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How to Make a better Pinpointer out of a Cen-tech
Posted by: treasurebone
Date: July 20, 2011 08:58PM
Hey everyone! I just put up a video tutorial on youtube at [URL="

"][/URL] This video shows you how to mod the Centech Hand Held Metal Detector from Harbor Freight and turn it into a pretty darn good pinpointer. Great for a back up or for all of us who are feeling the financial crunch right now. I also have a set of written instructions with photos on my blog at http://treasurebone.blogspot.com/2011/07/cen-tech-hand-held-metal-detector-mod.html Feel free to leave me comments on my blog, youtube or PM me if you have any questions. Thanks and I hope this helps someone out.



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Re: How to Make a better Pinpointer out of a Cen-tech
Posted by: ivanll
Date: July 20, 2011 09:53PM
Good show,:thumbup: Thank you!
It's what make a forum worth watching.:clapping:

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Re: How to Make a better Pinpointer out of a Cen-tech
Posted by: GoGoGopher
Date: July 24, 2011 12:29AM
I gave up on that thing...it has absolutely no depth whatsoever...even on those big pliers...The BH (Teknetics) pinpointer is cheap and gets at least 2"...

HH,



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Re: How to Make a better Pinpointer out of a Cen-tech
Posted by: jazzman58
Date: August 19, 2011 12:07PM
Treasurebone;
Thanks for the vid on how to modify the cen tec pinpointer. With a couple of variations from your instructions I have just completed my mod. The one big thing I did was to eliminate the "speaker". I guess I just like to hunt in "stealth mode". Now I can't wait to get a chance to try it out. Thanks again, good luck, HH.

Jeff

Re: How to Make a better Pinpointer out of a Cen-tech
Posted by: treasurebone
Date: August 19, 2011 12:16PM
Jeff,

Let me know how it works for ya! Actually getting rid of the speaker should cut out a little of the vlotage draw which may give that Motor a little more umph!

Re: How to Make a better Pinpointer out of a Cen-tech
Posted by: jazzman58
Date: September 03, 2011 02:06AM
Treasurebone;
Sorry for the delay in my response. My Internet "provider" has been having issues. Looks like my first chance to give the modded pin pointer a good workout will be this Labor day weekend. Just an FYI my mods were done from my "junk box" because the nearest radio shack from me is around 60 miles, round trip. I ended up using a rocker style switch as this is what I had on hand. I also thought this might be a little "lower profile" as it would not protrude as much as the toggle style switch (again, using nothing but junk box parts). I had to enlarge the opening for the switch a bit and remove the "beeper" to get the switch to fit. Next I used a "vibrator" from an old junk cell phone in place of the "beeper". So far all bench and air tests have been positive. I will know better this weekend once I am able to give the modded pinpointer a good "once over". Will report back with my findings later.

Jeff

Re: How to Make a better Pinpointer out of a Cen-tech
Posted by: treasurebone
Date: September 03, 2011 07:54AM
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jazzman58
Treasurebone;
Sorry for the delay in my response. My Internet "provider" has been having issues. Looks like my first chance to give the modded pin pointer a good workout will be this Labor day weekend. Just an FYI my mods were done from my "junk box" because the nearest radio shack from me is around 60 miles, round trip. I ended up using a rocker style switch as this is what I had on hand. I also thought this might be a little "lower profile" as it would not protrude as much as the toggle style switch (again, using nothing but junk box parts). I had to enlarge the opening for the switch a bit and remove the "beeper" to get the switch to fit. Next I used a "vibrator" from an old junk cell phone in place of the "beeper". So far all bench and air tests have been positive. I will know better this weekend once I am able to give the modded pinpointer a good "once over". Will report back with my findings later.

Jeff

Awesome, Jeff!

Heck yeah that's the way to go...if you've got stuff in the junk drawer that can do the job, well that's always the first route! I'm sure a lot of us MD'ers like to tinker and I'm sure a lot of us like to save money and your approach does both! Let me know how this works.

Treasurebone

Re: How to Make a better Pinpointer out of a Cen-tech
Posted by: jazzman58
Date: September 10, 2011 08:47PM
Okay TB;
Got it out for a true "test run". Works just fine. Took a bit to get used to the vibrate instead of the tone but other than that no problems. Thanks again for the vid. Catch up with you later........Jazzman58

Jeff

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Re: How to Make a better Pinpointer out of a Cen-tech
Posted by: Bucksport
Date: September 12, 2011 05:30PM
I purchased one 2 weeks ago and used the motor from a small vibrating razor. Works great!

Re: How to Make a better Pinpointer out of a Cen-tech
Posted by: jazzman58
Date: September 16, 2011 11:33PM
Bucksport;
The one I modded was about 5 or 6 years old. I had bought it before I got into metal detecting. People need to realize that these are intended for use in wood working. You would typically run it up and down a board to see if it had any nails, screws, etc in it. They do work for the metal detecting hobby but are not just "meant" for it. I now own 3 of these things so I am sold on them. Like Clint Eastwood said in one of his movies, "you just have to know your limitations". Knowing the limitation on the cen tech will make it work for you that much better.

HH

Jeff

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Re: How to Make a better Pinpointer out of a Cen-tech
Posted by: Bucksport
Date: September 17, 2011 06:43PM
It's a perfect companion to my detector. It's limitations in my book are it's strong points. I DO NOT need a pinpointer to go deeper than an inch. If I needed that I should probably work on my pinpointing skills with my detector. I usually have my target narrowed down to a 2x2 inch area with just x-ing the target. If my HF unit breaks I will just buy another one. Money well spent. I see no need to spend over 100 bucks on another model.
HH

Re: How to Make a better Pinpointer out of a Cen-tech
Posted by: jazzman58
Date: September 24, 2011 06:21PM
Bucksport:
I agree with you 100%. Enough said, HH to you.

Jeff

Re: How to Make a better Pinpointer out of a Cen-tech
Posted by: coinjumper
Date: October 13, 2011 10:07PM
I'm almost finished with this, gotta make my handle and plug up a couple holes Have my switch and vibrating motor going to the handle and will try to mount it kinda like a sunray i guess.




Re: How to Make a better Pinpointer out of a Cen-tech
Posted by: coinjumper
Date: October 15, 2011 08:09AM
Finished it last night




Re: How to Make a better Pinpointer out of a Cen-tech
Posted by: Rick in Pa
Date: October 17, 2011 04:01PM
looks nice. I keep a Cen Tech in my work van along with my Tesoro Compadre. This is my lunch time set up if I am near a park during my lunch break. When the weather is wet, I look like the homeless detectorist. I have the control box of detector and pinpointed inside zip lock baggies.Looks tacky, but works great. I might have to pick another one up and try your two piece set up, and water resistant the case. Thanks for the pics.

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