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Determine Your Metal Detector User Level
Treasure enthusiasts of all ages and skill levels can find the perfect detector - if they know what they're hunting for. The following user categories will help you target your search and pinpoint the level of performance you'll need on your next dig.
Kids - Compact, lightweight, and easy-to-use are the key traits of kids metal detectors. All of our kids models are of professional quality, not merely toy quality offered elsewhere. Children ages 8 and under will enjoy these general-purpose detectors, which have limited features and require few adjustments.
Beginner - These detectors are ideal for finding objects on land - in woods, playgrounds, parks, and on the edges of water on the beach. Recommended for ages 9 and up (including adults), they are generally larger than kids units, moderately priced, and equipped with basic features for simple operation.
Novice - Detectors in the novice category come with user-friendly manuals and control panels for "turn-on-and-go" metal detecting. Treasure-hunting enthusiasts will appreciate the lack of complicated adjustments, as well as the affordable price, of these models designed for moderate skill levels.
Advanced - Dig deeper and find more with one of our advanced detectors. A step up from novice, advanced models require a mastery of the basics and offer more features, including digital control panels, higher levels of user-control, and deeper depth detection.
Professional - Capable of paying for themselves, professional detectors are top-of-the-line models offering pros exceptional performance and control. Common features include: digital target ID system, digital coin-depth indicator, pinpoint mode, ground balance control, and double-filter discrimination mode.
10 Quick Tips for Metal Detectors
1. Consider the kind of treasure hunting you want to do and how often you want to do it. A new metal detector can cost anywhere from $100 to more than $1000 depending on its circuitry, features, and performance capability. You'll want your results to compare with your investment.
2. There are two basic types of metal detectors; 'turn-on-and-go' and 'do-it-yourself'. Turn-on-and-go detectors have either preset ground adjust or automatic ground adjust systems. They do not require any adjustment by the operator, as the electronic circuitry eliminates mineral effects. Do-it-yourself detectors usually have a multi-turn ground adjust knob, which must be set to the correct position by the operator. Such machines are generally capable of greater depth when set correctly, but yield poor results when set improperly.
3. Practice makes perfect. No matter how sophisticated your metal detector is, your success ultimately depends on your ability to operate your detector properly.
4. Enhance the performance and prolong the life of your detector by cleaning it thoroughly after each use and storing it in a location free from extreme temperatures.
5. Mind your manners. Many treasure hunting enthusiasts and organizations have adopted a formal Code of Ethics for Metal Detector Operators. Code of Ethics
6. Hunt with caution! Never hunt in areas where electric lines, utility pipes, or explosives may be buried. Be careful when digging toward a target where the underground conditions are unknown. Do not hunt on private property without permission. Note that National and State Parks, monuments, military sites, and similar sites are off limits.
7. Some of the better 'all purpose' detectors do a decent job on most treasure hunting assignments, but there are certain machines specifically designed for such tasks as underwater work and gold nugget hunting.
8. Reap the rewards. Gold, silver, and jewelry are just a few of the potential rewards of treasure hunting. Many hobbyists also find that metal detecting is a great way to enjoy the outdoors, stay in shape, and meet new friends.
9. Detectors also have non-recreational applications including airport security, building security, event security, item recovery, archaeological exploration, and geological research.
10. The weight of your new detector is also important, as there's no sense ordering the perfect detector only to discover you can hardly lift it!