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Forum topic by ChefHDAN posted 08-05-2020 12:50 PM 312 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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ChefHDAN

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08-05-2020 12:50 PM

I’ve been searching through the site and looking at items and reviews. I have a new customer wanting items from reclaimed barn wood etc. & need to finally go ahead and get one. Prices have a huge range, looking to my LJ Brethren for whats working well for you and/or what you wish you had bought instead.

Many thanks!

-- I've decided 1 mistake is really 2 opportunities to learn.. learn how to fix it... and learn how to not repeat it


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#1 posted 08-05-2020 05:25 PM

I only have experience with the HF handheld, which I also use as a pinpointer when I’m out digging stuff up with the big detector. It has never let me down yet and I’ve had it for going on 10 years now. I think I got mine with a “super coupon” for $9.99.

Cheers,
Brad

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

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#2 posted 08-05-2020 05:32 PM

Thanks Brad, I had not even considered HF, but we recently got a store and ill take the excuse to go look at what they have, I value your opinion!

-- I've decided 1 mistake is really 2 opportunities to learn.. learn how to fix it... and learn how to not repeat it

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#3 posted 08-05-2020 06:09 PM

I have a Little Wizard, about 4” wide, and a Wizard 4, about 12”, for larger areas. Both have served me well. I believe the Little Wizard was purchased at Harbor Freight.

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#4 posted 08-05-2020 07:24 PM

I had the HF detector that Brad mentioned. It worked fine for a few years and quit. The price was right so I went back to the store and they do not stock it any more. Staff had no reason to offer. I have looked every time I stop in. It seems to be available on line and might be in your store.

That prompts me to go over to HF again for another look.

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#5 posted 08-05-2020 08:16 PM

That prompts me to go over to HF again for another look.
- Kazooman

The web-page says “In Store Only”, which is kind of weird – sure would think they could ship it easily. But maybe you could speak with a manager or someone and have them order it to be delivered to your local store.

I do have one tip though – since I used mine for pinpointing in dirt and mud, I sealed the antenna part with that ‘liquid electrical tape’ stuff – basically just liquid plastic that hardens when exposed to air, so I guess the stuff used to coat tool handles would work as well. Anyway, it keeps out any dirt and moisture and seems to make it a bit more robust.

Cheers,
Brad

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

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#6 posted 08-05-2020 09:07 PM

Well, I was curious enough to go over to HF. It is pretty close. They did not have the little metal detector. I Googled it up on my phone to show the guy in the store. I noticed that not only did it say “in store only” it also said “clearance”. We checked on the shelves and he checked in the back where they have a few odds and ends in a clearance rack. No dice.

That led to me picking up the “big brother” version that I have looked at several times and it is now sitting on the bench in my shop.

Note added later: I popped in a battery and the unit seems to work just fine. There is one issue that is not ideal. The detector comes with a preset sensitivity that apparently is meant to be OK for scanning people for security reasons (concealed switchblades, box cutters, hand guns, grenades and the like, I assume). There is a button to reduce the sensitivity by about 50%. In order to adjust the sensitivity for other purposes you need to “slide the rubber handle cover off” and then adjust with a small screwdriver followed by replacing the handle. Not the most user friendly system. I will have to experiment with some things like small nails embedded in a piece of wood to see what setting works for me. The much cheaper small version has sensitivity adjustment potentiometer knob on it.

One final note: the detector came with a cardboard tag attached instructing me to always wear ANSI approved safety glasses when operating the unit. I suppose that if you were waving the wand around like crazy looking for hidden metal you might poke someone (including yourself) in the eye. Let’s be safe out there!

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#7 posted 08-05-2020 11:05 PM

I have the Little Wizard II. Probably bought it at Woodcraft, Rockler, or one of the DIY home centers. I seldom to remember to use it. It’s found a couple staples. I guess I get lucky and purchase clean wood.

-- NorthWoodsMan

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#8 posted 08-06-2020 02:09 AM

I’ve had two Little Wizards and they were just so-so. The sensitivity control is hard to adjust and seems to only have two settings, off and on.

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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#9 posted 08-06-2020 03:10 AM



That led to me picking up the “big brother” version that I have looked at several times and it is now sitting on the bench in my shop.

- Kazooman

I have the Centech from HF as well and it’s saved me a few sets of planer blades. There’s always going to be something better but this one seems to do just fine.

-- Brian, Nashville, TN

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