Minelab Metal Detectors

Minelab metal detectors have the ability to detect all kinds of metals. Minelab has a variety of models that are designed for specific uses such as detecting gold, evidence recovery, underwater use, treasure hunting, all-purpose uses, and countermine detecting.

How do you use a Minelab metal detector?
  • Power on the Minelab machine. Swing the coil on the bottom back and forth over the ground, low and slow. If you go too fast, the coil will not be able to locate objects.
  • Listen for the beep. This noise will differ depending on what you have discovered. Narrow down the area where you will be digging.
  • Using a plastic trowel, dig down into the ground and place the dirt in a bucket. Once you have finished digging, sift through the collected dirt until you find your object.
How do Minelab metal detectors work?

These metal detectors contain a coil of wire that is wrapped around the circular head. When electricity flows through this coil, a magnetic field is created around it. When you move the machine over the ground, the magnetic field begins to move, too. If you move over an identifiable object, such as gold, the magnetic field from the detector causes another magnetic field to appear around the metal. The machine detects this second magnetic field, causing it to beep or signal.

What is detected by a metal detector?

What a metal detector can pick up varies depending on the type of detector. Minelab's treasure detectors can differentiate between various objects in the ground, meaning you don't have to waste your time digging up trash. Minelab also offers a machine specifically for seeking out gold, with added sensitivity for all sizes of nuggets. Minelab also has countermine metal detectors that are meant to withstand harsh environments. Evidence recovery detectors can assist in finding concealed crime scene evidence. If you're not sure what to search for, all-purpose Minelab metal detectors have a variety of different features you can explore.

How far down do metal detectors work?

Most beginner detectors can search anywhere from 6- to 16-inches deep. How well your machine picks up an object depends on a variety of factors, including the size of the object, type of metal, proximity to other objects, size of the coil, and more. If you are searching for objects that are buried deeper than 3 feet, you will need a two-box detector that can more easily penetrate the earth.

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