Remember, the ‘right’ detector depends on factors like skill, budget, use, location, etc. Most negative reviews are a result of someone buying the wrong detector. So, if you are thinking of the Fisher F22, for example, type Fisher F22 reviews into your search engine and read as many as you can find.
This gives you a better indication of what’s under the soil before you sweat it out digging down. Other menu controls include a target depth indicator which shows how deep to dig for the target, and a battery level indicator so you’ no caught short.
The machine does the hard work, adjusting itself as you move around. Well, if you’re a pick-it-up-and-go type, knock yourself out with automatic ground balancing. Metal detectors are so sensitive that they pick up magnetic signals from jewelry, relics, coins, minerals, and even salt.
It is supplied with a Model 3500 control connected to the search coil that is integrated into the tray’s trough section. Extend the life of your DSP3, DSP IP and Metal Eliminator metal detectors by upgrading to the latest APEX metal detection technology.
Lots of debris lodges beneath the coil cover such as soil, stones, sand, and even a build-up of moisture. They can be used on land, saltwater, and freshwater with good discrimination on mineralized ground. A pulse induction machine finds deeper, smaller objects than VLF detectors and they’re programmed to ignore ground minerals.
Most new hobbyists tend to spend $150-$300 on their first detector. Anything below that isn’t really considered a detector – it’s considered a toy. What makes one detector better than another (like cars) is the additional features and enhancements. All metal detectors detect metal – just like all cars drive down the road. There’s no quicker way to become frustrated with the hobby than buying a complicated detector you don’t understand.
Ground balancing is essential and the Spectra has a built-in real-time function that automatically changes as you move around. In fact, if you get fed up with coin hunting you can use this machine for everything else with a few tweaks. The Spectra V3i is coveted by all metal detectorists – it’s the Ferrari of the detecting world. The only useful missing feature that really matters on this machine is manual ground balancing, but that’s not a show stopper – you can use its automatic one instead. The numeric scale indicates what metal you’ve located which saves pointless Coke can dig time.
Kids need a bit of discrimination control to find the good stuff or they get bored. Minelab have made the National Geographic Pro, which more bonuses is a top quality brand, so it’s not the cheapest kids’ detector, but those really inexpensive ones are simply a waste of money.
Metal detecting in camping areas open to metal detecting is permitted only in unoccupied campsites. Metal detecting is permitted only within specified portions of approved state parks (see below for approved park maps) – parks that permit metal detecting will have maps and registration information posted at the park; if no information is posted, the park does not permit this activity. I WILL respect private property and do no metal detecting without the owner’s permission.