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  1. Cool tool: Have you guys ever used a duct knife?

    I already do that on occasion with my shovel. This cuts down on that.
  2. Cool tool: Have you guys ever used a duct knife?

    No, aim using it to dissect the plug, or to pick around in the hole.
  3. I’m thinking of upgrading from a 540 Vanquish to a 600 Equinox. Is the difference worth it?

    Thanks Terry. Your advice has been a tremendous gift to me so far, and I have no reason to doubt you now. I guess I’ll be waiting, and getting by fine with the little 540.
  4. I’m thinking of upgrading from a 540 Vanquish to a 600 Equinox. Is the difference worth it?

    I’m growing quite fond of this little hobby, and my Vanquish 540 is serving me quite well. It does bear asking, however, if I were to consider moving up the food chain to the Equinox 600, would that be a good move? Could anyone give me a quick contrast and compare on the two?
  5. Cool tool: Have you guys ever used a duct knife?

    I picked this up at a big box home improvement store here in Iowa called Menard’s for about $14. Its called a duct knife, and it’s full tang, serrated on one side, and sharp on the other. It‘s a tough little blade, and it was very helpful to me today, so I thought I’d share. There are other...
  6. I finally got in to a little batch of coins today, but that’s not the big news.

    It’s not much, I suppose. In a couple of hours, I harvested 5 quarters, two dimes, one nickel, and two pennies. Thats all well and good, but what really excited me was how I‘m beginning to understand the language of my little 540 Vanquish. I was not only able to predict whether or not it was...
  7. Crushed beer cans make me want to hit myself with my own shovel.

    As some are already aware, I’m a newbie. But this is driving me out of my mind. Using my 540 Vanquish, strong 24-26, shallow, should be good to go, and……….another Busch Light can. Lord Jesus, help me………… Can any of you guys enlighten me about what I’m just not catching on to? I’m learning...
  8. Today I figured out what’s more valuable than a good machine or an old map.

    Oh, no question! Staying as fit as I can as I grow older is one of the reasons I want to pursue this. At least it keeps me moving! And a knee surgery that went a little sideways a few years ago is a constant reminder to avoid digging deep holes. I don’t get that far down without laying flat...
  9. Today I figured out what’s more valuable than a good machine or an old map.

    Indeed it does, and I do give credit to crashbandicoot for prodding me to think a little deeper about all of this. It was some of his inquiry on one of the sub forums here that gave me the inspiration to really interview Dad. I know my Great Grandpa came from Norway, as did my Grandpa as a...
  10. Today I figured out what’s more valuable than a good machine or an old map.

    I’m new to this hobby, and just today I figured out that I’m blessed to have an early advantage. I grew up farming the 120 acres I live on, as well as the 80 across the road, and the next 120 to the west, and the next……I know how the land lies. I know how the water flows as well as how it...
  11. My first silver coin, but it’s kinda weird.

    Oh, none taken! I can certainly appreciate how hard in might be to determine context, and there are certainly a lot of local areas here that I just don’t understand, and frankly, Dad is even too young to remember. Since I’m new to the hobby, I just figured I’d work my way down those local...
  12. My first silver coin, but it’s kinda weird.

    Well, I feel I can speak with some certainty about this one. I suppose it could have been some mushroom hunter back then. I live just 1 mile to the west of that site. My Dad was born just one mile west of me. I live on a farm Dad bought in 1968, and I remember as a kid when they established...
  13. My first silver coin, but it’s kinda weird.

    I suppose that could be a possibility, but since the site wasn’t really developed and established until the 1970’s, that soldier would have to be well into his 50’s. I guess I really can’t come up with any other explanation than that of a late middle aged outdoorsman checking out the then new...
  14. My first silver coin, but it’s kinda weird.

    Yesterday, after about 6 months of really testing myself around this farm acreage, I found my first silver coin. I found it on a very small wildlife observation/primitive camp site here in Iowa. The site was established in the early 1970’s, it being willed to my local county by a local farm...
  15. Newbie question about operating a new 540. Is this farmstead just too noisy?

    Yes! I found a gun in my front yard, and some copper flashing. I think the little cap pistol may have been one my son may have lost when we built the house here 25 years ago, but the pistol may pre date him. As far as the copper flashing goes, I have no idea. Maybe part of the old farmhouse...
  16. I’m new to this, but I did have a surprising problem with my pinpointer.

    I was poking around over the weekend on my acreage, a farmstead that’s been exposed to the maladies of farming over the last 150 years. As my new Minelab 540 would start to ping, I’d zero in the best I could, dig out a plug, and occasionally reach for the pinpointer in the pliers pocket of my...
  17. Newbie question about operating a new 540. Is this farmstead just too noisy?

    Very informative video, Terry! Thank you!
  18. Newbie question about operating a new 540. Is this farmstead just too noisy?

    And to test the recovery speed, I would guess that if I drop a few coins and a few steel fasteners on, say, my garage floor, sweep over them, and watch how fast it corrects for the item being swept. Would that be correct?
  19. Newbie question about operating a new 540. Is this farmstead just too noisy?

    I do plan to start digging regardless of signal to see what I can find. Dad bought the farm in 1967, and my family is only the second family to own this farm since the original settlement took place back in the 1860’s. I guess it helps a little bit just knowing how folks went about their...
  20. Newbie question about operating a new 540. Is this farmstead just too noisy?

    Now THAT is some helpful information! Thank you! My friend alluded to his avoidance of old farmsteads due to excessive iron, and I’ve been bouncing around this farm since 1980 myself, so I’m certain there’s an abundance of trash. But I’m also certain that I’m living on the acreage that was...
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