Field Test: Minelab Go-Find 40 Metal Detector Review

My name is C. Brooks and I was a member of the Kellyco Test Team. I have a full five years of experience testing and using many different metal detectors from detector manufacturers and have enjoyed every minute of it! I am really into this exciting hobby, and I’ve detected mostly in the southern states on beaches and on land in search of coins, jewelry and relics. I often restore the relics and donate them to local historical societies.

The Metal Detector that I had the pleasure of testing recently was the Minelab Go-Find 40, a lightweight, collapsible, economical detector that offers a wide range of detecting capabilities. There is literally no assembly required with this wonderful machine as it is completely collapsible down to just 22″ in length. It was a real pleasure using this very light, 2.3 pound detector. I used this detector for over six hours without even getting tired. I probably could’ve detected longer but the sun was going down and the park I was at is only open until sundown.

In the park where I used the Minelab Go-Find 40, there is what I often call my “honey hole.” It is a very popular tourist destination as well as a local gathering spot for residents on the weekends due to the freshwater beach nearby… so on Mondays there are usually targets to find. Being that I know the area well and I am quite familiar with the “hot spots,” to detect I went ahead and tried those locations first and was very impressed with the target ID that the Minelab Go-Find 40 offered, it was incredibly accurate on the almost 30 coins and one ring that I found which made my detecting experience there even more enjoyable. The three finds modes on the Go-Find offered great discrimination. The discrimination was really needed because there tends to be lots of trash in the park, and it’s a popular area for folks to go to.

I did do some detecting in the freshwater beach at about a foot deep. The Minelab Go-Find 40 has a submersible coil which can go up to two feet deep. I just kept it up to a little over my ankle and was able to find more coins and costume jewelry, plus I had a great time out there in the water. Since the detector was so light, I didn’t have to lay it down either while using my beach scoop and that really made my day! The backlit screen came in real handy as when the sun was starting to go down I knew that I had to finish my detecting but I also knew that I had at least another thirty minutes or so to stick around. The display was nice and bright and really helped me detect without having to use any additional lighting like a headlamp or LED hat light to see the display. This was a major bonus for me as with my work schedule, I often find myself detecting in the evening hours when it starts to get a little dark outside.

The Minelab Go-Find 40 was about as easy and user friendly as it could possibly get. The user interface was bright, simple and without having to scroll through multiple screens, everything I needed was right there in front of me. I would recommend this detector for just about anybody who wants an economically priced detector that has good discrimination, a nice bright display, and for those who don’t want a large, bulky detector taking up too much space in their car, garage or closet. I would say kids and adults alike would both enjoy using this detector, I know I did, and I’m sure you will if you buy your own Minelab Go-Find 40.

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Jenna is new to the metal detecting community. Although new to the hobby, her passion for exploring and outdoor adventure has been a lifelong interest.