5 Simple Questions to Ask
Before Buying A Metal Detector
Metal Detecting for treasures opens up a new world of excitement and outdoor adventures not only for you, but it can also be a great way for your family and friends to join in America's fastest growing hobby. Metal Detecting is a fun way to enjoy the outdoors exploring for valuable treasures of all kinds. Not only is Metal Detecting fun, but it's the only hobby we know of that pays for itself with the money and valuables you find. So, what's the best metal detector for you?
The best metal detector out there is the one that's right for your needs. Depending on where you live, your budget, and what you're interested in finding - this could be a number of different metal detectors! Ask yourself...
- What is it you want to find? Define Your Interests!
- Where will you be metal detecting? Consider the ground conditions!
- How often will you be metal detecting? Think about quality, warranties and more!
- Do you have any experience metal detecting?
- How much do you want to spend? Consider the investment!
There are a number of "all-purpose" metal detectors that will find everything from coins, rings and jewelry to relics and even Gold – and they're available within every price range. Detectors such as the Pioneer 505, Garrett ACE 250, 350, or the Minelab E-Trac, and the entire line of MP Series Metal Detectors are perfect for finding just about anything you could want.
If your main goal is to have fun, go "coin shooting and jewelry hunting" you'll need an all-purpose metal detector with an exceptional pinpointing and discrimination features such as the Titan 9000, Fisher F5, F70 or Treasure Commander TC2X.
But if you're searching specifically for relics, artifacts, buried coins and treasure caches, you'll need a detector like the Garrett GTI 2500 with Eagle Eye and Fisher Gemini III are recommended. For real hidden and buried treasure, Nokta Golden Sense and Golden King are favorites of serious treasure hunters.
But if it's natural gold (Gold Nuggets - Gold Flakes) that you're after, you'll need a detector that operates at a higher frequency, such as the Minelab's Eureka Gold, Minelab X-Terra 705 Gold Pack, any of Fisher Gold Bugs or the deepest, the Minelab GPX 5000 a world wide favorite of Gold Hunters..
Think about where you'll be hunting the majority of the time.
If you plan to be searching in your own back yard, parks, playgrounds, old school yards, fishing- hunting camps, and many other dry ground sites, then an all-purpose metal detector is the one for you, and there are many to choose from. If you live close to lakes or rivers and want to hunt the edges of the water for lost rings coins and jewelry, most all purpose metal detectors have waterproof search coils that are safe for shallow water.
However, if you live close to a salt water ocean and want to go into the water where the entire metal detector can be submerged or dropped into the ocean, then you'll need an underwater/beach/land metal detector that has a waterproof housing, and one that can find treasures without the signal being disrupted by the conductivity in salt water or on a wet sandy beach. You'll want to check out the Minelab Excalibur II series, or Minelab CTX-3030, the Cobra Beach Magnet, Viper Trident or the Garrett Sea Hunter.NOTE: More Gold Rings and Jewelry are found at ocean beaches and lake swimming areas than anywhere else.
Chances are, you'll become addicted to this great hobby just like the rest of us, so you'll want to consider the quality and sturdiness of your machine. Detectors like the Fisher F70 and F75 metal detector lines are rugged and built to last.
But how often do you plan on going out to metal detect? How rough will you be on your machine? You might not plan on dropping it, but what about storing it in the trunk of your car? You'll want a machine that is built to last, so make sure you read the reviews on your machine and look at the warranty.
Manufacturers such as Minelab, Garrett, White's and Fisher offer exceptional iron-clad warranties that will keep you searching for years to come! And if you ever need to send your machine in for repairs, these manufactures will give you excellent services!
No worries, most Metal Detectors are out-of-the-box Easy to tune and easy to use. Pioneer 505, Titan 9000, Garrett AT Pro will give a beginner the taste of treasure hunting he or she is looking for. Other metal detectors have intuitive features that keep the learning curve low. MPX Series, Teknetics T2 and Minelab Safari are a few of such machines.
But most people new to the hobby and even those who have some experience will have an easy, fun time using many detectors that have the very latest features and most of them are automatic! With Turn on and Go Quick Start: (1) Install Batteries (2) Turn detector on (3) Start Detecting. Or….. Turn on, choose prospecting for gold, or find coins, choose trash tune out level, and start hunting. Once you master the Quick Start feature you can either stop there or spend some time reading your instruction manual and trying some of the additional features available that can make you a better treasure hunter.
Kellyco's staff of Certified Metal Detector Experts are always available to answer your questions and help you in any way, BEFORE and AFTER you purchase any product from us.. We are proud that we have accumulated more Customer Service Awards than any other company in the Metal Detector Industry.
Depending on the answers to the questions above, you may be making a serious investment in your metal detector. The technology to search the beaches, find pure gold or locate caches 8 ft. below the surface has taken years to develop and can be costly.
But remember: One good find such as a diamond ring, gold bracelet or an old coin with a scarce date could pay for your detector. We hear from many people almost weekly who tell us about that "one find" that paid for their detector. It's far more common than you think.
Buy the best you can afford. The better your detector, the more you'll find, and deeper you'll go to get the older more valuable coins and treasures. You'll have more features to identify your targets before you dig. You can cancel out all junk and trash and only dig valuable finds. Your detector will be more automatic and easy to tune and use. Whatever your budget, be it $200 or $500 or even $1000, you can find THE BEST for your budget by checking our "Metal Detectors by Price" section.
No matter which machine you decide to go with, you are guaranteed to have paid for it in miscellaneous change, coveted relics, rare coins or recovered jewelry in no time.
You need a detector or detectors that will go much deeper than even the best hobby or consumer types. Detecting Devices from OKM can penetrate a few feet in the ground and scan as deep as 80 FEET! The Nokta Golden King is another favorite of serious treasure hunters needing to find DEEP Gold Treasures. Nokta claims to locate and identify Gold Targets to 8 meters. Both are detectors with real time 3D imaging, in a way it's like seeing into the ground! And there are other detectors you can investigate listed as Professional Metal Detectors.
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