In the early days of gold prospecting, miners had to use rudimentary tools like pickaxes and pans to get the gold from the earth. These days there are more technologically advanced tools that can be used. One tool that is used by most people seeking gold is metal detectors. Yes, that stick with a round coil on the other end. Metal detectors are mostly known for detecting land mines, but without landmines to search for, the metal detector has been repurposed. It has become the must-have tool for anyone who hopes to find metal buried beneath the ground. Metal detectors have opened up a whole new realm of prospecting for gold and spawned a generation of gold bugs who make prospecting fun, exciting and lucrative.
People who live next to the beach often come across these new metal detecting, treasure hunters who comb the sand for lost things like watches, rings, watches, money and a host of other things. It can be a lucrative hobby if you live next to a busy beach that is frequented by millions of people every year. Metal detectors aren’t just good for finding lost jewellery on the beach, though, they are also useful for finding gold nuggets.
If you are thinking of joining the growing community of nugget hunters who go out for hours on end, sweeping large swaths of ground in search for the smallest nugget they can find then you should start by finding the right equipment you will need like a metal detector. As a new user, you should get a cheap entry-level model to familiarise yourself with how metal detectors work. There are techniques that you will need to familiarise yourself with and then there is the metal detector itself.
Entry level metal detectors are available for $100 to $200. They are small and have a short range. High-end models tend to be more expensive. You can spend as much as $1,500 for a really good state of the art metal detector. However, the price isn’t always a good indicator of how good a metal detector is. If you are at the right place and you know what exactly it is you are doing, you can find a good sized nugget with your $100 metal detector as easily as you would have with an expensive high-end model. You can sell gold nuggets and get a good return on the investment you’ve made by buying yourself a good metal detector.
Metal detectors work in the same way. They all have built in coil at the base that turn into an electromagnet when turned on. This electromagnet picks up any metal buried beneath the ground. It they will detect any metal, including gold. When they detect metal, they emit a sound that alerts the metal detector of the presence of a metallic object.
Metal detectors have been around for decades and in all that time they have evolved from being clunky cumbersome machines to being portable and extremely sensitive. Because the market is so big, there are literally hundreds of different models for novices and experienced users. There are metal detectors that are designed specifically to detect gold. These tend to be a little bit on the expensive side, but when you consider the amount of money you can make when you sell gold nuggets spending more money on the best detector designed for gold will turn out to be money well spent.