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Forum topic by BroncoBrian posted 09-29-2015 01:17 AM 847 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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BroncoBrian

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09-29-2015 01:17 AM

I am about to unload a lot of reclaimed material.

What suggestions are there for a reliable metal detector powerful enough to scan some barn beams?

Thanks,

Brian

-- Bigfoot tries to take pictures of me


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AandCstyle

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#1 posted 09-29-2015 10:24 PM

I haven’t used one, but this gets good reviews. The manufacturer says up to 4” for iron, but would probably be less in Dense beam woods.

-- Art

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#2 posted 09-29-2015 11:08 PM

This weekend i received the detector art mentioned to use on some 12/4 120 year old oak barn wood. long story short i have to replace my jointer and planer blades. It received great reviews which is why i ordered it. In old dense oak it could not detect even surface nails.

It might be a great utility for thin new boards but I would shy away from using it in old dense reclaimed stuff.

Paul

P.S. I have only used this one detector, if anyone has a good suggestion for old dense reclaimed stuff I’m listening as well.

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#3 posted 09-29-2015 11:27 PM

For surface detection (within an inch or two), a simple handheld should be fine. Not sure why that one mentioned wouldn’t even pick those up. I’ve had great success with the little $10 handheld from HF, and it also doubles as a pin-pointer when I’m using my ‘treasure hunting’ detector. I use it on all reclaimed lumber that I want to work with and haven’t missed anything yet. Many people have also had good results with the HF wand detector as well, although I’ve never used one.

For deeper stuff, which there really shouldn’t be much of, if any – a full sized metal detector would probably be the only thing you could use reliably. The one I have can detect a dime 8” or more below the ground in mineralized soil, so a nail a couple inches deep in wood would set the alarms off easily.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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#4 posted 09-30-2015 03:58 PM

I bought one of the HF wand detectors. I tested it at home and it couldn’t even reliably identify a 1” brad through 3/4” material (oak, in my case). I took it back. I had a Wizard for several years, and it worked well. Then one morning, it wouldn’t even turn on…I’ve been searching for a replacement ever since. I’d buy another Wizard, but the price has went up quite a bit. Maybe it’s because the new ones last longer????

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#5 posted 09-30-2015 06:08 PM

I’ve got a stud finder with a metal setting. It’s served me well but I haven’t used it for massive quantities. The fact that I can hang a picture straight with it is a bonus.

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BroncoBrian

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#6 posted 10-27-2015 02:33 PM



This weekend i received the detector art mentioned to use on some 12/4 120 year old oak barn wood. long story short i have to replace my jointer and planer blades. It received great reviews which is why i ordered it. In old dense oak it could not detect even surface nails.

It might be a great utility for thin new boards but I would shy away from using it in old dense reclaimed stuff.

Paul

P.S. I have only used this one detector, if anyone has a good suggestion for old dense reclaimed stuff I m listening as well.

- Paul

Thanks for the feedback. Sounds like it would not be good. I find Zircon gadgets to be poor at best. Looking for a legit metal detecting wand.

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BroncoBrian

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#7 posted 10-27-2015 03:29 PM

Hoping to find someone who has used something like this: http://www.detectmetal.com/metal-detector-information-superwand.htm

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#8 posted 10-27-2015 03:44 PM

I used a 3”x2” thick super magnet. It can detect a nail on the other side of a 4” thick oak. Just make sure you don’t have your material over/near metal and keep the magnet away from any electrical motor. This one has 40-60 pounds pull.

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AlaskaGuy

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#9 posted 10-28-2015 07:33 PM

For what it’s worth…........................

http://www.metaldetectorjudge.com/best-handheld-metal-detector-wand/

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BroncoBrian

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#10 posted 11-13-2015 11:36 PM

Excellent AlaskaGuy!

that is what I was looking for. There are a couple good options here.

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#11 posted 11-13-2015 11:53 PM

I’m a bit suspicious about that ‘metaldetectorjudge’ site… looks like it was translated from a Chinese site or something, with wording like this for the Garrett:

It is additionally waterproof and its make can be said to be sturdy. Since most of the people desire for the best results from a handheld metal detector this is one you definitely want to have your hand on. The price is handheld but it is worth every dime you will spend.

Yup, I ‘Desire for the best results”... but what is “price is handheld”??? :)

I had the Garrett for a while and used it for a few months pinpointing while out digging up treasure. It was horrible. Replaced it with one of those HF ones, which worked a lot better and was a fraction of the cost. YMMV.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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BroncoBrian

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#12 posted 11-22-2015 12:06 AM

Thanks Brad. Once you find the Garrett on Amazon, it suggests several others that have better reviews.

You are probably right about the translations!

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#13 posted 11-22-2015 01:59 AM

If you’re looking for a metal detector that will work 100% of the time use this:

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#14 posted 11-22-2015 02:21 AM

Boy Yeti that’s cold, really cold but probably true. In all likelihood much truer than those Chink metal detectors and probably cheaper!

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