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    Todd

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    Looking for somebodyís old metal detector.

    Hi everybody, Iím really interested in trying out metal detecting and seeing if itís a hobby Iíd like to pursue and I have a feeling it will be. Anyway, I donít have much money to spend on one so I was wondering if anybody had an old one that they could part with for under a 100 dollars. I know this is alot to ask and donít expect much to come of it but guess it doesnít hurt to ask. Thanks everybody for your time and happy hunting!
    Todd G

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    Looking for somebodyís old metal detector.

    You might wanna try eBay. You can get a cheap metal detector for 100.00 or less. You might be hard pressed to find a good name brand for that price. Even a used Garrett Ace 250 still goes for around $175.00 or $200.00. Hopefully someone on here may help you.
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    Hello....you can get one at Harbor Freight or Dicks Sporting Goods for under $100.00. These are more along the line of fancy toys though, and may not give you the experience you're looking for. It may turn you off from getting more out of this amazing hobby. Here is what I recommend....find a local club or group (tough during Covid) or someone in your community who detects. Most serious detectors have 2-3 machines or at least one quality machine. Ask to join them for a hunt and to learn more. Maybe even just walking along side of them for an hour will be enough time to decide for yourself if it's for you. 9 out of 10 detectorists will be happy to help you learn more, and you could end up with a friend to hunt with down the line.

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    steve andermatt

    Apr 2013
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    In my opinion don't waste your money at harbor freight or anywhere you can get one for under $100.00, they are usually worthless, I would say go around to pawn shops and see if you can find one there or wait until you can afford to spend a little more, also there are some local dealers who rent out machines, you just have to find them, that way you can see if you like the hobby before you buy a detector.
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    "WP"

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    Here's an example of what I'd recommend.
    https://raleigh.craigslist.org/spo/d...223951189.html

    (Nothing wrong with asking here at TreasureNet.)
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    If you have a local detector shop, you may want to see if you can rent a decent one instead of buying some cheap kid's toy. Many of the entry level detectors can be frustrating to use under certain conditions. A more versatile machine can sometimes help you have a better first experience and more success.
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    There is a place here on Tnet where you can look for info in your area. Do not know how to direct you. Sorry.

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    Oh, welcome to our World Picker719.

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    Mar 2013
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    Quote Originally Posted by cudamark View Post
    If you have a local detector shop, you may want to see if you can rent a decent one instead of buying some cheap kid's toy. Many of the entry level detectors can be frustrating to use under certain conditions. A more versatile machine can sometimes help you have a better first experience and more success.
    Correct! Newer machines tell you a lot about the ground and target info.
    Intimidating at first, but as you learn your machine and what it can do for you, well,
    the whole world of treasure hunting will be open to you...!
    So, for your first machine, get a mid-level, where you can tweak the settings some (modes or self-controlled),
    perhaps "weather-resistant" or even "Water-proof", something with sealed buttons maybe.
    Good Luck AND Happy Hunting...!
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    Stick With It - It's not *IF* you'll find the good stuff , but WHEN!

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    steve andermatt

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    Also scroll down the Forum page to supporting vendors if you click on the supporting vendors name in the smaller print it will take you to their site and you can look and see if they have a used detector section. I know Metal Detecting Stuff has some used detectors for a little more than $100.00 but not much more. Being a used machine sometimes just means it was an opened box so they can't sell as new anymore. Check out the supporting vendors.
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    Quality only hurts your wallet...ONCE! Save thru the winter and buy a better detector next spring

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    Todd

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    Thanks everybody for the valuable input, I respect and appreciate your thoughts on this. I’ve decided to keep saving up till I can afford a nicer one because from what I’ve heard the ones in my price range now are basically toys. Thanks again and happy hunting!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Picker719 View Post
    Thanks everybody for the valuable input, I respect and appreciate your thoughts on this. Iíve decided to keep saving up till I can afford a nicer one because from what Iíve heard the ones in my price range now are basically toys. Thanks again and happy hunting!
    Good plan. You still would find stuff with a cheaper detector and it might pay to get one for now... While youíre saving you could be out finding a gold ring or 2 to help get that detector even quicker. I bought a new detector this spring and found 2 gold rings this summer with it and 2 more with my old AT pro. So it basically paid for itself in a few months. Go out and hit a few parks everyday or every wknd or as much as you can, put in a good hard search and youíll get the gold. The trick is to dig every darn dang pull tab signal you get and youíll be putting the rings in your pocket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Picker719 View Post
    Thanks everybody for the valuable input, I respect and appreciate your thoughts on this. I’ve decided to keep saving up till I can afford a nicer one because from what I’ve heard the ones in my price range now are basically toys. Thanks again and happy hunting!
    Shop the second hand market. Welcome!

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    Quote Originally Posted by KeyaPaha View Post
    Quality only hurts your wallet...ONCE! Save thru the winter and buy a better detector next spring
    On the long run, no detector is ever good enough.
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