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