Metal detecting essentials ?

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Re: Metal detecting essentials ?

Post by kevrus » Thu Jul 28, 2011 12:33 am

I have a good metal detecting essential... and a very good one at that ! ....called "The wife" she always said "You won’t get me going out with you in those cold muddy fields in the middle of nowhere digging holes “but now she is more keener than me to go out. We have sorted a little system, as we only have the one detector .I go along, pinpoint the object and put a blue plastic marker peg in the ground then move on to the next object and so forth , my wife then comes along and digs an 8" diameter plug around the pegs and uses the pinpoint probe to find the object ,if the object is not obvious she uses a flexible silicone baking tray to put the soil in and uses a plastic trowel to break it up and sifts through with the probe. Using the tray is ideal as I have spent ages fumbling about in the grass looking for elusive objects. The tray is light / flexible and fits in my bag no problem,I find doing it this this way saves a lot of time and we can cover a lot more ground on the day .The trowel cost £1 and tray cost me £2 ,the wife costs me considerately a lot more..........



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Post by Rayzor » Thu Jul 28, 2011 12:57 am

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Re: Metal detecting essentials ?

Post by cport80 » Thu Jul 28, 2011 1:50 am

kevrus wrote:The trowel cost £1 and tray cost me £2 ,the wife costs me considerately a lot more..........
Made me laugh :D

My detector bag holds...
my detector & freshly charged batteries
digging tools - trowel and/or small shovel, (+sand-scoop when doing beaches)
pro-pointer - remember to check the battery
headphones

The detector bag folds up when empty and goes into my backpack which also has...
Spare batteries
mobile phone
zippable finds bag for the good stuff
plastic carrier bag for the rest - goes in the bin on the way back to the car
detector instructions - sometimes pays to sit down and check settings
magnifying glass
digi-camera (not always)
small first-aid kit
juice & snacks (usually chocolate)

I also have a plastic waterproof case which hangs around my neck or fits into the backpack containing:
my NCMD card
crown estate permit
crown estate map of beach I'm going to (or last one I visited)
and the car sat-nav also fits nicely in there.

Back in the car I have:
towels
spare socks & shoes
spare headphones
sun-tan cream
anti-septic wipes
mobile phone charger
a sun hat (unless it's already on my head)
waterproofs (unless they're being worn)

Well our favourite beach is 70 miles away and my nearest other permission at the moment is 80 miles to the inlaws farm so it tends to be an occasional and well planned trip for the whole family. The best thing to do is list everything you can think of that you might want to take and then leave out anything you're sure you won't need.
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Re: Metal detecting essentials ?

Post by Katie » Thu Jul 28, 2011 5:27 am

headband to keep the hair outta my eyes
bum bag around my waist so I can pop my finds in there
gardening gloves, these really help to rub off most dirt
flask of coffee
full tin of bacca
and extra batteries....
oh and waterproof trousers incase the ground in soaked (I like to get right in there wnen I've got a signal!)
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Re: Metal detecting essentials ?

Post by Tomcat-uk » Thu Jul 28, 2011 11:27 am

All I take is..
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Re: Metal detecting essentials ?

Post by smw5767 » Mon Sep 12, 2011 8:43 pm

Always carry a small plasiic carrier bag,easy small n light,i put this over my control box when caught out by a heavy shower [even though i use a control box cover anyway] this i use to give double protection,as many a time my control box cover has been sopping wet and i think 'maybe the water has got through' Not anymore B-)
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Re: Metal detecting essentials ?

Post by spuddy5423 » Mon Sep 12, 2011 10:11 pm

All i take is my machine and my shovel.
I carry enough at work all day
if it rains i get wet ,
if i get hungry i enjoy my tea more when i get home
batteries are always knocking about in the van
and i have one trouser pocket for crap and one for decent finds
I dont take a hat because i look stupid in one and besides i want to catch a bit of sun because its a rare treat.
and besides, gaz1969 is always stocked up to supply me in emergencies anyway =))

My metal detecting experience is all about going on the spur of the moment and chilling.... definately not a military operation
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Post by gaz1969 » Mon Sep 12, 2011 10:15 pm

spuddy5423 wrote: and besides, gaz1969 is always stocked up to supply me in emergencies anyway =))
Luv it,haha i just cant help looking after you ol boys =))
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Post by Rambo » Mon Sep 12, 2011 10:17 pm

Luv it,haha i just cant help looking after you ol boys .........CAN YOU HEAR THE ECHO!?
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Post by spuddy5423 » Mon Sep 12, 2011 10:30 pm

Rambo wrote:Luv it,haha i just cant help looking after you ol boys .........CAN YOU HEAR THE ECHO!?
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Post by billy fishpond » Tue Sep 13, 2011 11:02 am

i always use my old smock, four huge pockets and two large zip up map pockets, workes a treat :D
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Re: Metal detecting essentials ?

Post by yorkie » Tue Sep 13, 2011 11:59 am

and earphones

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Re: metal detecting essentials?

Post by deltapete » Sat Oct 01, 2011 4:37 pm

Blackadder43 wrote:
19adrian68 wrote:Can I put a slight spin on this and mention what you leave behind.......your cares and worries :)
That is so very very true....i have had quite a stressfull time the last few months and going out with my headphones on and the bleeping stick i just forget all about it and concentrate on what i'm doing.....

Have to agree with you there if youve had a bad week , out in the fields sunny day hunting for treasures or such very relaxing and sometimes very rewarding
too. You can soon forget you worries so very true. Pete . :)

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Re: Metal detecting essentials ?

Post by Christoph1945 » Tue Oct 11, 2011 7:36 pm

May I suggest that a good item to have in the bag would be a small sharps box. Last year, on three seperate occasions, I came across hypodermic needles in the flotsam on the high tide lines. I talked the matter over with one of the North Wales coastal rangers and he said that they often turn up. Do you leave them there for some child to step on? Do you put your self at risk by putting them in your kit? A small sharps box would help to keep us all safe.

I also, some times, take a fourpint milk carton with a hole cut in it to accept any broken glass that I come across. You would be amazed by some of the broken bottle bottoms that I have removed from a beach. The vietcong couldn't have produced better antipersonel weapons. Just imagine your child running barefoot down the sands. :(

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Re: Metal detecting essentials ?

Post by Searchanddetector » Fri Oct 21, 2011 3:41 pm

bryn81 wrote:hi guys,

just wondering what essentials everyone takes with them when metal detecting?
obviously i know a metal detector and shovel before anyone says that :)


cheers

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Definately a good pin point probe like Garrett.

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Re: Metal detecting essentials ?

Post by uklad » Fri Oct 21, 2011 5:00 pm

in my backpack

garrett ace 150
garrett pin pointer
mini spade
bottle water

all fits nice in my backpack and off i go on my bike:)
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Re: Metal detecting essentials ?

Post by mortberry » Wed Apr 18, 2012 1:40 pm

In personal, i would carry a two pocket pouch, digger, kneepads, pin pointer, extra metal detector battery, cellphone and also bottle of water :)

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Post by JamieB » Tue Jul 17, 2012 12:14 am

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Re: Metal detecting essentials ?

Post by roaming ron » Fri Sep 07, 2012 5:17 pm

Hi gang,dont do as i did one day, rushed off to my favourite site,got kitted up and then found that I had all my kit except my detector, TRUE. I asked the farmer if I could come back the next day and he laughed so much,called me a silly blighter or something like that, and gave me a bag of potatoes so that I would not go home empty handed . My wife was very understanding when I finaly arrived home and said,You had better forget your detector again,you get more without it than with it. OUCH.

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Re: Metal detecting essentials ?

Post by barny » Sun Dec 16, 2012 5:33 pm

Deano wrote:This is the contents of my backpack

Anti bacterial hand gel - the one where you can wash your hands without water.
Flask of tea..... vital.YOU DO NOT GO NIGHT HAWKING DO YOU DEANO WITH THE HEAD TORCH
Food
Head Torch
Spare batteries
Insect protection spray
Waterproof lightweight jacket
Rag
Zip coin bag - transfer my coins to this when my pockets fill up.
Another zip up bag for tent peg finds and mobile phones...
A pouch for rings and jewelery - doesn't get as much action as the other two!
Mobile phone - off
Paracetamol
Sharp pointed trowel - although this is always in hand rather than in the bag.
Junk bag

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Re: Metal detecting essentials ?

Post by kernelcuster » Sun Dec 16, 2012 7:30 pm

I bought an adapter off flea bay that changes 1/4 earphone down to mobile phone size.
Now carry adapter and spare mobile earphones just incase my earphones break. ( very light and works well).
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Post by FREEBIRDUK » Fri Jan 04, 2013 8:36 pm

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Re: Metal detecting essentials ?

Post by uklad » Fri Jan 04, 2013 10:41 pm

Yer I agree av sold some some stuff myself lately and its crazy how much money they take off in fees:-(
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Re: Metal detecting essentials ?

Post by deepdigdave » Thu Mar 21, 2013 8:37 pm

A couple of things which personally I think are important to take as essentials
I always carry a small item of gold such as a small ear-ring, a small silver threepence or hammered a piece of foil and a rusty nail, its so easy to be tempted to discriminate those low to mid signals and miss out on any gold finds which come in at the same sort of conductivity value as foil, just do a quick check when setting the disc setting before starting out.
A mobile phone is a must of course, especially if you are detecting solo and have a health problem,fellow heart patients will know what I mean.
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Re: Metal detecting essentials ?

Post by richy1 » Tue Jun 14, 2016 10:12 pm

Emergency reflective blanket (pound shop) whistle, first aid kit and compass for unfamiliar new sites or even better decent GPS for mapping find locations and getting back to the car(caught out in fog etc). Some new android apps are now available for recording find locations etc on your phone but not sure how accurate they are, :;@ ::g Richy1

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Re: Metal detecting essentials ?

Post by Ravenrook » Wed Jun 15, 2016 7:34 pm

I always take a couple of cerial bars, preferably the Nature Valley honey & oats. They come in two peices to scoff on the go.
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Re: Metal detecting essentials ?

Post by Richard Bennett » Fri Sep 23, 2016 12:34 am

bryn81 wrote:hi guys,

just wondering what essentials everyone takes with them when metal detecting?
obviously i know a metal detector and shovel before anyone says that :)


cheers

Bryn
i carry my ncmd club membership and a copy of my insurance at all times oh and a patrol bag stuffed with md essentials as posted below

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Re: Metal detecting essentials ?

Post by Digger Drew » Fri Sep 23, 2016 11:47 am

Personally i take water, hat, finds pots and builders belt for trash metaldetector pro pointer spare batteries spare headphones trowel and spade also finds bags for coins and last outings fonds to show farmer
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Re: Metal detecting essentials ?

Post by targets » Fri Sep 23, 2016 2:06 pm

prime land that was very busy back in time ?NO 1 on list
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Re: Metal detecting essentials ?

Post by Oaktree » Fri Sep 23, 2016 8:31 pm

Don't forget your bigger and smaller coils.and a golf buggy to pull that lot around. :-O

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