Metal Detector Rental

Metal Detector Rental (144 places to rent around the USA)

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.

Rhode Island State Parks for Metal Detecting
Rent 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 Preparing to Upgrade Your 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.

  • Nokta Simplex + (an amazing beginner machine)
  • Nokta Legend (Easy to use with multi-frequency technology)
  • Minelab Equinox 900 (An improvement to the famous Nox 800)

From $100 to $300
Nokta Simplex+

Nokta Makro Simplex+ an awesome machine
Nokta Makro Simplex+ an awesome machine
  • 4 modes and 12 kHz frequency
  • 100% waterproof durability
  • Backlighting on display/buttons
  • Wireless headphones
  • Intuitive menu with updates
  • Fantastic Value

From $300 to $750
Nokta Legend

Nokta Legend Display
Nokta Legend Display
  • Amazing Multi-Frequency
  • 100% Waterproof to 3M
  • Trash filtering with advanced discrimination
  • More value than any detector in this price range

From $750 and UP
Minelab Nox 900

Minelab Equinox 900 is a next level metal detector
Minelab Equinox 900 is a “next level” metal detector
  • 6 Frequencies for all soil mineralization
  • 100% IP68 waterproof to 5M
  • Advanced targeting for accurate identification (dig less + find more)
  • Never buy another detector after this one.

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. 

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 (Click Here for 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.  Read more great tips in this article 👉 Metal Detecting Tips and Tricks

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 $85 / 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 –

Where to Rent a Metal Detector Anywhere in the USA

AlabamaBirminghamSunbelt Rentals
 HuntsvilleRobin Rents
 MobileSunbelt Rentals
 FairbanksIndependent Rental
ArizonaPhoenixArizona Hiking Shack
 TucsonSunbelt Rentals
 MesaA&B Prospecting Supplies
ArkansasLittle RockSunbelt Rentals
 Hot SpringsHays Rental
 FayettevilleSunbelt Rentals
CaliforniaLos AngelesElite Construction Equipment
 San DiegoFallbrook Equipment Rentals
 San JoseA Tool Shed Equipment Rentals
ColoradoDenverMetro Metal Detectors
 Colorado SpringsPeak Equipment Rentals
 AuroraAll Seasons RentAll
ConnecticutCantonBremar Rental
 New HavenSunbelt Rentals
 HartfordSunbelt Rentals
DelawareWilmingtonDelaware Equipment Rental
 DoverSunbelt Rentals
 NewarkDelaware Equipment Rental
FloridaJacksonvilleSunbelt Rentals
 MiamiAll Tool Rental Company
 TampaTrue Value Rental Tampa Bay
GeorgiaAtlantaNorthside Tool Rental
 AugustaSunbelt Rentals
 ColumbusRays Rents
HawaiiHonoluluHawaiian Rent-All
 HiloBig Island Metal Detecting
 MauiMaui Vacation Equipment
IdahoBoiseTates Rents
 HaydenLake City Rental Equipment
 MeridianSunbelt Rentals
IllinoisChicagoWindy City Metal Detectors
 AuroraSunbelt Rentals
 RockfordLincoln Rent-All & Sales
IndianaIndianapolisRunyon Equipment Rental
 Fort WayneTaylor Rental
 EvansvilleGeneral Rentals Corp
IowaDes MoinesSunbelt Rentals
 Cedar RapidsCorridor Equipment Rental
 DavenportAero Rentals
KansasWichitaHaysville Rental Center
 Overland ParkGerken Rent-All
 Kansas CityHigh Plains Prospectors
KentuckyLouisvilleArt’s Rental Equipment & Supply
 LexingtonBryant’s Rent-All
 Bowling GreenSunbelt Rentals
LouisianaNew OrleansTrue Value Rental
 Baton RougeAAA Rent-All
 Lake CharlesTrue Value Rental
MainePortlandHandyman Equipment Rentals
 LewistonKennebec Equipment Rental
 BangorGeneral Rental
MarylandBaltimoreABC Rental Center
 ColumbiaSunbelt Rentals
 GermantownSunbelt Rentals
MassachusettsBostonTaylor Rental
 HudsonRobinsons Hardware
 SpringfieldSunbelt Rentals
MichiganDetroitSunbelt Rentals
 Grand HavenRedi Rental
 HighlandTool Time Equipment Rental
MinnesotaMinneapolisReddy Rents
 Saint PaulOakdale Rental Center
 RochesterSunbelt Rentals
MississippiJacksonAll Star Rental
 GulfportABC Rental
 TupeloBusylad Rent-All
MissouriKansas CityPlatte Rental & Supply
 St. LouisChaseCo Rentals
 SpringfieldMarshfield Rental Center
MontanaKalispellBig Sky Rents
 MissoulaTime Rental
 Great FallsHi-Line Rental
NebraskaOmahaRental City
 LincolnMidwest Diggers
 BellevueAvery Rents
NevadaLas VegasMetro Metal Detectors
 HendersonMetro Metal Detectors
 RenoMetro Metal Detectors
New HampshireManchesterTaylor Rental
 NashuaTaylor Rental
 ConcordSunbelt Rentals
New JerseySpartaSussex County Rental
 MorristownAll County Rental & Sales
 PatersonSunbelt Rentals
New MexicoAlbuquerqueHighland Rent All
 Las CrucesSunbelt Rentals
 Rio RanchoHighland Rent All
New YorkNew York CityTaylor Rental
 BuffaloSunbelt Rentals
 HawthorneDecker Tool Rental
North CarolinaCharlotteSunbelt Rentals
 RaleighGrand Rental
 GreensboroTrue Value Rental
North DakotaFargoAcme Rentals
 BismarckRent All
 Grand ForksAcme Rentals
OhioColumbusSunbelt Rentals
 ClevelandHandy Rents
 Cincinnati/West ChesterOne Stop Rental
OklahomaOklahoma CityA&B Rent-All
 TulsaSunbelt Rentals
 MiamiPower Up Rental
OregonPortlandPioneer Rental LLC
 SalemCanby Rental & Equipment
 EugeneC&E Rentals
PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaSunbelt Rentals
 PittsburghSunbelt Rentals
 LancasterGap Power
Rhode IslandProvidenceSunbelt Rentals
 WarwickSunbelt Rentals
 CranstonSunbelt Rentals
South CarolinaColumbiaAaro Rental Center
 CharlestonSunbelt Rentals
 SpartanburgAsheville Highway Rental
South DakotaSioux FallsABC Rentals
TennesseeNashvilleAbsolute Rental & Supply
 MemphisService Rental
 KnoxvilleMaryville Equipment Rental
TexasHoustonAztec Rental
 San AntonioSunbelt Rentals
 DallasAA Rental
UtahSalt Lake CityDiamond Rental
 West Valley CitySunbelt Rentals
 Provo/OremTimp Rental
VermontBurlingtonSunbelt Rentals
 DerbyTrue Value Rental
 MontpelierSunbelt Rentals
VirginiaVirginia BeachSunbelt Rentals
 NorfolkGrand Rental Station
 ChesapeakeSunbelt Rentals
WashingtonSeattleAurora Rents
 SpokaneSunbelt Rentals
 Tacoma/OlympiaLew Rents
West VirginiaCharlestonSunbelt Rentals
 MartinsburgTri-County Rental
 MorgantownMPE Rentals
WisconsinMilwaukeeArea Rental & Sales
 MadisonBadger Contractors Rental & Supply
 Green BayGrand True Value Rental of Appleton
WyomingCheyenneArapahoe Rental
 JacksonTeton Rental

Does Home Depot Rent Metal Detectors?

Unfortunately NO, my search of the Rental Centers at Home Depot resulted in a negative. It seems like renting metal detectors would be a great new business. So many folks are looking for property stakes and buried wires. Home Depot does sell metal detectors though. Here’s the link to check prices – > Home Depot Metal Detectors

👉Hey David here the guy behind this website. Check Out My Favorite Metal Detecting Equipment Below 👍 Recommended

Nokta Ultra
Nokta Simplex ULTRA 👈 Awesome Machine!

When asked what I recommend, the 👉 Nokta Simplex Ultra stands out. Perfect for beginners, it’s waterproof, includes wireless headphones, and offers five functional modes, growing with your detecting skills.

Lesche T Handle Shovel picture
Lesche T Handle Shovel digs through everything

The next thing you need is a great shovel, believe me when I say you’ll dig more knowing you can dig FASTER. The nearly bullet proof Lesche T- Handle Shovel is the most comfortable heavy duty shovel I’ve ever used.

I love the CKG Sand Scoop for Beach Metal Detecting
I love the CKG Sand Scoop for Beach Metal Detecting

Metal Detecting and Beaches are a perfect match. To search a beach you’ve GOT TO HAVE A SAND SCOOP. CKG Sand Scoops are heavy duty and able to be used as a shovel.

Minelab Equinox 800 amazing Metal Detector
Minelab Equinox 800 amazing metal detector

If it’s time up UP YOUR GAME , get the industry standard metal detector. The Minelab Equinox 800 IS THE BEST. Okay it’s not cheap, but your finds are going to increase with this machine.

Can a Metal Detector Find Keys?

Using a metal detector is the perfect way to find lost keys. Heck, I’ve found keys in the snow, check out this article – Can You Find Keys in the Snow with a Metal Detector?

Can You Hire Someone to Find a Lost Ring?

Yes, a band of active detectorists have formed a group called “The Ring Finders“. Basically, you look up a metal detecting expert in your area on their data base, then contact them. The prices vary with some folks asking to cover the expenses and a little extra.

Metal Detecting Tip: 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. Check out my entire listing of 👉 Where to Metal Detect


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.

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