In this guide we’ll look at the best metal detecting digging tools.
We’ve compared design, durability, build quality and cost
to give you our top recommendations.
What is The Best Metal Detecting Digging Tools?
More Detailed Metal Detecting Digging Tool Reviews
The Radius Garden Root Slayer is one of the best metal detecting tools on the market. This can take on even the toughest roots with ease, in fact you probably won’t even notice them once you start digging!
This multi-purpose shovel will eliminate the need for other tools when digging while metal detecting. The ripsaw teeth cut through the largest roots with a kick-sawing motion, and anything smaller will be broken down with the inverted V cutting blade tip.
Compact, portable and easy to use, this is the perfect metal detecting shovel. It’s easy to carry with you on the go and can be used for general gardening too.
- Material: Powder coated carbon steel
- Blades: Inverted V blade with ripsaw teeth
- Weight: 2.7lbs
- Best For?: Cutting through roots
The Garrett Edge Digger is a small, compact and easy to carry digger, complete with a sheath for mounting onto your belt. This makes it perfect for metal detecting as it can be carried around with you easily.
This is made from top quality stainless steel and is extremely durable. It has a solid grip and the sawed teeth slice through the ground easily. It’s great for grassy plug cutting but equally good in harder ground, it comes with a 2 year warranty from Garrett.
- Material: Stainless steel
- Blades: Sawed teeth
- Weight: 1lb
- Best For?: Grassy terrain
One of the best metal detecting shovels is the Lesche Ball Handle Heavy Duty shovel with a serrated blade. This model boasts airplane quality tubing, a serrated digging blade for extra power and it is heat treated for added strength. This shovel is very long lasting, complete with a 5 year manufacturer’s guarantee.
This is a lightweight digger making it perfect for metal detecting. It has a good overall length of 31”, but it’s very easy to carry and use. It cuts through the ground easily and can also be used in the garden if needed.
- Material: Aircraft quality steel
- Blades: Serrated digging blade
- Weight: 2.9lbs
- Best For?: Soft ground
For serious metal detectors who need a hefty shovel, let me introduce the Ground Hawg by White’s. This heavy duty digger is perfect for tougher roots, clay, rocks and other challenging terrains. It has a wide blade with twin serrated edges, with 3 cuts you have a 6” wide and 7” deep cube.
This shovel has a good length of 36” meaning you don’t have to stoop to dig. It’s lightweight so great on the go, weighing just 2.85lbs. It has a good size shovel; 7.5” long and 5.5” wide.
- Material: Steel
- Blades: Twin serrated edges
- Weight: 3.6lbs
- Best For?: Roots, clay and rocks
One of the best metal detecting tools is the White’s DigMaster. This little digger has a 7.5” double serrated edge making it easy to use and powerful. It comes with ruler measurements and a non-slip orange comfort grip handle with thumb guide, as well as a sheath for belt mount use.
This is easy to dig with and great for both left or right handers thanks to the cutting edges on both sides. The blade is very durable and it’s built with a slight curve for easily scooping away dirt.
- Material: Heat treated steel
- Blades: Double serrated edge
- Weight: 1.01lbs
- Best For?: Soft or hard ground
Metal Detecting Digging Tool Buyer’s Guide
Blade Design and Sharpness
If you are left handed, you’re going to want a shovel or digger with a blade on both sides. Right handed metal detectors will be fine with most shovels on the market.
The ground you will be covering will determine the blade design. Smaller diggers are great for softer ground, and sharpness isn’t so important. If you’re going to be on rough terrains, rocks and hard ground, a longer shovel with much sharper edges is the best option.
While the best metal detecting tools will work on the majority of terrains eventually, you may have to work a lot harder to cut through the ground if you buy something not suited for the terrain. Not only will this leave you exhausted, you’ll also risk damaging the ground.
A good handle grip is essential. Not only will it make digging easier and faster, you’re also less likely to do damage to the land and to yourself! A digger or shovel constantly slipping out of your grasp can be dangerous. A comfortable, ergonomic grip will also allow you to easily carry the tool with you on the go.
If you’re going to be carrying your digging tool or shovel around with you, you’ll need something lightweight. Diggers are best as they can be attached to your belt, but there are many lightweight shovels on the market.
How to dig a ‘plug’
Knowing how to dig a proper plug is an essential metal detecting skill, in order to retrieve your target without damaging the area. The best way to keep the area in good condition and the grass alive is to cut straight up and down, and not at an angle. You want to do as little damage as possible to the roots.
Pierce 3 sides of a square around your target about 4 inches deep into the ground. Lift up the ‘flap’ you have created using your tool, the 4th side of the square should still be attached to the ground.
Use your tool to retrieve the item or carry on digging, keeping in mind that it might be inside the flap you have lifted. Pile the loose dirt you are removing from the hole onto a towel or sheet to make it easier to put it back in.
Once you have found the item, replace the soil you have removed and put the ‘plug’ back in. Step it down with your foot so it looks as it did before.