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Dear all,

good evening. I am new to the forum and in fact to Metal detecting. I don't even have a metal detector and I am investigating which one to buy - and found valuable information here.
My daughter and I are keen to start it, but now I realize that probably I would need one for her also, because it would be boring for her to keep watching (and for me also, should she be handling it!), and also needs to be light and easy to manage.

Do any of you have any advice on a reasonable metal detector for a 8 year old girl?
I would think a simple and inexpensive one, but still functional. There are many "generic"options in Amazon, including some National Geographic brands?

Any help please!

Thank you everyone.

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We have this one in our own shop
https://www.metaldetectingauction.com/l ... tor/104328

Mrix did a video on it, let me find it a mo
Ahh here it is


Just somewhere for you to start your researching into a machine for your daughter
Good luck ::g
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Blackadder43 wrote:
Mon Nov 25, 2019 8:00 pm
We have this one in our own shop
https://www.metaldetectingauction.com/l ... tor/104328

Mrix did a video on it, let me find it a mo
Ahh here it is


Just somewhere for you to start your researching into a machine for your daughter
Good luck ::g

Thanks!, I'll start digging for information! kkkk

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Weight is the main issue , too heavy and they will give up after 5 minutes .

Minelabs go-find range might be worth checking out .....if They are lightweight

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Thanks PinkFloyd, I'll check on that.


Anyone else, who might have tested personally with a family member?


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The Garrett ace 250 no doubt will get a mention , forget it.its very heavy for a young beginner

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Hi,

maybe Garret Ace 250 I will get for myself!
Still a beginner, so for a first one might be suitable?

Thanks for the advice.

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In my opinion.... say again, only in my opinion....if I were you I’d buy the nokta simplex at 299 .

It’s a brand new machine, experienced detectorists have used it and rave about it .

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Hofling wrote:
Tue Nov 26, 2019 7:40 am
Hi,

maybe Garret Ace 250 I will get for myself!
Still a beginner, so for a first one might be suitable?

Thanks for the advice.
For you consider going second hand and get a better machine for your money. I bet this 400i will cost you less than a new 250 viewtopic.php?f=116&t=116576

However Pink Floyd makes a good point. I’d buy a Simplex if I was starting from scratch and had a £300 budget. Easy to use machine but with a load of very useful features and appears to be more refined than the Garret's at that price point.

Back to your daughter - the machine has to be designed with the weight of a young child in mind. You can buy shortened stems to make the Garrets suitable for much younger children but they are heavy. The one Blackadder linked to seems to be a great machine for the money ::g
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Blackadder43 wrote:
Mon Nov 25, 2019 8:00 pm
We have this one in our own shop
https://www.metaldetectingauction.com/l ... tor/104328

That's the one that was bought for my boy couple of years ago. It works fine, not that heavy, good introduction to the hobby. He still finds my Garrett 250 a bit heavy so I wouldn't recommend that for your daughter, but you could do far worse than the one blackadder suggested.
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Hi,

sorry, had just posted advert from other companies, like Amazon, this is not allowed right?

My aim was just to see if they were similar to the ones you recommended here.


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At 299, even if you dont like it or even don’t like the hobby, you’d not lose much on re selling and it would sell fast .

I’d not buy any of the 3 kids machines, I’d go for the minelab pro find 22...looks great and weighs only 2.2lbs...a bag of sugar
Perfect for a child in my opinion ::g
At just over £100 i think it’s worth a go

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Hofling wrote:
Tue Nov 26, 2019 7:55 pm
Hi,

sorry, had just posted advert from other companies, like Amazon, this is not allowed right?

My aim was just to see if they were similar to the ones you recommended here.


Christian.
I’m afraid you are correct. You can of course name them but you can’t link to other metal detector retailers because we have our own shop that pays towards our server costs ::g
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PinkFloyd wrote:
Tue Nov 26, 2019 8:00 pm
At 299, even if you dont like it or even don’t like the hobby, you’d not lose much on re selling and it would sell fast .

I’d not buy any of the 3 kids machines, I’d go for the minelab pro find 22...looks great and weighs only 2.2lbs...a bag of sugar
Perfect for a child in my opinion ::g
At just over £100 i think it’s worth a go
About the Nokta simplex: I see there are posts here with issues regarding the coil. Are you not concerned about this?

I'll check into the minilab pro...

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Oxgirl36 wrote:
Tue Nov 26, 2019 8:09 pm
Hofling wrote:
Tue Nov 26, 2019 7:55 pm
Hi,

sorry, had just posted advert from other companies, like Amazon, this is not allowed right?

My aim was just to see if they were similar to the ones you recommended here.


Christian.
I’m afraid you are correct. You can of course name them but you can’t link to other metal detector retailers because we have our own shop that pays towards our server costs ::g
Yes, my mistake. I noticed no response so thought something wrong! x;

Thanks!

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PinkFloyd wrote:
Tue Nov 26, 2019 8:00 pm
At 299, even if you dont like it or even don’t like the hobby, you’d not lose much on re selling and it would sell fast .

I’d not buy any of the 3 kids machines, I’d go for the minelab pro find 22...looks great and weighs only 2.2lbs...a bag of sugar
Perfect for a child in my opinion ::g
At just over £100 i think it’s worth a go

Is it the Go find 22?

You wrote pro find 22...

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The coil issues have been addressed by nokta matey ::g

And yes, I meant the go find 22 .

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Pinkfloyd makes good sense, the go find are minelab machines, big company,great reputation, real detectors, the Amazon toys will be just that. ::g
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Worth looking at the C Scope models, the Bill Wyman signature model was designed for kids don't know if it is still available
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geoff wrote:
Tue Nov 26, 2019 8:50 pm
Pinkfloyd makes good sense, the go find are minelab machines, big company,great reputation, real detectors, the Amazon toys will be just that. ::g
Thanks Geoff,

it is that two of them were recommended here, in fact the first one and this is sol by MDF shop.

My only point in considering the cheaper ones (including the model on this page) is that I don't know if my daughter will really use, so this could be trial, but of course, I want a "good" trial!

I thank you all for every advice, although sometimes I get more confused! kkkkk


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Stop thinking Spend the £400 ::g
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I had a Minelabs Go Find 20... very light... adjustable too...you can always make a bungie harness too ...
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PinkFloyd wrote:
Tue Nov 26, 2019 8:00 pm
At 299, even if you dont like it or even don’t like the hobby, you’d not lose much on re selling and it would sell fast .

I’d not buy any of the 3 kids machines, I’d go for the minelab pro find 22...looks great and weighs only 2.2lbs...a bag of sugar
Perfect for a child in my opinion ::g
At just over £100 i think it’s worth a go
Hi!

Found a Go find 22 in a well know web auction site, for 70 pounds. They said used only once.
Unfortunately for some reason they will not mail it, have to pick up at their location!

Let's see if I can negotiate.

Cheers!

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Christian, I can understand you not wanting to spend too much incase the Young-un dosnt take to the hobby ::g

But......... your buying second hand so you generally get no warranty, come backs or help , I think for the sake of £30 I’d buy new from a main dealer, plus they free post... no travelling to pick it up ::g

Tell you what, buy new...if the young un dosnt take to the hobby within a month of trying it I’ll give you the £70 for it you were going to spend on a used one, for my grandson.

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PinkFloyd wrote:
Thu Nov 28, 2019 8:54 pm
Christian, I can understand you not wanting to spend too much incase the Young-un dosnt take to the hobby ::g

But......... your buying second hand so you generally get no warranty, come backs or help , I think for the sake of £30 I’d buy new from a main dealer, plus they free post... no travelling to pick it up ::g

Tell you what, buy new...if the young dosnt take to the hobby within a month of trying it I’ll give you the £70 for it you were going to spend on a used one, for my grandson.
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Sorry, you must be fed up with so much faffing about from me!

Yo are Completely right Pink Floyd,

but I am that kind of guy who likes to investigate a lot, and in the end, I end up buying the new and the best!

Thanks mate,

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if you can find one ..... fisher f2 , you really cant go wrong

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Hofling wrote:
Thu Nov 28, 2019 10:56 pm
PinkFloyd wrote:
Thu Nov 28, 2019 8:54 pm
Christian, I can understand you not wanting to spend too much incase the Young-un dosnt take to the hobby ::g

But......... your buying second hand so you generally get no warranty, come backs or help , I think for the sake of £30 I’d buy new from a main dealer, plus they free post... no travelling to pick it up ::g

Tell you what, buy new...if the young dosnt take to the hobby within a month of trying it I’ll give you the £70 for it you were going to spend on a used one, for my grandson.
=))
Sorry, you must be fed up with so much faffing about from me!

Yo are Completely right Pink Floyd,

but I am that kind of guy who likes to investigate a lot, and in the end, I end up buying the new and the best!

Thanks mate,

Christian.

:)) No probs matey ::g

If you want the best, I’ll sell you a used full xp deus, 11inch lf coil, ws5’s for £665 posted :D
You’d not find one cheaper on the planet .

Maybe Buy the simplex and both use it , is an option

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