Metal Detecting Equipment
For The Beach

Having the right metal detecting equipment for finding lost treasures on the beach can make a big difference on the success you have in locating and recovering treasures.

There are many different types of metal detectors and digging tools to choose from and it can be difficult to decide which recovery tools are the best for the ground conditions and the type of treasure being searched for.

Ground Conditions

It's obvious that the ground you will be searching for treasures is sand.

The dry sand back from the waters edge will make a detector respond differently than the wet sand closer to the incoming surf.

The dry sand does not present much of a problem for most metal detectors, but the wet sand has salt minerals from the salt water and this can cause a lot of detectors to be useless on this area of the beach.

The salt content can make a detector react to the mineralization as if it has located a target. So you get a lot of unwanted noise (false signals) from your detector.

Favorite Metal Detector For The Beach

If you want metal detecting equipment that will work both on the dry sand and the wet sand, you will need to choose a detector that has a salt elimination mode.

Some of the new higher end detectors will have this salt elimination mode.

A popular choice for many is a PI (pulse induction) metal detector.

They have the ability to cancel out the effects of the salt and some of the models are completely water proof for a depth up to 200 feet.

A water proof detector is great if you have rough weather conditions or you want to be able to get out in the surf and search for jewelry or other lost items.

If you are interested in wreck diving, you may want to consider one of these water proof Pulse Induction Metal Detectors.

pulse induction metal detector

Recovery Tools

Part of your metal detecting equipment needs to be the right recovery tools for the job.

Of course, sand is very easy to dig in and you can retrieve an item pretty fast, but the right digging tools are very helpful.

Even though sand is easy to dig in an item can be hard to find in the loose sand.

A sand scoop works very nice for scooping up sand and sifting it out through the screen mesh. Once the sand sifts through the screen you will find your treasure in the bottom of the scoop.

There are several types of sand scoops available. Some have a short handle and then for the person who wants to hunt in the surf, a long handle scoop works nice.

I have found that a scoop made from stainless steel is a great choice. It may cost a little more but it doesn't rust from the saltwater.

I also like to use a folding camp shovel. Sometimes you will find that you may need to dig up to 12 inches or more to recover an item and small a shovel will work very well.

sand scoop treasure recovery tool

A Handy Tool To Have

Many times I have detected a treasure and started digging a small hole to retieve it and I just can't seem to find it in the loose sand. This is especially true for small items like jewelry.

I have have found that a small pin pointing detector is a great piece of metal detecting equipment to have with me.

When I have one of those elusive treasures, I am able to take the small hand held detector and move it through the sand that I just dug out of the hole or put it down in the hole to locate my treasure.

Sometimes the pin pointer will find the item in the sand that I just dug. Then other times I'll find an item in the side wall of the hole and without one of these handy pin pointing detectors I would have kept digging deeper and wasting time and energy.

I hope these tips about beach metal detecting equipment will help you to find and recover more treasures faster.

Have fun treasure hunting. You never know what you'll find next.

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