|Review by BeachedBones||posted 11-28-2011 10:31 PM||4702 views||1 time favorited||7 comments|
I purchased this MD-300 metal detector from China through Ebay, to find any nails, staples or bolts in some recycled wood.This model:
I paid 12.68 for mine shipped, so I didn’t think I could go too wrong with it.
I saw Norm on New Yankee workshop using a higher end variety of these security metal detectors over salvaged wood. Simple hand held wands to you sweep over something to detect any metal present. It arrived surprisingly fast, about week, when I was expecting a month. It’s a decent and light little unit a little over a foot long, with beep or vibrate detection modes, as well as a sensitivity adjust screw. I first ran it over big stuff like screw drives and bolts, just playing with it. It Worked fine. Next I put a staple into the wood, and ran the detector over it. It didn’t alert me to it on the factory setting, but a quick adjustment to the sensitivity screw had it reliably picking it up in no time. At this point I was happy with my purchase and started playing with it. I ran it over a board that I had already planned down to make sure it wasn’t over sensitive. I though the board was clear… but.. Beep! I had to dig into the wood 1/4 inch to find that there was indeed an old broken nail beneath the surface. Having this tool definitely can save a planner knife. Still playing with it I had a board over my knee, again one i though was clear… Beep! I juggled the board around a bit and this thing couldn’t find a reliable beeping spot. I put the wood down and though to check it again later. Second guessing myself I checked my pockets, after taking out my keys etc… I ran it over my leg again. Beep! Oh yeah… forgot about those metal implants in my knee. lol
In short my review is that this thing works, for under $13 you can’t really go wrong.
-- You know.... I think that old wood needs to be furniture.