Tips and Tricks of How to Use a Metal Detector

Whether you are a beginner or a hobbyist or a professional user of a metal detector, it is not a mine headache here. But, regarding the interest of using the metal detector perfectly is the main perspective of this article of mine. So, if you are a quite vain one to use a metal detector properly, then the objectives you keep in your mind will fall flat on the ground. And your money for the metal detector, your interest and hobby will be valueless on the way to a happy journey of metal detecting adventure. So, never be worried of how to use a best metal detector properly. Because I'm here to guide you unless you finish a successful detection.

Get Your Metal Detector Assembled and Introduced to the Settings First​

I guess you have got a metal detector on your choice. It doesn't matter what brand you chose for you. But the basic concept of every setting is almost the same. So, to have a fruitful use of a metal detector, I will delve into every function and be setting first for your convenience. Then we will go through field level operation to experiment a real taste of a metal detecting expedition. Now I'm going to introduce you the basic four parts and their roles of an ideal metal detector.

The Basic Parts of a Metal Detector

4. Shaft: It is a kind of flexible metal part that joins stabilizer, control box, search coil and other required units like a speaker, display unit, headphone and so on. It is also a customizable metal bar. So, one can adjust it to his or her height as ease of a searching operation.

1. Stabilizer: A stabilizer of a metal detector controls the whole detection operation. It keeps the entire unit of metal detector steady.​

2. Control box: This is a central processing unit of a metal detector. It incorporates with the speaker, microprocessor, and batteries. In one word, it is a nervous system of a metal detector like a human body.​

3. Search Coils: Search coils are considered as a nasal passage of a metal detector. It can smell and identify the objects. In a metal detector, there are two search coils. One coil pinpoints an object and the other coil identifies the aspect of the objects and sends the information to the display unit. And the control box commands the whole way of an operation.

The Basic setting for the Functions of a
Metal Detector

1. Discrimination setting

This setting helps users to distinguish the searching objects. If the discrimination setting is at very minimum or zero, then all objects will be detected as neutral to the views of a metal detector. I mean; then, all the objects will be the same without any discrimination to the metal detector. On the other hand, if you increase the discrimination level a bit high digit to digit, then the metal detector will start rejecting the objects under the built-in setting of a metal detector. So, for better discrimination result, you should collect some different types of metals and experiment them in increasing or in decreasing the discrimination level practically. Because it will be nice to record the result for a future setting.

2. Sensitivity setting

We know that the soil contains various type materials such as minerals, irons, rock and so on. The sensitivity setting confirms the existence of the materials underground. So, very often this setting becomes a disturbance for the detecting work. Because it makes beeps at every component during a metal searching operation. However, the setting should be at lowest level to get rid of extravagant noise during a search for metal.

3. Ground balance setting

This setting indicates the depth of ground you want to pinpoint your metal detector's sensor. So, the setting depends upon your choice. The automatic ground balance system is good for hunting the gold nuggets.

4. Display unit

The display unit will help you to provide the measurement of the depth to be excavated for objects if found. Otherwise, the modern metal detector displays the nature of objects.

5. Headphone setting

Headphone setting is very important. Because when the detector detects a targeted object, then the headphone will help you to hear about the objects details.

However, at least the above settings are quite enough to accomplish a metal detecting work. As you have a good sense of the above settings, I hope a very little bit is left. I think, you will be able to do that alone.

Rehearsal at Home before Being to Outdoor

Your metal detector is ready. And you are standing on the tract to operate it. You know that excitement is working in your mind. So, to satisfy your excitement, place some metal objects such as coins, bottle caps, can caps, pieces of silver, jewelry, nails, etc. on the rough surface on a wooden floor. Now, run your metal detector back and forth over the objects left on the floor. You precisely notice that the sound is being changed for the different types of objects that search coil passes over. The different types of sound indicate the different types of object. So, remember the sound against the objects. Because it'll be helpful for you later.


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Finally Start your Mission Outdoor


After a home rehearsal, you have experienced a bit to operate the metal detector as well. Now select your spot and go through hunting the metal objects. As you are ready with your location, just switch on your metal detector. And get all the settings in standard mode. Now swing the search coil of your metal detector slowly overlapping each sweep and walk around the location you target for prospecting your metal objects.

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However, remember one thing that, you have to sweep the search coil back and forth so steadily that no target is left over. Because if your metal detector can identify your targeted objects, then the receiver search coil will send the signal of the types of objects it finds. And the display unit will show all the information about the objects pinpointed during the search operation.

However, a modern metal detector makes different types of sounds for different types of objects. So, it is important for a beginner to record and practice all the sounds against different objects for future expertise. After all, to operate a metal detector is not a matter of short time. It takes a long time to master with the deals.

The ultimate suggestion

At the end of a guideline of how to use a metal detector, I would like to suggest you being after practice and practice. Otherwise, the good concepts of the most important settings of the functions must be helpful to handle metal detector easy. So, get skilled in mastering the metal detecting mission soon and enjoy it in your life. Have a happy mission with your metal detector.​




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