Choosing the Best Metal Detectors for Complete Beginners

Before we start with the main discussion, I would first like to clarify the difference between “complete beginners” from individuals who wants to give metal detecting hobby a “try”. When speaking of complete beginners, these are individuals who has confirmed for themselves that metal detecting is the right hobby for them. Thus, they want to look for the appropriate equipment that is suitable on their current level of metal detecting skill. As for those individuals who simply wants to give this hobby a try, any kind of cheap metal detector will work just fine for them.

If you are the type of person who wants to give metal detecting hobby a try, then I highly recommend buying a cheap metal detector ranging from $25 to $50 only. However, you have to make sure that you are not buying a toy designed for children to play. It is also best to choose products manufactured by the top or popular brands. I have seen some several cheap metal detectors from the Amazon with prices below $50 which are under the brand names of Bounty Hunter, Fisher and etc...

On the other hand, if you are the person who has finally confirmed that metal detecting is the right hobby for yourself then you might want to invest some amount of money for your equipment. You should go for metal detectors ranging from $300 to $600. And just like what I stated above, it is always best to choose only those that are manufactured by popular brands. But if you are really on a very tight budget, there are still a few and reliable metal detectors that are ranging from $100 to $200 only.

So what exactly is the best metal detector for complete beginners?

The answer into this question is dependent on the four following aspects:

1. Hunting Locations

Metal detectors are actually designed to work perfectly on certain specific locations. When speaking about locations, we are specifically referring to the components of the ground. Thus, there are MDs (Metal Detectors) the works well on the sand but not on the soil or vice-versa.

When it comes to soil on the ground, not all areas are equal in terms of their “mineralization”. This means that there are different areas with low and high contents of iron. MDs that are designed for amateurs will work just fine when used on the ground with low iron content. But, it will either have a hard time or it will not perform well on areas with high content of iron.

Ground areas with high iron contents are more commonly referred as “high mineralization” or “hot ground”. Only those skilled hobbyist with more sophisticated equipment are capable of detecting objects buried on these areas. So if you are a complete beginner, it is advisable to avoid such areas because it is most likely that you will end up just wasting your time. Anyway, there are some very expensive MDs that are designed for complete beginners which can penetrate through hot grounds. If you have the money to buy such expensive tool then you may disregard this aspect about hunting locations.

If you intend to hunt on the beach on your amateur MD, it is actually best to detect only on the dry areas. The reason is that, the water on the beach is salty which has similar negative feedback as the iron. Thus, you have to avoid the wet sands.

Speaking about “negative feedback”, your MD will generate a lot of false signals. When you dig any of those false signals, there is nothing that can be found because the components of the ground is the one responsible for it. This experience can be very disappointing that some beginners will even end up quitting on this hobby. Thus, the lesson here is to use your equipment to its appropriate ground environment.

2. Objects that you want to hunt

Before you have decided to engage into the hobby of metal detecting, you should have already set your sight on a certain target object. These can be old coins, gold nuggets, relics and etc… You have to know that MDs are designed for specific purposes.

Majority of MDs that are available in the market today are those that are designed to detect coins, jewelries, relics and all sorts of metallic objects buried in shallow depths. The depth can be from 12 inches to 1 feet.

If your intention is to find gold flakes, you will be needing a more specialized MD. These MDs operates at a very high frequencies which makes them very effective in detecting small particles of gold. However, the depth of penetration for these machines are very shallow ranging from 6 to 12 inches only.

When it comes to MDs with the deepest penetration, they are more commonly referred as two-box detectors, scanners and ground penetrating radars. These equipment are being used by treasure hunters who are seeking for large piles of treasures buried deeply under the ground. The penetrating range of depth that these machine can reach is incredibly from 10 meters to 30 meters. Some of the more advance machines can even detect way past more than the 30 meters limit.

3. The Range of your Budget

Your budget plays an important role when choosing the best metal detector that is right for you. We have to admit the fact that the price of a certain product is what really dictates its quality. So if possible, it is best to save some of your money until you can purchase one of those high-end models of MDs.

Second-hands that are high-end models are also good MDs to buy. If you are so lucky enough then you may be able to purchase the item for half of its market price value. Although, the risk here is that the item might have unnoticeable damage perhaps due to the previous owner’s mishandling.

4. Are you a techy individual or not?

If you are a techy individual then there is no problem for you operating any metal detectors especially those that are sophistically designed. But if you are not, it is best for you to choose MDs with “User-Friendly” features. MDs that are equipped with user-friendly features have built-in programs that will automatically adjust the equipment to its most desirable settings. Thus, all you have to do is to turn ON the power and you are good to go. When you are done, just turn it OFF. That’s how simple it is to use.
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Garrett AT Pro Metal Detector Product Review

Unfortunately, Garrett AT Pro Metal Detector does not fall under the Cheap Category of MDs. It is actually an equipment intended for those individuals that already have experience in metal hunting industry. So if you are a complete beginner or an amateur then it is best to consider choosing a cheaper but reliable one especially for training or learning purposes. But if you have the budget that you are willing to spend, then there is no other reason why not to purchase one for yourself.

Are you a treasure hunter?

Many treasure hunters are impressed about the performance of Garrett AT Pro because of its powerful depth of detection. You have to know that as a treasure hunter myself, a detector capable to penetrating deeply buried objects is what really matters the most. Detecting such extreme depths of buried items is actually possible because targets are in the form of large sizes.

Are you a coin hunter?

Garrett AT Pro has a special feature for coin hunters. This is the Coin Depth feature which is located at the right side of the MD’s display. Interestingly, the depth of the buried coin is accurately displayed here which gives you the confidence of digging it and being able to recover it once the specified depth has been dug.

Are you a jewelry or gold nugget hunter?

If your interest is to find buried jewelries or gold nuggets then you will love and enjoy using this MD. It’s because this MD operates at 15 kHz which is the perfect frequency range for detecting small objects. Based on my own field test, small items can be detected up to 10 inches depth.

Product Features of Garrett AT Pro Metal Detector

Control Unit Display

The physical aspect of Garrett AT Pro that impressed me much is its Control Unit Display. It is very well designed delivering complete user-friendliness. There are actually labels for each settings which clearly defines their functions. But if this is not your first time to handle such model, then you should definitely read the User’s Manual.

Digital Target ID

Located at the center of the digital display are two large digit numbers. This is the Digital Target ID where its purpose is to give an equivalent number to the detected object under the ground. If the number that you are getting is below 35 then it means that the buried object is probably made of iron. But if the number is above 70, it means that the object is made of silver. While, if the number is between 35 and 70 then the item is probably gold.

However, if you are performing a field test of your own then it is important for you to know that you will get different results from an On-Air Object Test in comparison to an actual Buried Object Test. You will probably ask why the difference?

There are several factors involve such as the level of the ground and the way you are swinging the search coil on the surface of the ground. But, what mostly influence the difference is the content of how much the ground is mineralized.

Iron Eliminator

The presence of iron on the ground can confuse your equipment to give false feedbacks. Many junk items are composed of iron such as rusty nails and even natural elements found on the soil. For this reason, manufacturers of the Garrett AT Pro came up with a feature called “High Res Iron Discrimination”. Through this amazing feature, iron can be disregarded by adjusting the setting which is between numbers 1 to 40.

Adjusting this setting is easily done by pressing the (+) or (-) under the Iron Disc label. Increasing the number at a high level will filter out the iron but you have to adjust it correctly otherwise you will end up missing a lot of your precious targets. One good way to properly set it up is to have a sample of the object that you wish to eliminate. Detect it with the search coil then make the necessary adjustment until the object is fully discriminated. In my own personal preference, setting it between 25 to 30 works perfectly fine for me.

Ground Balance

It is critical that every metal detector must have a Ground Balance feature because this will eliminate all unwanted noises caused by high mineralized soil. Garrett AT Pro’s Ground Balance feature consists of two modes which can be set to Automatic or Manual. If you are an amateur then it is best to set it to its Automatic setting.

Pro Mode Audio Sound Alert

Garrett AT Pro has two different modes of generating an alert sound. If a certain metallic object is detected, the Standard Audio Mode will generate a steady audio sound alert. There is no changes on the sound regardless of the depth of the object or type of metal detected. In short, the only information you know is that there is an object buried on that particular spot.

The Pro Audio Mode provides more information about the target than the Standard Mode. On this audio setting, when a certain target is located the strength of the sound will vary which will either go stronger or weaker. The explanation to this is that, when the buried item is close to the search coil the sound gets stronger while the sound will be weaker when it is buried a lot deeper.

Aside from the varying strength of the Pro Audio Mode, it also give specific tones for distinguishing the type of metals. Iron will emit a low tone while silver produce the highest tone. Gold and nickels are defined at the medium tone level.

Depth Penetration

Small objects up to the size of a coin can be detected to a maximum depth of 10 inches. But for larger sizes of objects, they can be detected at a deeper depths. Based from the field test that I performed, a metallic can with 5 inches diameter by 10 inches height was detected at a depth of 6 feet.

Despite my field test, other testers might have different results because there are other several factors that are involve that can affect a MD’s detection. These includes the composition of the soil, density and moistness.

Battery Indicator

The Battery Indicator is another important part of a MD. Just try to imagine how annoying can be if you went out for a hunt then just a few minutes of using your equipment, it goes OFF because you forgot to recharge. Some MDs don’t actually have battery indicators which you don’t know if the batteries needs recharging.

Garrett AT Pro actually have a Battery Condition Indicator. It is a feature that allows you to check how long the batteries will be able to lasts. It is pretty quiet accurate that you will be amazed about how long you can use it before the batteries needs to be recharge. And surprisingly, it is run by only 4 pieces of AA batteries.

Works on All Locations

As the final feature presented on this post, Garrett AT Pro Metal Detector works at any place or locations. You can use it to detect buried objects at the beach, parks, stream, desert, rain forest and anywhere else except with a limitation when used underwater.

Where to Buy?

Garrett AT Pro is available online at the Amazon Store.

Final Words

There are many other features of Garrett AT Pro Metal Detector and covered on this post are only the most interesting aspects of it. But overall, this is a metal detector that brings good promising results of finding buried items. There are already a lot of valuable items recovered in my metal hunting career through the use of this MD.
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Used Metal Detectors on Craigslist – Are they Worth Buying?

Craigslist is one among the good places online to find used or cheap metal detectors. It is the current and most popular online store that allows people to directly sell their used items to interested buyers. The most interesting part is that, since the items are considered secondhand, their prices are always lower than the brand new price of the item.

At Craigslist, there are some individuals who are in desperate need of money. They are the once that sell their items at a very low price in order to be able to rash-sale their items. This is good for buyers who are looking for cheap prices.

On my research, I found a guy claiming that he was able to buy a Bounty Hunter 202 for a very cheap price of only $70. The brand new price of a Bounty Hunter 202 is worth $174.99. Thus, he was able to buy the metal detector at a price which is way less than half the price of the brand new model. Then again, he was able to purchase another metal detector which is the White’s MXT for a very cheap price of only $450 (the brand new price is worth $849).

The Buy and Sellers

One of the annoying users of Craigslist are the buy and sellers. What they do is that, they have a certain amount of capital to spend on items being sold by rash sellers. Aside from rash sellers, there are also those sellers who simply doesn’t know the actual market value of their items or they simply doesn’t care. Hence, they end up putting prices according to their own personal estimation. Buy and sellers will target such items by buying them then selling them back at a higher price where they are able to make good profit. It is good for them but not for those actual buyers with the real intent of being in need or wanting the item.

Buy and sellers are also the main reason why it is hard to find or search for those super cheap metal detectors. It’s because they are constantly monitoring every new entries on the list. As a result, you are trying to compete with them in which you have a very low chance of succeeding. It’s because these people are often good at it since majority of them considered it as a job.

If it happens that you have found a super cheap metal detector listed on Craigslist then it is just probably luck.

The Scammers

Scammers are a lot worse than the buy and sellers it’s because they are there to steal your money. There are already an endless number of complaints from victims directed to Craigslist about being scammed. A cautious buyer even claimed that there is a 40 percent chance that you will contact a scammer. So if you really want to purchase a certain metal detector at Craigslist, you need to conduct your own investigation particularly about the reputation of the seller.

Quality of the Item

When it comes to used or second-hand items especially metal detectors, it will be hard for you to confirm the quality if all features are still on a good working condition or does not have any damages. Unless, you are already familiar with it or you are a techy individual.

Fake Ads

There are plenty of attractive ads about cheap metal detectors listed on Craigslist but when you are going to them check them up, it brings you to different products.

So is it worth buying a metal detector at Craigslist?

Despite all those risks involve, it is still worth buying a cheap metal detector at Craigslist. There are already numerous individuals who are well satisfied using Craigslist’s service where they were able to buy expensive metal detectors at a very low cost or affordable price. The key to their success is that they know how to distinguish legit sellers from the scammers.

Buying your Metal Detector at Craigslist

The risks of buying a metal detector at Craigslist can be easily avoided if you know exactly what you are doing. Thus, for those who are new to Craigslist, you may want to follow these guidelines:

1. Always Inspect the Image Ads

There are 3 ways a seller at Craigslist can post their ads which can be in the form of an image, text or both. Among them three, you should always prioritize ads with images of the item. The next thing to do is to investigate the posted image if it’s original or not. If you can find similar images on other websites, try to determine their locations. Once you discovered that the location of the seller varies from one another (especially from a different country) then, there is a huge chance that the ad is fake.

2. Research the Original Price of the Metal Detector

In order for you to be able to buy a super cheap metal detector at Craigslist, it is important that you need to be aware about the metal detector’s original price. Through this price, you are able to tell if you are buying your item at a good amount of price. If you noticed that the item is just slightly lower than its brand new price, it is probably being manipulated by a buy and seller. If this is the case then you are much better off buying the brand new model.

3. Search and Browse for Sellers at your Region

Buying a metal detector at your own region should be the first important step. So if it happens that you found an item that you are willing to buy, you can always ask the seller to meet you in person.

Meeting in person allows you to do the exchange manually which completely minimize your risks of getting scammed at a very low chance.

Moreover, finding a good used metal detector on Craigslist is like metal detecting. You really need to put some effort in your search and surely, you might even find something that exceeds your own expectation.

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TFR-1 Long Range Locator Rod Product Review

People have been talking about the “TFR-1 Long Range Locator Rod” (some categorized it as a metal detector) which often ended into a never ending debate if it’s really effectively working or not. This tool based on my own personal perspective works like a dowsing rod. You hold it with your hand and sweep it around then follow the direction of the rod’s tip until it takes you to spot where the item is buried.

Now, let’s look further into the product features of TFR-1 Long Range Locator Rod.

“Crystal and Mineral Powered”

Upon knowing that TFR-1 is powered by a natural element which are crystals and minerals, I already knew that it doesn’t require electrical energy which is the main advantage of dowsing rod detectors against EMDs (Electronic Metal Detectors). Although, it is still a puzzle to me the use of crystal and mineral as a power source for this tool.

“No Junk Metals or Magnetic Signal Guaranteed”

I like the word “guaranteed” which means, it delivers what is stated a hundred percent to the buyer. So by purchasing TFR-1 Long Range Locator, it guarantees that you won’t be detecting hassle scraps or junk of worthless pieces of metals. The magnetic signal being referred here is more commonly interpreted by others as noise or interference. It actually interferes with the frequency level of the tool which give annoying false signals. Gladly, TFR-1 Long Range Locator is capable of neglecting such unwanted signals giving only satisfying result to the user.

“Lightweight and Compact, Will Not Tire your Wrist”

Another obvious advantage of Long Range Locating detectors over the EMDs is the size. TFR-1 is so lightweight and compact that you can hold and use it for the entire day without tiring your wrist. Since this tool is held by just one hand, you can alternately operate it with any of your hands. So if it happens that you are right-handed and it came to the point that it got tired, you can just switched it to your left hand.

“Completely Collapsible for Pocket Transport”

Aside from being a lightweight device, TFR-1 Long Range Locator is also collapsible which can be easily disassembled that it can even fit inside your pocket.

“TFR-T.D. Target Discriminator Accessory”

What really makes TRF-1 a lot more interesting as compared to any other Long Range Locators in the market is its TFR-T.D. Target Discriminator Accessory. What it does is that, it allows you to determine the size of your target before you even attempt to dig it under the ground.

How TFR-1 Target Discriminator Accessory Works?

The Target Discriminator Box of the TFR-1 consist of a large dial in the middle. Around this dial is a scale of weight settings starting from the minimum, grams, ounce, pounds and maximum (1 gram to over 100 lbs.). Take note, you have to set the dial into the corresponding weight of the item that you are trying to locate. It is very important that you really have to set the dial into the specific weight of the item that you intend to detect. Otherwise, you won’t be getting any signal from the rod it’s because according to the manufacturer, setting the target’s weight “precisely” gives accurate result.
After setting the dial up, you need the “material or sample”. This material must be the same type of material that you are trying to detect. So if you are searching for gold, you need a material which is also a gold. The minimum weight of the material must not be less than 1 gram but according to some users, 2 grams gives a much better result.

The discriminator box consist of a blue colored cap on its top. Opening it will reveal an empty chamber in which you need to put the sample inside it. The manufacturer don’t have any further explanation about the purpose of placing the sample inside the chamber of the box. But in my own opinion, the discriminator box uses the frequency pattern of the sample to detect similar type of materials via the locating rods.

TFR-1 Long Range Locator comes with a stereo cable which connects the discriminator box to the locator. At the bottom of the discriminator, there is a jack in which you are going to insert the stereo cable. The other end of the stereo cable it to be connected into the jack found at the bottom part of the TFR-1 handle.

Those are all the setup and you are good to go.

Amplification Booster of the TFR-1 Long Range Locator

The TFR-1 Long Range Locator already comes with the standard amplification booster which is the cylindrical piece connected at the opposite side of the locating rod or antenna. This part is actually removable which can be replaced with a better or more improved versions of amplification booster.

According to the manufacturer, the amplification booster works as a balancer which gives the rod more power. Inside the booster are secret ingredients discovered by the manufacturer in their several years of experimental tests especially on the field. One of the latest model is the TFR- A.B. (Stainless) Extreme Power Amplification Booster accessory. When used, it amplifies TFR-1’s range of detection from 500 to 700 feet distance range which is very incredible. Aside from its range, this booster model is also capable of detecting various types of material (not just gold) such as diamond, paper money, copper, aluminum or almost anything that you can fit inside the sample chamber. But, if you want to focus more in finding gold and silver then you should choose the TFR-A.B. (Brass) Gold Silver Amplification Booster. This model is perfect for prospectors looking for small amount of fine gold or nuggets. Its range of detection goes between 500 to 800 feet distance.

My Personal Review about TFR-1 Long Range Locator

In my own personal point of view, TFR-1 is a technological invention that evolved from the traditional long range locators which is the dowsing L-Rods. The main difference is that, traditional L-Rods requires two antennas which are held by both hands while TFR-1 consist of only one.

When operating the TFR-1 Long Range Locator, you need to swing it from side-to-side and feel through the rod the direction of the target. The feeling is like, there is a magnet pulling the rod into your target’s location. You have to keep swinging the rod while observing the strength of the pull because the stronger the pull, it means that you are getting closer.

Unfortunately, there are some individuals who have trouble trying to feel the pull or not getting any signal no matter how many times they tried. On my part, I could feel the pull but the real challenge is that, it is really hard to locate the exact spot of the buried item. Or, it could only mean that there are several deposits scattered around the area that I am trying to detect.

And finally, according to the manufacturer, TFR-1 Long Range Locator is capable of detecting 500 to 700 feet range distance. I want to emphasize the word “range distance” here which is not the same as “range of depth”. I assume it could penetrate almost an equal range of depth to its range of distance.

My overall product review of TFR-1 Long Range Locator is that, it is an awesome and powerful tool when used by the right person especially individuals who already have experiences in using dowsing tools.
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Do Gold Detectors Really Work?

Some gold hunters especially amateurs often think that there is something special about “gold detectors”. The fact is, there is really nothing so special about it whereas gold detectors are standard metal detectors or LRL (Long Range Locators) with some slight modifications made specifically on their “operating frequency”.

When it comes to electronic gold detectors, there are two general types of products for you to choose from which can be VLF (Very Low Frequency) or PI (Pulse Induction).


The VLF gold detectors has an operating setting of higher frequency as compared to what standard metal detectors use. The reason is that, gold is best detected at high operating frequencies. Thus, if you want a reliable gold detector then you should only choose units that operates at around kHz. At this range of frequency, the tool is quite sensitive to small gold nuggets. Detectors that are designed to find coins and relics will most likely ignore small sized gold nuggets which is a huge disappointment for gold seekers. It is important for you to know that it is quite interesting to detect and uncover big 1-ounce nuggets but in reality, such sizes are extremely rare that most gold nuggets that can be found are way much smaller.

The Search Coil plays the most important part of a VLF detector. So if you bought a certain unit of this kind, you should expect that the package has a set of search coils with different sizes. They have to be of varied sizes because it has something to do with the settings of the device’s sensitivity to gold. Avid metal detectorists already knew that large size search coil has deeper penetration and it can easily detect large objects but ignores the small ones. If you are a gold nugget hunter, using a small search coil is a much preferred choice because it increases the unit’s sensitivity to gold. It also has a better performance than the large search coil when detecting on areas with highly mineralized soil. Although, the downside of using a small search coil is less penetration and it would really take a lot of time to cover the ground.

Another huge downside of the VLF is that, it poorly performs on areas with highly mineralized ground and a lot more worse under the presence of hot rocks. In most cases, the equipment will go erratic giving out a lot of false feedbacks. Some latest VLF models can be fine-tuned which has something to do with the sensitivity but this hugely affects the penetration of depth which is terribly not good.


Sadly, VLF is now considered by many as an old technology particularly when Pulse Induction came out to take its place. The main reason why most detectorists prefer PI detector is due its capability to penetrate deep buried objects with amazing accuracy even at a highly mineralized type of ground condition. In comparison, VLF detectors can only detect gold nuggets at a depth of around 6 to 12 inches while PI detectors can impressively detect such object up to 2 feet or even more.

Perhaps the only downside of a PI over VLF are its price and handling. Not all detectorists can afford to buy their own PI detector due to its very expensive amount of price. The best once are of course the newest models and they usually cost around several thousands of dollars. When it comes to handling, PI are heavy unlike the VLF which can be swung all day with less fatigue.


Unlike VLF and PI, LRL works in a different manner which involve vibrations. Detectorists who are using this type of tool claims that all objects has their own specific and unique vibration. So in order to detect gold, all they have to do is to tune their locator in the same level of vibration as the gold. However, most individuals often gave up on this tool due to its inaccuracy especially when used by the amateurs. Worst, many individuals claims that these simple type of detectors are fraud. Regardless of this issue, the few people who claim that it works for them often explains that their success comes from their deep understanding about how their tools works.

How Gold is detected by Electronic Detectors?

As already explained above, electronic detectors send frequency signals that penetrates through down the ground. But, there are a few more occurrences that follows through. If the signal happens to hit a target underground, it will bounce back into the antenna or search coil acting as both the transmitter and receiver. At this point, the signal received will be processed by the unit’s circuitry converting it into an audible or visual output.

Aside from the operating frequency signal of the electronic detector, the type of object buried under the ground also plays an important factor. Generally, metals are classified into two major categories known as the “non-ferrous” and the “ferrous”. Gold do belong under the non-ferrous type. Other types of metals on this category includes nickel, lead, zinc and silver. Ferrous, the second group are materials that often contain iron and tin. The main difference between these two groups is that, metals under the non-ferrous category are a much better conductor than the ferrous type.

Manufactured electronic gold detectors are now equipped with a technology known as “discriminator”. This is an improved part of the unit’s circuitry that processes the received signal classifying it as either non-ferrous or ferrous automatically. When the object found is classified as ferrous then the detector will simply ignore it.

Moreover, finding the best gold detector is the real challenge. If you have been researching by reading several forums and reviews, you will notice that they have different and conflicting personal opinions. This leaves you a tough decision. Anyway, I would not be recommending any specific model on this post but I do suggest that you should stick your choice among these top popular brands: Fisher, White’s Electronics, Garrett, Kellyco, AccurateLocators and Minelab.
As for my final words, “the real success of finding gold underground is not all about the detector but how to operate and understand what exactly it is telling you.”
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Is Metal Detecting A Good Hobby?

Asking the question "Is metal detecting a good hobby?" from a metal detector hobbyist, expect the answer to be "Yes". It is really a very enjoyable outdoor activity but there's actually more than that. Unlike any other outdoor activities, metal detecting has a lot more to offer. It is actually very exciting, fun and can be very rewarding.

If you are the type of person who loves taking challenges then you will surely find metal detecting as an interesting hobby. These challenges involves physical, mental and emotional aspects. It obviously involve physical because it is an out-door activity where you need to walk around while holding your equipment but the hardest part is digging a lot of various places pin-pointed by your MD (metal detector). Your mental ability is also required because you will need to do some investigative researches particularly about the places where you are going to metal detect. And for the emotional aspect, this hobby actually requires a lot of patience. You may be surprised to know that individuals with less patience do often easily give-up on their first day of try.

Despite the challenges that are involve, metal detecting always comes with good rewards. This means that either you found something valuable or just pieces of junks, you still reap many other benefits which we are about to discuss below:

1. Gain Profit

If you want to consider metal detecting as your hobby, you should not view it as a stable source of money. Since it is just a hobby, any valuable items that you find must be treated as a “reward” which means, you don’t get it every time you go out there in the field.

Although, some experienced individuals go extreme by treating this activity as a serious form of business or their day job. They are called “Professional Metal Hunters” where they choose metal detecting as their preferred profession over their regular jobs. For some reason, they are earning more money as compared to their regular job while others choose this kind of job because they simply enjoy it.

A professional metal hunter can actually find dozens of precious old coins, rings and relics that can be sold for a good price. But for amateurs, luck plays an important role to find their first single piece of precious item.

2. Good for your Health

As mentioned above, you will still reap something in return regardless whether you find something or nothing and this is “good health”. Since metal detecting is an outdoor activity, you get to visit various places allowing you to breathe fresh air. Aside from this, there will be a lot of walking around and diggings involve which is a great form of exercise for your body.

3. Stress Reliever

Many individuals claims that they are able to relieve their stress through their hobbies. It makes them feel more relax allowing them to forget the busy world of their work. When it comes to metal detecting, it actually offer such kind of treatment. Majority of individuals who are involved on this hobby claims that they tend to relieve their stress due to their full interest and engagement diverted so much on this activity.

According to most experts, stress can be easily relieved by performing simple physical exercises. Metal detecting is actually a physical outdoor activity involving constant body movements especially walking around the field, bending and crouching. Aside from the physical aspect, you also get to breathe fresh air from the natural environment which will make you feel so energized.

4. Good Way to Spend your Time with your Family or Friends

If you have some kids then you might want to try and introduce metal detecting activity to them on their coming summer vacation. You have to know that children are always full of curiosity which makes this type of activity perfectly suitable for them. Surprisingly, even adults are affected by the curiosity involve. This curiosity often occur when your equipment found something buried under the ground. Everybody wants to know what could be it and hoping to be a piece of precious item such as a diamond ring or gold coin. This is the most engaging part of the activity that will surely keep the whole family to participate.

If you are one lonely guy who simply wants to make some friends then you should also give metal detecting hobby a try. How? Again, the answer is due to “curiosity”. As you go around various places to metal detect especially on the parks and beaches with people around. You should expect that there will be some individuals who will approach you and ask about what exactly you are doing. In most cases, this is often the beginning of a friendship. Others who are already long involved on this activity who notices you around might even ask you to join their club or organization.

5. Gain Knowledge about your Local History

Another interesting aspect about metal detecting hobby is that you get to learn about your local history. This is actually one of the basic and most important step to achieve successful findings. Why? It’s because knowing about your local history gives you some hints or clues about the best places to metal detect.

Aside from historical places, you also get to learn historical relics of the past. Let’s say, you have uncovered a military badge. At first, it is most likely that you don’t know anything about it. Thus, you will end up conducting your own research. Thanks to the internet, searching for such kind of information is now an easy task.

6. Coin or Artifact Collector

As you tend to recover old coins, relics or artifacts, you may end up being enthusiastic about keeping them as your collections. Majority of individuals with this hobby often chooses the path of being a collector rather than to make profit out from their precious findings.

Wrong Notions about Metal Detecting Hobby

Unfortunately, majority of individuals doesn’t know anything about metal detecting activity. Others don’t want to give it a try because of the false notions spread by people who really knows nothing about this type of hobby.

Here are the following wrong notions about how outsiders view this type of activity:

- Metal detecting hobby are only for old or retired individuals who has nothing to do with their time.

Correction: This outdoor hobby has no age limitation. You don’t really have to wait until you reach the age of 70 before you can have your very first MD. In fact, most organizations are composed of many young members. Even children do love to play with MDs. The only reason why older people particularly retirees are more well suited for this activity is that, they have more free time on their interests.

- They only care about making profit from their findings

Corrections: Some individuals who follow this path often end up giving up because their true interest is all about making money. Yes, you can make money from this activity which can be very rewarding. However, the interest must come from doing the activity itself and not from the money.
Some hobbyist don’t actually metal detect just to make money. It is more about gathering their set of collections.

- Spend thousands of dollars on their machines

Corrections: It is true that most advertised MD products costs around thousands of dollars. But, you have to know that cheap metal detectors also do exists and they are also quite effective as the expensive once.

- There are only few and secretive hunting grounds

Corrections: Perhaps, majority of outsiders views metal detecting as a form of treasure hunting. The main difference between the two is that, treasure hunters aims to recover large pile of treasures hidden in secretive places. On the other hand, metal detectorists can perform their activity at any place they want. There is no secret locations because they are targeting lost items that were accidentally dropped by people in the past.

- It is so completely boring that you are much better off watching a paint goes dry

Corrections: Some people will say that it’s a boring type of activity due to their lack of interest. But coming from individuals with interest, they will say it is quite interesting, engaging and fun. Why?

Here we are again with the topic about “Curiosity”. This is actually a human characteristic that can be quite hard to resist. This means, it is our human nature to uncover secrets. So when it comes to metal detecting particularly on a situation where you have detected something under the ground, your curiosity comes into play. You consciousness will suggest, “It could be a piece of gold or diamond”. As a result, this will cause your interest to dig it just to satisfy your curiosity.

- You need to be a techy individual to know how to operate a MD

Corrections: Back in the old days, technical knowledge may be necessary to operate a MD but today, MDs are now designed to be “user-friendly”. In fact, you don’t even need to read the manual. All what you just need to do is to figure out how to turn the Power ON and OFF. Once turned ON, you can now start using the equipment. It’s all that simple as opposed to what outsiders claim as you must be a rocket scientist to be able to operate a MD.

Moreover, the best way to for you to know if you have the interest in metal detecting is to try it for yourself. And as a tip, you should start by using reliable but cheap metal detectors. If there are Metal Detecting Hobby Shops near your place the better. It’s because you can try to borrow their equipment for a certain amount of fee they charge.
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Best Metal Detector Under $200 and $100 Range

As beginners of metal detecting hobby, an investment is really required where you have to buy your own metal detector. How can you find valuable items if you do not have this kind of tool?

If you do not have enough money then the best suggestion is to save it until you have $100 to $200 budget to buy the best and cheap metal detector that are available in the market.

Best Metal Detector Under $100 Range

When it comes to under $100 budget, most of my recommendation are of the Bounty Hunter Products. Their cheap but reliable metal detectors ranges from $50 to $100 only.

Here are my following recommendation of best MD products under the range of $100 budget:

1. Bounty Hunter TK4 Tracker IV Metal Detector

- The most reputable cheap MD recommended for complete beginners by almost anyone with metal detecting experience. It actually offers a user-friendly features where it only requires a few setups and its ready to use.

2. Winbest Pro Edition Metal Detector by BARSKA

- Another cheap metal detector that is perfectly designed for both novice and professional. According to majority of users, this tool is too sensitive enough to detect tiny objects such as small nails and needles.

3. Bounty Hunter Gold Digger Metal Detector

- A MD that is designed for both complete beginners and kids. Any first-time users can easily understand how to operate it properly. It is also built out from lightweight materials which makes it easy to be carried around even by children.

Best Metal Detector Under $200 Range

Under the range of $200 budget, you can actually buy a better quality of MD as compared to the $100 budget. It offers better functionality features and made out of more durable quality materials.

Here are the following best metal detectors that I recommend under the $200 range budget:

1. Fisher F2 MD

- Fisher F2 has a lot of quite amazing features that are helpful in locating buried targets. It actually has an impressive accuracy at sorting various types of metals. Thus, it is the perfect tool for coin-shooters and relic hunters.

2. Garrett ACE 250 Metal Detector

- Garrett ACE 250 is another MD that is comparable to the Fisher F2 MD. Many metal detector hobbyists are actually praising this machine due to its accuracy in locating valuable targets.

3. Tesoro Silver uMax

- Some individuals prefers to use analog or manually operated machines. If you are one of them then you should choose the Tesoro Silver uMax. But, what really makes this tool quite impressive as compared to the other MDs is its capability to detect buried metallic object and pinpoint the exact spot to dig.

Overall, those are my recommendations of best metal detectors under $100 to $200 price range.

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