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Mr Mike

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Good Morning all.....

Just wondered if any of you could recommend a metal detector for finding hidden nails, etc. ? .....as I'm just about to resize a table made of reclaimed pine, the table top is about 45mm thick and I really don't want to fork out on brand new Freud Pro blades for my circular saw every time I hit one or two....javascript:emoticon('](*,)')

There seem to be various 'multi-tools' out there of the stud, cables, metal detector varieties but the few details they give don't really fill me with much confidence to make a purchase decision.

It'd be really useful to know what types you've all used with what success ?

Many thanks in advance......Mike.
 

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I think Martyn is referring to the Wizard detectors:
http://www.axminster.co.uk/name/wiz...r-Mini-Metal-Detector-Little-Wizard-32662.htm
(they do a larger much pricier one too)
I just use a very cheap Draper stud / metal / voltage detector (~£5) which has always done the job - but I guess these Wizard type devices can cover a wider area (ie quicker) - perhaps someone with one can comment on how they compare to the stud detector general use ones?
Cheers
Gidon
 

ike

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There seem to be various 'multi-tools' out there of the stud, cables, metal detector varieties but the few details they give don't really fill me with much confidence to make a purchase decision.
I use one of them (by Draper). Cheap, but it still does the job.

cheers,

Ike
 

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I've the Little Wizard and for £16 odd it's great value. Picks up everything from fine staples to large calibre bullets (kinda common 'round these parts..).

Noel
 

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Mike the detector Martyn is talking about is the "Lumber Wizard" which Norm uses in the New Yankee Workshop. As he says Rutlands sell it www.rutlands.co.uk
For some reason i cannot get the link working but the part number is 25505.

It does cost a lot more then the little wizard, but IMHO because it scans much deeper and wider than its little brother it is worth the extra money.

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Woody

Edit: "TAKE A LOOK AT THIS. "Rutlands and Axminster are selling the wizard for £56, but someone on ebay has them up for between £19.99 and a "Buy it Now" price of £29.99 which seems a bargain. The little wizard that Noel mentions also seems good value for £10 (9.99 cheaper then Rutlands) http://stores.ebay.co.uk/Bargain-Bathrooms

I have no reason to doubt the sellers honesty, and i have used Ebay on many occasions with no trouble, but if you do buy from there be careful.
 

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Gentlemen ! You've been a great help....Thankyou.

I am au fait with the workings of Ebay....a little too au fait according to the Mrs. !

I think I'll bag me one of those "lumber wizards", thanks very much for the tip off.....I don't know why I didn't think of looking on Ebay earlier.

By the looks of them I could probably get some part time work at Gatwick airport with it :lol:

Many thanks for all the replies....

Mike.
 

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Just to say thanks for the heads up on the Lumber wizards on e-bay. I got one for 19.99 and it is excellent. it is everything they said, I tried it out on some timber and it picked out stuff I couldn't see, they looked like the legs of staples - small but it would have been enough to gap the blades on my planer.

Cheers

Drew :D
 

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Drew, glad i could help. As you can see from the Rutlands price of £56, the ebay price of £19.99 is a steal. I paid a lot more then that for mine ](*,) But i must say that even £56 is a good price when you think of all the planer/tablesaw blades you will save from the bin.

Mr Mike did you get one?

Regards

Woody
 

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Yep thanks Woody - I got one too! And I wasn't even after one ...
Does beat using the stud detector I have to say.
Cheers
Gidon
 
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