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On 4/22/2021 at 7:21 AM, Coinboy said:

I agree with that list for the most part but I would not add the garrett edge digger. I found it to be pretty blunt and it didn’t cut a good plug. I’m also a big fan of predator tools, those have always been my favorites. I use the ultra eagle and raptor.

It's a listicle aimed at SEO marketing, which means you need to take the recommendations with a few shakes of the salt shaker.

This isn't about informing people what's best. It's about driving web traffic and/or promoting certain products over others.

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Marketing, yes and probably pretty effective.

I did receive my new Radius Metal Detecting Spade today. I ordered it direct from Radius. Kellyco lists some of this companies products but this model must be a newer introduction. It has a wider blade than the Nomad but not as long. Same design serrations and inverted V notch. The spade head is at a moderate angle like a trenching shovel so it should roll the plug out well. Good weight & balance except for some type of hanger tab welded to the back of the shank. That is going to get cut off as it is right where I hold the handle to carry it. Very sturdy made with good looking welds. I think it will complement my other digging tools well and a bargain to boot!

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On 4/22/2021 at 7:21 AM, Coinboy said:

I agree with that list for the most part but I would not add the garrett edge digger. I found it to be pretty blunt and it didn’t cut a good plug. I’m also a big fan of predator tools, those have always been my favorites. I use the ultra eagle and raptor.

It appears you're not the only one with that opinion of the Edge Digger! I'm going to have to reassess whether it belongs in this breakdown.

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People may wonder about the Kellyco posts. No, they are not paying me, though they probably should. I got one link from Kellyco to the forum in return for what, hundreds of links to Kellyco? I get hit up for these kinds of "hey, we will post articles on your website" stuff all the time.

In this case it is detecting related, and the content is decent, so I figured why not? I don't want their money, but as long as you all find the content halfway entertaining or useful, then it's fine. They are not hiding who they are, so it is transparent. Though I do wish the posts were formatted for small screen - I edit every one down to size as far as fonts. 

Anyway, yes, it is marketing material, but from what I've seen, nothing horribly inaccurate or off base. Some are pretty darn good. Anyway, that's the story, and as long as you are all fine I'm fine. If people get to feeling like it's too much, too pushy, that's another story. It's basically up to the membership.

Long story short, they asked first, I said ok, and here we are. :smile:

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1 hour ago, Steve Herschbach said:

People may wonder about the Kellyco posts. No, they are not paying me, though they probably should. I got one link from Kellyco to the forum in return for what, hundreds of links to Kellyco? I get hit up for these kinds of "hey, we will post articles on your website" stuff all the time.

In this case it is detecting related, and the content is decent, so I figured why not? I don't want their money, but as long as you all find the content halfway entertaining or useful, then it's fine. Though I do wish the posts were formatted for small screen - I edit every one down to size. 

Anyway, yes, it is marketing material, but from what I've seen, nothing horribly inaccurate or off base. Some are pretty darn good. Anyway, that's the story, and as long as you are all fine I'm fine. If people get to feeling like it's too much, too pushy, that's another story. It's basically up to the membership.

Long story short, they asked first, I said ok, and here we are. :smile:

I don't mind a little marketing inside an informational post.  It isn't like KellyCo is hiding behind a shill user ID, pretty obvious who they are.  As long as I can speak my opinion from my experience in response to an infomercial thread (as I, and others did by discussing products that KellyCo doesn't carry), no harm/no foul.  ~Tim

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4 hours ago, JCR said:

Marketing, yes and probably pretty effective.

I did receive my new Radius Metal Detecting Spade today. I ordered it direct from Radius. Kellyco lists some of this companies products but this model must be a newer introduction. It has a wider blade than the Nomad but not as long. Same design serrations and inverted V notch. The spade head is at a moderate angle like a trenching shovel so it should roll the plug out well. Good weight & balance except for some type of hanger tab welded to the back of the shank. That is going to get cut off as it is right where I hold the handle to carry it. Very sturdy made with good looking welds. I think it will complement my other digging tools well and a bargain to boot!

I like the idea of the inverted V notch, as it would hold the tool ON a root as opposed to a chance of a pointed tool deflecting from the root. Not a big deal but less digging = more finds.

Radius specifically states "not for prying", which makes me a bit reluctant to order one. What is your take on this?

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They are very well made and plenty strong even for hard use. I have not felt the need to be overly careful but I know it is not a wrecking bar. The hand trowel & soil knife are a bit lighter duty but work very well. I am still surprised how reasonably priced they are for the quality. Some people can break an anvil with stupid.

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To be fair most edge diggers are probably not razor sharp for safety reasons.

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Favorite of mine is predator Raptor with a D-handle press fitted on. It’s effective as heck and moves dirt like a scoop. You can get away with it in parks too

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