East Texas Metal Detectors

1495 FM 49
Gilmer, Texas 75644
Phone: (903) 734-7773


After hearing many questions on using your analog ID meters, like on the Scanner models made by Compass, I decided some folks needed a better understanding as to how to get the full benefit of what the meter is trying to tell you.

As far as I'm concern, analog meters are the best, for they will give you more information about your target than any digital meter on the market today. You must start by breaking your meter into three parts: low reading, medium readings and high readings.

Let's start with low readings: usually small iron tend to lock an ID on you meter to some degree, but large iron such as an old farm plow point where the rust is built up on the target at different amounts of conductivity from one end of the target to the other, then your meter needle will tell you that by jumping up and down the scale but staying more to the low range of ID than the high range. This is normal since the different amounts of rust and moisture will be different from one end of your target to the other, sometimes being conductive enough to give you an occasional false high reading. Such a reading makes it very easy to ID the target as large Iron. However, if you were looking for a metal box with silver dollars hidden in it buried many years ago, you could very easily get nearly the same reading depending on the condition of the steel or iron type box they were buried in. Which brings us to the most valued tip of them all! What if your ID is bouncing from low iron to high coin readings, but seems to be staying more in the high readings than the low. This is an excellent indication that your target could be a good high conductive target but have some iron or foil too close to it to get a lock-on ID. (Such as a cache I dug several years back with my Compass where a house burnt down. The two hunters with me went over the target first, but considered it junk and did not pay close attention to their target ID analog meters. Once I got the same reading, I decided from the reaction of the ID staying mostly in the high range two out of three swings, that it was coins covered by some iron. I was right and the old press-on breakfast type of syrup bucket like my grandfather used was eaten up and the 31 silver dollars were still there in a pile of rusty iron pieces. Well the two hunting buddies of mine that walk over it was truly sick as my shovel had a handful of silver dollars pouring off of it every time I got another scoop of dirt.). The same can be said about the mid-range area of the target ID for gold, brass and lead targets; watch the ID needle and if it favors the mid-range and occasional drops to the low range of ID, dig it, most likely will be a good target. Especially if your hunting an area that was before the creation of pull-tabs. Pay more attention to the reaction of the needle on your target ID analog meter will pay off for many more good targets.

Hope that tip helps someone.

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