Try Metal Detecting For Exercise, Fun & Profit.
Have you ever considered metal detecting as a hobby? Metal detecting can not only be beneficial financially, the walking and bending outdoors in the fresh air and sunshine while metal detecting can have health benefits as well. Metal detecting can give you hours of enjoyment and excitement with the "thrill of the hunt" as you unearth every potential treasure. Now you may ask, how do I get started metal detecting? What will I need to get started? How much will it cost? Where should I hunt for treasure? Let’s explore these questions one at a time.
How do I Get Started Metal Detecting?
To get started in metal detecting you should have some patience and like being outdoors. Patience because everything you dig up will not be treasure. A lot of it will be trash. As you get to know you detector you will be able to discern treasure from trash much better. Most of your treasure hunting will be outdoors, so make sure you wear comfortable shoes that can take the abuse of the elements, mud, snow, water, sand & rocks. If you are going to hunt for long periods, take along a water bottle with drinking water, some crackers in case you get hungry and a fresh battery if your detector requires it.
What Do I Need To Get Started Metal Detecting?
First you will need a metal detector. Look for a detector that fits your metal detecting level of skill as well as your budget. Keep in mind that your detector does not have to have all the “bells and whistles” in order to detect metal in dirt or sandy areas. Be sure to read the customer reviews for the detector you are planning to purchase. Usually a customer has previously purchased the detector you are looking at and can give you feedback on the "pros and cons" of that specific detector. This will enable you to make a better decision regarding your detector purchase.
You should also purchase a comfortable set of headphones for your metal detector. Look for headphones with the larger ¼” inch plug for more durability. Also look for volume control on your headset just in case the metal detector you are purchasing doesn’t have this feature.
Next you will need a device called a pin-pointer. This device is used to zero-in on an object after you have located something with a sweep of your metal detector. This tool makes hard to see metal objects that are covered in the dirt, mud, sand or snow a lot easier to locate, giving you more time to sweep the area for more treasures instead of spending all day searching through clumps and piles of dirt or sand. It can be very useful for pin-pointing coins that are near large metal objects such as trash cans or playground poles.
Now, of course you are going to need something to dig up all these new found treasures with, which brings us to the digging trowel. If you are thinking about using that old gardening trowel in the garage or shed…. Forget it! You’ll probably bend it or break it on the first dig. Plan to purchase a heavy metal detector digging trowel. Make sure you purchase one with root cutting notches. If you are left handed purchase a trowel with notches on the right side of the trowel. If you are right handed purchase a trowel with notches on the left side. The notches help to cut through grass and tough roots and will save a lot of wear and fatigue on your wrist in hard soil. Remember, if you break your trowel and you don’t have a spare your treasure hunt is over until you get another one. So make sure you get a good trowel that will last.
Other optional items you may also wish to purchase might include; a rain/dust cover for your metal detector, a carrying bag, a coil cover to protect your metal detector coil from scratches or breakage when coming in contact with the ground, a waist pouch for treasure and trash items and a sand sifter to quickly separate sand from your metal treasures.
How Much Will It Cost To Get Started Metal Detecting?
Metal Detectors – Can vary from $60.00 for a small kid-sized detector to thousands of dollars for top of the line underwater gold detectors. Remember to pick your detector according to your experience level and your budget.
Stereo Detector Headphones – Range from $17.00 to $195.00 at most metal detecting and online stores.
Pin-Pointer Device – Cost from $20.00 to $170.00 depending on the brand and features. Be sure to read the customer reviews!
Metal Detector Trowel – From $15.00 to $50.00 make sure you get a sturdy, durable trowel.
Metal Detector Sand Sifter – Can range from $25.00 to $60.00 with long handled sifters costing the most but saving your back from the fatigue of constantly bending over.
Metal Detector Rain/Dust Cover – Cost range from $13.00 to $30.00 make sure you purchase the cover to fit your specific metal detector.
Metal Detector Coil Cover – Range from $11.00 to $30.00 make sure the cover is manufactured to fit your specific coil.
Metal Detector Carrying Bag – Range from $10.00 to $95.00 this includes waist pouches being the least expensive to bags large enough for your detector and all your accessories.
As you can see it is quite easy to rack up an expensive tab before you even start finding any treasure, so remember to stay within your budget!
Where Can I Look for Treasure While Metal Detecting?
There are many good places to look for treasure, but the best place to start is the area around your house (backyard, easement next to the street). Be sure to check the laws pertaining to metal detecting in your county before you venture out to parks or local areas of the city.
Generally areas where large groups of people have congregated at one time or another are great places to find treasures. This will include fairs and carnivals, parks and playgrounds, sporting events, schools, beaches and sandy areas, and grassy or gravel parking lots. Just remember to always obtain permission before hunting on private property. And always cover up the holes you dig and dispose of all the trash you dig up properly. Good luck and happy treasure hunting!