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Forum topic by Kazooman posted 06-29-2018 10:06 PM 840 views 1 time favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Kazooman

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06-29-2018 10:06 PM

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I had one of the cheap (about $10.00 with a coupon) Harbor Freight metal detectors. It did what I needed it to do. It died. Today I went over tho the local Harbor Freight store. They did not have any small hand held detectors, only the style used for treasure hunting. In addition to the model I mentioned, they used to have a better one (Cen-Tech) that ran about $40.00. You can still find that one through a search of their website, but it is listed as “in store only” and, as I said, they have none to offer. I talked to an employee and he said that there was some sort of problem that resulted in a recall and they do not have them anymore.

I search the Lumberjocks site and discovered that many of the detectors that are hits from a Google search have been panned by members. One model that was favorably reviewed is the Zircon M40. That fits my price range. I do not want to spend $150.00 for a very occasionally used tool.

Does anyone have good alternatives to suggest? Something less than $50.00 would be nice.


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#1 posted 06-29-2018 10:13 PM

I use my Garrett ace 250 but I also like to go out metal dectecting so it’s dual purpose. And it was a only a $75.

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#2 posted 06-29-2018 10:13 PM

I just checked and there wasn’t any issue purchasing online and having it shipped... currently selling for $16.99 – is that the one you were looking for?

(that is the one I have, and also use it for pinpointing with the larger detector)

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#3 posted 06-30-2018 01:16 AM

Thanks, Brad,

Yes, that is the one I had. The guy in the store said to check online, but when I did that it pulled up the larger, more expensive, model. It is odd that the other model says store purchase only. Oh well, Harbor Freight is always a bit odd.

I wish I knew what went wrong with the first one. It just flat out quit. I am pretty well suited for fixing minor problems with switches and the like, but there was no way to get it going.

Now to decide on another go with that one or try another like the Zircon.

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#4 posted 06-30-2018 01:34 AM

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#5 posted 06-30-2018 02:58 AM

I have the Little Wizard II metal detector and picked it up for about $25. It seems to work well with both audio and visual indications of metal.

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#6 posted 06-30-2018 07:44 AM

I wish I knew what went wrong with the first one. It just flat out quit. I am pretty well suited for fixing minor problems with switches and the like, but there was no way to get it going.

Now to decide on another go with that one or try another like the Zircon.
- Kazooman

I stopped by HF tonight and they have them in stock here, so maybe it’s just a supply problem at your local store and you have to wait for the next trailer load of stuff to show up :)

I’ve had that detector for years – think I bought it back in 2010 or so, and never had a problem with it. As mentioned, I also use it as a pin-pointer along with my full size metal detector, and it’s seen some pretty rough usage and conditions out in the field over the years. The only issue I have with it is that it is kind of temperature sensitive, so the sensitivity will change (ie: needs to be re-adjusted) if I leave it laying in the sun for example. For inside use, that isn’t really a problem, and in the field, I just keep it in it’s cover and out of the sun when not being used.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#7 posted 06-30-2018 10:47 AM

I’ll go back to Harbor Freight and talk to a different guy. Probably get a different story. I can wait if it is just a stock issue. Perhaps they will have one shipped to the store for me. Thanks to diver lloyd and brad for all the help. It is interesting that the Amazon price is so much higher than HF.

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#8 posted 06-30-2018 04:45 PM

No problem and if you want me to run by and look at my local store just let me know. Also most of the time something like that quits it’s an ad solder joint. They are usually easy to find they will have a crack around them and easier to fix if you have a soldering iron.

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#9 posted 06-30-2018 06:22 PM



No problem and if you want me to run by and look at my local store just let me know. Also most of the time something like that quits it s an ad solder joint. They are usually easy to find they will have a crack around them and easier to fix if you have a soldering iron.

- diverlloyd

Thanks for the offer. Unfortunately it was not something as simple as a cracked solder joint, faulty switch, or loose wire. I have mentioned in other threads that I have a second hobby of building and restoring musical electronics (amplifiers, effects pedals, etc.). I have a whole bunch of electrical diagnostic gear, a Weller WESD51 soldering station, and may well be the only Lumberjock who owns a Rigol 50MHz Dual Channel Digital Oscilloscope. It has been a while since I opened up the metal detector and eventually tossed it, but I recall that the wand was filled with some sort of epoxy-like resin. No way to repair anything inside.

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#10 posted 06-30-2018 06:40 PM

Epoxy encapsulated damn them.

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#11 posted 06-30-2018 06:54 PM

20-30 year old treasure hunting metal detectors that can be purchased used for under $100 are WAY more powerful than these handheld detectors. The hand held detectors are a joke really.

And old PI (pulse induction) would be ideal for scanning wood. Did you know that pulse induction metal detectors are used to detect broken off tips of needles in garment manufacturing, they can hit on tiny bits of metal. Just about any decent VLF detector will get the job done, and old Whites, Garrett, etc.

Size and distance to target matters when it comes to metal detection. The larger the object the farther away you can detect it. As metal objects get smaller the distance you can detect it reduces. Below a certain size many detectors won’t be able to detect the metal object even if you rub it on the detectors coil.

Gold detectors, those design for gold prospecting which also exist in huge numbers used at reasonable prices would be another ideal tool for scanning wood. By design they can detect tiny metal objects.

Now all that said, if you need a break from wood working one day, the metal detecting hobby is hard to beat, its the only hobby that pays for itself many times over. Here feast your eyes on the LOOT!

Even 1700’s Spanish shipwreck treasure can be found on public beaches if you know where to look. Here’s a Spanish 1751 World coin one of 40 dug out of a single hole on a beach. This design is the world between the pillars of Hercules, cool stuff.

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