Need a good kids detector...

gmstreet

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Jul 29, 2007
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I recently took my 4 year old nephew out detecting at the park. He loved it!! What 4yr old boy wouldn't love digging in the dirt and finding things. Anyway he wanted bad to swing my DFX, but it was all he could handle lifting it, so he was relegated to running the pinpoint on the holes I dug. I would like to get him a metal detector more his size, but am afraid if I get him one of the "all metal" kid's cheapos he'll lose intrest. Does anyone make a good kid-size metal detector with some of the features of a quality detector, ie.. descrimination ? Something not too complicated, but a detector he can use at four yrs. old, and grow into.

Thanks,

Greg
 
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Sandman

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About the only detectors I know that are light enough for a 4 year old to use are the cheap Radio Shack jobbies. They will work after a fashion, but I would think anything else would be to much beyond him.
 

John (Ma)

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Check into the Tesoro's, they are pretty light detectors and you can get one at a decent price, too.
 

dbsmokey

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I say try the Garrett Ace 250 or 150. The Ace 250 is just over $200. The setup is not THAT complicated, but he still might not be able to set it up yet (but would he any detector?)...you can for him. Once the controls are set, he really won't need to change anything. Additionally, it will be a detector he will be able to use for years to come.

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TreasurdiggrNY

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Take a look at the Fisher F2. It has great disc circuit, very lightweight, pinpointing is a breeze, much easier than the Ace 250, I don't even use the pinpoint button I just X the target. 199.00 and you get an additional 4" coil with the lower rod already attached. Good Luck!
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Mat in MA

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My suggestion is...

I would have to say go with either the Tesoro Compadre ($152) or Tesoro Silver µMax ($239). The Compadre has just one knob and the Silver µMax has just two knobs. Either is very easy to use. I personally have and use the Tesoro Silver µMax. Either one only weighs approximately 2.2 pounds and don't forget about the lifetime warranty. Light weight and easy to use, even for a little guy. I know as my grandson has used mine.
 

luvsdux

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Very hard to beat the Tesoro Compadre for the price. It performs way better than one might think.
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RON (PA)

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My vote is for the Compadre. It was my first detector because of the light weight and the cheap price. Great little detector. Still use it as my primary land machine.
 

Keppy

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EasyMoney

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Hsjrev

You got it right. I researched for months trying to find the best bang for the buck and eventually stumbled upon the $59 one at Amazon.com.

As many of you already know, I have somewhere between zero and few opinions on anything and I don't post my opinions either. I tolerate people's opinions primarily due to being understanding of those who rely primarily on their own personal "feelings", instead of dealing with facts, but that's the only reason I tolerate it. I don't bore people with my emotions or my gut feelings either. I stay as strictly to the facts as I humanly can.

The guts inside the cheapie I speak of are surprizingly similar to the Tesoro Compadre's circuitry but has a slight bit less voltage sending and receiving. This roughly equates to somewhere between 1/2" to 1" less depth than the Compadre, but it's IDEAL for small kids due to it's weight. Additionally, it makes it very responsive to the real tiny objects and those of lower conductivity too. I can not find anything else as light in weight nor easier to operate as that little "China junk" detector. It even has a volume and sensitivity control, and both of them work quite well too. It even has a facade meter, one that swings no matter if you find a needle or a trash can lid, but kids like the meter so that's the only reason that it's there. My one very slightweight 36 year old daughter liked it more than any other detector I have shown her. Her diminutive daughter age 3 and at at a very tiny 30 pounds can use it, but my Prism 3 is too heavy for her and so is an Ace 250 and the F-2. She might be able to handle a Compadre but she is just too small to carry such a heavy thing, and when you do the math, this sort of starts making a bit of sense too.

Here it is in a nutshell: I'll avoid using Set Theory or any complicated or linear algebra, but if you want it, PM me and maybe I'll bore you to tears with all kinds of formulas and other unnecessary BS that would waste everybody's time on this post.

At 30 pounds, a 1.5 lb detector is at a ratio of (20 to 1) for a 30 pound girl, or, 5% of her body weight

At 30 pounds, a 2.2 pound detector is a ratio of (13.6 to 1) for 7.3% of her body weight

At 30 pounds, a 3.0 pound detector would hit a whopping 10% of her body weight

At my 210 pounds, an easily carried ratio of (140 to 1) for a 1.5 pound detector, but to equal the massive weight ratio of the 2.2 pound detector compared to what the little 30 pound girl has to carry.. I would be using a $$%*@# detector that weighed in at a massive 14.7 pounds!

An equality ratio of a 3 pound detector for a 30 pound girl would have to weigh 21 enormous pounds for me at my 210 pounds!

Now who in Hades would want to use a detector that weighed that much? I may not be the smartest person on the planet, but I'm not the stupidest either.

So why would someone buy a detector that weighs enough to cause someone to have to be arrested for child abuse?

Not me.

Go with the lightest of all detectors, and one that works and has been proven by someone or some ones who know a bit about it and won't BS anybody with just their opinions and liberal-group-rhetoric or unfounded BS. And when the kids get to be around half my weight get him or her one that weighs half what another detector weighs. It's in the math. And the little cheapie works super well too, and a lot better than one could "feel".

'Nuf said

Have a pleasant day all.

EasyMoney
 

DaChief

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I have a Tesoro Bandido Umax that I picked up for 80 bucks. I put a 4 inch Tesoro Coil on it and shortened the shaft and my kids had no problems with it at all. With the stock coil, it weighed about 2 lbs. With the 4 inch, it weighs considerably less. The weight issue for my boys was the coil. It is not so muc the weight on the arm, it is that counter weight at the end of the shaft that is difficult for the little guys to handle. Like Sandman says though, the smaller kids versions would probably do her well, especially on a playground around the swings and slides and stuff. I can tell you from experience that her attention span will be short if she is not finding something every 30 seconds or so.

I would suggest that you give her some small responsibility with helping you hunt. They seem to like that just as well. I let my boys carry the goody bag intially, then they progressed into being the official digger and now they are doing the full monty.

Good luck and I hope she develops into your life long hunting partner.

DaChief!
 

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Sandman

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EasyMoney, you covered it lots better than I did.

My Grand daughter which is 8 wanted to detect so I threw some coins out on the grass and shower her how to use the Fisher 1235, my lightest detector. She found all the coins in a few minutes an handed me the detector saying, "I am done with this."
 

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