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Review by BeachedBones posted 968 days ago 4012 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I purchased this MD-300 metal detector from China through Ebay, to find any nails, staples or bolts in some recycled wood.This model: http://dmq1219.en.made-in-china.com/product/yeBEbDWjyghN/China-MD300-Hand-Held-Metal-Det.html
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.




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#1 posted 968 days ago

For bigger items it can I’ve had it detect up to 5-6 inches. Through 3 inch of wood,table top and into the drawer in the table. The staple was just on the surface, and detected about 1/2 inch away. The nail as stated was 1/4 inch below the surface.

-- You know.... I think that old wood needs to be furniture.

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#2 posted 968 days ago

P T Barnum said, there’s a sucker born every minute. why must we help china screw us out of our own money?

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#3 posted 966 days ago

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#4 posted 945 days ago

I just ran into this very episode, I’ve been cutting up some old rotten hackberry for my bandsaw boxes, got one of the logs up on the saw horses to shave a 1/3 of it off so it would have a flat edge and also fit under my saw arm, the log first took out one of my electric chain saws little did I know there was bobwire inside the log, didn’t have any notion that’s what it was until today when I was running one of the logs through my bandsaw and once again the wire finished out my 3/4” blade before I realized what was going on.

So my question would this wand be reliable for detecting metal barried inside logs? How deep does it go? some times wire over time can get pretty deep in trees that grow around them. I plan on doing chain saw cutting as well as woodshop cutting.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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#5 posted 945 days ago

I’m kind of leaning toward doordude, as I’d prefer to buy american help promote jobs here.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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#6 posted 945 days ago

It’s been entirely reliable for me so far, the sensitivity is adjustable so set it as sensitive as you’d like. If you’d like to spend the 160$ to “buy American”, enjoy. I’m no more American than Chinese, so I’ll keep going the cost effective way.

-- You know.... I think that old wood needs to be furniture.

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#7 posted 231 days ago

I have a similar Metal Detector but its a TS 80 works exactly the same.

I bought it on ebay for $25.

From my local WW Shop its branded as a TS 80A and sells for $69 so whos jobs are we saving? or are we just making retailers rich at out cost.!

Tend to lean towards the latter, they buy from China and add a substantial mark up by rebadging or branding the same gear!

-- Regards Robert

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