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New to The Hobby
We are all NEW to the hobby at some point.
I created this page to give those new to the hobby an idea of all the pieces of the hobby. There’s more to it than just getting a detector.
Some of the basic pieces are:
Headphones: Headphones are not required as detector’s have a built in speaker. There are benefits to using headphones. Headphones require less power from your detector - using headphones will make the detector’s batteries last longer. Using headphones also helps you’ll attract less attention. Another benefit to headphones is that you’ll be able to hear the signals better. Some targets produce weak signals depending on how deep they are; headphones help pick up on these faint signals. Prices on headphones range from $29.95 to over $100.00. I started out with cheap headphones and soon got a pair of Killer B headphones. The Killer Bs have a volume control and are very comfortable. There are many variations of the Killer Bs.
Digging Tools: There are many varieties of digging tools. Some people new to the hobby start out with a gardening tool from the local hardware store and soon move up to a sturdier digging tool such as the Lesche Digging Tool. We carry the full line of Lesche products from hand diggers to shovels. The Lesche Standard Digging tool makes easy work of retrieving the target from the ground and they’re built to last. I’ve been using the Lesche Standard Digging tool for over two years it still performs as good as the day I got it.
Pin Pointer: A Pin Pointer is like a smaller version of your detector. The detector can tell you where in the ground your target is ... the Pin Pointer helps to locate the small object in the hole you dig. The Pin Pointer is a small hand-held device that beeps and vibrates when it gets close to the target. When looking for a coin sized object or perhaps something smaller ... a Pin Pointer makes all the difference in the world. I started out without one and it made the hobby very frustrating at times. My detector told me there was a target in the ground but when it came to locating it in the dirt; it was next to impossible at times. Was it still in the ground? Was it in the loose dirt? Was it in the dirt lying outside of the hole? The Pin Pointer will speed up your recovery time and make the hobby much more rewarding and enjoyable. Again you don’t have to have one ... but you’ll be glad if you do. Gloves: Are often thought of as not needed - just a personal preference but I wear cheap garden gloves while hunting. When it comes to digging in the dirt it helps to keep my hands from getting all gritty. In the winter time it also helps keep my hands warm plus it might keep you from cutting yourself on a sharp object you’re pulling from the ground. Boots: Rubber boots are really helpful on those days when your hunting ground is wet. I usually hunt on the weekends. If it rains much on Thursday or Friday the hunting ground can get pretty wet. So I always take rubber boots along. The good thing about the ground being wet is it can make the targets show up better to your detector. Investment in a pair of rubber boots - you’ll be glad you did.
Finds Pouch: The Finds Pouch is where you put your new found treasures and your trash. You will dig some trash! An old buried coke can sounds just like a coin unless you’re using one of the imaging detectors that show the approximate size of the target you’ll be digging;n otherwise you will dig cans from time to time. Pull Tabs ring up just like a gold ring ...so you’ll dig some pull tabs also. Wear a Finds Pouch to put the trash and the good stuff in. Find an old belt and wear your Finds Pouch, your Lesche Digging Tool and your Pin Pointer.
These items are not required but fill the list as standard gear for a detectorist.
Thanks and Happy Hunting!