On shovels for metal detecting

Custom Aluminium Shovels for metal detecting – the one on the right was the one I used. Tge one on the left would have been better for hard soil because it had a narrow blade and shoe sole protection.

Through the years, several tools for excavating targets have been tested.
One day I ended up with my custom made aluminum shovel in two pieces, one piece in each hand, after trying to ‘fix’ the fact that the blade had turned a bit. That Summer, the ground was near inpenetrable after months of little rain. It wasn’t me standing and hopping on the shovel that broke it. IT was planting my foot on the connection between blade and shaft that did the trick. Once again, the slogan ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ stands.
That little aluminum shovel was my joy and pride, but after replacing it with a heavy-as-lead Black Ada, double thickness, I was actually happy to have switched.

-The Black Ada is longer, making it possible to dig a lot more without having to bend the back. I actualyl dig with one hand when the soil permits it. I stick the shovel in the ground, step on the foot steps to get it deep enough, then use my foot under the shaft to balance and rotate the blade with mud out of the way. I go over the pile with the detector, while still standing up, and only sit down next to it when I have to sift through the mud with my pinpointer.
– It is strong enough to survive ME digging in all kinds of soils 😀 I’m known to jump up and down on my shovel in dire circumstances to get it to go into the ground. The perks of being skinny.
– it has two steps so it can dig deeper in one go
-the T-bar was not my first choice. I’d rather have a plastic handle that doesn’t get so cold in Winter. The straight end handle was something I would avoid, because I tend do hold my shovel while going around with the detector and it’s a lot easier when you have a horizontal handle.
Downside: it is hefty. It weighs almost 1.9 kilo which is 3.5x more than my other shovel. I did get used to the weight and enjoy knowing this one will not be a victim of my barbarious digging out of a target. Downside 2: I didn’t take the stainless one because of higher price, but now i do get a bit of rust when it stays wet in the car. Or in the rain barrel when I forget to take it out after a rinse. Oops.

Black Ada – Gladius Black shovel for detecting hard ground.

There are Black Ada shovels with a shorter shaft and smaller blade, which are a lot more ‘portable’. My buddy has one of those hanging on his belt. He bought some special tool hanger and it fits in it with its straight handle at the end of the shaft; However, it takes a lot of digging to make a decent hole. Only for people with no back problems 😀

Draper shovel: I used my buddy’s Draper shovel. I’m not really sure if it would withstand the rock hard soil in Summer but didn’t have a chance to try and wreck it because he wanted it back. It is smaller and lighter than mine, and also cheaper. It weighs around 750-860g, so less than half of my Black Ada. The blade is a tad bigger. I would use it for playground sand, beach sand and softer soil because it will definitely not break there.

Mal’s Surffones for sale

I was looking for a decent replacement for my original Blue Excalibur’s metaldetector headphones, which are too heavy and squeeze my brains out. After a long quest online, I got in touch with Mal and I ordered a pair of his famous custom made headphones. However great they are, any decent set will hurt my ears tremendously (because I’m wearing glasses with thick legs) and so I decided to stick with my light bad-quality headphones.

They are very well built and will last a lifetime. NOT meant to go underwater, but they can stand the rain and a small drop in the lake. 90cm cable is attached to it, also very good quality.
Sound quality should be excellent. THey can be used immediately on a Minelab Excalibur (you need to just stick in the wire through the end cap and solder it onto the old headphone wires) or CTX 3030 but you’ll need to fix a new connector to them. I guess they can be used with any detector but then also, you’ll need the connector. I temporarily soldered a small headphone jack to them.
You can find videos and reviews like this : https://metaldetectingforum.com/showthread.php?t=251943

No bad word to find about them.
Send me a message on my instagram @jetski_kopetski if you have any questions. I am from Belgium so keep that in mind.

They can be connected either by guiding the cable through the resin in teh endcap, or by installing a CTX connector onto the end cap. In this way, you can disconnect the headphones but I don’t really see why you would need that. Here is a video of how it is done: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ZH3EXg06AY

The endcap has a white and red wire going out of it into a 2-pin connector on the green board inside. Once you open the endcap, it is just a matter of releasing this connector off its 2 pins where it’s sitting on. These 2 wires are the left and right connections of the headphones.