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    metal detecting on the beach

    i bought this 40 dollar Harbor Freight metal detector for those times when i lose something , at work or at home . Its got me out of trouble a few times . Today i remembered to grab it so i could fool around on the beach with it waiting for the wind to pick up or die down . Either to could kite or surf .
    The wind was not enough to kite , and it was too windy to surf . So grabbed the ole harbor freight inspector gadget . Put some ear muffies on and swept the beach in a grid like fashion for aboot 30 to 40 minutes . The first spot i found that was littered with bud light lime bottle caps , mikes and a few buds . Came across 4 fishing lures , 3 tent steaks , $hit load of rusty metal , nails , screws etc . Gum rappers , milk seals you pull off under the cap . 2 dollars in change , a broken chain , pair of keys and rivets out of something . The best find was a 1957 silver dime .
    Do any of you fellas mop the beach with a metal detector when there's no action in the water ? If so , any thing cool or weird that you have found ? Its seems like with all those people on the beach there should be some chance to find something .
    I know this is not surf related , but being on the beach and close to the water is always soothing . Even if I'm only getting my feet wet at the moment .

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    I always walk up to metal detectors because they look miserable. I always ask what they found and it's always trash. Good luck to you though.

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    I was a big time metal detectorist. I've owned units worth $1000 each and paid for all of them 4 times over with what I found. Truth number one, they are never gonna tell you what they are finding, why would they. I have found diamond rings, big gold men's rings, 200 year old coins, lots of old silver coins, necklaces etc. I save my good stuff in a little velvet bag and cash it in when I need money for something. A normal night on the beach would be $10 - $15 in change with a bunch of cheap jewelry in a couple of hours. Occasionally you will be really surprised by something worth a couple hundred dollars. It's a lot like fishing, the anticipation of the unknown. Water hunting is where it's at but be prepared to spend way over $1000 on a good unit.

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    I've never done it, but I always see guys doing it whenever I'm at the beach in the early evening, just before sunset.

    Hope you find some good stuff!

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    I had one that paid for itself many times over, not at the beach. Used it at a festival site in the mountains. Best spot was a pillow fight where people would sit on a raised log and bash each other with pillows until they fell off. Tons of change fell out of their pickets into the bed of straw below. The interesting thing was you could pick up a coin mixed in with the straw and not be able see it in your hand until you got all the straw out of the way. The detector sees all.

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    Wow, sounds like those Jersey beaches are a pretty clean place.

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    How is the harbor freight metal detector? In my line of work, harbor freight is like my toy store. Cheap. But you got to know what's ok to go cheap on and what not. For instance, I'd never buy a drill or impact from HF. A set of box wrenches, sure. So I'm curious how the metal detector works. Give us a review if you can.

    I never metal detected. My aunt used to. Similar to what zippy said. Found a bunch of jewelry (usually cheap stuff but on occasion got somthing nice) and lots of coins. It adds up. She'd keep it all then cash it all in and buy somthing nice or take a vacation with it. Can't expect to hit the jackpot every time. But even just small change adds up if you use it enough

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    Quote Originally Posted by BassMon2 View Post
    How is the harbor freight metal detector? In my line of work, harbor freight is like my toy store. Cheap. But you got to know what's ok to go cheap on and what not. For instance, I'd never buy a drill or impact from HF. A set of box wrenches, sure. So I'm curious how the metal detector works. Give us a review if you can.

    I never metal detected. My aunt used to. Similar to what zippy said. Found a bunch of jewelry (usually cheap stuff but on occasion got somthing nice) and lots of coins. It adds up. She'd keep it all then cash it all in and buy somthing nice or take a vacation with it. Can't expect to hit the jackpot every time. But even just small change adds up if you use it enough
    A Harbor Freight detector is a toy. You need a detector with good discrimination to be really successful. Cheap detectors don't have the power to get deep enough for gold unless it's a fresh loss in dry sand. I like Fisher CZ or minelab detectors, expensive but worth it. It's more fun when your with a buddy to show your finds to

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    Talked to a guy with one last year. He said he makes about 1k per season.
    Typically, he'd find a 500 dorra piece of jewelry at some point over the summer. The rest is just small hits of coins or cheap jewelry?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LongIslandBro View Post
    Talked to a guy with one last year. He said he makes about 1k per season.
    Typically, he'd find a 500 dorra piece of jewelry at some point over the summer. The rest is just small hits of coins or cheap jewelry?
    I paid off my first water detector in the first year and found $500 in loose change and about $500 to $1000 in gold jewelry ever year after. The thing is you have to put in the time to find that much. I also did a lot of land detecting with another detector and found countless old coins. Also dug a cashe of coins and silver and gold jewelry at the site of a house that burned down in the 1940's. I used to go to the library and look at old maps that would give the location of homes. Overlay that map with a modern one and you would see where a house was once and now is only forest. Went there and started digging and found a lot of charred earth 3 inches down then hit the pile. It was only about $5 in old silver quarters but a pile of gold and silver jewelry. I still have some of the jewelry but cashed out most of it for around $600. I love doing that, history research then the ability to touch something that was last touched by the person who dropped it.