Common Mistakes of New Metal Detectorists

Common Mistakes of New Metal Detectorists

By avoiding these common mistakes, new detectorists can increase their odds of success in the field.

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Buying a machine that is too advanced for a beginner

TooAdvanceddetectorThere are many different types and levels of metal detectors, from entry level detectors to advanced metal detectors. One common mistake that new detectorists make is buying a detector that is too complicated for their skill level.

This can cause most new detectorists to get frustrated and give up. They get overwhelmed with the settings on their detector, and may even make their machines unstable from making a bunch of adjustments to the settings while not really understanding what each setting does. The best plan of action for a new detectorist is to start out with an entry or mid level detector, and keep it simple at first.

Some veterans say that you should buy whatever detector you can afford, but that isn’t always the best policy for the reasons mentioned above. When you were 15 years old and ready to drive, you were not ready for a Formula 1 race car yet because you weren’t advanced enough yet to drive a race car.

There is something to be said about the old adage “K.I.S.S” or Keep It Simple Silly… When first starting out in metal detecting you want to focus more on finding good targets and less time learning a ton of settings on a metal detector. As you advance in your level of understanding your metal detector, you will know when it is time to upgrade your machine.

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There are 6 comments for this article
  1. Donnie Vaughn at 8:36 am

    I enjoyed this article (like the others) and wish that everybody that metal detects would also read it. You make some great points. Thanks for taking the time to do all of this.

  2. Bruce Grainger at 4:11 pm

    Could I suggest that mistake Number 1 is not reading the manual for your Machine. Lets face it most of the manuals are available on line.

  3. Mike Ray at 7:30 pm

    I think that a simpler inexpensive unit is good for the beginner to start on to find out if they really like this hobby. But once you are sure, a mid-level detector will keep you busy and happy for many seasons.

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