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    Metal detector harness or slings!

    I have a new question for some of you that may be like myself. Does any one use a gun sling, weed eater shoulder strap or any kind of support (hip mount or shoulder) to take the weight of the metal detector of your arm. I am retired now and my old body is not what it use to be. Bad shoulders back and hips. Lol. If so how do they work for you or do they just get in the way and more trouble than they are worth.

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    Years ago, I bought one. I have come to consider it to be the most useless thing I have ever bought for my MD hobby. It was uncomfortable, and a general pain in the lower posterior.
    I probably had the wrong one, but it was the one recommended by the dealer to take the weight off. Now that I am retired I use a different approach. When my right arm gets tired I switch arms for a short period of time. It seems that the more hours I put in, the more hours I can put in. Conditioning the old body to my MD swings.
    I am right handed, and of the attitude that when my right arms start getting really tired, a nice ring or silver is not far away!

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    I bought one The Swingy Thingy... tied me to much to the detector and it was hard to dig with it on....gave it away.
    Gary
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    Quote Originally Posted by G.A.P.metal View Post
    I bought one The Swingy Thingy... tied me to much to the detector and it was hard to dig with it on....gave it away.
    Gary
    In theory it sounds like a good idea. I think Gary hit the nail on the head though, it would get in the way when trying to kneel and dig and pick up and put down the detector. Especially in wooded.brushy areas. I don't even like being tethered to the headphones.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Digger2 View Post
    Years ago, I bought one. I have come to consider it to be the most useless thing I have ever bought for my MD hobby. It was uncomfortable, and a general pain in the lower posterior.
    I probably had the wrong one, but it was the one recommended by the dealer to take the weight off. Now that I am retired I use a different approach. When my right arm gets tired I switch arms for a short period of time. It seems that the more hours I put in, the more hours I can put in. Conditioning the old body to my MD swings.
    I am right handed, and of the attitude that when my right arms start getting really tired, a nice ring or silver is not far away!

    Roy
    Roy the most useful tool for me is is a small fold up canvas set that I can set down on to rest. Lol I do lots of resting.

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    I figured it would be more of a problem to use that it was worth. But might be handy just toting the detector from place to place. Lol

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    I bought the Detecting Buddy to take the weight off my E-trac with a WOT coil. Best $20 I've spent lately. It doesn't get in the way kneeling or recovering a target. My only minor nit is that it's not as comfortable as it could be with a little modification of design. You might want to give it a try for $20.
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    I use a harness shoulder strap for some of my land detectors to support the weight and all I need to do is swing.
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    I found one called a limb saver that looks like it would work pretty well. Anyone trie one of them?
    Phil

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    Check what this man has to say about it

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    That would be cool if you were working in water!
    Phil

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    I have also used his idea for beach sand

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    I have been using harness for years I wear a camelpac and connect harness to it.

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    I only use a support strap with my 2Box. It was purchased at the Good Will Store. It was a strap with a big shoulder pad meant for carrying a valise. It carries all the weight, I merely keep my hand just under the rod. I can work it all day. As far as my XLT and SurfastmasterPI, I can swing them all day with no problem. Mother nature has been kind to me in some ways, being 75. Frank...

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    I use a black hawk single point from walmart for $20 when I go in the water. When on the land I don't use it.

 

 
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