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How To Choose A Metal Detector
If you want to take up metal detecting, choosing the right detector can depend on your needs and the area in which you live. As metal detectors have become more sophisticated, you need to look at the features the various models offer. Most metal detectors are equipped with certain features for the different types of terrain available. Discrimination is a very important feature because it can eliminate certain types of metal, such as nails and other junk metal.
Any metal detector can find metal, but what kind of metal do you want to find? Most detectors have features that can detect gold, relics, coins and jewelry. The relic feature is useful if you live in an area where any civil war action took place. If you live near the coast and plan to do some beach detecting, you really have to pick a detector that can find a variety of metals. When picking a detector for the beach, it's best to choose one with a water proof coil. You can also purchase a water proof coil separately. Coils are very to change out.
The technology in metal detectors is constantly changing, so it is best to determine what type of detecting you will be doing so you can make the right selection. How much do you want to spend? Metal detectors come in a wide variety of prices. Sometimes the most expensive model is not the best. It may have many bells and whistles, but you do not want to pay for features you do not need. Think about the type of terrain you will be detecting, and select a detector that is ideal for your needs.
As I stated earlier. the discrimination feature is important. It will allow you to filter out junk metal. The higher the control is set, the more objects will be ignored. It can save you from needless digging. However, setting it too high can also cost you, so it is best to set it in the middle. Most people dig the target even if it shows junk so as not to miss possible treasure. Research the different models and read reviews of what people have to say. Take your time and do some research and I'm sure you will find the detector that's right for you.