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    tokameel

    May 2012
    Mequon, Wi
    In 1974- White. Now a Garrett Ace 250. 8/30/12 using a Zircon m40 Stud Finder as a hand held pin pointer.
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    Looking for Error coins from the bank. Update: I can MD on my wheelchair!

    Any Wheelchair MD users out there?

    Hi All,
    I am a new member and I love all of these treasure find stories.
    In my previous life (before disability in the 1970s) I loved hunting with my 13 AA battery powered, non-discriminating White metal detector. But now I must use a manual wheelchair with metal foot rests. Has anyone else overcome this challenge?
    I am thinking that I should just extend the pole, on whatever unit that I get, to allow for wide sweeps so the chair won't react with the coil. Any help would be great.
    Thanks!

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    Come out from under your bed today...... DO SOMETHING!

    Jun 2008
    Yarnell,AZ and Titusville,FL
    Right now: Garrett GTA 500, ACE 250, Fisher Impulse 8, Gold Bug 2, Whites GMT, Vibraprobe 570, and Falcon MD20
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    Coinshooting, Gold prospecting, and Nuggetshooting
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    Toka, Would that be Mequon, WI? Or where? Welcome to the net! A wheelchair is a challenge, to be sure. If you are near me in CA or AZ, or even the homestate of WI, I'll be your "aide de chair" and see to it you get to find some STUFF! I have a bad back. I can get support from the chair. We can adapt, improvise, and overcome... together. What say you? Terry
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    Apr 2010
    Annapolis Junction, Maryland
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    Although I'm not in a wheel chair, I have learn to deal with allot of challenges in my life time.. getting hit head on by a car in the 80's did present allot of issues later on in life.. Sure I'm walking a litter slower these days and looking down to watch where I step.. One false step and my back is out for months.. Once I even stepped off the MTA bus.. and my knee went out.. I ended up flat on my face in the middle of the road. One main challenge I was able to over come was the fact that my camera couldn't be held in the typical 4 finger approach.. so I created a handle and I'll never have to worry about dropping the camera again..

    I can't say I have anything of real importance or any suggestions to offer, other then the fact that once you get involved.. I sort of liek the idea that your wheel chair could be an all terrain vehicle.. with the MDer mounted on one of the arms.. of course it will be difficult to recover the found items.. but if it was me?.. my wife would there every step of the way.. So I guess team up with your mate or a group of explorers.
    Bird Watcher | Befriender Of The Squirrel | Escape Artist | Ex-Dumpster Diver | Trash Appraiser | Deep Thinker | Creative Tinker | Seeker Of Roads Less Traveled | Finder Of Dead Ends | A Keeper of Wisdom

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    Jun 2011
    SE Pa
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    There is a guy on 1 of the other forums that metal detects in a wheelchair, not sure which forum or his username. Search and maybe you can find him and he can help you.

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    tokameel

    May 2012
    Mequon, Wi
    In 1974- White. Now a Garrett Ace 250. 8/30/12 using a Zircon m40 Stud Finder as a hand held pin pointer.
    132
    48 times
    Looking for Error coins from the bank. Update: I can MD on my wheelchair!
    Thanks folks! I am in Meqoun, Wi. Thanks for the offers of help but right now I am out of work and I'm trying to get a feel for what kind of MD I should get that would be the best fit for me. Looking to spend under $300.

    Tag team detecting sounds like a great idea. I could swing and find targets and then a partner could mark the spots. Then I could get on my hands & knees and we'd both dig. It would be great exercise for me! However, it would get old fast on a rainy day
    Thanks again.

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    Come out from under your bed today...... DO SOMETHING!

    Jun 2008
    Yarnell,AZ and Titusville,FL
    Right now: Garrett GTA 500, ACE 250, Fisher Impulse 8, Gold Bug 2, Whites GMT, Vibraprobe 570, and Falcon MD20
    4,337
    1654 times
    Coinshooting, Gold prospecting, and Nuggetshooting
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    Hey buddy! Mequon is a supburb of my hometown, Milwaukee. I will be up there this summer. I'll get you out there detecting. Don't buy a machine just yet. I will send you one. Brand new.... only..... it will remain mine. That way, if you find detecting to be too hard, you are not out the cash. PM me for details. I'm serious, friend. TTC
    ONE MIND - ANY WEAPON

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    WP

    May 2012
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    Tokameel,other chair users here. backtrack todays finds for a couple posts. Yes thats me ruffling f feathers. I have the good fortune of one leg to use allbeit with a bad knee. First i acquired a beater chair with filled tires. Future modification for outdoor use can be left in place. Not using a footrest yet,but have considered making a wood one .possibly with a heavy p.v.c. hanger .maybe a full width platform across front of chair. Most recoveries of targets made by leaning forward from chair. Some i transfer, no knees possible so i sit. Had to start slow to build strength .detectors have been run using armrest for support,a pivot point could be fabricated if strength an issue. Keeping coil level the goal here. Heading out for a week but will on return try to catch up with you. Sure theres a way for you. TerryC good man! I,d try running detector using stock foot rests first. Tokameel feel free to p.m. if needed.
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    Oct 2007
    Summit County, CO
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    Welcome to Tnet, tokameel. You got a point about that interference from the chair. Could there maybe be some sort of deflector we could come up with? You're welcome here in Colorado, too. Where you will find...square nails. Lots of them. And bullets. And more square nails. But any find's a find! TerryC speaks straight from the heart, and I will admit he's alright for a damn Yankee!
    Just like Texas in 1880.

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    Come out from under your bed today...... DO SOMETHING!

    Jun 2008
    Yarnell,AZ and Titusville,FL
    Right now: Garrett GTA 500, ACE 250, Fisher Impulse 8, Gold Bug 2, Whites GMT, Vibraprobe 570, and Falcon MD20
    4,337
    1654 times
    Coinshooting, Gold prospecting, and Nuggetshooting
    Honorable Mentions (1)
    Quote Originally Posted by RGINN View Post
    Welcome to Tnet, tokameel. You got a point about that interference from the chair. Could there maybe be some sort of deflector we could come up with? You're welcome here in Colorado, too. Where you will find...square nails. Lots of them. And bullets. And more square nails. But any find's a find! TerryC speaks straight from the heart, and I will admit he's alright for a damn Yankee!
    Damn Yankee? Is there any other kind? Ha ha! PM me, Tokameel, let's get this gig GOING! TTC
    ONE MIND - ANY WEAPON

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    Jan 2010
    Va for Now!!!!
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    I am not a wheel chair user but I know I have seen a few on the beach made from all PVC used for going in to the ocean. That might be a idea and you wouldnt have to worry about the metal of the chair. Hope it helps best of luck and welcome to T-net.

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    IT COULD BE A VALUABLE PRIZE "YOU NEVER KNOW"

    Nov 2006
    N.E. Ohio on lake Erie
    ** I use only top name brand detectors *****
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    Tokameel... I think you could never find a nicer or better person than TerryC ...... Terry for you to make a offer like that makes you the best of the best........... Bless you Terry for you have more heart than any one i know...... Any one should be happy to have you as a friend......... Tokameel i hope every thing works out great for you.........
    "...Let no one know what,were or when..."

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    Come out from under your bed today...... DO SOMETHING!

    Jun 2008
    Yarnell,AZ and Titusville,FL
    Right now: Garrett GTA 500, ACE 250, Fisher Impulse 8, Gold Bug 2, Whites GMT, Vibraprobe 570, and Falcon MD20
    4,337
    1654 times
    Coinshooting, Gold prospecting, and Nuggetshooting
    Honorable Mentions (1)
    Oh, Kep, I'm just a sentimental old fool trying to give back the chances I got. I gave him a PM. The ball's in his court now. Tnx. TTC
    ONE MIND - ANY WEAPON

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    IT COULD BE A VALUABLE PRIZE "YOU NEVER KNOW"

    Nov 2006
    N.E. Ohio on lake Erie
    ** I use only top name brand detectors *****
    6,603
    1342 times
    ANY TYPE OF TREASURE HUNTING THAT PUTS MONEY IN MY POCKET
    Quote Originally Posted by TerryC View Post
    Oh, Kep, I'm just a sentimental old fool trying to give back the chances I got. I gave him a PM. The ball's in his court now. Tnx. TTC
    Thats ok Terry ... I know were you are coming from... And that is great thing for you to offer.....
    "...Let no one know what,were or when..."

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    Come out from under your bed today...... DO SOMETHING!

    Jun 2008
    Yarnell,AZ and Titusville,FL
    Right now: Garrett GTA 500, ACE 250, Fisher Impulse 8, Gold Bug 2, Whites GMT, Vibraprobe 570, and Falcon MD20
    4,337
    1654 times
    Coinshooting, Gold prospecting, and Nuggetshooting
    Honorable Mentions (1)
    Ok, Kokameel. I talked with Raul at KellyCo. The detector will be on the way shortly. Practice up! I will be a hard taskmaster! Have fun. TTC
    ONE MIND - ANY WEAPON

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    tokameel

    May 2012
    Mequon, Wi
    In 1974- White. Now a Garrett Ace 250. 8/30/12 using a Zircon m40 Stud Finder as a hand held pin pointer.
    132
    48 times
    Looking for Error coins from the bank. Update: I can MD on my wheelchair!
    THANKS TERRYC!!
    I think that this will inspire me to get me off my butt, so to speak, and get some fresh air.

    I am .......... without words.

    Tokameel

 

 
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