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527 of 537 people found the following review helpful
on October 2, 2009
First let me say I don't profess to know much about metal detecting. I bought this metal detector to find my wedding ring, which flew off my finger the other night while I was playing volleyball in the backyard with the kids (it was a chilly night and the ring was loose on my finger.) After an hour of searching, I figured it was worth it to buy an inexpensive metal detector in hopes of finding my ring.

I ordered it on Wednesday, it arrived on Friday (2 day shipping for $3.99 with prime.) I put the batteries in, read through the well-written booklet and did the tests it suggested. We had no problems finding the test objects (penny, quarter, nail) so I started "sweeping" the area where I thought it might be. I found it within 15 minutes. Granted, it wasn't buried in the ground or anything, but we did have several other "hits" that were definitely objects in the ground - strong signals but we just didn't take the time to dig since I knew my ring was buried in grass, not dirt. The kids can't wait for their turn now that the ring has been found. I think they will get some fun use out of it and they want to dig on our other "hits" from tonight.

The pros for this item were the fast shipping, easy to use right out of the box (just had to insert 2 9V batteries), well-written instructions, and it is Made in the USA. It felt sturdy and well-made but it was short in length (it is a Jr. size, after all) - didn't matter for my use but an adult wanting to do some serious detecting would want a longer one. The length feels just right for my children (ages 11, 8 and 5) and it is not too heavy, either. It is very simplistic - two dials (one for power/sensitivity and one for target elimination - like for ruling out iron or other metals if you are getting too much junk in your detecting) and one needle gauge called the "Target Indicator". It made a buzz/beep sound that was easy to hear. One thing - I do not see nor did I read about where you can plug any earphones in - which is a feature other detectors have.

If you have a specific need (like finding a lost ring!) or if your children want to try their hand at metal detecting, this seems like a great product.
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212 of 225 people found the following review helpful
on January 13, 2008
This detector is excellent for kids, The size is just right and it introduces them into the world of detecting. The detector is of good solid quality and is a little version of an entry level adult model. You do have to explain to them how to use the discrimination controls because they are kind of confusing for a kid but they pick it up quick. The detector has actually found old cans and coins that have been about 5 feet underground so it searches pretty deep. I recommend this product!
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87 of 95 people found the following review helpful
on April 13, 2007
I bought it to clean up my yard after a roofing job. I found a ton of nails and a few other things that I have lost over the years. Great for the kids to treasure hunt too!
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87 of 97 people found the following review helpful
on June 27, 2009
i bought 2 of these for my grandsons, ages 13 and 12. it is the coolest item. we found an old socket in the yard as well as coins. i recommend this for a fun adventure for kids and families to enjoy together.
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89 of 101 people found the following review helpful
on February 13, 2007
I purchased this for my 7 year old granddaughter who was actually asking for one that was more of a "toy". She loves it, it works very well and has opened up a whole new area of interest for her. It's well made and easy for a child to use.
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135 of 158 people found the following review helpful
on February 5, 2009
I bought this for my 8 yr old son who wanted a "real" metal detector for Christmas. After reading a lot of reviews I settled on this one. We live on a few acres so we weren't sure what would happen. We did plant a few coins which he found right away and then he started to find other items! Even buried 3-5 inches deep! This was very cool and pretty soon the other "boys" wanted to join in (my husband and Dad too). We found old nails, cans, some kind of tool part, etc. For the price, this is a very fun and easy to use toy/tool. I would recommend it for the amateur-out-for-fun person, not a serious, I-am-looking-for-treasure person.
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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful
on October 30, 2008
Great size for a child and extension for older kids. Light weight .
Shipped earlier than expected. thank you
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121 of 148 people found the following review helpful
on June 7, 2008
i bought it to find the lot line stakes in my yard. it found them no problem. one was 3 inches below the surface. also found some pennies and some other junk that i didn't really want to find. then i read the directions and learned how to turn the sensitivity down so i didn't find those small objects. i noticed it finds the re-bar inside my concrete driveway too. that wasn't particularly usefull, but it was fun to play with for a few seconds.
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31 of 37 people found the following review helpful
on January 11, 2007
This works well enough for what my son wanted. I threw a bunch of nickels out in the yard and he had a blast finding "treasure." Still hasn't found a chest of gold, though. But it is hard to adjust sensitivity and it makes annoying sounds.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on December 21, 2008
I bought this to find my property pins (rebars) so that I can put up a fence. It enabled me to pin-point their locations with the help of a survey. Mission accomplished. Just make sure to read the instructions and adjust it to the type of metal that you are looking for. Not bad for $50!
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