2. Where will you be looking?
If you plan to metal detect on dry ground site like your own back yard, parks, playgrounds, old school yards, or fishing and hunting camps, 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, fresh water.
However, if you’re heading out to the coast and want to wade through the ocean with your metal detector, you’ll need to make sure you have a machine that can handle these corrosive conditions. You’ll want to look for a detector that is fully submersible and water-tight and that’s manufactured to cancel out false signals caused by salt water on a wet, sandy beach. Beach and underwater detectors like the Minelab Excalibur II, Minelab CTX-3030, Cobra Beach Magnet, Viper Trident, or Garrett Sea Hunter are all excellent options that will help you find treasure on land and sea for years to come.NOTE: More gold jewelry is found on ocean beaches and lake swimming areas than anywhere else.
3. How often will you be detecting?
Do you want to metal detect on the weekends? Are you retired and planning to treasure hunt as much as possible? Chances are you'll become addicted to this great hobby just like the rest of us, so you'll want to consider how your machine stands up to repeated use.
Be honest with yourself. How rough will you be on your machine? You might not plan on dropping it, but you probably will. Think about all the bumps and jolts your machine will have to handle in the trunk of your car or on rocky terrain. The bottom line is that you'll want a rugged machine that is built to last, such as the Fisher F70 and F75.
Before you buy, make sure you read the reviews for your detector and look at its 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!
4. How much experience do you have?
Don’t worry if you’ve never metal detected before. Most modern machines feature Quick Start settings that make treasure hunting as easy as installing batteries and turning on the machine. With the push of a button, pre-set discrimination settings let you zero-in on things like old coins, diamond rings, and gold nuggets while filtering out iron junk. Automatic tuning helps you calibrate your detector for different ground conditions and cancel out interference from power lines. You don’t have to master everything about your detector right away – the in-depth features will be waiting for you when you’re ready for them.
There’s no shortage of detectors that are powerful, yet simple enough to guarantee an excellent experience for operators of all experience levels. The Pioneer 505, Titan 9000, or Garrett AT Pro will give any beginner tons of hassle-free treasure hunting adventures. Other machines, like the MPX Series, Teknetics T2, and Minelab Safari, are designed with intuitive features that keep the learning curve low for newcomers and experienced detectorists, alike.
Kellyco's 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.
5. How much do you want to spend?
Metal detecting is a hobby that pays for itself, so don’t think of your new metal detector as an expense; think of it as an investment.
Our advice is simple – buy the best you can afford! The better your detector, the more sensitive it will be and the deeper it will penetrate. In general, the more expensive the detector, the more features and automation it will have, the easier it will be to tune, and the more versatile and durable it will be. Whatever your budget, be it $200, $500, $1000, or more, you can find THE BEST option for you by checking our "Metal Detectors by Price" section.
Remember… the wealth you find with your detector adds up quickly. A single killer find like a diamond ring, gold bracelet, or an old coin with a rare mint mark could pay for your detector and then some. We hear from people nearly every week about that "one find" that paid for their detector – it's far more common than you think.
If you’re looking for BIG treasure caches that are buried DEEP, you need a detector with serious power. Detecting devices from OKM can penetrate anywhere from a few feet to as much as 80 FEET! The Nokta Golden King can identify gold targets at astounding depths of up to 8 meters using real time 3D imaging. You can investigate these and other devices in our Professional Metal Detectors section.
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