I picked this up on Ebay for my updcoming trip west:
I like the lightweight, compact design. The overall quality is quite good, with the aluminum parts appearing to be anodized. Shown in the photo is the central magnet assembly removed from the hexagonal tube. Here are a couple concerns I have:
1) Particularly when installed, the effect of the magnets seems weak. I think the ad says 13 1/2 lb pickup force (however that is measured) but given the distance of the magnets from the outside of the hex extrusion when fully installed, it doesn't seem to have much strength.
2) The magnet frame assembly weighs almost half of the entire unit -- 408 g vs. 430 g for everything else. That's not so bad, but for hiking and backpacking, every ounce saved helps.
3) The magnet assembly (when installed) rotates 360 degrees without any stop/lock to hold it in a desired position. My guess is that bumping either end on a rock or vegetation (think of the black plastic ends as knobs) could cause it to rotate to an undesirable position.
The design is clever in that in order to clear the rake after filling with iron trash you just rotate the magnet assmbly until the fork tines push off the nails, wire, etc. -- a type of easy self-cleaning. However, I might be willing to dispense with that feature to mod it for stronger pull.
So here's some advice I'm seeking: Do I replace these alnico magnetics with neodymium ones? If so, how many and how strong? Should I stay with the magnets on the inside or just attach them outside, and if the latter, where?
I should have included a ruler for scale. The width of the rake is 10.5 inches (267 mm) and the tines are 1 inch long and 7/8 inch separation. Each hexagonal face is 3/4 inch across.
Does anyone know a way to dip in grass without the grass dying. When digging in my yard, I try to not kill the grass. But the circle of grass in dig always turns brown/yellow. I was wondering if there was a way to prevent this, or is this something that just happens. Thanks!
Picking the right sand scoop for your treasure hunting needs will help you recover targets more quickly with less effort, providing for a better hunt overall. With over 50 years of industry experience, Kellyco has tons of experience in helping our customers pick the right metal detectors and gear, such as sand scoops.
What Are the Best Sand Scoops to Purchase?
While it is impossible to say which scoop is the best for each individual treasure hunter to buy, it is possible to point to some of our best sellers and discuss them more in-depth. Continue reading for a detailed view of some of our most popular models of scoops on the market today.
1. RTG 32″ Adjustable All-Aluminum Sand Scoop
Reilly’s Treasured Gold, more commonly known as RTG, has been producing some of the highest-quality and most heavy-duty sand scoops on the market for years. They sell stainless steel scoops, aluminum sand scoops, and many other target recovery tools for beach metal detecting. For someone looking for the ideal sand scoop that will give them a variety of handle lengths, they should definitely look into the RTG 32″ Adjustable All-Aluminum Sand Scoop. This sand scoop gives you the opportunity to modify the length of the handle for whatever situation you run into, providing you with a highly-adaptable scoop that you can use rain or shine, on the beach or in the water.
2. CKG 11″ x 8″ Sand Scoop
CKG sand scoops are built to perform in any condition, as they are built with a lightweight stainless steel, providing the ultimate in ergonomics and durability. The CKG 11″ x 8″ Sand Scoop features a top hole for a handle that you can install on your own. This allows you great flexibility in picking out the exact handle length and style you desire. If you would prefer a high-quality option that will last for decades, consider the CKG Universal Carbon Fiber Sand Scoop Shaft, as it will take a beating, while remaining lightweight and ergonomic.
3. Detecting Adventures T-Rex 9.5″ Sand Scoop
Detecting Adventures sand scoops are also built with the customer in mind. They are highly durable and will never give up on you, lasting decades with no problems at all. The Detecting Adventures T-Rex 9.5″ Sand Scoop is one of the most popular sand scoop solutions we offer. The Detecting Adventures T-Rex scoop comes with no handle included, as it gives customers the option of choosing their own handle. It is constructed of tempered stainless steel, providing both incredible strength and corrosion resistance. If you are looking for one do-it-all sand scooping solution, this is it.
Why Do I Need Sand Scoops for Metal Detecting?
If you are frequently metal detecting on the beach, you might already know the answer to this, as you have recovered hundreds of pieces of jewelry, coins, and other buried treasure. Beach scoops are designed to quickly sift through sand to help metal detectorists locate their targets with ease. If you have ever tried sifting through the sand with your hands or a shovel, you know how inconvenient it can be, especially when it is a very small metal object, such as an earring or a coin. To many beach hunters, they would never go metal detecting without their water scoop.
In addition to those who enjoy metal detecting beaches, there are also a few more very invaluable uses for a scoop as well. Many hardcore relic hunters will do anything they can to dig up artifacts of the past, which is why they are often very well respected. Oftentimes, historic sites, such as battlefields, old schools, or homesteads were located right by a body of water. When this occurs, some relic hunters will hunt that creek, river, or other body of water no matter what, as they know that there will be tons of good stuff below the surface. To effectively hunt these bodies of water, they will probably use a water scoop, as it is impossible to see what you are doing with a shovel or trowel. Using a treasure scoop will sift through the mud, sand, and sediment found on the bottom of the river to leave them with their relics.
There is another scenario that gives metal detector beach sand scoops significance. This scenario is much like the relic hunting scenario, but with gold nuggets. Gold prospecting is an excellent way to find quite a bit of the yellow, valuable metal. Prospectors have no control over where gold will be located, so it is important to carry an assortment of digging tools. A treasure hunter will be well served in any bodies of water, such as creeks and streams, in addition to any sandy areas where they have located gold. You will be enabled to quickly sift through sand and soil to find your gold, saving you time and effort.
The last reason that many detectorists own a sand scoop is that they have back problems or other body pains. Sand scoops can be purchased with a long handle, meaning that detectorists do not have to bend over to recover their target. To someone with arthritis, back pain, knee pain, or shoulder pain, this can be a saving grace. Not only will it allow you the chance to metal detect, but to do it with no pain and for a much longer time. If you are someone who struggles with body aches, a long handle sand scoop could change your life.
As can be seen, there are a wide variety of uses for a treasure scoop, providing tons of flexibility and usefulness to the user. Whether it is in the places you are hunting or having body aches, there are multiple reasons to invest in a sand scoop that will last you for decades. Now that you see why you need a sand scoop, it is important to make sure you pick the best one for your needs.
How to Pick the Best Sand Scoops
1. Different Types of Sand Scoops
Stainless Steel Sand Scoop: One of the most important factors that you can keep in mind when determining which sand scoop you want is the material it is made out of. Stainless steel is a best seller, as many detectorists might be hunting in or around salt water, which is highly corrosive compared to any other environment. Stainless steel sand scoops are built to withstand harsh environments with their heavy duty construction, providing buyers with a high-quality scoop that will last for decades. Stainless steel is entirely corrosion-proof, as long as you take care of it, and will help you sift through any amount of sand, mud, or water for as long as you need it to. Aluminum Sand Scoop: Another material that sand scoops are made out of is aluminum. Aluminum is very lightweight, and as long as you will not be hunting in salty, corrosive environments, these scoops can be a great addition to your digging tool selection. Even though aluminum scoops are lightweight, they are still built to last with heavy duty construction. Determining whether you want stainless steel or aluminum for your sand scoop is an important first step that will help guide your purchase. 2. Sand Scoop Handles
Another very important factor that will help narrow down your purchase is the size of the handle of the treasure scoop. There are usually three distinct handle sizes when it comes to scoops. There is a short scoop, medium handle scoop, and a long handle scoop. Each of these handle sizes has its merits and downsides:
The Short Handle Scoop: The short handle scoop allows for more control over the scoop in the sand, however it requires you to bend over, which can cause a sore back and muscles after a while. The Medium Handle Scoop: The medium handle gives you more control than the long handle, however it still requires you to bend over a bit, making it the best of both worlds. The Long Handle Scoop: The long handle scoop is great for your back and muscles, however it can be a little bit harder to extract your metal target at times. Determining the length of your handle on your metal detector sand scoop will give you a great idea of how you can narrow down your search, as each length is great for a certain type of person. While handle length is definitely an important factor, handle shape is another important factor. Depending on the way you metal detect, this can make a huge difference. There are three main handle types:
A Standard, Straight Handle: The most common is a standard, straight handle. This protrudes from the metal sand scoop at an angle or straight out, and this handle type works great for most detectorists. A Curved Handle: There is a curved handle, which many detectorists who like to get close to the ground like, as it allows for a smooth scooping motion. A ‘Kick’ Handle: The final handle design is a ‘kick’ handle, which protrudes out at an angle to the basket and then curves downwards. The kick design is a great option for anyone who is looking for a longer handle for knee high or waist high water scenarios. While seemingly insignificant, handle design can make a treasure scoop much better for someone depending on their preferences.
3. Basket and Sifter Construction
One more factor to keep in mind when picking your water scoop is the type of basket and sifter construction. While the basket shape is generally the same for every scoop Kellyco offers, there are some differences in the mesh patterns. Some scoops are built for dry sand, and these are often made of a wire mesh that quickly recovers the smallest of targets. The wire mesh scoops are a bad choice for water recovery, as mud and sediment can ruin the mesh more quickly than it should. Some underwater search scoops are designed to be able to handle mud, wet sand clumps, and other sediments, and these feature a stainless steel coating with holes cut into the metal. These still capture small targets and can withstand the abuse of water hunting. In addition to this, there are also hexagon and round holes that make up the basket, and these essentially come down to personal preference. Think about whether you hunt in the dry sand or in the wet sand and water more often, and this will help guide your investment into the proper sand scoop.
4. The Price of the Sand Scoop
A final, and very important factor to many, is the price of the treasure scoop. Some of the sand scoops we sell here at Kellyco are built to be in a luxury or professional class of sand scoops. Others are built for the working person, who only wants to spend a small amount to get a quality tool to get the job done. Regardless of how much you are willing to spend, each of the scoops we sell are built to last and come with heavy-duty, high-quality construction. Once you have determined the price you are willing to pay for a scoop, you have the final piece to the puzzle.
Now that you have taken into account the price, basket and sifter construction, handle design, handle length, and the material the scoop is made out of, you should now be able to narrow down your search. At this point, you can browse through the treasure scoops we sell and pick the perfect one for you.
At the end of the day, picking the right sand scoop can mean the difference between finding your buried treasure, and losing it in the waves. There is no reason to not purchase a sand scoop, whether it is the most expensive option or the most affordable option. Kellyco makes it a priority to provide the highest quality scoops for any budget. If you are someone who does a lot of beach hunting, relic hunting in water, or does gold prospecting in sandy or water environments, or someone who has back pain or other body pain, a sand scoop can be the perfect tool for you. If you have any questions at all about sand scoops or any other digging tools, please reach out to us with any questions, as we would be happy to help.
What is the Best Sand Scoop for Metal Detecting? originally appeared on kellycodetectors.com
I have been wanting a Walco pick for the last 12 years now and have had a hell of a time getting my hands on one. Last month I contacted Lucky Strike Gold Prospecting in Geelong Australia 🦘 and to my surprise, Justin said yes we will ship to the United States. He had the Solid Swinger handle and he had the Walco heavy duty pick with a 29" handle. It has taken a month for them to get here. This pick has a very well balanced pick head with plenty of length on the hoe blade to sink deep along the edges of a hole to widen it as you have to go deeper. I my opinion, and this is just my opinion but Apex picks just don't have the details figured out. They told me they refuse to lengthen the hoe blade. I told them then I won't buy an Apex pick. This Waco pick is light weight but still feels like it has enough weight to sink the pick deeply into the ground. Pick end and the hoe end. I'm impressed with this pick for sure. The Solid Swinger handle is awesome as well. Now I don't have to worry about breaking a handle when I am swinging that big 25" NF DDX coil. Hahaha 😁. Justin with Lucky Strike provided great customer service. I would highly recommend them. Can't say I am too impressed with both the USPS and Australia Post on the shipping end of a month long.
Figuring out which metal detecting shovel or trowel works best for you can greatly enhance your metal detecting outings, as it will allow you to speed up target recovery, lessen fatigue on your body, and just be overall more successful. With over 60 years of experience in the metal detecting industry, Kellyco has tons of knowledge and real experience that can be used to help you pick out the perfect digging tool for your needs.
What Are the Best Metal Detecting Shovels and Trowels?
While digging tools may seem like a simple technology, it can be hard to determine exactly what you need for specific scenarios. However, we can present some of the best selling metal detecting shovels and trowels to help you in your quest for the perfect digging tool. Continue reading as several best-selling shovels and trowels are discussed in-depth.
1. Radius Root Slayer Shovel
As if the name alone doesn’t inspire you to go dig some targets, the performance that you can get out of this high-quality shovel definitely will. Not only does the Radius Root Slayer Shovel come built to last for decades of heavy-duty digging, but it also cuts through roots, sod, and any other ground material like a hot knife through butter. Whether you are metal detecting a park, someone’s yard, or gold prospecting in the hills, this shovel will do it all. The Root Slayer metal detecting shovel features serrated edges on both sides of the carbon steel blade, an O-handle grip with superior ergonomics, and a long handle that reduces wear and tear on your neck, back, and shoulders. Coming with a lifetime warranty as well, this beast of a shovel from Radius will work for you in any scenario involving hard ground> or soft ground.
2. Garrett Edge Digger with Sheath
While Garrett may be known for their high-quality metal detectors such as the Garrett AT Pro, the Garrett ACE 300, and their ever versatile Garrett Pro-Pointer, they also produce an excellent trowel that has become very popular. The Garrett Edge Digger comes built to cut through almost any soil you put it in. It features a 7.5” carbon-steel blade that has been outfitted with serrated edges to help you get through more ground with less effort. The large, comfortable handle features finger grooves for an ergonomic advantage over many trowels. In addition to the Garrett Edge Digger itself, you also receive a sheath that can be mounted onto your belt for secure, comfortable carry. If you are searching for the perfect compact and lightweight metal detector digging tool with a small overall length, this might be the one you need.
3. Lesche 28″ Ground Shark T-Handle Shovel
Lesche produces some of the finest metal detecting shovels and trowels on the planet, as their attention to detail and quality helps them stand out very well among competitors. For anyone looking for a shovel that can get down deep and cut through almost any soil type easily, it is absolutely worth considering the Lesche Ground Shark. The T-handle shovel is perfect, as it focuses on functionality rather than unique styles or designs. It is built with one purpose in mind and that is to enable detectorists to recover targets as quickly and efficiently as possible. The 3.5” x 12” serrated stainless steel blade offers both depth and precision, allowing you to dig exactly where you want. The handle is 28” long, providing the perfect middle ground between long and short handles, giving you both some back-saving properties as well as enhanced portability.
4. Grave Digger Tools SideKick
Even with all of the options on the market today, Grave Digger Tools fills a niche that very few others can. The Grave Digger line of digging tools offers high-quality, strength, and durability, all while being very affordable for the type of product it is. The Grave Digger SideKick is the perfect trowel for all of your digging tool needs. It features a laser-cut and hand-welded blade that has been both powder-coated and heat-treated. The blade also features small, sharp serrations and sharp tips that make searching for your target quick and enjoyable. Each Grave Digger SideKick is made in the USA in small, handcrafted batches, ensuring a high-quality trowel.
Why Should I Purchase a Metal Detecting Shovel or Trowel?
While it may seem like a very simple matter for some detectorists, others might not see the merit in purchasing metal detecting specific digging tools if they already have a gardening shovel or trowel. There are several different reasons why treasure hunters purchase shovels and trowels made for detecting. For example, being lightweight and having compact considerations, as well as an increased precision for faster target recovery.
The Design: As a hobbyist, one of the top reasons to purchase a metal detecting shovel or trowel is the strategic design. These tools are designed with the detectorist in mind to provide the ability to dig an ideal plug while leaving the property looking untouched. This is the reason why a shovel or trowel is so sharp as opposed to other dull gardening tools. They are designed so if used properly, they will be less likely to damage the property you are detecting on. Lightweight and Compact: In many cases, hobbyists buy digging tools specifically for metal detecting that are built to be lightweight and compact, as opposed to common gardening or more traditional digging tools. If you browse the shovels and trowels on the Kellyco website, you will see that they do not look like the average digging tool you would find at Walmart, as they are specifically built with narrow handles and sharp, serrated blades to cut through the toughest ground, while remaining lightweight and easy to carry. You may be thinking that saving several ounces doesn’t sound that substantial, but if you spend enough time in the field, you will know exactly how precious saving even a few ounces can be. Level of Strength: Another common reason that metal detectorists prefer to purchase metal detector shovels and trowels is a simple fact that normal gardening shovels and trowels just are not built strong enough. Oftentimes, especially with trowels, the blade will become deformed in metal detecting scenarios, because the ground is much harder than it would be in a typical garden scenario. The appearance of most detecting-specific digging tools is that they are built to last, with thick, heavy-duty stainless steel or carbon steel and ultra-strong yet comfortable handles and handle grips. Sharpness: This final reason is relevant to all metal detector digging tools, but especially shovels and digging knives. This final reason is that normal garden tools just are not sharp enough to deal with the types of hard ground scenarios metal detectorists deal with. Sure, they might perform fine in the sand or soft soil conditions, but when you get into rocky, hard soils commonly found when relic hunting or prospecting, you are going to run into issues. Do yourself a favor and invest in a digging tool built to slice through the hard ground easily, saving you energy and time. Should I Buy a Shovel or a Trowel?
This is a very common, and very difficult, question that is asked. Determining whether you should invest in a shovel or a trowel really comes down to what you are looking for and what personal preferences you have. At the end of the day, most metal detectorists like to use both shovels and trowels so that they can be prepared for a variety of scenarios. With that being said, continue reading as the strengths and weaknesses of each are compared.
When To Use a Small Trowel or Shovel
One of the largest factors metal detectorists may be concerned with is the weight and portability of their digging tools. While many hobbyists do not typically spend all day treasure hunting, many of us do. This can lead to an increased awareness of the weight and size of the objects carried while hunting for valuables. If size and weight are a big concern for you, you might be best suited with a small trowel or digging knife that attaches to a sheath on your belt or pack. These are incredibly unobtrusive and lightweight, while still allowing you the ability to cut through tough soil with ease. Another option is to carry both a digging knife and a smaller-sized shovel. For example, the Radius Root Slayer Nomad gives you the depth and cutting strength of a shovel, while weighing significantly less than a normal shovel. A small shovel and a good, durable digging knife are an excellent pair, as they complement each other nicely.
Digging Tools for Hard Ground
An area-specific problem that many detectorists may face is a hard ground scenario. This can be brutal after digging several holes, as using the improper digging tool can cause unnecessary fatigue and wear and tear on your body. In addition to the fatigue, it will also take you longer to recover your targets, making you less efficient with your time, causing you to find fewer targets at the end of the day. Many metal detectorists, prospectors, and treasure hunters have limited time they can use to enjoy this great hobby, so it is important to make the most of it. If you frequently experience hard ground, your best digging tool will be a high-quality shovel that can take an absolute beating. There are so many great ones that Kellyco offers, coming from brands like Grave Digger Tools, Lesche Digging Tools, and Radius Digging Tools. Not only are these carbon steel or stainless steel options able to take a beating in hard ground conditions, but they are also razor-sharp and will get through the toughest roots, mineralized soil, and thick clay.
Digging Trowel vs. Large Shovel
One final factor that may determine whether a trowel or shovel is the best option for you is how careful you must be with keeping your holes neat and taking care of the ground you are metal detecting on. Obviously, if you are hunting someone’s yard or a public park, you will want to be very precise and deliberate when recovering your target. This is often easier to do with a trowel or digging knife than with a larger shovel, as the digging knife and trowel are built for more precision. A digging knife or trowel makes a smooth circular plug after you have used the serrated edge to cut your plug. This leads to minimal root damage to the lawn and less soil being disturbed overall. If you happen to be metal detecting a property far from the public eye and you have express permission from the landowner, you can use a shovel, as it will be faster and less tiring for you. Shovels are great for digging down deep and pulling up a lot of soil quickly. Always be sure to tailor your digging tool to the exact situation you will be encountering, as this will lead to more success and a better reputation among property owners.
How to Choose the Best Metal Detecting Shovel or Trowel
Determining the best shovel or trowel for you takes careful consideration about what exactly you want and need in a digging tool. There are so many options offered that it can be overwhelming until you narrow down exactly what you are looking for. There are several factors to keep in mind, and these will be discussed in more detail below.
Shovel Handle Options
When it comes to picking out the right metal detecting shovel, there are so many different options for both handle length and handle design. Handle length depends greatly on whether or not you are looking for a longer or shorter overall length. If you are wanting to minimize fatigue and stress on your body, consider purchasing a longer handle. If you want a more compact option, pick out a shorter handle length. In addition to determining the length you desire, you should also pay attention to the handle grip design. Some of the most popular are the straight-handle, T-handle grip, D-handle, O-handle, and the ball handle. Each of these really comes down to which one you feel gives you the best ergonomics and control over the shovel. The handle length and grip design are two of the most important factors when it comes to picking out a shovel.
Shovel & Trowel Blade Design
The design, shape, and features of a blade are very relevant to both shovels and trowels. Shovels and trowels have all different kinds of blade designs, from diamond to round, plus many other variations. Some of these digging tools have serrated edges, and some have more knife-like edges. This again comes down entirely to personal preference and which blade design you think is the best for your particular situation. Many detectorists prefer serrated edges so they can cut perfectly round plugs. Others like the razor-like edges that cut through the toughest of roots. It really just comes down to what you prefer in a digging tool.
Price of the Shovel or Trowel
One of the most important factors for every hobbyist is the price of their investment. When it comes to shovels and trowels, you really get what you pay for. Spending extra money on a high-quality digging tool often ends up being cheaper in the long run, as it will last much longer and perform far better than a cheaper alternative. With that being said, if you choose to spend a lesser amount of money, you will be purchasing a quality product, as Kellyco only offers the best of the best, whether it be metal detectors, digging tools, or any other accessories.
At the end of the day, making sure that you have picked the right metal detecting shovel and trowel can greatly improve your metal detecting excursions and make you a more efficient treasure hunter. Here at Kellyco, we make it a top priority to provide our customers with the best shovels and trowels on the market today. If you have any questions about digging tools or any other metal detector accessories, please reach out to us, as we would love to help.
What Is the Best Metal Detecting Shovel and Trowel? originally appeared on kellycodetectors.com
Hey folks, I'm always trying to small down my kit and I've been successful in stuffing all my gear(detector etc.) into a nice compact light weight backpack for back country/far from the road excursions, with the exception of my digging tool, I'm looking for something that is strong enough not to break on me when I'm 3miles from the truck that fits in my pack. A take down shovel of some sort would be great. I've tried mil surp. trenching tools and they don't agree with me. If anyone has suggestions and experience with any particular model I would love to hear them before I start having a tool custom built for me which will be expensive and take time. If this post is in the wrong spot please move to the appropriate group!