Welcome to DetectorStuff.com!

Thanks for visiting…since the launch of DetectorStuff I’ve worked to improve the hobby of metal detecting by seeking out interviews, metal detector reviews, interesting stories, etc.

Not to brag, or anything (okay…maybe a little!) this was one of the first sites on the Web to interview industry insiders and put their unique perspectives on the written page for hobby enthusiasts.  I’ve had conversations with legends at Fisher, White’s, Detectorpro, Teknetics and more.  The “brains” behind some of the coolest detectors on the planet!

Drop by the forums at www.detectorstuff.com/forum for discussions and fun.

Please enjoy the content of this site and feel free to drop me an email or message with ideas, suggestions or just to say hello.

-Mark Ellington

Great hobby detecting guide!

Check out this site…really good information!  http://www.smarterhobby.com/metal-detecting/

Vintage detector gallery

Awesome vintage detectors…credit for photos to various sources.  Have an old machine?  Send me a pic and I’d love to add it.  Feel free to comment on these if you have more info.

Inside look at White’s Electronics / How to make a metal detector

Interesting video takes you on a virtual tour of White’s Electronics in Sweet Home, Oregon.  The host is…well, you be the judge!  Kind of a kid in a candy shop sort of thing.  Anyway, White’s has been in the biz for MANY years and has a ton of awesome metal detectors.

Stuff like this hurts the hobby!

I DO NOT agree with the current rules, laws and regs related to metal detecting in the the US…especially when it comes to finding historically valuable relics.  HOWEVER…sneaking around and doing this kind of thing makes it even worse for those of us who follow rules and try to help the hobby be seen in a good light.



New forum system!

Due to some technical issues, we have migrated the forums to the WordPress forum package.  All old posts were imported, so no lost information!  It is different than what you were used to, but has a better future ahead…and is integrated with WordPress so it’s easier to manage (for me, anyway!)

A couple of things:

  1. to get a profile photo, use Gravatar ( http://www.wpbeginner.com/beginners-guide/what-is-gravatar-and-why-you-should-start-using-it-right-away/ )  *NOTE* just added a plugin that will also allow you to upload an avatar/profile picture.
  2. If you are a previous user of our forums, you name is still in the list.  Try you usual name and password.  If that doesn’t work, email me at [email protected]




Fisher F75 SE on deep silver dime

F75large-popUpeditHi everyone…here is the next in my ongoing series of metal detector tests on the same deep silver dime.  Up to bat is the Fisher F75 SE.  So far, this one knocks it out of the park as “best” at giving me a “DIG ME!” signal on the dime.  Like I’ve said before though, lots of variables to consider from ground moisture to undetectable RF noise.

Fisher CZ3D on a deep silver dime

Fisher CZ3D

So, my current mission to test all the metal detectors in my stable against a deep silver dime in my test garden continues.  Now…remember…variables is a key word here.  Meaning, time constraints won’t let me test all of the machines on the same day…and I have witnessed numerous times that the exact same metal detector can NOT get the dime one day and then (with identical settings) can get it the next.  The variables I’m talking about are ground moisture, “invisible” RF interference, etc….heck, it could even be moon phases, gov’t conspiracies and UFO’s for all I know.

So, this take this test for what it is…different detectors on the same targets but on different days.  Up to bat today is the venerable Fisher CZ3D.  The original CZ design is dual frequency and originally the brain child of Dave Johnson.  It has had many iterations since with the last being the 3D.  This is a design that goes back to the late 80’s/early 90’s!  Amazing that it still holds it own against the modern crop of metal detectors.

Teknetics G2 on a deep silver dime

I’m planning to do a series of metal detector demos on this same dime before I dig up my test garden to move to a new house.  It was originally buried about 7 or so years ago.  First up is the Omega G2…  Interestingly, the G2 is designed to be a “gold detector” or in other words, for gold prospecting.  It has found a huge following in the world of relic hunting due to its great depth on low conducting targets (lead, brass and gold)  The G2 operates at 19 kHz (higher frequency typically means more sensitivity to lower conductor metals)

When I first tested the G2, I figured there was no way it would be a good coin shooter due to the frequency.  I was actually quite wrong!  It even hits the deep silver dime, as you’ll see in the video.  Comments and questions are welcome!

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