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DIY Brass Probe
« on: August 06, 2016, 07:22 »
hi guys, pete here, only new to it all.  going to do beaches and parks around caloundra and i'm  free most days for partnering.
i was going to buy a garrett treasure probe as it is one of the most affordable bits of detecting gear i've come across at $20 if i remember correctly.  then i saw a you tube vid of what was called the $7 probe.  my 12" long brass rod was only $5 from toyworl nambour and the golf ball was courtesy of my neighbour.  i have arthritis in my left wrist so the ball head will be much nicer to use than gripping the screwdriver like handle of the garrett
i used a drill press for a 1" x 5mm hole to allow a bit of room for araldite in with the rod.  i just need advice on the rod length first.  in the back of my mind 9" comes up from somewhere but i don't know whether that's the total probe length or just the rod bit.  also, do i go for a real pointy tip like the garrett or round it off a bit
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Re: DIY Brass Probe
« Reply #1 on: August 06, 2016, 22:56 »
Welcome Pete,
Made one almost identical a while ago.
Make it sharp and polish tip round to your taste.
Great for Parks and grassed areas.
On sandy beaches I have seen many cheap sieves, the best idea was a wire pencil/pen tray. 200mm X 150mm X 50mm, 1mm wire. Probably from Officeworks, better than anything if you don't want to dig a hole on the beach. 
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Re: DIY Brass Probe
« Reply #2 on: August 07, 2016, 06:19 »
thanks for the welcome.  how long is your brass rod.  i assume that if  it's too long and only 5/32 it will bend/flex when trying to push in to hard ground.  i'll have google image search for the pencil tray scoop as against the typical plastic ones
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Re: DIY Brass Probe
« Reply #3 on: August 07, 2016, 07:05 »
For the probe, I would not make it too long, as you say it flexes a bit. I'd go around 6" -7"  as you will not be probing super deep.  If worried start off long and cut down to suit once you've tested in field.   The tip can be rounded off but will become super sharp with use anyway.
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Re: DIY Brass Probe
« Reply #4 on: August 07, 2016, 11:53 »
My probe has an 7 inch rod, any deeper than that and its shovel work and I do not do that on grassed parks.
Long handle S/S scoop is great on the beaches and in the water but a costly and all are heavy.
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Re: DIY Brass Probe
« Reply #5 on: August 07, 2016, 16:49 »
thanks guys, i'll leave 7' exposed to start with and see how it goes.  after much research and video watching i did lash out and buy a long handled beach scoop but in aluminium as a weight saver. should be worth every penny
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Re: DIY Brass Probe
« Reply #6 on: February 01, 2017, 20:03 »
Recently got a defunked fighting kite from my nephew.
High stress plastic/graphite rods make a probe you can use near your pin-pointer if that coin doesn't want to be found.
Will not scratch relics either.
Dose feel a little different to use though.
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Re: DIY Brass Probe
« Reply #7 on: May 05, 2017, 17:24 »
You could also use a steel rod and braze the end.
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Re: DIY Brass Probe
« Reply #8 on: December 11, 2017, 22:22 »
Hey guys,  inspired by your post and ordered 2 5x250mm brass rods from eBay for $4.98 delivered.  A brass door knob left over from our reno and 10 mins with the tap and die set and a good looking product. I'll use the second rod to make one for my old man.   

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Re: DIY Brass Probe
« Reply #9 on: December 12, 2017, 07:17 »
Quite a professional looking  job there Nathan , on a winner i reckon , Gazza 
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Re: DIY Brass Probe
« Reply #10 on: December 12, 2017, 15:57 »
That's a beautiful piece of workmanship Nathan
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