Buying Your First Metal Detector

Whether you’re searching for the remains of a Roman fort or a Saxon ship burial (or just trying to find your car keys in the long grass) it’s never been easier to purchase your first metal detector. The basic design has remained virtually unchanged since they were first introduced, but it can be a little overwhelming at times with all the fantastic features available and a host of brands and models to choose from.

At its simplest, a good metal detector should enable you to find objects to a good depth below ground. The basic models will have a two-knob control layout with one control for sensitivity and another for discrimination. The first does exactly what it says on the tin, it alters how sensitive the detector is so you can restrict how deep your finds are likely to be and the second determines what metals your detector will pick up.

As the old saying goes “you get what you pay for” and the more expensive models come with more and better features. These can include the ability to set what kind of ground you’re detecting on (soil vs. beach, for example) and being able to set your detector to motion or non-motion modes – the former requires the detector to be moving, whereas the second is used to pinpoint your find once you’ve started digging.

All the metal detectors we sell are powered by a single 9v battery and we recommend purchasing a set of headphones to use. When plugged in, the headphones deactivate the internal speaker in the detector and so help to extend your battery life. It also means, if you’re detecting in a group, that you’re not distracted by other users’ detectors going off!

We keep a good range of detectors in stock both in store and on our website.

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