Renting a metal detector is a great option for the beginner to test out a detector or find a lost ring.  I was surprised when I started shopping for a higher end metal detector how many rental locations are available.

Can You Rent Metal Detectors?

Absolutely, in fact renting a metal detector is a great option for finding a lost ring in the backyard or trying the latest technology on a higher end metal detector.  Another rental option is at beach resort areas where a metal detector can be rented as easily as beach chairs and umbrellas.

Renting a metal detector
Renting a metal detector

Reasons to Rent a Metal Detector

I’ll start by describing why I rented a metal detector, then we’ll get into all the different reasons. 

I had been using my son’s metal detector for a couple years.  It’s a Garrett Ace 250, I still recommend folks investigate getting that machine starting out because it provides great technology at an affordable price. 

Rent to Test an Upgraded Metal Detector

When the treasure hunting bug really grabbed ahold of me, I decided to take the plunge and spend some savings (along with the funds from selling a diamond ring I found).   I set my budget between $700 and $900, with the hope of getting a new detector, headphones and new pin pointer.

Three models stood out for me because I mostly comb beaches.

  1. Garrett AT Max (Links to Kellyco for reviews and current pricing)
  2. Minelab Equinox 600 Multi-IQ  (Links to Amazon for reviews and current pricing)
  3. Nokta Makro ANFIBIO  (Links to Amazon for reviews and current pricing)

Metal Detector ModelHeadphones / Pin Pointer Included Extra Notable Accessories
Garrett AT MaxYes / Yes Both are wireless!Coil cover
Minelab Equinox 600 Muti-IQYes / YesLight weight unit
Nokta Makro ANFIBIOYes / NoExtra DD Coil

Spending that kind of money isn’t easy for me.  We’ve got a couple kids in college and have prioritized them, but my wife gave me a little slack to splurge on a new machine.  Search as I might I couldn’t decide between those three. 

I’m always getting asked what equipment I use. I’ve been recommending the same solid metal detecting equipment for years.

  • My first metal detector was the Garrett Ace 250 (link to Amazon for current prices and reviews). This machine is still working great after 6 years. I keep it around for “group” treasure hunts.
  • I’m currently sweeping with a Garrett AT Pro Metal Detector (Link to Amazon for Prices). Since I bought my AT PRO Garrett has come out with a package that includes wireless headphones. Getting tangled up in a wire when your on your knees digging is a pain. Check out the Garrett AT MAX package with Z-Lynk Headphones and Pin Pointer (Link for great prices over at Amazon)
  • When it comes to digging two tools are a must have. 1. A hand trowel -I recommend the Lesche Digging and Cutting Tool (link to check it out) and 2. A sand scoop – the one I’m using is the CKG Sand Scoop with Handle (Link to Amazon for current price and reviews) A good sand scoop is a game changer for beaches.
  • Finally get a good pinpointer. I have an older Garrett Pro, but the newer version – Garrett Pro-Pointer AT with Z-Lynk is completely waterproof to 20 feet and hooks up to your wireless headphones.

A friend down the block suggested going to a shop and talking to the owner about each model.  I drove the 40 miles to Serious Detecting and talked with the team there.  He suggested renting a unit and trying it out.  So after some paperwork and a deposit. I left with a Garrett AT MAX.  A weekend of serious sweeping and I was sold! 

Metal Detecting Tip: It takes time to learn your machine. As much as you would think the machine will do all the work and all you have to do is dig up the money, that’s not how it works. I still remember reading in the beginner guide that Charles Garrett said you should plan on 10 hours of detecting before finding anything.

Renting a Metal Detector for Finding a Lost Item

The convenience of renting when you know your only going to use it for an hour or two is perfect.  Image you lost your wedding ring at a backyard barbeque. One of those situations where you are sure you set the ring on the picnic table.  At this point you’ve got 3 options.

  1. Consider it gone (and weather the wrath of an angry spouse)
  2. Hire a Detectorist to search for it.  (These guys are usually paid for mileage and a courtesy commission)
  3. Rent a metal detector and search yourself for a faction of the cost.

Renting a Metal Detector for Property Line Stakes

Another reason to rent a metal detector is to settle property line disputes at a faction of the cost of having a surveyor.  Most property lines have already been marked with a stake.  Usually these stakes are made of steel, commonly an 18-inch piece of rebar.  At the time of the original survey a wood stake with flag is usually stuck alongside the rebar stake.

Renting a detector that is great for iron makes finding the points easy.  The $70 is cheap versus thousands for a survey.

Renting a Metal Detector on Vacation

I get bored sitting on a beach for more than a day.  Sure, I love beaches and being warm, but I start to get restless.   Scanning a beach with a metal detector is perfect for getting some exercises and meeting folks.

If you’re flying to a beach vacation, I’d suggest leaving the machine at home.  A big package like a metal detector will cost about $80 extra in luggage (just like golf clubs).  Most big beaches will offer rental machines.  Many times, the rental detector may be better than the one you already own.   Below I’ve put together and list of popular beaches with places to rent a metal detector.

Metal Detecting Tip:  When beach scanning sweep parallel to the water line.  Different moisture levels in the sand will throw off the balance of your unit. 

How Much Does It Cost to Rent Metal Detector?

From all the investigating I’ve done across the country the prices very between $20 for 3 hours to $25 / day.  Some metal detecting shops will rent high end machines.  At those places you could pay around $80 per day, but you get the benefit of using before buying.

Favorite Places to Rent a Metal Detector

  1. Coronado Beach San Diego, CA – This find was amazing.  Think of getting lessons and renting a metal detector!  Coronado Beach is super poplar and gets thousands of folks every weekend.  Lots of people swimming (loosing good stuff) and applying sunscreen (perfect for rings slipping off) The place to go is San Diego Metal Detectors, great service, expert lessons and upgraded equipment.  Check them out at this link –
  2. Myrtle Beach, SC – Sunbelt Rentals has handheld metal detectors and they have a couple locations in the Myrtle Beach area – here’s a link –
  3. Virginia Beach, VA – Check with Rental Works.  They carry Garrett Detectors and rent by the day.  A couple locations in the Virginia Beach area – here’s a link –
  4. Baker Beach, CA – AAA Rentals in Redwood carries Garrett Ace 250 metal detectors.  For a great cost of about $20 for 3 hours.  AAA Rentals can be found at this link –
  5. Grand Haven State Park Beach, MI – Michigan has great beaches and the DNR provides excellent guidance for where to metal detect.  Huge sugar sand beaches in a resort town make are the makings of treasure hunting success.  Redi Rental rents metal detectors for $33/day.  Here’s a link to find Redi Rental –
  6. Mid-Beach Miami, FL – Truly a warm weather beach vacation.  Miles of beaches with great treasure hunting opportunities.  You’ve got to work with Rent a Metal Detector .com.  Check out the instructional video for operating the Garrett 300.
  7. Oahu Beach in Honolulu, HI – This is a dream come true.  Vacationing in Honolulu and not swinging a metal detector would be like fishing and not using bait.  Lugging a big metal detector across the country on a plane is ridiculous when you can rent a Garrett 350 for $25 per day.  The great folks at Hawaiian Rent-All even have sand scoop.  Make a trip to Hawaii a true once in a lifetime trip.  Check out Hawaiian Rent-All, here’s a link to there shop –

Looking for some great places to metal detect? Vacationing with your detector is a great way to search out the best places in most states.


David Humphries, Writer and Creator of METAL DETECTING TIPS. After borrowing my son’s detector and finding $.25. I felt like a treasure hunter. FREE MONEY! I was seriously bitten by the metal detecting bug.