So…You bought a metal detector? Now you may be wondering what other essentials you will need to get you on your way to finding treasures.
Let’s Start With the Basics Accessories You Will Need for Metal Detecting
First and foremost, you need a digging tool. Your collection of digging tools will grow over time according to your needs depending on where you are searching. Where are you searching beaches, fields, woods, etc. Knowing what kind of metal detecting you plan on doing will determine what kind of digging tool you need.
If you are searching fields or wooded areas you might want to purchase a long handled shovel. When I first got started 22 years ago I started with an inexpensive spade I picked up at the hardware store. Perfect if you are on a budget! Usually priced from $10.99 to $15.99.
If not on a budget, I recommend Predator Tools. They are made in American using American steel. They are a small family-owned company. Best part, George and Pam Lesche are also long time detectorists.
Another tool you might want to consider is a small hand-held digging trowel. The better quality hand digger you get the less wear and tear on your hand, arm and wrist. Again, Predator tools offer a great hand digger. George was the first one to come up with this design and it has been copied by many other manufacturers, often made in another country with inferior materials.
If you’re a beach or a water hunter you might want to consider a sand scoop for your digging tool. There are many options available from plastic sand scoops to long-handle scoops that are perfect for detecting in the water on a beach or perhaps in a lake. A good sand scoop can save you a lot of time and hassle.
Another essential is a pin pointer! When I first got started in the hobby, I didn’t use a pin pointer. It was not until probably about 15 years ago I started using one. A pin pointer can make a world of a difference! The pin pointer will help you to recover your targets so much faster and help save you a lot of frustration when trying to locate the target in your plug or in the hole. For instance, if you have dug your plug and you’re not sure if your target is in your plug or still in the hole or perhaps it’s in the sidewall of your hole. The pin pointer will help you determine much quicker so you can recover your target and move on to the next.
Now you have the essentials, one other thing you should consider getting is a goodie bag to put fwaist apron you can purchase at your local hardware store for about $3.00. Some people even use tool belts that they already have. Most metal detector manufacturers offer finds pouches as well at reasonable prices.
A few other things you might want to consider is knee pads and gloves. You will be kneeling often and it never feels good to kneel on a rock or other hard object just under the grass. We also often find glass and other sharp objects while recovering targets, I’ve seen some pretty nasty cuts over the years from not wearing gloves.
Now these are just some of your basics to get you started. You can add more supplies as you progress and get more experience metal detecting and figuring out what other items you may need in the environment you’re detecting in.
Wishing you all the best luck in your future quest for treasures!