Metal detecting essentials ?

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Metal detecting essentials ?

Post by bryn81 » Sat Jul 03, 2010 6:27 pm

hi guys,

just wondering what essentials everyone takes with them when metal detecting?
obviously i know a metal detector and shovel before anyone says that :)


cheers

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Post by Blackadder43 » Sat Jul 03, 2010 6:31 pm

Flask of tea or cold juice
Trowel, excellent for digging the sides of your hole to find that elusive target
Spare batterys...an absolute must....
Hat, 6 hours roaming around a field with a slight breeze and you wont notice the sun cooking you to a crisp
Phone, especialy if you hunt alone....nothing worse than tripping over miles from anywhere and breaking a bone somewhere....
Finds pouch...i use an old market traders pouch.....2 zipped pockets and 2 open pockets for the junk...
Magnifying glass if you like to study what you find as soon as you have found it....
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Re: metal detecting essentials?

Post by bryn81 » Sat Jul 03, 2010 6:36 pm

Blackadder43 wrote:Flask of tea or cold juice
Trowel, excellent for digging the sides of your hole to find that elusive target
Spare batterys...an absolute must....
Hat, 6 hours roaming around a field with a slight breeze and you wont notice the sun cooking you to a crisp
Phone, especialy if you hunt alone....nothing worse than tripping over miles from anywhere and breaking a bone somewhere....
Finds pouch...i use an old market traders pouch.....2 zipped pockets and 2 open pockets for the junk...
Magnifying glass if you like to study what you find as soon as you have found it....
now thats a good list =D> , anyone else have anything to ad to this list?
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Post by Blackadder43 » Sat Jul 03, 2010 6:42 pm

Forgot to add
Spare spade...nothing worse than yours breaking and you are 20 miles from home....
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Post by 19adrian68 » Sat Jul 03, 2010 6:54 pm

Can I put a slight spin on this and mention what you leave behind.......your cares and worries :)
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Post by Blackadder43 » Sat Jul 03, 2010 7:01 pm

19adrian68 wrote:Can I put a slight spin on this and mention what you leave behind.......your cares and worries :)
That is so very very true....i have had quite a stressfull time the last few months and going out with my headphones on and the bleeping stick i just forget all about it and concentrate on what i'm doing.....
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Post by neil newsome » Sat Jul 03, 2010 8:39 pm

personally i have a google earth printout of the fields i'm in, so when i find something i can put it on my map and build up a picture of where i'm finding what.

i like seeing the little crosses build up

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Post by Oldest Swinger » Sun Jul 04, 2010 2:33 pm

Being dissabled I could not carry too much equipment all day so my most invaluable asset is my Grandson. He comes with me and carries the rucksack with all the aformantioned parafinalia. Once I am back out on the fields I will be taking my eldest Grandson as he is big enough to dig the holes for me lol.

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Ps one thing not mentioned in previous posts, I take a large plastic sheet to turn the earth out onto, it is cut from the large reusable (10p each I think) sainsburys shopping bags.
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Re: Metal detecting essentials ?

Post by nineiron » Sun Jul 04, 2010 6:33 pm

most useful thing is waistbelt with bottle holder i think they sell em in bike shops nothing worse than getting thirsty when its a long walk back to the car cheers nigel

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Post by plymouthchris » Sun Jul 04, 2010 6:55 pm

fresh ears is essential. I find I lack enthusiasm when im tired too and I dont detect as well as I should..

I never leave home without fluids or spare batteries either!
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Post by Bilko » Mon Jul 05, 2010 11:29 pm

gel knee pads.Alot of water. Gloves. Piece of rag.Dig everything mentality

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Post by groundsniff » Tue Jul 06, 2010 9:58 am

dont laugh,

toilet roll is a must. and a fold up multi tool, to put your detector back

together after digging your tenth ring pull of the day, :))

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Re: Metal detecting essentials ?

Post by liamnolan » Tue Jul 06, 2010 10:23 am

Now what do I bring along ... charged up GMP - spade - small eyeglass - Barbour coat as it has lots of pockets and is warm etc - hand wipes for use before I drive away afterwards - sample coins to check the signal - mobile (switched on/off) - derriboots - some good finds to show inquirers/farmers - water - club membership card - business cards - pens/notebook - £10 note in case I need to bribe someone - specs - warm hat over WS1 phones.
Back in car - spare machine - X-Terra 705, predator phones, batteries, trowel, towel to dry off, spare clothing, boxes for finds, maps, sandwich maybe, magazines to keep inspired.
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Re: Metal detecting essentials ?

Post by Blackadder43 » Tue Jul 06, 2010 10:27 am

Liam, you forgot the "Lucky Gonk"
You sound like a man after my own heart =)) =))
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Re: Metal detecting essentials ?

Post by dirty trowel » Sat Jul 10, 2010 3:49 pm

trainers in case i need to do a runner, (lol only kidding)

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Re: Metal detecting essentials ?

Post by mrscott » Sat Jul 10, 2010 10:05 pm

As well as the stick and spade, I always have food, fluids, phone and a small first aid kit.

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Post by sachaace250 » Sun Jul 25, 2010 3:54 pm

a pinpoint probe is also very usefull for those finds in the side of holes

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Post by liamnolan » Sun Jul 25, 2010 4:30 pm

I forgot to include a good wheelbarrow to take away all those hoards, saves the old back, Liam
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Re: Metal detecting essentials ?

Post by andypandy » Mon Aug 09, 2010 4:21 pm

a skip for my junk

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Re: Metal detecting essentials ?

Post by Heavymetaldetector » Mon Aug 23, 2010 11:01 am

To that lot below I would add baby wipes, kitchen towel hand sanitiser, and a packet of sandwiches.

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Re: Metal detecting essentials ?

Post by manny » Thu Nov 04, 2010 11:06 pm

I reckon the small selection of coins in your pouch was the best idea...

Many a time I've questioned whether the machine is working properly and put them down on the ground to check. Gives you confidence that it's either the field or you.... not your detector.

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Re: Metal detecting essentials ?

Post by Shufly » Thu Nov 04, 2010 11:11 pm

Every single one of you forgot the main ingredient......... GARRETT PRO-POINTER.. B-)

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Re: Metal detecting essentials ?

Post by Q M » Thu Dec 09, 2010 11:30 pm

and once you have packed every thing into the ruck sack ...you do ya back in lifting it and cant go detectoring :((
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Re: Metal detecting essentials ?

Post by rich12355 » Sat Dec 11, 2010 1:04 am

Depending on how long im detecting.

An all day-er will include :
plenty of drinks,
biscuits!
sarnies!
portable gas stove
- with bacon and sausages! ( dont forget the tommy sauce!)

One essential for me, especially on wet winter detecting are knee pads, helps insulate from the cold as well as something soft to kneel on.

also clean socks! i always end up going in trainers and get wet feet! :-w

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Re: Metal detecting essentials ?

Post by Cynergy » Fri Dec 24, 2010 9:17 pm

Semi auto slung shotgun and a pocket full of shells to keep the farmer happy.
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Re: Metal detecting essentials ?

Post by weeder » Sat Dec 25, 2010 7:20 pm

detector, digger job done
better a ping over a button than a fart over iron

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Re: Metal detecting essentials ?

Post by andrew g » Sat Dec 25, 2010 8:05 pm

let some one else do it for u and u stay in the car nice and warm all the best only jokein mate

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Re: Metal detecting essentials ?

Post by roaming ron » Fri Feb 04, 2011 10:32 pm

I blame my age,71,and getting forgetful , but last year I did a one hour trip to one of my sites only to find that I had forgotten to put my detector in the boot. go ahead, call me names they wont be as bad as the ones that i called myself,yours will have to be printable, my utterings certainly were not. However,I did a walkabout on my favourite field and saw a nail as I thought, sticking up out of the soil, so I pulled it out to throw under a hedge and I was shocked to find that I was holding a saxon short longcross brooch.still laughing? on top of that, the farmer gave me a sack of potatoes. so not bad. the only thing my wife said was you do better without your detector than with it. Roaming Ron.

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Re: Metal detecting essentials ?

Post by tracyv » Thu Mar 10, 2011 7:04 pm

Very useful thread for my first trip out on Saturday - wheres the flask I ask myself .....................

and no I wont forget the loo roll lol lol xx

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Re: Metal detecting essentials ?

Post by jd123 » Sat Jun 18, 2011 7:50 pm

HI, being pretty new to this forum I thought I would add my tenpennorth worth. I was having a problem carrying all the paraphenalia so I purchased a carpenter's belt off of eBay for £4.99 plus a little postage. I have already purchased the pro-pointer tool so this came with its own belt loop so I added that first. In the 11 pockets are spare batteries, finds' bags wet wipes, water, small shovel, disposable gloves (have to keep the nails nice LOL), my google map of field & permission and my membership card all folded small. Other little bits that I personally need. My detector goes in right hand and shovel in left. And as someone stated previously, you leave your cares behind. I have a great time and forget the time. Have fun everyone. I just found my first coin, a Napoleon Empereur 1855 and I'm still up in the clouds. Jacky

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