Treasure Hunting

How Metal Detectors Work: Accessories

With more and more people finding the hobby of metal detecting fascinating and fun, they need to know what would make their hobby the most fruitful and fun. For anyone who is metal detecting for a hobby, there are some must haves to make their hobby successful and fun.

A person who goes out metal detecting without all the proper tools and accessories can find their time hard and not very fun experience. If they are prepared with the proper tools, they will have a better time with being able to carry their finds as well as dig up anything that they find with their metal detector.

Some of these accessories for metal detecting include pinpointers, headphones, digging tools, sand-scoop, pouches, and an excellent backpack. While this is a list of the most important items that a person should have with them, it is not all that they can have with them.

Metal Detecting Pinpointers

A pinpointer is a very handy tool for a hobbyist because it is a smaller version of a metal detector.

Once the person has found their item with their normal metal detector, they can then use the pinpointer in order to narrow down where the item is while they are digging it out of the ground by pointing a laser light at the location of the object, which shows them right where to dig.

There are pinpointers that can be attached to the person’s finger or wrist, but there are also larger scale ones that have to be carried around like a flashlight. Now, a person does not have to have a pinpointer with them when they are metal detecting, but having one with them will help them find their objects much faster because a large scale metal detector can only show the general area.

A pinpointer can narrow down the area into a fine and precise location so that the hole that has to be dug is much smaller, which means that the item found can be dug out much quicker and more efficient. There are also special types of pinpointers that can be used when metal detecting under water.

Metal Detecting Headphones

While there are a lot of hobbyist that do not believe they need to use headphones while they are metal detecting, there are a large number of them that would also highly recommend using them.

Not only do headphones help a person to better hear their metal detecting machine when it finds something, but they also help block out any sound that there might be around them.

If someone were to metal detect at a beach or park, there would be a lot of sounds of the other people that would also be at that location, such as screaming kids. An excellent pair of noise canceling headphones would help them to block out all other sounds in order to better focus on their task, which means they would have a more productive and fun time.

While there are simple headphones that can be used just to make it easier to hear their metal detector, which would mean they would still be able to hear the sounds around them, there are also much nicer pairs that would block out everything but the machine. The headphones that block out more sounds are larger, so the type of headphone would depend on the size the hobbyist is willing to carry.

Metal Detecting Gloves

Gloves are one of the those things that a metal detecting hobbyist must have with them in order to make their time fruitful and fun.

Without a pair of gloves, they would get hurt when they are trying to dig out what ever they may find, plus it would help to keep their hands clean. A person who tries to clear away dirt or rocks without a pair of gloves can cut their hands or hurt their nails.

While a thin pair of gloves would be easier to carry and would work fine to shift through a little bit of dirt, a thicker pair of gloves would be better at protecting the persons’ hands. The main things that would play into what pair of gloves would be perfect for the hobbyist is if they want something thinner and easier to carrier or something thicker and more protective.

Thicker gloves would also retain heat, so the hobbyist would have to be ok with their hands being warm as they do what they need to until they can take them off again. There are some gloves that can be made out of material such as leather they protect well but also allow air flow.

Metal Detecting Digging Tools

Metal Detecting Digging Tools

While there are many different types of digging tools that someone can use when they are metal detecting for a hobby, it is important to keep in mind that some kind of digging tool will be needed in order to retrieve what ever was found with the detector.

While things that are found close to the surface can be dug out using your fingers, many things are actually some distance under the ground, which means they are harder to reach. The location in which the hobbyist is metal detecting will play key into what type of digging tool will be needed and needs to be kept in mind.

Metal Detecting Trowel

As stated, the location of the metal detecting places a large roll into what type of digging tool is needed, but a trowel is a handing digging tool that would be handy in just about every location.

While a trowel is just a small, handheld shoveling tool, which means it is not good for digging large holes, it is perfect for something that is not very far under the ground.

The small size makes it much easier to carry then many other digging tools, and it makes it easier to move in order to shift through a pile of dirt that has already been dug out to find the item that they person has found.

If the trowel is made of hard metal as many of them are, they would be good for digging through many different types of material, such as dirt, clay, and sand. While most trowels are made of metal, there are some that can be bought that are made of hard plastic, which means they would be more limited in what they would dig through.

Now, while trowels are very easy to carry and use, they by no means will get the whole job, which needs to be kept in mind.

Metal Detecting Shovel

Shovels are the number one digging tool that most hobbyist need with them no matter where they are metal detecting.

While most people do not like to carry a shovel with them when they are metal detecting because of their size, they are very key to any outing be fruitful and fun. A person does not want to spend a long amount of time digging in one spot, and a shovel would help them to dig that area at a much quicker pace.

For the hobbyist that does not want to carry around a large shovel, there is the option of a small handheld shovel, but they are small and about the size of a trowel. The small size would mean the digging would take a longer time, which can take the fun out of finding the item.

Plus, the longer it takes to dig the item, the more time is taken from finding other items. If a person plans to metal detecting close to their vehicle, they can always leave their shovel in their car and just mark where they find the items that take a little more digging then other items would take.

Metal Detecting Sandscoop

A sandscoop is one of those tools that can make a metal detecting hobbyists time very easy and fruitful.

It is often a tool that is overlooked by many people because the task that this tool accomplishes can be done with a persons hand. A sandscoop takes a load of dirt, sand, or other ground material and shifts out larger pieces from the smaller, finer material.

While this tool is often called a digging tool, it is actually not wise to use this tool for digging because a majority of the minerals will fall through the holes and back down into the hole that is being dug. This tool can be bought as a small handheld tool or a much large tool.

The smaller tool would be easier to carry around, but the larger tool can shift through the minerals much faster and more at one time. While this tool does help shift through the material being dug through, it does not shift everything.

If there are rocks or larger clumps of dirt, the scoop will not shift through them, so the hobbyist will still have a little shifting that needs to be done in order to find the item.

Metal Detecting Pouch

Some perfect metal detecting accessories are pouches. Pouches make it easy for a metal detecting hobbyist to carry anything and everything that they might find while they are walking around and trying to find things.

Pouches can also be helpful for carrying anything that they may want or need to carry with them, such as medical supplies or personal items. Pouches can be handy to keep personal items separate from items that are being found and dug by the hobbyist.

While a hobbyist can find many different items, some of the items may be the same type, such as money or clothing items, so pouches can be used to keep these items sorted out to make looking at them further later on easier.

Pouches can be bought in many different sizes, colors, and materials. The size and material of the pouch would all depend on what might be going into them.

Personal items can be kept in pouches that are thin, but things that are dug up might be sharp and would need a thicker pouch to carry them in. The color on the other hand would not be as important unless the person likes to color code the items that they are carrying and find.

Metal Detecting Backpacks

Backpacks are another one of metal detecting accessories that are very important in order to make the metal detecting hobby fruitful and fun.

A person does not want to have to carry everything that they need and find while they are metal detecting, so a backpack is essential to them having a good time.

There are many different types of backpacks that can be bought and used for metal detecting, and it would just depend on what level of metal detecting they are planning on doing.

Someone who is just doing a quick search would not need anything that is too large or has a large amount of pockets, but someone who does a lot of metal detecting, has a lot of tools, and plans to be out for a while would need something larger in order to carry everything that they might need, such as their tools, water, food, and medical supplies.

For people who plan to do a lot of hiking while the are metal detecting, they would need to be able to carry a lot more things, such as extra clothing and possibly a sleeping bag.

Final Thoughts

In conclusion, while someone is metal detecting, there are many things that they should know.

Something that is extremely important that a hobby metal detector needs to keep in mind is having all the proper equipment with them in order for their experience to be successful and fun.

Some of these accessories for metal detecting include pinpointers, headphones, digging tools, sand-scoop, pouches, and a backpack.

While these are a few of the most essential and important tools that a hobby metal detector needs in order to have a fun and fruitful time, it is not everything that they could find handy the them during their hobby practice.