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Metal Detectors – What You Need to Know Before You Buy One
Finding the right metal detector can be challenging. Not only do you need to know the type you want but also where you're going to use it and what you're going to look for? Various manufactures offer metal detectors with many different features, which one is right for your use? Where can you find the best deal? These are questions you need to answer before you buy.
Are you going to use your metal detector at the beach, in the surf or sand, or at the local park? What are you going to look for, coins, jewelry, or artifacts? Are there classes available? To begin you should check out some of the leading manufactures like Whites or Garrett. This will give you a good idea of what's available. Visit you local metal detector dealer. Dealers are more than happy to discuss the merits of their line of machines and most offer classes for beginners. Talk to as many fellow hobbyists as you can and ask lots of questions.
Now that you know where and what you're going to hunt for it's time to zero in on that perfect detector. You may want one that has automatic settings for various types of soil. If your research showed that your going to get wet, then you'll need one that's designed for rivers, surf, or completely underwater. For gold, you'll want one that has a high frequency from 14 to 16 kHz. Be sure to pick one that has an option to discriminate between different types of metals. Most metal detector manufactures have videos on their web sites that will give you an idea of the ease of use and flexibility of their machines.
Depending on the options you pick, prices range from under $ 100 to over a thousand. First look online at sites like eBay and Amazon to compare prices of machines that have the features you want. Go to your search engine and search for current reviews and you may find a less expensive metal detector that has all of the features you're looking for. There are many good used ones available so do not forget to check these and compare them to their new counterparts.
No mater where you go for an outdoors, the beach, walking trails, or the park, a metal detector will make it exciting. Check out the FMDAC (Metal Detector and Archaeological Sites) web site and join a club for even more fun and adventure.