LumberJocks

Metal Finder Recommendation

  • Advertise with us

« back to Power Tools, Hardware and Accessories forum

Forum topic by moke posted 684 days ago 1225 views 0 times favorited 18 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View moke's profile

moke

475 posts in 1403 days


684 days ago

A few weeks ago I planed some boards for a friend, and they must have had a nail or something in the original tree. I always carefully look over the boards, but now after paying 150.00 for new blades, I have decided to never plane anything for anyone else and get a “metal finder”. I have found a huge variation in prices…20.00 to 200.00. I could really use some advice from someone who uses one.

I realize I can have the old blades sharpened, which I intend to do, but it is still 50.00 for that. I just want to find a reasonable priced locater that works well.
Thanks,
Mike aka Moke


18 replies so far

View MrUnix's profile (online now)

MrUnix

474 posts in 826 days


#1 posted 684 days ago

I’ve used this harbor freight one for a couple of years now. I not only use it to find nails and other stuff in wood, but also as a pin-pointer in conjunction with my metal detector when I’m out digging up coins and jewelry. If you wait for it to go on sale and then use a 20% off coupon, you can pick it up for under $10. The thing works great and is very sensitive. The only complaint I’ve heard from other owners is regarding the switch which is fairly cheap and prone to failure.. however it’s an easy and cheap fix if ever needed (never had a problem with it myself, and I really abuse it). I’ve tried several other more expensive brands and they all seem to do about the same regardless of price. HF also makes a wand type that I’ve heard works pretty well, but I’ve never tried one of those.

Cheers,
Brad

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

View Jacob's profile

Jacob

85 posts in 1269 days


#2 posted 683 days ago

This is a smart idea. I once found a lead slug embedded pretty deep a board of walnut straight from the lumberyard. Must’ve been a stray bullet while the tree was still alive.

-- -Jacob Turetsky, Industrial Designer

View toolie's profile

toolie

1739 posts in 1256 days


#3 posted 683 days ago

$20 shipped off ebay:

hasn’t missed any metal yet!

-- there's a solution to every problem.......you just have to be willing to find it.

View Surfside's profile

Surfside

3079 posts in 801 days


#4 posted 683 days ago

How about this?

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

View Moron's profile

Moron

4666 posts in 2521 days


#5 posted 683 days ago

I used/use the same one Toolie suggested. Works great.

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

View JesseTutt's profile

JesseTutt

802 posts in 738 days


#6 posted 683 days ago

One question to ask with any metal detector is how deep will it scan? Would the metal detector detect something in the middle of an 8/4 board. The one I have has problems with boards over 1” thick. As a test, place a nail under a board and see if the scanner will detect it.

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

View Surfside's profile

Surfside

3079 posts in 801 days


#7 posted 683 days ago

With that multi zone metal detector I posted above can detect even the tiniest metal inside a big board.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

View moke's profile

moke

475 posts in 1403 days


#8 posted 683 days ago

Thanks for the advice guys—-I still haven’t decided. I haven’t found the super scan for less than 60.00 anywhere, it looks like a great unit and maybe that is what I am going to have to pay. Any more advice is appreciated.

View moke's profile

moke

475 posts in 1403 days


#9 posted 681 days ago

Thanks again guys. I bought a Garrett unit that looks similar to the Super Scanner. I tried taping a screw to the bottom of the board and it worked semi well. It alerted on 3/4” but very rarely on 5/4 unplaned. I came up eith the idea I should just scan periodically as I plane. Thanks for the advice….
Mike aka Moke

View redSLED's profile

redSLED

687 posts in 520 days


#10 posted 474 days ago

I use the one below – take a 9V battery. Works great. Excellent for dealing with old house/reclaimed wood. Regarding any deep hidden/broken off nails I just cut around them or cut out the piece. Saved my blades many times.

-- Perfection is the difference between too much and not enough.

View chloelly's profile

chloelly

1 post in 383 days


#11 posted 383 days ago

Using a high quality headphone help you better catch the signal. Headphone cannot only better transmit the sounds from metal gold detector, it also keeps out the outside noises such as the sound of wind blow, conversation and so on, which will interfere with hearing and recognizing signals.

View Shawn Masterson's profile

Shawn Masterson

1253 posts in 576 days


#12 posted 383 days ago

first of all instead of running out and buying new knives just slide the knives. mine has a 3 cutter head so I slide one left, 2 leave it, and 3 slides right. then keep on going till they get dull. I have done this many times. it only takes a little slide to move the chip.

View firefighterontheside's profile

firefighterontheside

3777 posts in 484 days


#13 posted 383 days ago

http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B000VKJ1MM/ref=ya_aw_oh_pii

Works great for me

-- Bill M. I love my job as a firefighter, but nothing gives me the satisfaction of running my hand over a project that I have built and just finished sanding.

View waho6o9's profile

waho6o9

4827 posts in 1204 days


#14 posted 383 days ago

How about a big ol rare earth magnet?

View firefighterontheside's profile

firefighterontheside

3777 posts in 484 days


#15 posted 383 days ago

The zircon that i have can find metal as much as 6 inches deep. You run it flat for a broad search and then turn it the other way to pinpoint the location. I think it was only about 30 or forty $.

-- Bill M. I love my job as a firefighter, but nothing gives me the satisfaction of running my hand over a project that I have built and just finished sanding.

showing 1 through 15 of 18 replies

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

GardenTenders.com :: gardening showcase