Need ideas for spade handle...

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Pete E
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Like most of us, at times I stick my spade in the ground and use it to lean my detector on...And again like most of us, I have had the detector slide off the handle, and clatter to the ground..

So does anybody have any ideas to prevent this happening? I did think of putting grip tape around the handle, but I don't think it would be comfortable to hold and dig with???

With winter and the bad weather around the corner, keeping the detector off the ground becomes a bit more of a requirement, so I would greatly appreciate any ideas or suggestions that work for others....
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Tape 2 bits of foam to the handle to stop it falling off.
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Maybe make a bit of a groove in the spade handle for the detector shaft to rest in?
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Perhaps a loop of velcro tape?
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If you angle the spade backwards slightly when you put it in the ground the detector doesn’t slide off. Well not in my experience :thumbsup:
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Oxgirl wrote: Fri Nov 19, 2021 4:59 pm If you angle the spade backwards slightly when you put it in the ground the detector doesn’t slide off. Well not in my experience :thumbsup:
That is the same as i do :thumbsup: but beware if it is very windy :lol:
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Thanks for the ideas folks...I will have a play about with some foam and also try angling the spade as suggested...Edited to add, this is my 1000th post.....I am sure I read somewhere I get a prize of some sort??? :P :P
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Pete E wrote: Fri Nov 19, 2021 9:04 pm Edited to add, this is my 1000th post.....I am sure I read somewhere I get a prize of some sort??? :P :P
Congratulations on your 1000th post :Party: And thank you for all your input.

You are right, you do indeed get a prize. Obviously you get the gold star :Star: cause that’s the top prize. As a bonus you’ll also get sent some jelly beans from Blackadder’s vault. They may take a while to arrive (lead time is still not confirmed) but I believe my promised stash from 2017 is due in January now :D. They are fully tested by Blackadder so may be a bit sticky but that’s nothing to worry about ;)

EDIT: just realised he hasn’t said which January :Thinking:
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Oxgirl wrote: Fri Nov 19, 2021 9:46 pm Congratulations on your 1000th post :Party: And thank you for all your input.

You are right, you do indeed get a prize. Obviously you get the gold star :Star: cause that’s the top prize. As a bonus you’ll also get sent some jelly beans from Blackadder’s vault. They may take a while to arrive (lead time is still not confirmed) but I believe my promised stash from 2017 is due in January now :D. They are fully tested by Blackadder so may be a bit sticky but that’s nothing to worry about ;)

EDIT: just realised he hasn’t said which January :Thinking:
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Just a quick follow up on this...I ended up wrapping some self-amalgamating rubber tape around the shaft of the detector for a couple of inches just below the arm cup. This tape has a soft non slip texture that while not the complete answer, is a huge improvement....
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Pete, this might be cheap enough for you :) The Nox stem is 22mm but use the 20mm clips for white plastic waste/overflow pipe - it's tight on the stem and doesn't move. Set the clip just short of the diameter of the handle (I suppose you could also cut teeth in the clip). A spot of black paint and it will turn up on the Minelab site for a tenner :lol:
Haven't tried it in the field but the peg on the string picture gives you an idea of how far over the spade is leaning. Just a few pence if you want to try it out.
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Cheers Dave, that's an interesting idea....the rubber tape I am using works quite well, but might try a clip like that for a bit of added security...
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I have a D handled spade and stick the rest at the back of the stem into the handle,simples!
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