I’m looking to buy a metal detector partially because I’ve always wanted one since seeing my dad in the local paper after him and a few of his workmates found something ( I can’t remember what it was they found now though ).
Reason two is will give me a bit of exercise and some fun walking round some of the nice places quite near to me.
I’m looking at a budget of £4-500. Does anybody have any recommendations or cautions? The market does seem to be awash with devices
If I was you, I’d get a Minelab Equinox 700. If you want to spend a little more, get the Equinox 900.
It’s a fascinating hobby and these 2 machines will serve all your needs. The fascinating part not only comes from the sites you’re detecting, but the machine use itself. You will never stop learning from them. You will be the limit, not the machine or site.
If you’ve never metal detected before, to very simply sum up, as you swing left/right you’re scanning the earth for variations in conductivity. It’s full of every concievable ore/metal/mineral and the tone you hear through the headphones constantly changes. You’re literally inundated with dozens of signals every few seconds. The detector is set up to make different tones for different metals/minerals and it’s yours and the detector’s job to decipher these, and choose what to dig. The more experience you have, the better the detector and its set-up, the more success you have.
Let’s take this to the extreme and say you have no hearing. That makes it harder, but not impossible. The Equinox 700 & 900 both have numbers that constantly appear when a signal is made (basically all the time). These are a good guide, but not foolproof. The CTX3030 has a much more complex screen showing a graph instead of numbers. This graph is far more involved and accurate to use without sound, but again, not as foolproof as using sound differences. The problem with the ctx3030 is it’s about £1800 new. However, there are loads secondhand on the market, because people want lighter, simpler 600, 700, 800 or 900.
The problem with metal detecting is, after the initial euphoria of turning up at a beautiful medieval site on a glorious sunny day, it can become monotonous and frustrating if all you’re doing after an hour is either constantly digging up foil, tiny bits of iron or digging up nothing. (N.B. the best sites for finding anything worthwhile are full of iron bits, as that indicates human activity over the past 2 thousand years). As I said, the more experience you have, the better the detector and its set-up, the more enjoyment you’ll have.