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Newer than New Newbie

Post by Daysleeper » Wed Jan 16, 2019 10:25 pm

Hi All - As the title says...

Metal detecting is something I have always wanted to do and life has always gotten in the way. Now I am looking to start from the very beginning, and by the beginning I mean I have no metal detector...nor much in the way of any knowledge about them. I am here to learn from those with experience and sponge up any advice.

So, my first port of call is:
-Literature - Good source for (pre) beginners.
-Detector - Advice on what to look out for, for a entry level (but not too basic).
-Pitfalls - What to avoid.

Many thanks and i look forward to meeting you all
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Re: Newer than New Newbie

Post by sweepstick47 » Wed Jan 16, 2019 11:07 pm

Hello Rob ::g Welcome aboard the forums. Here's a couple of links to get you started in your reading-up. Good Luck and enjoy your time with us here on the MDF. Regards ss47

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Re: Newer than New Newbie

Post by Daysleeper » Thu Jan 17, 2019 9:32 pm

Hi ss47

Brilliant. Many thanks for the links...time to get started ::g
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Re: Newer than New Newbie

Post by Bargeman » Thu Jan 17, 2019 9:40 pm

Hello and welcome to the forum, what is your general location



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Re: Newer than New Newbie

Post by Daysleeper » Thu Jan 17, 2019 9:52 pm

Small town called Ellesmere Port.
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Re: Newer than New Newbie

Post by Beachcomber » Thu Jan 17, 2019 11:34 pm

Ellesmere Port!
The home of the original Vauxhall Viva etc. yesssss- get in there!

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Re: Newer than New Newbie

Post by Daysleeper » Fri Jan 18, 2019 7:58 pm

Hahaa... The very same. So you've heard of it?
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Re: Newer than New Newbie

Post by Beachcomber » Fri Jan 18, 2019 10:15 pm

Still have a 79 Viva HC!!!! I bet there are some good finds there, has a long history Ellesmere- was William the Conq's French long time back I think- mind you Peugeot own Vauxhall now lol

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Re: Newer than New Newbie

Post by shaggybfc » Fri Jan 18, 2019 10:25 pm

Daysleeper wrote:
Thu Jan 17, 2019 9:52 pm
Small town called Ellesmere Port.
Welcome to this great forum.
EP - I spent many unhappy days on the night shift in the Vauxhall plant - hated every minute of it. ;;z
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Re: Newer than New Newbie

Post by leslie(nova scotia) » Sat Jan 19, 2019 1:42 am

Welll me son first off be one with your machine, relax, enjoy being out side...never get rich..but rich in friendship in dis hobby...course me being only a Canuck...whatz I know

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Re: Newer than New Newbie

Post by Oxgirl36 » Sat Jan 19, 2019 11:40 am

Hi and welcome to the forum...

Advice - there is so much we could give but the basics will always be the basic stuff.
  • Find somewhere to detect before you do anything else.
    Buy a machine to match your where you are going to dig (beach or land or both).
    Buy the very best machine you can afford. Go second hand if you can find a seller you can trust (i.e. dealer who will give you a guarantee or someone you know) but beware buying from an unknown source as fakes, broken machines and scam postings exist and are expensive lessons. Research it to death before you buy.
    For everything else just use what you already own - a garden spade, gardening gloves, an old coat with pockets for your scrap, a tin with some cotton wool for your nice finds - till you’ve been out a few times and are still as enthusiastic.
    Ask as many questions as you want on here but learn to use the search function too as a lot of your questions will already have been asked and answered before :D
Expect little, see each hole you dig as a learning experience and enjoy anything you recognise as a something, be it a horse shoe, a rusty nail or a modern coin.

Saying that I look forward to seeing the first find you share with us that you judge is worthy of the forum’s assistance with identification ::g :))

Enjoy!
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Re: Newer than New Newbie

Post by Daysleeper » Sun Jan 20, 2019 4:28 pm

Many thanks for warm welcome and advice B-)

Currently whittling down the MD's i am interested in.

I have a couple of local fields (one extremely interesting regarding the lands history)

Can't wait!!! :D
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Re: Newer than New Newbie

Post by Daysleeper » Sun Feb 10, 2019 10:49 pm

Hello All

I was wondering if you could offer some advice regarding the small number of detectors i've whittled my first purchase to be, and rate them in order if possible?

Garret Ace 250
Garret Ace 300i
Minelab Go Find 44
Whites Coin master
Whites Treasure Master

Really appreciate any help ::g

Many thanks in advance
Rob
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Re: Newer than New Newbie

Post by Machinist » Sun Feb 10, 2019 11:19 pm

The Garrett Aces are very popular starter machines with lots of people using them so you would get plenty of help and advice about them. The others are not as popular.

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Re: Newer than New Newbie

Post by sweepstick47 » Sun Feb 10, 2019 11:38 pm

Hello Daysleeper ::g If your able to visit one of the main detector dealers, you would be a given an unbiased opinion, not only on the merits of those machines on your 'short list' but also on others you may not have yet considered. Additionally, dealers usually hold a good stock of guaranteed used machines which invariably have an attractive saving on the price of a correspondingly new model.

Add this consideration to the views you attract on the forum and you'll be in a good position to make your final choice. Last but by no means least, remember that as a member of the MDF, you have access to a range of discounts when buying from the MDF Shop - (link below).
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Good Luck - Regards ss47
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Re: Newer than New Newbie

Post by tigtog » Sun Feb 10, 2019 11:42 pm

good choice great hobby, if you struggle with permissions get out on one of the many rallies organised enjoy it .
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Re: Newer than New Newbie

Post by dig-dog » Mon Feb 11, 2019 1:41 pm

Oxgirl36 wrote:
Sat Jan 19, 2019 11:40 am
Hi and welcome to the forum...

Advice - there is so much we could give but the basics will always be the basic stuff.
  • Find somewhere to detect before you do anything else.
    Buy a machine to match your where you are going to dig (beach or land or both).
    Buy the very best machine you can afford. Go second hand if you can find a seller you can trust (i.e. dealer who will give you a guarantee or someone you know) but beware buying from an unknown source as fakes, broken machines and scam postings exist and are expensive lessons. Research it to death before you buy.
    For everything else just use what you already own - a garden spade, gardening gloves, an old coat with pockets for your scrap, a tin with some cotton wool for your nice finds - till you’ve been out a few times and are still as enthusiastic.
    Ask as many questions as you want on here but learn to use the search function too as a lot of your questions will already have been asked and answered before :D
Expect little, see each hole you dig as a learning experience and enjoy anything you recognise as a something, be it a horse shoe, a rusty nail or a modern coin.

Saying that I look forward to seeing the first find you share with us that you judge is worthy of the forum’s assistance with identification ::g :))


Enjoy!
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Re: Newer than New Newbie

Post by kenleyboy » Mon Feb 11, 2019 4:21 pm

Daysleeper wrote:
Sun Feb 10, 2019 10:49 pm
Hello All

I was wondering if you could offer some advice regarding the small number of detectors i've whittled my first purchase to be, and rate them in order if possible?

Garret Ace 250
Garret Ace 300i
Minelab Go Find 44
Whites Coin master
Whites Treasure Master

Really appreciate any help ::g

Many thanks in advance
Rob
I have no experience of any of the above machines other than the ace 250 which was my first machine and I still use it from time to time . I took the sound advice on here and there is a wealth of knowledge and help in whatever machine you choose . Everyone has their favourites but for me the ace 250 is a really good entry level machine , easy to use switch on and go . They are not too pricey and will sell well on the secondhand market should you decide that you may wish to upgrade if you really get into the hobby .
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Re: Newer than New Newbie

Post by Daysleeper » Mon Feb 11, 2019 9:39 pm

Hmmm... i replied to those posts, but it seems to have disappeared. I hope that's not an omen x;
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After many hours of reading the forums and watching videos, I will purchase one of the two Garrets (250 or 300i) before March :D

I have cobbled together a finds bag (still optimistic at this point, but have stuck up an early deal with the local scrap dealer), other miscellany needed to get me going and waiting to hear back for my first permission.

I'd like to thank you all for the advice and humour :D ;)) ::g , and can't wait to get out there, dig my first hole and share with you all my first ring pull.

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Re: Newer than New Newbie

Post by Daysleeper » Wed Feb 13, 2019 10:00 pm

Hi All

Apologies for continually posting here rl;

Decision made on my first detector...400i. Wasn't on my short list, but the offer in the MDF shop is too tempting. Read up and watched a lot of about it and checked out the Garret section on here. Looking to order this weekend, maybe next at the latest.

In other news... I'll be saving for a decent pointer, but wondered if there is a decent cheap one that will do me until then?

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