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    Custom made Digger

    Here are some pics of a digger i made. Cuts those plugs good and pops them out even better does not bend like the hunting knife i used.

    Here are the specs.

    Made out of M-2(high speed steel) 60-62 Rockwell .170" x 1 1/2 x 6 3/4.
    One side has a straight edge and the other side is thicker with staggered teeth to cut through bigger roots. It also has
    a magnet for that hard to find small iron and it works great as you can see in the picture ,but might not pick up rusty iron as well.

    Happy Huntings, Epi


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    JOYFUL_REAPER, TCosbyJr and KY PI like this.

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    Sal Sagev Adaven
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    Re: Custom made Digger

    Great work on the digger! I cant figure how you made the cutting teeth, they are sure some rippers! Do you own or work at a machine shop? Are you going to make some to sell ? HH Extractor
    I'll just follow you with My E-trac, Sov GT,or GoldBug Pro.

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    Re: Custom made Digger

    Quote Originally Posted by extractor
    Great work on the digger! I cant figure how you made the cutting teeth, they are sure some rippers! Do you own or work at a machine shop? Are you going to make some to sell ? HH Extractor
    Yes, I am a toolmaker and yes I am working on one for a fellow detectorist and have a few different style blanks cut. But i won't be making or selling many.There's a lot of
    work involved and most will not pay what they are worth.So when get tired I of working on them I will probably end up with a nice collection of diggers. LOL
    But I am having fun and enjoy making my own tools, also made a scoop and working on another.

    Truly a custom digger
    Here's a pic of the one in process, hunting knife style.
    Epi
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    Nov 2010
    Las Cruces, NM
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    Re: Custom made Digger

    What's your price, in US $, They look tough

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    May 2009
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    Re: Custom made Digger

    Hey MD if by chance you was to make another one with the teeth down both sides like the first one pictured I'd sure love to have one .\


    thanks Tank
    Building my wealth one pull tab at a time Tank69

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    Re: Custom made Digger

    Quote Originally Posted by Tank69
    Hey MD if by chance you was to make another one with the teeth down both sides like the first one pictured I'd sure love to have one .\


    thanks Tank
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    Re: Custom made Digger

    Beautiful work Md

  8. #8
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    Re: Custom made Digger

    Quote Originally Posted by MD epidemic
    Quote Originally Posted by Tank69
    Hey MD if by chance you was to make another one with the teeth down both sides like the first one pictured I'd sure love to have one .\


    thanks Tank
    Like these?
    Ya I like that double edge cutter like that
    Building my wealth one pull tab at a time Tank69

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    Re: Custom made Digger

    Wow that's some outstanding craftsmanship on those tools. It's really different, very aggressive design, wouldn't want to accidentally drop that on my foot. Why the hollowed out center? That's a great idea to add the magnet, I hope it stays in place. Also saw that this was your 6Th post on Tnet Welcome to a great website. Don't be surprised if you receive several Pm's on people wanting to purchase one of these beautiful diggers. It's hard to find ones that will last and not break. You also said that you were working on some scoops, care to show us your ideas? As you can see from my avatar made my own water scoop, it ain't pretty, it ain't light but it really works for me. I don't have the tools you have to make good quality digging tools or scoops, made mine in my garage with basic tools a big vice and lots of muscle to bend the metal the way I needed it to fit.

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    Re: Custom made Digger

    that shallow spot in the center looks like it would hold the coin as your pulling it outa the hole. that thing is sturdy lookin, looks like you could skin someone if ya had too.
    down and dirty

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    Sep 2010
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    Re: Custom made Digger

    Looks like a well thought out and well made digger to to me!

    I do like the embedded magnet in the blade and the robustness of them, good work.
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  12. #12
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    Jan 2011
    Lynchburg Va.
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    Re: Custom made Digger

    Awesome looking blade! Question, How did you cut those teeth in there? Its so precision looking it almost looks to be done by wire E.D.M. Great job!
    Keep that coil to the soil!!

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    Re: Custom made Digger

    M-2 holy cow, bet it'll hold an edge. I had a metal drum top I wanted to cut out of my way today but my digger was not up to the task. Could have used that tool.

    Did you run the teeth on a wire? That is a nice looking tool, how does it hold up to prying?

    Do you offer one with inserted teeth, indexable even? What is the recomended SFM for that bad boy? (just kidding)


    Nice
    Jeff
    A little dirt never hurt

  14. #14
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    Re: Custom made Digger

    Nice work!

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    Re: Custom made Digger

    Excellent craftsmanship!! Looks time consuming, but worth the effort.

 

 
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