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Detector Stand 1.0

Posted: Mon May 06, 2019 10:19 pm
by Jeffdsolo
I had the day at home today, as my daughter is unwell, so we couldn't go out anywhere.
So having cleared a little floor space in my workshop on Saturday afternoon, I thought I'd have a go at making a stand for my detector, to be utilised while I'm digging.

The reason I felt it is needed, is because I dislike plopping my detector down flat on the ground to dig. It's inconvenient when you need to pick it up to re-scan, it gets wetter and muddier than it needs to, it rolls off down hills, and it knocks the coil out of my preferred angle.

I looked at available off the shelf stands, and as well as being pricey, they are also not much better than lying the detector down on the ground.

So I considered the problem over a while, and came up with an idea. This has cost me less than £10.

The stand is clipped in place with a plastic clip down towards the coil, and then hinged on a clamp at the base of the handle.
The design of the foot has the effect of giving three points contact with the ground, therefore it is able to deal with bumps and slopes.
It also gives the detector attractive horns! :))

The whole thing weighs just over 300g, but that is with a metal clamp at the top. A plastic one would reduce the weight further, though very little is actually added to the swinging end, so the effect is negligible.

I tried it out for few mins earlier this evening, and it really does make a difference!

Any thoughts/observations are welcome as always!

Cheers,

Jeff.

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Re: Detector Stand 1.0

Posted: Tue May 07, 2019 12:16 am
by Ten pence!
My detector stand doubles up as a digging implement! :))

Re: Detector Stand 1.0

Posted: Tue May 07, 2019 1:06 am
by Easylife
Ten pence! wrote:
Tue May 07, 2019 12:16 am
My detector stand doubles up as a digging implement! :))
Exactly. ::g

Re: Detector Stand 1.0

Posted: Tue May 07, 2019 4:50 am
by Ladybird66
Easylife wrote:
Tue May 07, 2019 1:06 am
Ten pence! wrote:
Tue May 07, 2019 12:16 am
My detector stand doubles up as a digging implement! :))
Exactly. ::g
Great , what do you dig with while your spade has a rest, Your fingers ?

I have my detector attached to my Finds bag belt by a bungee with a clip on the end. Detector has a strong Velcro strip around the handle with a large key ring for clip. Length adjusted to suit.
Get a signal, pin point, let detector swing, grab spade and dig. Had it a few years now, Detector never touches the ground. Total cost nowt, parts scrounged or spare. Total weight nowt.

The above is a very smart adaption but have to comment, extra weight is not an option. Takes me all my time to carry me these days :D plus it sort of defeats the object of buying a light weight detector. Admire your ingenuity though ::g

Re: Detector Stand 1.0

Posted: Tue May 07, 2019 7:01 am
by beaubrummell
I rather like that. However swinging an E-trac as I do it's already heavy enough as it is. A smaller stand that woud just keep the handle elevated from the ground might work for me though. You've given me food for thought. ::g

Re: Detector Stand 1.0

Posted: Tue May 07, 2019 9:03 am
by Jeffdsolo
Ladybird66 wrote:
Tue May 07, 2019 4:50 am
Easylife wrote:
Tue May 07, 2019 1:06 am
Ten pence! wrote:
Tue May 07, 2019 12:16 am
My detector stand doubles up as a digging implement! :))
Exactly. ::g
Great , what do you dig with while your spade has a rest, Your fingers ?
My thoughts exactly! 😂

I'm glad your bungee works for you Ladybird, it confirms to me that others don't want to sling their detector down on the ground! (BTW, where do they sell such anti - gravity bungees?) :))
I appreciate that not everyone would want to add anything extra to their 'load', but for me the added 300g is well worth the convenience facilitated by the stand. Especially as it's hung up at the elbow end.
Thank you for your comments!

Jeff.

Re: Detector Stand 1.0

Posted: Tue May 07, 2019 9:09 am
by mrcheeky
great idea well done

Re: Detector Stand 1.0

Posted: Tue May 07, 2019 12:08 pm
by Ten pence!
Ladybird66 wrote:
Tue May 07, 2019 4:50 am
Easylife wrote:
Tue May 07, 2019 1:06 am
Ten pence! wrote:
Tue May 07, 2019 12:16 am
My detector stand doubles up as a digging implement! :))
Exactly. ::g
Great , what do you dig with while your spade has a rest, Your fingers ?

Re: Detector Stand 1.0

Posted: Tue May 07, 2019 4:20 pm
by Bootneck45RM
Neccesity and invention rear their heads yet again.
Have found simpler method.
Take wife (other partners are available).
Walk
Swing
Beep
Pinpoint
Pass detector to wife
Dig
Curses (more foil)
Reclaim detector
Ask wife to fill in hole
Continue detecting.

After half hour
Search for wife
Discuss system in use

Hmmm not perfect then!!🤔

Re: Detector Stand 1.0

Posted: Tue May 07, 2019 5:14 pm
by Timmy 64
I and my md baddy have a leyyard from the handle to our metal detecting belt so when we bend and up again it's comes up no problem ::g

Re: Detector Stand 1.0

Posted: Tue May 07, 2019 8:44 pm
by Jeffdsolo
So that's a few using lanyards, bungees etc.
Only problem with that is being attached to the detector all the time. 😊 I got my z-lynk to free myself from it! 😂
I'm glad though that others don't like the whole 'shoving it on the ground' scenario.

Jeff