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03-01-2018 02:56 AM

I’m looking to purchase a small metal detector as an extra safety check for any nails or metal in wood. There appears to be a huge price range when doing an initial search. I found what appears to be pretty good ones based on reviews for only around $24 (Little Wizard 2) to around $30 (Zircon)...but see others for over $100. Any insights on what features are important would be appreciated.


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#1 posted 03-01-2018 03:01 AM

About $15 at Harbor Freight... Less than $10 when they go on sale. Works great, and I also use it as a pinpointer when out digging up treasure with my large detector :)

Cheers,
Brad

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#2 posted 03-01-2018 03:14 AM

Thanks for that suggestion.


About $15 at Harbor Freight... Less than $10 when they go on sale. Works great, and I also use it as a pinpointer when out digging up treasure with my large detector :)

Cheers,
Brad

- MrUnix


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#3 posted 03-01-2018 05:24 AM

The Zircon M40 is what I have. I like that it can be used to take wide sweeps and then turned to pinpoint the target. It’s performed well for me.

-- Knowledge is not skill. Knowledge plus ten thousand times is skill. -- Shinichi Suzuki

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#4 posted 03-01-2018 11:29 AM

That’s one of the detectors that I was looking at. Seems like it has good reviews, as you have also noted. Thanks for the recommendation.


The Zircon M40 is what I have. I like that it can be used to take wide sweeps and then turned to pinpoint the target. It s performed well for me.

- Rich


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#5 posted 03-01-2018 05:20 PM

I have used the Little Wizard II for at least 10 years on reclaimed barn wood and other salvage and it has never let me down.

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#6 posted 03-01-2018 05:27 PM

I didn’t see that little one at HF, I recently bought a wand type from them but can’t recommend it yet. This reminds me that I’ve got to take it back to exchange. Sensitivity is adjustable but mine was built on a Monday morning or Friday afternoon…

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#7 posted 03-02-2018 04:38 AM

The little Wizard works great, Barbara!!

Jim

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#8 posted 03-02-2018 11:55 AM

Thanks everyone…ended up ordering the zircon last night. I appreciate all the responses.

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#9 posted 03-03-2018 02:36 AM

well now, i picked up the HF unit, and surprisingly it works well, i blew some 23 ga brads in some wood, and did some testing, it did well, i like it, gonna give it a go on some live slabs i’m a gonna fiddle with tomorrow.
thanks for the heads up on this, had no idea they had a hand held unit.
Rj in az

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#10 posted 03-04-2018 12:28 AM

Another vote for the Little Wizard

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#11 posted 03-04-2018 12:53 AM

I have a Garrett ace 250 that I use but it’s a full size so I just plug the coil in and wave it over the wood. Then I can also go and play in the mud with it and find stuff. I know it’s not a small one but it has dual uses.

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#12 posted 03-04-2018 01:48 AM

I bought a Little Wizard 2 at a garage sale and I also have the Zircon mentioned above. Side by side comparison shows that the Zircon is more reliable than the Wizard. Of course I don’t have the manual for the Wizard and of course it is used so it could be operator error or defective?

Both are pretty tedious to use on a large piece of wood and can only go so deep. The orientation of the metal affects how well it detects the metal, so you really need to go over it very thoroughly.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#13 posted 03-04-2018 02:01 AM

If it’s the same zircon I have, I like it. In one direction it’s good for scanning and then turn it around to pinpoint the location.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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