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For years part of my metal detecting kit has been magnets embedded on a plastic handle to faster find
the needle sized scrap of iron that hides in the loose dugout dirt.
This first pic shows that my combined magnets would NOT lift a small C-clamp completely off the ground.
At this past flint show, Tehuacana gave me two top quality RARE EARTH MAGNETS. I had been meaning to try these since professional metal detector AzAl
uses them in his recovery process.
The strength of these small bits of metal is INCREDIBLE...
This pic shows my new tool lifting a H U G E ( probably 5 times the weight of the smaller clamp ) C-clamp completely off the ground..
I dont want to bore anybody with this topic but the new single RE magnet lifted one of those big log splitting wedges completely ...AND ....ALMOST lifted
a standard size sledge hammer WITH HANDLE
20th century and 21st century models...
maybe you want have to even loosen the dirt, just walk across area and bam!!
That's really interesting Hal. I have been getting more into metal detecting, especially since I won that detector last year. I was wondering how you could get small pieces out of the dirt you couldn't see. How does someone come across one of those rare earth magnets?
I got mine from one of my compressor stations, then looked them up on the internet and several places sell them. They're not expensive and are many times stronger then a regular magnet.. The only drawback is that they're brittle. No problem when using them to hunt with but I found out that if you let them come together to hard they'll chip. Also found out the hard way that they're so strong that if you're messing around with them and your skin gets between them, super ouch. Have to use a pocket knife to get them apart.
Sandy, Have you seen that program "METEORITE MEN"..
They walk around deserts with a magnet on a stick.. as professionals it should be the strongest magnets available.
G-X...Get some fresh batteries in that machine..Excellent practice area is "top O the hill" at Starr...You can never have enough old square nails...
A magnet could be just held in the fingers but I prefer glued to some sort of stick..
Countersunk into the stick insures best hold
Ken / Hal, thanks for the info. I will have to do some online shopping. Whats that "stick" made of Hal, just plexiglas? Did you cut it out or can you buy something like that? Oh and by the way I have watched Meterorite Men, it's a pretty interesting show. But how would you come across a map of a strand field to begin with? Kind of like arrowhead hunting in a way; pick a spot that looks good and start searching.
I found three so far. Think the little ones are called tektites, they're the size of pennies. Found them surface hunting on a sandstone hill. I've looked there for nearly 30 years and haven't found any more. Just thought they were odd rocks at the time, not something you'd find on an area that was nothing but sandstone and flint brought up there by the Indians to knock out a few points. I hunting it a few years ago with a metal detector but no luck.
The Easter Bunny is in cahoots with Santa Clause...he brings reindeer for Easter prizes.
Those magnets sure got some sticking and holding power. Just don't get your fingers stuck between them. Ouch!!!
I've tried magnets around here and was really surprised on the amount of natural metal fillings that I picked up. This red sand is thick with it. I've found one fist sized and two smaller meteorites surface hunting.
I had to put a ziplock bag over the magnet, easier to clean all the raw metal flakes I picked up. I hadn't tried to see how much weight just one magnet would pick up yet, but have had a couple of severe pinchings when they got to close together and my finger was in the way. They're strong enough that I have to pry them apart with a pocket knife, can't even slide them apart.
Here's a magnet project that surprised me...
Last week on a science show reviewing the virtues of IRON, they took a large bowl of a top name brand cereal
that advertised " FORTIFIED WITH DAILY ADULT IRON REQUIREMENT ".....
They pulverised the cereal to a fine powder then dragged a magnet through it several times..
There it was.... ...IRON FILINGS
They didn't say if it was tempered or rust treated iron