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    Question for regular beach hunters

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    Do the tractors spoil it for beach hunters & pick up jewelry & coins while doing the beaches

    or do they just level the sand out ?

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    Jeff, from what I've seen, those rakes may pick up some necklaces and hoop earrings but for the most part they are picking up paper and plastic and seem to leave most coins and bottle caps. Small solid objects fall between the tines.

    Cliff
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    ok Thanks !
    I know that was the case 25+ years ago when all my reading was done in the Magazines

    Wasn't sure if tines had changed

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    I've seen mostly the "smoothing" "leveling" machines on the beaches where I hunt; at the end of the "turn", I sometimes find jewelry where it has slipped off the smoothing apparatus.

    Lorraine
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    I've seen mostly the "smoothing" "leveling" machines on the beaches where I hunt; at the end of the "turn", I sometimes find jewelry where it has slipped off the smoothing apparatus.
    I have heard stories of this also.
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    I have heard that you should hunt the turn area but that's about all I can add here! almost had a job running one, that woulda been a good way to find out what they actually pick up.
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    I had a chnce once to detect what the scrapper had picked up here in Hollywood Bch. UGH!

    Well, you couldn't use the metal detector, because of ALL THE METAL! You about couldn't pull the seaweed apart to check anything. You'd do better just eye-balling it. I finally gave up, went back over to the beach!

    Yeah seeker41, I check the curves, too!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeff of pa View Post
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    Do the tractors spoil it for beach hunters & pick up jewelry & coins while doing the beaches

    or do they just level the sand out ?

    One thing you guys gotta remember, is that there is more than one type of "beach cleaner". The kind in the pix (and the type you guys seem to be talking about here) is indeed just a "rake" kind of thing. And yes, it will not pick up coins, rings, etc.... At *best*, only necklaces, as was said (assuming it gets looped around one of the tines).

    HOWEVER, there IS one type of brand of beach cleaner/sifter, that does indeed get items down to coin-size (assuming the operator sets the controls to go that fine, as apparently it can be "adjusted"). It agitates and puts the sand through sifter holes, or something, then lets the cleaned sand back off. FORTUNATELY very few beaches have this super refined type of machine. Not even sure if it's still sold, for example. It's apparently not cheap, and not easy to use. And when you think of it, "over-kill". I mean ....... does a beach really want a cleaner that picks up even the seashells? Sheeesk, those poor little kids that can't find seashells on the beach anymore, haha.

    Hence most beach cleaners are the rough-rake type, to get the larger things like McDonalds bags, 12-pack containers, left-behind beach towels, etc....
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    I had a man who lost his 14kt chain and beach cleaner chopped it up into 2 inch pieces

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    I'd like to follow the dumpster!!
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    Could someone please advise on beach hunting etiquette. If i go to the beach and someone is hunting is one or two blocks away ok for me to start using my detector?

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    i will try and give another hunter like 50 yrds
    wish i could say same for them - i get guys in my back pocket all the time
    if im scooping a lot and theyre not - they will usually head my way
    especially if they recognize me - lot of times Im wearing some sort of Casper apparel
    love if they come over to meet & greet but ive had guys not say boo and hunt on top of me
    had one guy come over to talk cause he recognized me but then put his coil down 2 ft in front of me
    and pull a nice 925 chain which i thought was uncool
    long ago i was hunting with friends on a land hunt (was at a fresh water beach before anyone was water hunting ...boy would have loved to hit there in the water with what we found on the grass)
    and we were all like 30 yrds apart - stranger shows up
    he is probably 30-40 yrds to my right. My friends and I usually will let each other know
    if we get something worth mentioning just to let each other know its worth staying - well
    i got into a patch where i was finding a lot of silver dimes and wheats and buffalos - and
    i tell my partners "this is a good spot"...Im kneeling digging a target and next thing i know
    my machine is acting up due to another machine being near by - i look up and the stranger
    is next to me and waving his coil right in front of mine and gets a signal and asks me
    if i can move my machine - he kneels down and digs a plug and comes up with a gold class ring
    I said wtf and my partners came over and he said " its public land..I have the right to go where ever
    I like...you dont own this land" I wanted to rap my machine around his neck
    Ive been in the hobby since 1975 and have a lot of stories like this from over the yrs - i only will come
    over to another hunters zone if they wave me over if you hunt with me and i get into a good area -
    many times i will will give a wave over too
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    Quote Originally Posted by boardwalkmike View Post
    Could someone please advise on beach hunting etiquette. If i go to the beach and someone is hunting is one or two blocks away ok for me to start using my detector?
    Lot less than that, 50 foot is about what I average, if your using a pulse detector you may want to add a few more feet to that distance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by boardwalkmike View Post
    Could someone please advise on beach hunting etiquette. If i go to the beach and someone is hunting is one or two blocks away ok for me to start using my detector?
    No problem. As long as you are not jumping in 30-40ft front of them hunting the same line or walking right into the area they are gridding they are probably not going to get upset.

    I have NO PROBLEM if someone else hunts in front of me. I consider it a challenge.

    One time I was water hunting and a guy followed my line, passed me and continued on in front of me. I was only a little irritated that he didn't even say hi.. thought that was a little rude but whatever.

    I saw that he was working a very narrow line. I widened my line so that I was zig zagging behind him about 20ft wider than him.

    Every time he looked back I was smiling and digging.

    I am not kidding I dug 4 rings behind him in 15 minutes and I never saw him dig a single hole. He was only about 50ft ahead of me so I know he saw me holding them up to the sun light but he still hadn't figured out why he was missing them all.

    All the rings were about 10ft to his right in a line and he passed right by them.

    I was laughing the whole time.

    Technique is everything.
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