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Author Topic: Getting Through Roots in Woodland Settings  (Read 3695 times)

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Offline SnipesNL

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Getting Through Roots in Woodland Settings
« on: March 13, 2013, 03:56:46 PM »
Hi,
 
 I am new to metal detecting/treasure hunting. I have been working in an old settlement (1800's) that is completely overgrown with spruce/fir trees and underbrush. When I get a hit on the detector I cant even get an inch into the ground and I run into alot of skinny roots which aren't really strong but very difficult to get through. Any suggestions?

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Re: Getting Through Roots in Woodland Settings
« Reply #1 on: March 13, 2013, 04:06:39 PM »
Hey Snipes
There are couple of things I have seen ppl do, one is to carry a small drywall saw with you and cut out your plug with it and
ply it out with yur shovel. Or the second is to get a shovel with the saw edges on it or you can take your shovel and
cut the saw teeth into the sides of it. Thats about all I know of.

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Re: Getting Through Roots in Woodland Settings
« Reply #2 on: March 13, 2013, 06:53:41 PM »
Check out Predator Tools for the detector shovels that can cut plugs if your looking for quality.  The serrated shovels have a deadly bite!

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Re: Getting Through Roots in Woodland Settings
« Reply #3 on: March 13, 2013, 09:57:27 PM »
a good pair of pruning shears work good for roots

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Re: Getting Through Roots in Woodland Settings
« Reply #4 on: March 14, 2013, 05:50:41 PM »
Thanks for the info! At the time I had an army navy store shovel with a moderately serrated edge but it wouldn't effectively cut through the roots. Reason being that the roots were small enough and very flexible hence they moved with the saw and just stuck in its teeth. I am pretty sure both the shears and gyproc knife will work. I will check out the other tools. Its a very trying environment as its rock and roots!

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Re: Getting Through Roots in Woodland Settings
« Reply #5 on: March 14, 2013, 08:41:11 PM »
A sharp shovel blade really helps. On forest fires we just used a file, but the big project fires in the lower 48 had folks with grinders keeping the shovels and pulaskis sharp. Don't forget the pulaski as a tool.
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