When it comes to metal detecting accessories there are a variety of items that can make your detecting more enjoyable, productive and safe.
In the rest of this article I will discuss a number of metal detecting accessories you might consider for your first detector. This is not an all-inclusive list but it should give some insight into what might be considered useful.
Metal Detecting Shovels and Scoops – This is an obvious tool to make your detecting more productive; metal detecting shovels come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors. There are basically three types of digging tools: round nose (square edged), squared nose (sharpened flat edge) and the spade (flat with point).
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Metal Detecting Gloves
Since you will be digging holes and moving things around, gloves are a good idea. The thin palms gives a better feel for the ground as I search. Light-weight cotton gloves help protect the detector during storage between hunts and will protect the detector from getting scratched or dinged.
Metal Detecting Rakes
Metal detecting rakes are designed for sifting through leaf litter in an attempt to recover coins, rings and other small items missed with the round nose shovels. The rakes come in different sizes and head shapes. Some are designed to be used as a single rake, some as two rakes either side by side or opposing each other. One end of the rake is sharpened; this allows you to cut into leaf piles and loosen the debris on the bottom.
Metal Detecting Scoop-shovel Combination Tools
There are several products on the market that combine a round nose shovel with a metal detecting scoop. I have seen them used and am impressed with their light weight and ease of use. They come in sizes up to 16 inches yet fold down to about the size of your closed fist . These are great for the beginner or someone who wants to limit their accessory list.
Metal Detecting Metal Detector Wagon
metal detector wagon is designed for using with gardening tools, kids toys etc. It holds up to 125 lbs and has 6 inch wheels that are rated for use on both hard surfaces and grass. The wagon includes a 10 x 5 inch planter box which can be used for flowers, herbs or peppers.
Metal Detecting Canopy
A metal detecting canopy keeps the sunlight off you which is important to prevent overheating during warmer months. There are several types of canopies that come with different mounting options including a c-clamp and ground spike. Some canopies also come with a built in chair which can be useful when taking a break from metal detecting or using it for gardening and yard work.
Metal Detecting Bag
A metal detector bag is designed to hold your detector and accessories such as: shovels, rakes, gloves, etc. There are a variety of metal detector bags on the market. It holds Explorer II metal detector, headphones, gloves, coins and other items.
The Deluxe XL Backpack
The Deluxe XL Backpack is designed to hold Explorer II and other similar detectors. It measures 7 x 12 inches and comes with room for your shovel, rake and other accessories.
Metal Detecting Bags for Children
There are a variety of metal detector bags designed specifically for children. Some have race car themes while others can also be used as a purse or school backpack . These bags are brightly colored and designed for children to carry their own detector accessories.
Best metal detecting accessories
What is the best metal detecting accessories to get the job done?
If you are a newbie or just decided to get yourself a cheaper metal detector, here’s a quick overview of the equipment you should have. If you plan on getting started in this hobby, there are 4 pieces of equipment you should have.
- Metal Detector
Although not required, there are other optional metal detecting accessories to consider. These include: bags, baskets, rakes and scoops. The following list provides a brief overview of where to find these products on the Internet along with some basic information about each accessory plus links for more details.
Metal Detector Accessories Kit
This kit includes the basic three items you need for metal detecting: round nose shovel, a pair of digging gloves and a folding chair. The manufacturer also makes other metal detector accessories kits for men, kids and women which can be found on Amazon.com by searching for “metaldetectingaccessories”.
Metal Detecting Accessories Kit (10-in-1)
This kit includes the following items: 10 inch round nose shovel; 9 inch spading fork; 8 inch garden cultivator; 6 inch hand trowel, Tri-folding camp seat with carrying bag and 5 assorted digging tools’ case. The manufacturer also makes metal detecting accessories kits for men kids and women which can be found on Amazon.com by searching for “10in1metaldetectingaccessories”.
Metal Detecting Shovels and Spades
Shovels and spades are popular metal detecting accessories. Most models come with a powder coated (rust-resistant) stainless steel blade, shaft and handle. Some metal detectors have built in rests that allow you to place them down without hitting the ground. The following link provides a brief overview of metal detecting shovels and spades:
Metal Detecting Shovels and Spades (set of 3)
This set includes three different styles of digging tools: round point (shovel), square point (spade) and pointed tip (trowel ). Each tool is made from sturdy steel and has a wooden handle. They are designed for digging in soil and also work well for planting flowers and bulbs.
Metal Detector Basket, Scoop and Tray Accessories
Metal detecting baskets come in different shapes and sizes including flat (tray), round (basket) with and without handles. Most baskets and trays feature a rust proof stainless steel frame with a plastic or wire mesh basket. Some metal detector trays have adjustable legs with plastic tips for added stability.
Scoops are also useful for digging up items without having to bend over . A round scoop is designed for more efficient digging of holes for planting bulbs, flowers and shrubs. It has an open muzzle with smooth edges so it won’t scratch or bruise your flowers.
Metal Detecting Basket, Scoop and Tray Accessories (set of 3)
This set includes three different styles of digging tools: round point (shovel), square point (spade) and pointed tip (trowel). Each tool is made from sturdy steel and has a wooden handle. They are designed for digging in soil and also work well for planting flowers, bulbs or vegetables.