging tool would be handy.
  • Tool Belt: You will need. Get a tool belt with at least 3 pockets so that you can sort your finds in the field. It is recommended that you keep coins in one pocket, relics and other items in the other and tools in the third pocket. One of the best we’ve seen is the Pro Series Deluxe Cordura Finds and Tool Pouch.
  • GPS Device: Important. Getting  lost should not be part of metal detecting. When you’re ready to go back to your vehicle, your GPS tells you the straight-line direction you need to go and how far you are away from it.
  • Compass: Need. Even if you have a GPS, always carry a compass. You never know when the GPS might stop working or you accidentally lose it.  A compass will direct you where you need to go.
  • Towel or a Piece of Plastic: Smart diggers recommend placing the dirt you dig on a towel or plastic for two reasons:  1) you can sift through the dirt to make sure you are not leaving a treasure behind.  2) It makes it easier to replace the dirt/sod back in the hole in order to leave your site in the same condition you found it.

Best-Case Scenario Accessories:

  • Coil Cover/Rain Cover: This will help prevent scratches, holes and marks on your search coil. They are not expensive. A rain cover will protect your detector from unanticipated rain showers. It is a good idea to try to keep your electronics dry.  
  • Adding a larger or smaller search coil can lead to increased finds.

    Adding a larger or smaller search coil can lead to increased finds.

    Search Coils: After you have been detecting for a while, you may want to move into a larger coil.  They can search deeper for specific treasure you may be searching for. A smaller coil allows you to detector where standard and larger sized coils cannot reach. Some areas are closer to park benches, chain link fence and under large shrub bushes that while large today, 50 or 100 years ago would have been smaller.

  • Pin-Pointer: A metal detecting pinpointer will help you locate each item precisely instead of digging up a bunch of ground. Popular models include the Waterproof MakroPointer, Whites Bullseye TRX,  Garrett Pro Pointer II and the waterproof Pro-Pointer AT. See also: Pinpointers buyers guide article with a video.
  • Knee Pads: You can find knee pads specifically for metal detecting, or just get some made for all-purpose or soccer.
  • Back Pack: If you do not have a back pack, you may want to get one to store your other stuff in, so that it is all together and ready to carry in the field.
  • Magnifier: Most detectorists like to identify their findings right away.  Some type of hand-held magnifier or eye loupe will help identify these objects when you find them. A flashlight and a headlamp with a LED bulb are also handy.

Need Metal Detecting Accessories?

Now that you have a new metal detector, you may need to equip yourself with metal detecting accessories. Headphones are definitely a necessity, so if you didn’t get them with your metal detector, pick up a pair for more accurate detecting. They block out background noise and allow you to hear specific signals. A metal detecting pinpointer will help you locate each item precisely instead of digging up a bunch of ground. Digging tools designed for metal detecting will help tremendously in rough turf and when dealing with branches and tree roots. Find metal detectors and all of the accessories you need here at MetalDetector.com!

Why YOU Should Join a Metal Detecting Club

Find a metal detecting or gold prospecting club in your area; MetalDetector.com Club Finder.

Find a metal detecting or gold prospecting club in your area; MetalDetector.com Club Finder.

Are you new to the hobby of metal detecting? Perhaps you just received a new detector this past Christmas or your passion for treasure hunting is igniting. Although treasure hunting can be a solitary hobby if you want to to be, it’s even more fun and engaging with a partner or in a group. That’s why so many seasoned detectorists are members of metal detecting clubs. Detecting club members get together to exchange stories and tips; and they talk about their finds. If you are finding strange items, a detecting club is the place to be. Long time hobbyists who have been treasure hunting for years will likely be able to identify your treasure. Most treasure hunting clubs have group hunts, a detecting book/magazine library, and experts and friends who enjoy the hobby as much as you do. One of the other main benefits for newcomers is that most treasure hunting clubs have access to private land (“club land”), which means you will be able to hunt additional and exclusive sites. Clubs often arrange days out for members and/or guest speakers. There are metal detecting clubs in every U.S. state. All you have to do is search the internet for a metal detecting club in your city.

Benefits of Metal Detecting Clubs:

  • Share stories about your treasure hunts
  • Learn new techniques from the pros
  • Discover new places to hunt
  • Meet new metal detecting friends
  • Participate in contests and group hunts

Join the Community

There are hundreds of metal detecting clubs across the US and Canada where you can hone your metal detecting skills, learn new tricks, talk shop about equipment, and more all with others who are, like you, truly interested in metal detecting. That’s why we created the MetalDetector.com Club Finder! We’ve combined clubs that specialize in gold prospecting with metal detector clubs. In addition to finding metal detecting clubs in your area, the Club Finder can also help you locate coin collecting clubs and scuba diving clubs near you. Also, many clubs have websites you can visit in order to learn more about the organization, find meeting dates, review new member information, and other options like this.  Once you choose the club (or clubs!) you’d like to join, you can head out to a meeting or event, find like-minded folks who share your passion for finding treasure.

Tell Us About Your Metal Detecting Finds!

Have an exciting discovery of your own to share? Tell us about it at “My Metal Detecting Finds.” Not only is it cool to share your treasure hunting stories, you might even win a great prize from MetalDetector.com! Now through the end of March, enter to win the Makro Waterproof Pointer. This waterproof pinpointer will quickly and precisely locate your target with sound and vibration. It Includes a powerful built in LED light.

If you’re new to the hobby and need other metal detecting accessories, check out: Metal Detecting Accessories & Necessities

Metal Detecting Diggers, Pinpointers and Headphones

Having that extra accessory item to go along with your new metal detector can make a big difference in your overall success.

Having that extra accessory item to go along with your new metal detector can make a big difference in your overall success.

If you’ve just purchased or received your first metal detector during the holiday season: Congratulations! You are about to embark upon the most exciting hobby of your life! The first order of business is to read over your owner’s manual and detect a little bit in your own yard. Secondly, you should consider what other equipment you may need to make your detecting adventures easier and more successful.

Although most accessories are optional, there are definitely tools that make this hobby more enjoyable. Among them, you will need some kind of digger to retrieve your finds. Some detectorists use diggers as simple as a screwdriver or small gardening tool, but when you are recovering deep treasures in rough turf, you may need a full-sized detecting shovel. Hand-held pinpointers make finding coins and relics a lot faster. Most detectors have a pinpoint mode, but the hand-held units fit easily inside the hole as you dig, making for speedy target retrieval. Headphones not only save on your battery power, but they allow you to  hear faint signals—which is really important!

Metal Detecting Pinpointers

A small pinpointing probe is one of the most useful pieces of  equipment that you can carry. Pinpointers are little detectors in themselves; and their job is  to check the inside of your hole to precisely locate the target you are digging. Metal detecting pinpointers save you time and  frustration, along with objects that you would otherwise lose. You’ll hear stories from other detectorists about targets they couldn’t find after extensive searching and why they never leave home without a pinpointer. The Garrett Pro-Pinpointer II and Garrett Pro-Pointer AT are excellent models as well as the Makro Pointer and White’s Bullseye TRX.

Hand-Held Diggers and Shovels

You really can’t do without some type of a digger when metal detecting. Remember—holes need to be dug conspicuously and thoroughly covered up afterwards. This is especially true when digging on private property! Detectorists are always worried about fellow hobbyists ruining the future of detecting by leaving messes and holes behind. Diggers come in many shapes and sizes, from  small hand trowels to industrial garden spades. They are normally made of stainless steel, either with the head welded to the shaft or made all in one. It’s important to use a sharp implement that will do the job and will not leave you with an unwieldy hole…The ideal size for the blade is about 4 inches across, and about 5-6 inches high. Among the most popular diggers is the Lesche digger with a serrated edge—it is designed to easily cut through roots and tough ground conditions.

metal detecting headphones

hobbyists and professional metal detectorists alike choose to have a quality pair of metal detecting headphones.

Detecting Headphones

Headphones should always be used as they enable you  to hear the faint signals; not just the obvious loud ones. Detecting without headphones in public areas may disturb other people and draw attention to yourself. There are many high-quality detecting headphones on the market, and they are very affordable. Experts recommend buying the best pair you can afford without  breaking the bank. You’ll find a variety of metal detecting headphones at all different price points.

Belt Pouches and Kneepads

A pouch that has a few different compartments is very handy as you don’t want your good finds mixed up with junk targets. Hobbyists often say they keep coins in one pocket, relics and other items in the other and tools in the third pocket.  Also, a few small plastic bags are useful for smaller, valuable finds. Many detectorists recommend kneepads for kneeling down on rocky or rough ground. It really depends on your digging style, and you’ll discover what works best for you as you get into the hobby!

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The Best Beginners Metal Detectors for Any Age

Metal detecting has something to offer everyone of nearly any age.   If you’re ready to try this awesome hobby out, or know someone who is, here’s a quick rundown of all the best beginners metal detectors so you can get the right machine to meet all your needs.

Kids

Kids metal detectors don’t come from the toy store; even for beginners.  Spend a little extra and get a quality machine your child will actually find treasure with.  Look for models that feature an adjustable handle, “turn on and go” technology, and a lightweight design for the best beginners metal detectors for kids.

The Garrett Ace 150 metal detector

The Garrett Ace 150 metal detector is an entry level unit that’s priced right and great for beginners of any age.

Teens

Teens can have a great time metal detecting as well; and they may make some extra gas money while they’re out there.  The best beginners metal detectors for teens will include many of the same features a good kids metal detector would.  For many teens you won’t have to consider the weight of the machine as much, but an adjustable handle is ideal for those growing teens.  Beginners metal detectors for teens should also be fairly simple to use as well so they can have fun from the start and keep their interest.

Adults

Depending on the adult, a beginners metal detector may take a variety of forms.  Most adults that want to start metal detecting find that purchasing a machine they can grow into is a good option.  Models that feature both manual and automatic settings will allow you to do just this.  You’ll also want to think about where you’ll be treasure hunting most (out in the fields, near the ocean, up in the mountains etc.) This will help determine the need for features like water resistance and ground balance.

Seniors

For the majority of seniors a lightweight beginners metal detector is important.  More automated controls may be something to look for in a beginners metal detector as well, depending on the senior citizen in question.  Also, look for models with built in pinpointers to decrease the amount of digging required to find the target.

For more on finding the best beginners metal detectors no matter what your age, please enjoy these related articles from our learning library.

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