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Anyone here use a DRAG SCOOP..?
Posted by: pinenut
Date: June 10, 2017 09:53PM
Hey folks, does anyone here like using a "drag scoop" in the dry sand? By drag, I mean the type you pull toward you and it supposedly digs in as you pull.
Wondering how well they scoop sand and targets compared to the common shovel type scoop. Can a drag type work well?



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Re: Anyone here use a DRAG SCOOP..?
Posted by: goodmore
Date: June 11, 2017 07:37AM
I would imagine drag scoops as you call them would work well for shallow targets. Anything deeper would require weight on the scoop. I have seen videos of guys swinging the scoop like a tomahawk to dig in out in front of them. The best scoop for dry sand in my opinion is a wire mesh scoop to allow the sand fall out without too much shaking. But the key is to find one that you can stand on without crushing. Grab handles are nice also. The less bending involved the better.

Re: Anyone here use a DRAG SCOOP..?
Posted by: GeorgeinSC
Date: June 11, 2017 08:06AM
Works if you are only on the dry sand. Or if you are only digging very shallow targets. The wet sand can be a mix of shell and sand and difficult to break thru with a scoop that you can put your weight on.



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Re: Anyone here use a DRAG SCOOP..?
Posted by: Champ Ferguson
Date: June 11, 2017 11:22AM
I built one out of hardware cloth once on a heavy rake handle. Was about 30" across. Man, talk about hard work. I had to put considerable downward pressure on it or hold it at a steeper angle to get it to bite into the dry sand. And after that was accomplished by changing the handle angle, it was HARD HARD work pulling it thru even 2" of depth. At that point it became obvious to me that human power wasn't going to do what I wanted it to do and my time and energy would be better off spent with a detector in my hand.

Now if I could pull on with a 4wheeler or something + have a tractor style hitch that controlled the depth, that would be a winner.



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Re: Anyone here use a DRAG SCOOP..?
Posted by: ROBOCOP
Date: June 11, 2017 02:34PM
In Florida they are used to collect sand fleas. Good bait when you are surf fishing.

Re: Anyone here use a DRAG SCOOP..?
Posted by: pinenut
Date: June 12, 2017 12:13AM
Thanks, folks. Here is a pic of the type scoop I'm asking about.. Only wondering about using it in dry sand, thinking they could be pretty quick at shallow target retrieval.
Looks like you would have to take a swing at the sand, then pull it toward you. Someone here must use one of these..(?)

ROBOCOP - sounds like a great idea for bait! Out here we have "sand crabs"; I imagine they're the same thing. The soft shell type are great for bait.



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Re: Anyone here use a DRAG SCOOP..?
Posted by: ROBOCOP
Date: June 12, 2017 03:47AM
I did use one of them a long time ago. At some point you will be tempted to use your foot on it to get a slightly deeper target and you will break one of those little tack welds. The structural integrity will fail and it will be a piece of junk..

Those are probably useful for picking up visual trash on the surface like cigarette butts. Not really meant to be a digging tool, like for metal detecting.

Re: Anyone here use a DRAG SCOOP..?
Posted by: Hoser John
Date: June 12, 2017 08:48AM
The longer the handle is on a scoop the tougher it is on your elbows. Hold a 3lb weight out straight armed for a few minutes and the truth will reveal itself. Back in the very early 60's us 7 boys built a drag scoop 18" wide from a wheeled lawn feeder and wire.Long before these massive beach cleaners of today. Man alive it sure was work but got enough cash from silver/rings to buy a Tandy Craft Heathkit bfo kit and haven't looked back since as dozens and dozens of detectors since. John

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Re: Anyone here use a DRAG SCOOP..?
Posted by: Champ Ferguson
Date: June 12, 2017 03:04PM
Oh, I wouldn't call that a drag scoop; I'd just call it a cheap beach scoop (no offence; I have one in addition to my Stealth). They are made to be used like a normal scoop, but like ROBOCOP pointed out, they don't last too long without some user reinforcing welding.

This is what I thought meant by drag scoop:






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Re: Anyone here use a DRAG SCOOP..?
Posted by: tarajudy
Date: June 12, 2017 03:17PM
If I told you how many gold chains and silver I found you would junk your high over priced detector. Most detectors will not pick up thin gold or silver chains. Yes I have an AT GOLD AND AN ATX FOR WATER HUNTING.
45YEARS DOING THIS ANY QUESTIONS. Just bend the prongs up a little and your set.

Re: Anyone here use a DRAG SCOOP..?
Posted by: Buddy_TX
Date: June 15, 2017 07:45PM
Now that is a true drag scoop. Made one 25/30 years ago very much like it. My oldest daughter got a outstanding mans gold chain with it.

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