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Clean Up on Aisle 4

November 18, 2020 03:38AM avatar
It's that time of year again - Winter ! Now what to do? Cleaning and maintenance.

Some good maintenance we call can do to help our detectors and ancillary equipment perform better and last longer. I typically try to do my basic maintenance throughout the year as I go along, but years end it a time to go through things in more detail. Here are some of my standard detector care items that get done over the winter.

Winter Storage -

Read your Owner's Manual(s) so you have a complete understanding of any special requirements to keep your detector(s) ship shape.

1. Jot down your favorite settings so you have some records of what's been working and maybe what didn't work so well. This will help you get things started more quickly in the spring when the ground has thawed

2. Still using regular batteries? If so, remove them from the battery compartment to prevent damage to the electronics due to rupture / acid leakage during that long winters nap. And while you're looking in the battery compartment, make sure the terminals are clean of dirt, corrosion and debris. A Q-Tip can be used as necessary for tidy up duties. Don't forget the pin pointer.

3. Charging onboard battery systems. Both of my main use detectors, the Deus and Equinox 800, recommend a partial charge on them when not in use. If you have a detector with a rechargeable battery system and don't know what's needed, it's time to do some reading. Refer to your owners manual. When I recharge either detector, I put a yellow 'sticky note' with the recharge date .

3. Disassemble and clean. This happens along the way if I get out on an especially gritty outing. At at minimum, the detectors get disassembled and cleaned. It the winter they get cleaned like i am prepping it for sale. Check the rubber washers for wear that hold the search coil in position on the isolator rod. How do the coil ears look? Any cracks appearing? Clean and wipe down the search rods. Clean the rods inside and out so they extend and collapse without any friction / resistance / binding. DO NOT USE ANY LUBRICANT IN THE SEARCH ROD THAT WILL ATTRACT / HOLD DIRT. If anything is out of sort with the detector or coil(s) the winter down time is a good time for the detector to make a trip back to the factory for a closer look.

4. Cleaning Grips, Screens and such. I typically clean off the grips on my detectors with water first and if i need to boost the effort, i'll get just a little dish soap to assist. I have screen protectors on both detectors that just need a wipe with a damp cloth. If you have removable screen covers, remove them and clean out all the grit and dust.

5. Coils and cables. I carefully remove the coil covers every couple outings and wipe out all of the dust, dirt and grit that accumulates there. I also wipe down the cable if there is one (Deus is a no). A quick inspection by vision and feel will let you know if the cable has picked up any nicks, scrapes or kinks that need to be looked at.

6. Clean your recovery tools, carry bag, finds pouch, etc. I have some WD40 that comes in handy with my steel Sampson shovel, Lesche digger and coin popper. Replace anything as needed. Check the seams and bottom wear areas in the finds pouch. Lots of rusty nails and sharp edged can slaw have been in that pouch. You don't want a hole in the bottom of the pouch where the days finds fall back to the earth.

This is what i do throughout the year and then in-depth during the winter months. Prep for the new year. It is also an opportunity to review the year and decide how various pieces of equipment performed and if they will continue to be used or if a change needs to be made.

I look forward to reading what all of you do maintaining your equipment and detectors and if there are things I can add to my routine.

Rich -


Just One More Good Target Before I Go . . . .

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 11/18/2020 04:57AM by UtahRich.
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Clean Up on Aisle 4

UtahRich 303 November 18, 2020 03:38AM

Anyone getting out this winter?

Coinboy 298 November 19, 2020 02:29AM

Getting out during the winter

UtahRich 158 November 19, 2020 12:54PM

"I am too addicted to the sport I could never stop for a whole season!"

Monte 177 November 19, 2020 05:15AM

Re: "I am too addicted to the sport I could never stop for a whole season!"

Coinboy 195 November 19, 2020 08:34AM

Excellent suggestions Rich, and I'll add just two reminders:

Monte 150 November 18, 2020 11:58AM

Re: Excellent suggestions Rich, and I'll add just two reminders:

jmaryt 178 November 18, 2020 07:25PM

j.t., you're welcome to mention any store name on AHRPS Forums. N/T

Monte 147 November 19, 2020 05:17AM

two additional reminders:

UtahRich 159 November 18, 2020 08:19PM

Re: two additional reminders:

jmaryt 154 November 19, 2020 11:44PM

Where and what brand? N/T

Monte 138 November 20, 2020 05:40AM

Is the time of year to stock up Attachments

OregonGregg 160 November 18, 2020 08:17AM

Wrong batteries

UtahRich 161 November 18, 2020 09:52AM

Helping to save the planet. Attachments

OregonGregg 156 November 18, 2020 12:42PM

Re: Helping to save the planet.

D&P-OR 173 November 18, 2020 01:53PM

High-Quality vs Decent-Quality vs Cheapo-Quality battery costs.

Monte 146 November 18, 2020 03:56PM

Re: Speaking of batteries now available is the Attachments

Kickindirt 145 November 18, 2020 04:50PM

Now, for Vanquish owners, that might be very good investment.thumbs up

Monte 145 November 18, 2020 06:26PM

Re: Now, for Vanquish owners, that might be very good investment.thumbs up

Kickindirt 138 November 18, 2020 07:29PM

"Ya Monte they only claim to have a 11 hr run time."

Monte 148 November 19, 2020 04:43AM

Re: "Ya Monte they only claim to have a 11 hr run time."

Kickindirt 144 November 19, 2020 01:23PM

Faster than a V3i ?

UtahRich 151 November 18, 2020 07:20PM

Rich, the power drain is the main issue I have.

Monte 160 November 19, 2020 04:37AM

Re: Faster than a V3i ?

jmaryt 152 November 18, 2020 07:42PM

Re: Speaking of batteries now available is the

D&P-OR 159 November 18, 2020 05:15PM

Re: Del No but Attachments

Kickindirt 150 November 18, 2020 07:07PM

Re: Helping to save the planet.

OregonGregg 151 November 18, 2020 02:59PM

Excuses -

UtahRich 163 November 18, 2020 03:30PM

Re: Excuses -

OregonGregg 158 November 18, 2020 04:02PM

Powering Up Attachments

UtahRich 140 November 18, 2020 07:06PM

LOL better be careful

OregonGregg 141 November 18, 2020 08:00PM


UtahRich 143 November 18, 2020 09:49PM

Re: RNB -

D&P-OR 152 November 18, 2020 09:54PM


UtahRich 140 November 18, 2020 11:15PM

Re: Wrong batteries Attachments

EL NINO 153 November 18, 2020 11:38AM

Never seen one like that

OregonGregg 159 November 18, 2020 03:23PM

Re: Wrong batteries

dixiedigger57 149 November 18, 2020 11:41AM

Re: Wrong batteries

EL NINO 152 November 18, 2020 11:47AM

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