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Post  Bullet on Tue Oct 18, 2011 11:13 pm

Just how good are the magnets when they are stuck to ya pick and will they come off when ya digging a hole.
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Post  byronbinalong on Wed Oct 19, 2011 10:03 am

they work good, just got to ensure that they really stuck on
they work by picking the metal out as you dig with the pick
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Post  koeh on Wed Oct 19, 2011 6:15 pm

the only problem that i have found is when you are digging into really hard ground the magnet slides on my pick as i dont have it glued to it,
another thing is they stick to everything that is metal in the back of your ute and can be a real pain when you finally get it off something just to have it stick to something else,
i have found the best place to store the pick is stuck to the side of the toolbox,
I only use the magnet on my pick maybe 1 in 4 digs as i get lazy and do it the old way with no magnet, but it does make it 10x quicker detecting with a magnet.

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Post  maka on Wed Oct 19, 2011 6:20 pm

I bought a 20mm round one. Glued it to 6 inches of broom handle, drilled a hole thru the other end, and put a zip tie loosely on it. It clips onto my belt next to my scoop. I use double end dog clips from bunnings they are brass, and bullet proof. I found in small holes the pick head wouldnt fit in them. I also painted it bright yellow like all my other tools, as i am sick of losing them...
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Post  trianglemal on Wed Oct 19, 2011 6:43 pm

G'day matey......Another idea for the cylindrical rare earth magnet is to drill a hole in the base of the pick to make a firm fit and then glue it into the shaft. Pick and magnet are connected.

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Post  kiwijw on Wed Oct 19, 2011 7:43 pm

trianglemal wrote:G'day matey......Another idea for the cylindrical rare earth magnet is to drill a hole in the base of the pick to make a firm fit and then glue it into the shaft. Pick and magnet are connected.

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Yep works a treat

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Post  Bullet on Wed Oct 19, 2011 9:02 pm

Thanks for all the info guys. Looks like I'll be giving it a try sometime in the future.

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Post  Guest on Wed Oct 19, 2011 10:19 pm

HI
after 5 years of looking for the proverbial big one....I actually have 2 rare earth magnets on the bottom of my pick and have never lost either of them....this way they work a treat..when i put my pick in the back of my ute it doesnt move.
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Post  Bullet on Wed Oct 19, 2011 10:43 pm

Here's a question for the tech heads. Can the magnets interfere with the workings of the control box if they come into contact with each other ?
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Post  Bullet on Wed Oct 19, 2011 10:45 pm

and can they interfere with the coil ?
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Post  Flakmagnet on Thu Oct 20, 2011 1:40 am

in answer to the last two posts,

yes and yes.

also as you probably know don't get them near your credit cards
or any magnetic swipe cards...
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Post  dryblower on Thu Oct 20, 2011 4:29 pm

I had a problem with magnets getting too close to both of my GPS's with an "electronic" compass function . They seem to be as sensitive as a normal compass
I had to go through their recalibration proceedure to get them true again .
When stationary , both GPS units need to be held at nearly arms length away from speakers and UHF radios , I asume this is because of the magnets in their speakers . They showed correct direction once the GPS was mobile
Has anyone else noticed this ?

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Post  Bullet on Thu Oct 20, 2011 9:07 pm

Accidents happen, so now I think I will continue doing it the hard way and no magnets.
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Post  goldslugger on Thu Oct 20, 2011 9:38 pm

Smile hi all,how goes it? i had an idea [ once, gave me a head ache!] about building a sluice set up incorporating these magnets,primarily for black sand mining mbe general sluicing. dunno, could be a goer.i guess one could scan holes etc with them to narrow down the search factor? any-one know how to rig up a battery powered- 12volt magnet/coil system? Question oh well, back to the lab. igor. cyclops
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Post  Bullet on Thu Oct 20, 2011 11:37 pm

I know nothing about sluices, can't see why it wouldn't work. I'm sure someone here will tell ya about it, lot of sluice users.
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Post  goldslugger on Thu Oct 20, 2011 11:53 pm

Bullet wrote:I know nothing about sluices, can't see why it wouldn't work. I'm sure someone here will tell ya about it, lot of sluice users.

hi bullet,reckon i know less than you, Razz but gotta find a way to work smarter,not harder Exclamation hard going when yer starting out but. pale that,s the nature of the beast. i am prepared to do it the hard way, and learn tho. Laughing it,s an adventure. cheers Cool
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Post  Bullet on Fri Oct 21, 2011 12:00 am

I only dig holes when I get the chance and I hate finding boot tacks or bits of small nails and everyother bit of rubbish that comes with the game. if magnets will do the job, I might give them a go but I'm a bit worried about contact with the control box.
I don't mean put the magnet on the unit, only if it comes in contact and what sort of distance should the magnet be from the control box without interference.
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Post  Flakmagnet on Fri Oct 21, 2011 1:41 am

Bullet,

not sure i'd want to experiment with 'how close' to the box you can get with a magnet,
I take great care to keep my pick magnet well away from the box always, especially when storing in a vehicle.
I put the pick in a completely different area from the control box.



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Post  Guest on Fri Oct 21, 2011 10:27 am

played around with rare earth magnets on sluices both big and small, problem was they were to good --ironstone with gold attached stuck to magnets !! so no real benefit also they attracted soooooo much iron and ironstone they blocked or at best servilely upset the flow in the sluice cheers

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Post  kiwijw on Fri Oct 21, 2011 3:13 pm

goldslugger wrote: Smile hi all,how goes it? i had an idea [ once, gave me a head ache!] about building a sluice set up incorporating these magnets,primarily for black sand mining mbe general sluicing. dunno, could be a goer.i guess one could scan holes etc with them to narrow down the search factor? any-one know how to rig up a battery powered- 12volt magnet/coil system? Question oh well, back to the lab. igor. cyclops

Been done already, http://www.sluicemagnet.net/ Please take note of the WARNING

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Post  newhobby on Tue Nov 15, 2011 7:45 pm

what do you use a rare earth magnet for ????

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Post  kiwijw on Tue Nov 15, 2011 8:38 pm

Didnt you see the link I put up?? Pretty self explanitry. It attracts the magnetic sands & leaves the gold to concerntrate in your box free from the magnetic sands. If you are detecting you have one either mounted into the handle end of your pick handle

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or glued on to the head of your pick. It is used for attracting ferrous, Magnetic crap items" on to the magnet so you arent wasting time looking for the detected signal if it is magnetic iron. By waving the magnet over the signal, if it is iron crap it will leap up on to the magnet. If it is gold it will not.

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Post  goldslugger on Sun Nov 27, 2011 7:48 pm

Flakmagnet wrote:in answer to the last two posts,

yes and yes.

also as you probably know don't get them near your credit cards
or any magnetic swipe cards...
hi flak.we had an episode of MYTH-BUSTERS on here recently. they proved that credit card memory is virtually in-destructable.
how-ever they did,nt use rare earth magnets. they did rig up a powerful electro magnet,which had nil result.interesting stuff. cheers Cool
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Post  Scrubhen on Thu Dec 08, 2011 10:22 pm

Been using rare earth magnets for a couple of years now.
First off I recessed the end of the pick handle and glued the magnet in, but it got out and lost
Next one I fiber glassed in, smoothed the fiberglass, which left a nice smooth surface covering the magnet, which is now very easy to wipe the iron bits off.

No doubt the pick handle has got close to the control box over the time but so far it has not affected the detector.
As far as a labor and time saver I would not be without it.

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Post  Ash100456 on Thu Dec 08, 2011 11:58 pm

Same here ! Been using them for 3 seasons, Wouldn't be without it, I use a 50mm x 12mm rare earth magnet, attach it to the bottom of the pick ( sits in the middle by magnetic force ) & when i have to dig in harder ground i just give the pick a good swing into the ground to move the magnet to the edge of the pick & take it off and put it to one side, Care has to be taken when putting it back on by hand but usually i just dab the pick on top of the magnet and away you go. Gets rid of any magnetic material very quickly when you wave it over a target signal.
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Post  Flakmagnet on Fri Dec 09, 2011 3:55 am

Hello Goldslugger,

Interesting to hear about an electro-magnet not cleaning off a swipe card.
I will certainly take your (and Myth Busters), word for it
but I will still have a hard time not adhering to the old habit on this one
especially where rare earth magnets are concerned, they are seriously powerful as you know.
The thought of one being passed close to the control box would give me great pause.

Wonder if MineLab looks in on these descussions,
they could cut this thread short with one reply.

Perhaps I will email them and see what they say, I'm interested now..

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Post  goldslugger on Fri Dec 09, 2011 4:10 am

Flakmagnet wrote:Hello Goldslugger,

Interesting to hear about an electro-magnet not cleaning off a swipe card.
I will certainly take your (and Myth Busters), word for it
but I will still have a hard time not adhering to the old habit on this one
especially where rare earth magnets are concerned, they are seriously powerful as you know.
The thought of one being passed close to the control box would give me great pause.

Wonder if MineLab looks in on these descussions,
they could cut this thread short with one reply.

Perhaps I will email them and see what they say, I'm interested now..
Very Happy hi flak,how it,s it going on your side?no, i thought the same as you,but the episode verdict was -myth.i see the boys lost a cannonball yesterday? Laughing one simple test FM. SWIPE A CARD WITH YOUR RE MAGNET. Razz i feel sure that minelab read these forums for feedback and general concensus,and competitor comparisions etc. go well, cheers Cool
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Post  Flakmagnet on Fri Dec 09, 2011 12:16 pm

Goldslugger,

Here ya go:

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2011/12/mythbusters-cannonball-discovery-channel.html

I guess the boys got everybody's attention in the bay area with that one.

I'll give an RE magnet a go one of these days, just not today in case it cleans it,
I don't have any cash on me right now... clown

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Post  goldslugger on Fri Dec 09, 2011 3:32 pm

[quote="Flakmagnet"]Goldslugger,

Here ya go:

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2011/12/mythbusters-cannonball-discovery-channel.html

I guess the boys got everybody's attention in the bay area with that one.

I'll give an RE magnet a go one of these days, just not today in case it cleans it,
I don't have any cash on me right now... clown quote]
Very Happy hi flak, funny stuff for sure. they are naugthy boys ain,t they? Razz yeh, i think my jeans have holes in the pockets,always empty too:roll: rock on,dig it Cool cheers
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Post  waznme on Sat Dec 24, 2011 8:28 am

G'Day

I bought my magnets from DealExtreme a few years ago, I think for $23 for 100 (20mm X 2mm)

http://s.dealextreme.com/search/magnet

I have half a dozen Araldited to the pick head as they WILL move around otherwise

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