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Famous Trails® MD3005 Metal Detector

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MD3005

 | Catalog #: 55028387
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$49.99
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Product Summary

For treasure seekers!

Now treasure hunting can be fun for all ages. The MD3005 metal detector from Famous Trails is perfect for younger treasure seekers, or those who are just starting out. Plus, with features like the ferrous/non-ferrous discriminator, it's never been easier to tell trash from treasure.

  • Ferrous/non-ferrous discriminator helps you distinguish iron and steel from silver and gold
  • Volume control and headphone jack help you keep from disturbing others as you treasure seek
  • One-touch auto tune allows for accurate detection
  • 170mm waterproof search coil makes this detector easy to use in all types of weather

You'll also need

  • "AAA" alkaline batteries (6)
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Manufacturer Warranty

  • Parts: 12 month
  • Labor: 12 month
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Product Support

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Date added Document
May 19, 2008 Famous Trailsģ MD3005 Metal Detector (Quick Start Guide)
May 19, 2008 Famous Trailsģ MD3005 Metal Detector (User's Guide)

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Famous Trails® MD3005 Metal Detector
 
3.3

(based on 19 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

58%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to assemble (6)
  • Lightweight (6)
  • Easy to use (5)
  • Accurate pinpointing (4)
  • Compact (4)

Cons

  • Doesn't work (4)

Best Uses

  • Coins (3)
  • Land (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual/ recreational (7), Beginner (4), Recreational user (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (3)

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(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

waste of my money

By bigdaddy

from easten N.C

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Waste Of My Money

Cons

  • Adds No Function

Best Uses

  • Bright Conditions

Comments about Famous Trails® MD3005 Metal Detector:

it was ease to get on line but this was a waste of my money, I really need to return but time ran out , didn't wont to use in bad weather so when we got a warm day we tried them out, you can almost seat it on a coin and it wont go off my son really upset with this gift

  • Was this a gift?:
  • Yes

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

MD 3005 Metal Detector

By Maxadolf

from Epsom, UK.

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Pros

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Famous Trails® MD3005 Metal Detector:

        Once MD tuned the needle movement and noise levels were in the opposite directions from those indicated in instruction manual; i.e. At maximum discrimination the sensor failed to discriminate between ferrous (Fe) and precious metal (Au), whereas good discrimination at minimum setting on discrimination knob. Although that is the exact opposite of that indicated in the instructions, MD still performed to an acceptable level. Questionable circuit design based on requiring a background noise to have to disappear if metal detected in ground. That along with the reverse mode assembly failed to excite me with operation of MD 3500. Perhaps I should have gone for a more sophisticated MD!

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        It works just as advertised.

        By New Guy

        from Lebanon, Pa.

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Nothing Bad To Say

        Best Uses

        • Finding Lost Coins

        Comments about Famous Trails® MD3005 Metal Detector:

        I have one of these with a different model number but it's the exact same detector. I got this from a guy at work. It was brand new and it works fantastic. You have to read the instructions FIRST before using it. The needle will point to the left and no sound will be heard if it finds ferrous metal...something a magnet will pick up. If it detects non-ferrous metal like gold or silver jewelry or coins, the needle will point to the right and sound will increase. There should be no mistake seperating junk metal from valuable treasure and coins. I found a dime 5 inches deep in the ground and other coins at 2 to 4 inches. This detector really impressed me. You have to work with it and learn how it operates. It's not hard if you take the time. Read the manual till you understand it. Now go find those lost coins!

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (26 of 31 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        ok for a beginner

        By Betty the aunt

        from Rocky Mount, NC

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact

        Cons

        • Difficult To Focus

        Best Uses

          Comments about Famous Trails® MD3005 Metal Detector:

          I gave this as a give for my 10 year old neice, I was hoping for something a little more simple for her to use, but she does like it.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes

          (25 of 26 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Worked as advertised

          By Heidi

          from Westport, MA

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Accurate

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Famous Trails® MD3005 Metal Detector:

              So far we have only found nails and bottle caps (under sand and leaves) but are looking forward to finding better "treasures" when the weather warms up! Works as advertised - emits sound until it picks up metal (I think it should be the other way around but...) - easy to use and not very heavy.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              (20 of 25 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              SIMPLE BUT PROFESSIONAL

              By Steven weld Jmal

              from Tunisia

              About Me Professional Guide

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Accurate
              • Compact
              • Quality Lenses
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Difficult To Focus
              • Difficult to Use

              Best Uses

              • Hunting

              Comments about Famous Trails® MD3005 Metal Detector:

              first time i used , i want to cry for the money i put ! Stop but when i focus the guide deeply and after many tests, i was stupify by the result .. i found many and many valuable stuff ,but i advice people who use this device to concentrate on the headers not on the speaker.
              Good Hunting .

              (23 of 30 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Not what i expected!!!

              By Beach Comber

              from Scarborough, Maine

              About Me Casual/ Recreational

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • none

              Cons

              • Poor Quality

              Best Uses

              • none

              Comments about Famous Trails® MD3005 Metal Detector:

              I read the reviews and was hoping it was like the little orange detector i had from Radio Shack when i was a kid. However the detector i got for my son was not even close. It couldn't detect any metal beyond 1/4 inch. The winning characteristic was when it hit a target, it stopped making noise. While searching, it was constant static after tuning according to the directions. It also stated that there would be constant static in the owners manual, but not on the website, this was a big disappointment to me and also for my son whom i had psyched up for the [...] arrival. It was repackaged and sent back the next day.

              (25 of 25 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              No treasure yet, but a lot of fun!

              By Squirrelburrito

              from Revere, MA

              About Me Casual/ Recreational

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Accurate
              • Compact
              • Easy to use

              Cons

              • Basic model

              Best Uses

              • Hiking/Backpacking
              • Low Visibility
              • Open spaces
              • Travel

              Comments about Famous Trails® MD3005 Metal Detector:

              When I came across this affordable metal detector last Christmas, I had to buy it. Always wanted one! To be fair, winter is really just ending where I live, so I haven't had much time to play yet. I can say that it was accurate and efficient enough to sort through a massive pile of construction debris to find a ring. Dead on, every time. It takes some getting used to as far as calibrating goes, but it is easy to use once you figure it out. My two year old hasn't been able to break it yet (and that is quite a feat!), and she loves to watch us search for and find buried treasure! All in all, for the price, I find the value to be excellent, and I am very satisfied with this purchase.

              (15 of 28 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Had to return it

              By PRS

              from North Carolina

              Verified Buyer

              Comments about Famous Trails® MD3005 Metal Detector:

              Our grandson never got to use it. No one [...] could get the battery compartment open to put in the batteries.

              (25 of 26 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              I have had this product now for 25 years

              By Jhon Doe

              from san bernardino ca

              About Me Avid Adventurer

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Its fun
              • Perfact for youngsters
              • Still working after 25yrs
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Not for seriouse hobby

              Best Uses

              • Hiking/Backpacking
              • Keeping kids buisy

              Comments about Famous Trails® MD3005 Metal Detector:

              First detector and now has become my boys first detector 27 years later!!

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