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Thinking about buying a metal detector

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Looking for a summer project for me and the kids during the school holidays. 

I seem to remember on MS someone was bang into this and had found loads of stuff. 

We do have some historical forests nearby and I thought it might be a good project to buy a second hand device and then sell it as the summer ends, 

Does anyone know anything about this?



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no idea myself mate but from db1@MS



Been doing it for quite a while and there's  lots of good starter machines out there. Garrett's do some good starter machines. My little one uses a Eurotek pro, comes in at about £199. Also worth getting a pinpointer for buzzing round the holes, and a shovel for digging the holes.

It's on par with my mid range machine easily. There's a site called regtons worth having a look at and there's a discount code for 10%. (dawndisc)

The hardest part is getting the permissions, a lot of the farmers know just want club digs, the organisers charges  £15-20 for the day and then bung the farmer a few quid.

Got a few things with flo at the moment, found a nice Tudor silver gold guilt dress hook. I t goes to the coroner then goes to the museum if there interested then if any museum wants it they'll buy it off you.

When i first did i thought it was just a chilled crowd finding a little history, some of these guys dress like Rambo and give it the big johnny potatoes with their my tetctor is better than yours. I dig a while back they had tea and cakes stand, someone thought it would be funny to give everyone weedcakes, about 10 ended up in hospital😲

If your on fb there's loads of groups to have a nose at.

and xr4x4


It's certainly an addictive hobby 🙂

As db1 says, Garrett have some good machines, I started off with a Ace 250, while not amazingly deep it did give distinctive tones and wasn't too heavy..

Don't forget to factor in a good strong light spade, and it won't be long before you will probably want a pin pointer too, although not a necessary, it certainly helps! can't go wrong with a garret there too.

I currently use an Xp Deus that set me back just under £1000 used, (few years back) .. Just wish I could get the permissions so I can use it again.

 (stay clear of any cheap "Maplin" detectors and alike, they really are crap)

Plenty of groups on Facebook.


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