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    Steve's All New Scoop Handles: My Review

    I got my hands on a new product from Steve’s Detector Rods--a scoop handle for my Stealth 920!

    As we all know, Steve has a well earned and most deserved reputation for giving us top quality shafts for a variety of metal detectors and now he’s dedicated that same level of attention to producing carbon fiber handles for the Stealth, X-treme and T-Rex scoops. It really is a great day for the detecting world.

    As soon as I opened the box, that professional manufacturing and precise attention to detail was clearly evident. You can just tell it’s first class when you see and hold it. The feel of this handle immediately tells you it’s ready for anything you can throw at it. The look of it tells you this is a professional piece of equipment...it’s simply a great looking handle.

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    I took it to New Smyrna Beach, Florida for its 3 day maiden voyage and the bottom line: It proved itself to be a real beast...but a very light beast! There was absolutely no flex in this handle even when pulling out a 920 scoop full of very wet sand. This handle felt and performed like the extremely substantial shaft that it was designed to be and there were no exceptions regardless of the various conditions under which I used it.

    Fit, finish and texture: Like all his other shafts, Steve’s scoop handle is a work of art. The carbon fiber is top quality and the finish is truly professional in every way. The top cap is a perfect fit with no sign of twisting...no matter how hard I tried and the handle at the business end slipped perfectly into the 920s tube. It has a shark skin texture that ensures a firm solid grip regardless of how wet it was.

    Specifications: Overall length is right at 46.5 inches; the wall thickness is an impressive 2.5mm; the diameter of the handle is 35mm except at the point it slides into the scoop tube where it’s shaved down to 34.7mm. The weight is a scant 23.73 ozs (1.48 lbs). Even the bolt washer Steve uses to attach the end of the handle to the scoop is larger and thicker than others I’ve used measuring 1.25 inches by 0.050 inches! Simply put, Steve has built this thing for the long haul and the tough going with no detail being overlooked.

    Wet sand or dry, shells or surf, I found it’s all the same to this handle...tough as steel yet light as anything. It makes your scoop sing and a real pleasure to use.

    My “go to” set up is now 100% Steve Goss--both of my EQX shafts and 920 scoop handle are his creations. In summary, I’m convinced that I have the best of the best.

    Finally, rest assured that I have absolutely no financial interest in Steve’s business. My sole purpose is to simply share my views on what I consider great equipment. Another superb job by Steve Goss.

    Note: The two vertical grips shown in the photos are not part of Steve’s handle--I added those.

    Steve's Detector Rods, home of Equinox and CTX 3030 carbon-fiber shafts and rods
    www.facebook.com/stevesdetectorrods

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    Last edited by ColonelDan; Aug 09, 2020 at 11:25 AM.
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    Good review. I had a lot of discussions with Steve when he was in the process of designing his shafts. I dont have one but have seen a couple Tom Dankowski has..... very nice product with real upgraded locks..... why others still use the twist type is beyond me. I have not doubt there wont be complaints about these handles either.
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    Added Grips ?

    ColonelDan: Could you show us a closeup pic of those Additional grips on the shaft ? Who manufactures and where did you get ? TIA

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    The first is a shovel assist handle that I got from Sunspot but they don't sell this type now. You can find them here: https://www.amazon.com/Raptor-Lift-A.../dp/B01N7L91W3

    If you get one, make sure the grip is perpendicular to the shovel attachment end. There are other designs where they run parallel which doesn't work.
    I attached this one with a radiator hose clamp which is covered with electrical tape in the photo. The attachment end consists of 4 holes; the rear set I use stainless steel nuts and bolts to keep it tightly closed. The forward pair that actually attaches the handle to the scoop is held fast by (4) zip ties each rated at 75lbs.

    I also use this grip in conjunction with a belt tool hook to carry the scoop instead of carrying it all the time.


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    This one I also ordered on line but I forget exactly where. It too is attached to the scoop handle with hose clamps covered with electrical tape. This is similar from Metal Detecting Stuff:

    https://metaldetectingstuff.com/coll...or-pull-handle


    I've had this pair of vertical grips on other scoop handles I've used and it has worked very well for years
    Last edited by ColonelDan; Aug 10, 2020 at 01:23 PM.
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    ~"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication"~ Leonardo da Vinci

    ~Pre-determined settings serve only to get you in the ballpark. Itís up to you to pick the best seat~

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    I don't see any scoop handles on Steve's site.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hddeuce03 View Post
    I don't see any scoop handles on Steve's site.
    Scoop handles are a new product in his line so email him at: steve@stevesdetectorrods.com

    He'll help you out personally.
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    ~The Challenge: Big Beach; Little Coil; Tiny Targets~

    ~"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication"~ Leonardo da Vinci

    ~Pre-determined settings serve only to get you in the ballpark. Itís up to you to pick the best seat~

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    Hddeuce03 -- my apologies! You are right, they aren't on my site yet, my apologies. In fact, I just talked with my friend who is my webmaster again just yesterday, that we need to get this done.

    As Dan said though, I'm happy to talk with you about what you are looking for -- if you email me at the address he provided (steve@stevesdetectorrods.com), we can chat about it.

    Thanks!

    Steve
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