News

  1. Don't forget this years Charles Garrett Memorial Hunt!

    It's almost that time of year again, the annual Charles Garrett Memorial Hunt for 2018 will be a fun filled day out for the whole family. Be quick, there are limited spaces still available and this even usually sells out pretty fast!

    The event will be in Jefferson, Texas and will be a great weekend of detecting activities, plus a lot of fun things to do with the family, including rides on the Jefferson railway, a free kids hunt for ages 12 and under, cannon firing demonstrations, special guests and much more!

    Head over to the Garrett Website for more information and have a fantastic time!

    Read more »
  2. Garrett Metal Detectors Gets a New CEO

    New leadership is incoming over at Garrett headquarters.  Steve Novakovich will be stepping in as CEO announced in the company press release on Jan 19th.

    Eleanor Garrett, the current president of Garrett says:

    “We felt that it was the right time to add to Garrett’s management team,”

    The current President of Garrett Metal Detectors. In 1964, Mrs. Garrett co-founded the company from her Garland, Texas home with her late husband, Charles Garrett, who was considered to be one of the pioneers of hobby metal detecting.

    “Steve Novakovich brings more than 30 years of experience to us from all facets of the business world,” Mrs. Garrett added. “Adding Steve to our existing core management team, I feel secure that the company Charles and I founded 54 years ago will remain strong for its next 54 years.”

    Lets hope we see even more innovation we've come to expect from Garrett and wish Steve Novakovich luck in his ne

    Read more »
  3. An in Depth Guide to The XP Deus 4.1 Software Update

    Fellow Deus users, my name is David and I am an avid Deus user.  I have several hours on the detector model and have run versions 2.0, 3.0, 3.1. 3.2, 4.0 and the latest version 4.1.

    What can version 4.1 do for you?

    First of all version 4.1 is NOT a bells and whistle update.  Granted the update seems did improve performance associated with use of the MI-6 pinpointer, V4.1 does offer additional performance in the field.  The following data compiled from use of using the 9" LF and 11" LF coils.

    I have been testing, comparing and detecting using both versions 4.0 and 4.1 on 2 different Deus setups.

    Folks reading the new Deus 4.1 manual will notice ground tracking has been changed, the way it works based on a user's soil mineralization and also depends on this new setting that Version 4.1 brings called ground sensitivity.

    Well, granted using version 4.1 and using tracking ground balance, Deus on average will run quieter.  But folks, qui

    Read more »
  4. The New XP Deus version 4.1 Software Update is here!

    You can view the complete setup and instalation instructions on how to update your headphones, remote control and coil software over at the XP deus website, it's important to make sure all of your devices are fully charged before beginning the update!

    Here's a quick overview of the changelog:

    The Radio connection between MI-6 and DEUS is now more reliable and faster.

    New EXPERT Mode : GROUND SENSITIVITY

    New menu addition "Ground Sensitivity" in GB > EXPERT. This new setting makes it possible to adjust the machines ability to track soils according to their intensity. This makes it possible to avoid tracking on soils with a low mineralisation.

    • GROUND SENS low (1 to 5): Slightly mineralized soils are ignored and the DEUS does not track and will not display ground values, the Deus will default to the recommended level.

    • GROUND SENS high (6 to 10):

    Read more »
  5. A Customers Metal Detecting Find of a Lifetime!

    Special thanks to Justin for sending in this story and pics of his once in a lifetime find!

    Back in February, I purchased a brand-new Garrett AT Pro from Big Boys Hobbies, and it proved to be the best machine I have ever used. In October, I found something with it that made my year… A cache of rings!

    My buddy and I were hunting for Civil War relics on a property that was part of a large Civil War camp. There was also a house on this lot up until about 5 years ago, so we found a lot of non-Civil War related stuff as well. It became a fall back spot for when we just wanted to get out for a quick hunt. On one hunt, I found something completely unexpected. I got a strong, high 80s signal on the AT Pro. I dug down, and pulled a dirty but very heavy wallet out of the ground. Thinking it was full of change, I called my hunting buddy over to take a look. The zipper was corroded and seized, so I took my digging tool and cut it open. Staring back at me w

    Read more »
  6. Happy New Year From Big Boys Hobbies!

    As we come to the end of 2017 we can look back on some of the amazing metal detectors like the Garrett AT Max, Whites MX 7 or the newest pointer, the pro pointer AT. Now we can start looking forward to whats in store for the new year!

    Minelab's Equinox detectors will begin shipping early 2018, along with their new pin pointers, the profind 15 and profind 35, and some exciting new coils for detech and coiltek are on the horizon. What new detector tech are you most excited for?

    Thank you for all of your continued support, we hope you have a fantastic New year and look forward to serving you in 2018!

    The Big Boys Hobbies Team

    Read more »
  7. What to look for in a used metal detector

    Buying used metal detectors and equipment can sometimes be the best option for this hobby. Enthusiasts often upgrade to keep ahead of the curve with metal detecting technology and they sometimes make for unwanted gifts so deals can be had if you shop smart.

    Your best option for buying used metal detectors and equipment will always be to try and buy through a reputable metal detector dealer. We stock used and factory refurbished machines but they tend to sell very fast. Buying from a reputable dealer means you can rest assured the machine has been properly tested and is fit for resale.

    When buying a used metal detector from other sources, like local ads, craigslist and Facebook marketplace, Ask the seller about the warranty registration, is it transferable, where was it purchased and do the manufactures have their own warranty transfer rules? Make sure to test the equipment before handing over any money. It's

    Read more »
  8. A field test of Garrett's new Wireless Z-Lynk System Features

    Check out Steve Moore's field test of the brand new Garrett Z-Lynk Wireless System thats coming soon to Big Boys Hobbies Metal Detectors! The new wireless system is designed to work with any brand / model of headphones with a compatible 1/4" Jack. The new Garrett Z-Lynk will revolutionize metal detecting and bring about a new age of truly wireless metal detecting at an affordable price!

    Feel free to click the link to learn more about the Z-Lynk http://www.bigboyshobbies.net/garrett-z-lynk-wireless-system

    Read more »
  9. When to repair or replace your metal detector?

    Metal detectors are built to last. especially the older models from whites, garrett and minelab. We've seen detectors in great shape that were built in the 80's from some of the top manufactures. That said, when is it the best time to send in your machine for potentially expensive repairs versus buying a new machine?
    Cost Vs Features
    If your older metal detector is on it's last legs and repairs are upwards of 200 dollars (including shipping both ways) maybe it's time to look into replacing that relic (get it?) chances are, for less money than the repairs themselves you could pickup a modernized metal detector with a lot more functionality than your old one, and sometimes even for less money!
    learning curve Vs tried and tested
    It's not always just about the money when it comes to our hobbies. we grow attached to our equipment and this
    Read more »
  10. New Website!

    Welcome to the brand new bigboyshobbies.net website! we've been working hard to make the new site as user friendly as possible. We hope you like the changes and welcome all feedback! please use the comments link above to let us know what YOU think of the new website. Thanks for visiting!

    Read more »
Page