The best metal detector for hiking should be lightweight and foldable or easy to disassemble so that it fits inside the backpack. I think the bounty hunter 4 is the best affordable option. The lightweight is important so that you do not get tired when swinging a heavy detector for many miles.
And I think the best one by far is the Garrett Z-Lynk Wireless System. I’ll talk about it in details in the following paragraphs.
You’ll definitely like it. It’s worth every penny.
Depending on the type of soil and other environmental factors, coins lost 200 years ago won’t sink on the ground more than 8 inches. So, coins don’t sink as deep as many people think. A mid-level affordable metal detector like the Garrett ACE 300 could easily detect coins at this depth. You do not need any fancy expensive model to do that.
You got a nice log. You started cutting it and then bam! Your tool is damaged because of a metal object inside the log. So you need to find tramp metal before your saw does (this will not be good). A metal detector like the bounty hunter 4 could save a lot of time and money.
Do I need a metal detector?
Tramp metal can damage your saw badly (and buying a new one is not fun) depending on the machine you are using and the type and the size of the metal inside the log. One nail stuck in a tree could damage 3 to 5 teeth of your saw.