Can anyone suggest anything suitable?
I liked the look of the Joan Allen Coin Shooter Junior (nice simple analogue display) but it's out of stock. Other options I've been looking at are one on Amazon for £59 by 'Meterk' (Chinese?) or perhaps the 'National Geographic' Junior one, also on Amazon.
Appreciate most people on here are a bit more pro and have more serious kit, but does anyone have any knowledge of any of these?
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£80 on Amazon - just be careful on the E Bay - plenty of fakes out there!
Hope this helps!
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They will frustrate you and your lad massively and would potentially put your lad off the hobby
As mentioned look into the second hand market
Give all the shops a ring and see what they have in stock
Also take a look in our shop as we have a childs detector in there somewhere
I know mrix did a review of this one
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As said above, contact recognised dealers where you'll get unbiased advice, get the chance to see their s/h range which will also be covered by a guarantee period for peace of mind.
Good Luck - ss47
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After looking around I opted for a Minelab Go Find 11.
When it arrived I fired it up and did an air test.
A thoughtful, careful 8-10 year old should be able to set it up after instruction but a hasty, physical kid (or adult!) could easily damage it (all plastic construction; the arm shaft being a push and click is vulnerable).
It is light, balance is ok, and the shafts adjust down for smaller kids.
I think the two find modes are adequate for younger users. Previous experience with children using Minelab 305's (which are too heavy even with a shorter shaft fitted) tells me that absolute beginners delight in finding anything metallic!
It beeped away at silver, copper alloy, and small rusty nails with the icons making a guess at object id.
The beep tone is the same for ferrous and non ferrous.
Sand on the plastic shafts when beach detecting would need to be carefully cleaned off.
This is not a recommendation nor a thumbs down...just my initial impression on first handling.
Wow thanks for the offer PinkFloyd - sounds great but unfortunately I just clicked 'buy' on Blackadder43's suggestion which looked perfect for our boy. If I catch the bug from him though I might take you up on your offer and give the Ace250 a go, if someone else hasn't snapped it up first!