Low Country Treasure Hunters of the Carolinas, Virginia, Georgia, and the Florida Coastline joined together over 30 years ago founding the Group LMS Metal Detecting. We are located in Murrells Inlet, SC and travel all over the eastern U.S. All of our members share a high standard of ethics to save and preserve the history that was lost, hidden, or just left behind. Our reputation with private land owners, commercial properties, big game hunting clubs, historical societies, and preservation organizations speaks volumes of our dedication to the path of success with working together and recovering what was once lost, or even thought to have happened in a certain location.
Folks we understand… If you’re new to Metal Detecting or have just been out of the game for several years it can be a little overwhelming with the choices now offered, and not to mention the prices ranges. You also may have been directed here from your favorite social media platform regarding other gear questions as well. We have covered a lot in this area so please read on, and if you have further questions just let us know.
Lets get started with the popular question - What is the best Metal Detector?
It really depends on your effort and a few things like understanding what you are looking to purchase. Look for things like Multi Frequency, and be sure you understand the difference between a detector that has multiple frequencies but will only run in one frequency at any given time. Some of the latest model detectors now have the ability to run multiple frequencies all at the same time and that will help improve your overall results on most hunt sites.
If you are looking for a beach metal detector take the time to understand the difference between freshwater and saltwater detectors before you purchase. Just because one is waterproof does not mean it will perform very well on a saltwater beach.
There are many brands and types to choose from and it can be perplexing. While our top recommendation will always be taking the time to learn and research all of the available options would be very beneficial to your overall success as a detectorist. But for those that don’t have the time and might be looking to purchase as a gift the Minelab Equinox would be our pick for overall performance on saltwater beaches to highly mineralized relic sites. These detectors are lightweight and very easy to use. There are two models to choose from, the Nox 800 has a 40kHz gold mode frequency (for prospecting) and some advanced settings that the slightly less expensive Nox 600 doesn’t include. Make no mistake the Nox 600 is still a great choice, but if you don’t see yourself detecting for very small gold nuggets the Nox 600 will save you some money with Nox 800 performance in the field or on the beach. The Minelab Equinox has also been one of the top selling Metal Detectors for the last few years.
We currently do not recommend anything that costs less at the same performance level with the added benefits of, light weight, wireless, and software updates. We have seen too many people make a $400 purchase, and shortly thereafter start looking for an upgrade. Understandably a less expensive metal detector might fit your needs just fine. They most definitely have their place in the market and function quite well. If you’re still unsure about the best metal detector for yourself or a gift for a loved one, it might be best to call on a trusted retailer. Contact us and we will send you a short list of the best retail stores to call with available discounts from the internet prices you have most likely already seen.
A day outdoors metal detecting is made even better when you have the right tools at hand. Listed below are some of the most widely used and popular metal detecting accessories for relic and/or beach detecting. You’ll find there are slight variations, types, and styles offered that differ in price. Stay away from the cheap knock-offs that look similar to original name brand equipment. They are basically garbage and not the best way to make your hunting easy, fun, and most importantly, productive.
When it comes to metal detecting digging tools, Lesche simply can’t be beat. Lesche digging tools are made right here in the USA, and come in many varieties.
The Lesche Digging Cutting Tool with Sheath is one of the most durable and valuable diggers you will put your hands on. There are two varieties: LS and RS. LS means “left serration” and RS means “right serration”. This tool is recommended for those permissions where the property owner is a little uncomfortable about you "digging-up" their yard. Yeah, size does matter here… Although using much larger Lesche won’t result in any more of a mess than it's little brother, some property owners don’t seem to mind the much smaller hand shovel that doesn't look quite as aggressive, and you can also just convey it on your side with the cordura holster. Remember you can always go with your choice Lesche later in the day once you have shown your skilled ability to dig up targets without damaging the yard.
The more aggressive looking Lasche 31” T handle Sampson Shovel is the choice tool for just about every seasoned detectorist. It is also available with left, right and double serration edges. With this tool you will save some time while standing using your leg for leverage like any normal shovel. It also cuts a nice clean plug for neat finishing results. There are various blade shapes and styles available to choose from.
Pinpointers are extremely useful tools for quickly locating a target. The Garrett Pro-Pointer AT Waterproof Pinpionter is one of the most popular versions and well recommended along with the Minelab Pro-Find 35 Pinpionter. The Pro-Find 35 also has a nice feature that will tone differently with ferrous and non-ferrous targets. This is a really nice feature when your coin target is mixed in with old iron nails. You can generally locate that coin faster with the different tones while in the hole or plug. It’s not perfect and will false some with large iron targets but overall might worth the extra cost for a better recovery system. There are many different types available so some research before you purchase is recommended. Please read the manual for settings, these are turn-on and go devices but they include setting you will want to learn as well. Avoid the China knock-offs that look just like these devices. They will cost less than half of the real ones and do not perform very well at all.
GPS systems are vital tools if you’re going to be in unknown areas and off the beaten path. Used properly they will be able to get you back to the location where you began. They are also used to mark GPS coordinates of targets you may find while mapping your tracks throughout a remote site. Very useful on large sites where you want to see where you have been, and where you want to go. Many of these units can be a little difficult to setup, so we recommend you test them out in areas that you’re familiar with to make sure you have a good understanding of how they function before you are solely depending on it for navigation and not sure about what its telling you to do.
A few things to consider: these units are much more accurate than the built in GPS features on some high-end metal detectors because they connect to several satellites enabling precise accuracy, while the GPS systems in metal detectors will only connect to a few satellites with less precision. They work well enough, but if you’re considering a high end metal detector just for the GPS options with it you might be rather disappointed. Garmin does offer RAM mounts for most of their products, so plenty of options are available for mounting these units in just the right spot.
Coil stiffeners do a fine job of shoring things up. However, too many people are still finding themselves with damaged coils by mistakenly overlooking some required maintenance at this connection. If you’re a regular weekend metal detecting warrior you should annually inspect these rubber spacer washers for wear. They might not look like they need to be replaced, but more than likely they are worn out and creating unnecessary stress on the coil mounting bracket and should be replaced with a coil wear kit. These kits are available at most metal detecting stores for various name brands and types. You can extend the life of the rubber washers with applying a touch of white lithium grease or silicone grease to help prevent normal wear.
Different coil sizes can improve your overall odds and productivity. A larger coil will enable you to cover more ground and detect deeper objects, but there is also a disadvantage with the lacking of sensitivity to smaller targets. Large coils also can be quite problematic with Electro Magnetic Interference (EMI) greatly depending on your location. This might require further notching down that sensitivity setting making them less effective for the area you’re hunting in. So if your metal detecting site is NOT loaded down with close proximity targets and you’re able to overcome any EMI issues at respectful sensitivity setting, than your most like going to have a good productive day.
On the other hand, medium sized coils have greater sensitivity to smaller targets and are less susceptible to EMI conditions while still covering a decent amount of ground. You’ll also have better target separation.
Small coils also have a greater sensitivity to smaller shallow targets as well, and much less susceptible to EMI. They are generally used on sites where targets are in very close proximity with undesirable iron targets. There is also the added benefit that small coils can fit in very confined areas.
Carbon fiber shafts have become a common upgrade for detectorists. The added strength and light weight qualities are much better than OEM stock shafts. Telescopic models are also available making storage and transporting your metal detector much easier. There are a few things to consider if you’re thinking about this type of upgrade. Most OEM shaft systems have different types of locks between the upper and lower shafts holding them together, and over time many of them start to fail causing a wobble issue. This issue was normally the main reason for seeking a better shaft system. Unfortunately this issue hasn’t been fully resolved by some of these carbon fiber shaft systems, some telescopic models can often be even worse. The best carbon fiber shafts will have a cam lock style that is very similar to the RAM mount locking system and you can be certain they will hold up very well. Cost has nothing to do with quality here. Some of the more expensive product lines have failed, so be sure to find a good cam locking shaft system for your upgrade. You’ll be much happier that you did.
After 30 years of Beach Hunting you learn things that make a big difference with your success rate, and let me tell you the time you spend digging for each target can have a major impact on your overall success. Did you know a good beach recovery speed is normally less than one or two minutes from first hearing the target to filling the hole back in? A good quality sand scoop plays a large role in this.
Understandably you wouldn’t want to spend a lot of money on a sand scoop if you didn’t visit the beach very often, so LMS Metal Detecting (literally) answered the call for need. We have been contacted so many times about sand scoops that we began leasing them out last year. These are high quality stainless steel sand scoops that are designed to be strong with a lightweight fiberglass or carbon fiber handle. They are also made with the proper angel of approach for maximum comfort that your back will appreciate. We will deliver the sand scoop right to the resort you’re staying at with a minimum two day lease. Long weekend rates and full weekly rates are also available.
Our new custom Pro-Fortis sand scoops will also be available for purchase after June 20, 2021.
You'll want a good pair of gloves to keep your hands safe from burred glass and other sharp objects.
A good finds pouch for your belt or vest type is something you will need.
Hand warmers for those cold days, and cooling towels work pretty well on the hot days too.
Keep some extra batteries in your vehicle all times because you're hunting buddies will most likely need them, and always hide some for yourself too.
A special thank you to the friends we have made throughout our travels. We truly appreciate your support, and we’re so grateful for the trust you’ve placed in us with your property. We sincerely hope you are satisfied with your experience and will recommend us in the future.
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Murrells Inlet, SC 29576
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