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Old 02-06-2019, 01:44 AM
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So I found this scoop at a feed store. Im going to drill it with 3/8 or 7/16 holes. It will work great for dry sand. Thinking about attaching a long handle to make a water scoop. Seems fairly sturdy. Name:  CC832859-FF32-40D6-A332-5350DBCC72CF.jpeg
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Old 02-06-2019, 03:36 AM
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I don't want to discourage you if you really want to do this but you'd probably be better off buying one. Drilling holes is going to speed up the rust too.
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Old 02-06-2019, 04:26 PM
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I use a plastic feed scoop with drilled holes.
Cheap like 4 bucks at the feed store. Worked great this summer in OBX
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Old 02-08-2019, 04:00 PM
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I don't think it will last as a water scoop. I have gone thru the best you can buy.

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Old 02-08-2019, 07:48 PM
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I agreee. Prob okay in dry sand but not wet. I used one my nephew made during a vacation one time. Totaled it the first day out.

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Old 04-05-2019, 09:07 PM
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I don't think it will last as a water scoop. I have gone thru the best you can buy.

He's probably using it for desert sand. Unless, it's for Tahoe beaches.
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Old 04-05-2019, 09:55 PM
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LOL! I used a kitty litter scoop... Of course I dont live by the beach either... Just a couple creeks and rivers

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It may work for a bit as a water scoop; but you will need to take it easy on the scoop. Water scoops take alot of force from being kicked in to the bottom be it sand or silty clay. I have broken a couple of scoops over the years when i catch on somthing big. If you do attach a handle and its wood; make sure you use multiple coats of poly urethane to seal it off or it wont lat long

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Old 04-06-2019, 08:30 PM
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Good on ya Mate! Everybody should attempt to make a beach scoop or two in their lifetime...just to see how come the good ones cost some money!

My third Homemade attempt is holding up really well going on what? 7 years now? Its because I learned from the failures so I keyholed and dovetailed and every single piece is a support to the total....even the handle is important to the entire structure...of course I'm working mainly Lake Michigan sand and some inland lakes around here, but I like how I can 'pump it' underwater and the open top allows for easy target retrieve as well as easy float out of zebra mussel shells etc...
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Old 05-11-2019, 09:38 AM
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As Mud says, "ya gotta try making your own scoop sometime in your life". Over a long winter spell I built this one out of boredom. Have about $100 invested in this and most of that was for the guy who welded it for me. You can buy the SS sheet and tube for $15 to $20. Main part of scoop is made out of 14 gauge SS and the back piece is 16 gauge SS. If I was doing it again I would make the whole scoop out of 16 gauge SS to save on weight. Drilling the holes takes a little time and effort. You can lift a truck with this thing but it is a little heavy. The welding guy also used his metal brake to bend the SS for me. Those little tabs in the top/front are to prevent the welds from splitting, my first scoop I made kept splitting here with heavy lifting. The wood handle is a post hole digger handle, may replace that someday with carbon fiber. Bending the SS is a critical part, determine the inside height you want on the scoop and then bend to attain that. Welding done in two stages, first weld top and handle to the main part of the scoop. Then make a pattern for the back portion so you can cut it out to fit for the final weld. Satisfaction in building something yourself but with the time and effort involved, cheaper to buy a good scoop.
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Nice job for a DIY. Actually one of the best ones I've seen.

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Everybody has to get that urge out of their system of building a beach scoop.
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Very good job on the scoop. Nicely done!

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Old 09-15-2019, 07:16 AM
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Rather than build a scoop think about building a better scoop handle.
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Old 10-23-2019, 11:34 AM
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Originally Posted by CarsonChris View post
So I found this scoop at a feed store. Im going to drill it with 3/8 or 7/16 holes. It will work great for dry sand. Thinking about attaching a long handle to make a water scoop. Seems fairly sturdy.
Its a fun project that will teach you a lot! I've made dozens and still have one of my PVC hand scoops. You'll probably learn some of the following things along the way...
1.) bending over can cause strains and extra time
2.) installing a long handle will quickly find the scoops weakest link and break
3.) scooping in water-logged wet sand quickly finds the scoops weakest link and breaks
4.) you underestimate drilling enough sieve holes
5.) you add more sieve holes and break the scoop
6.) you build another scoop with improvements
7.) you break that scoop too
8.) a few more scoops later, you realize you spent enough to get a quality scoop
9.) you write DIY scoop reviews and share your experience

Here is my review from about 5-years ago.... http://metaldetectingforum.com/showt...+review+scoops
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Old 11-01-2019, 09:14 PM
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Received a request for dimensions on the SS scoop.

View of scoop before bending:
Outside edges are 4 1/2 inches
Next line in is 9 inches from top to bottom
Next line in is 10 inches from top to bottom.
Length of scoop from tip to the back = 11 inches.

The center bottom section is 4 1/2 inches wide.
All the other sections are 3 1/2 inches wide.

Top piece is 3 inches x 4 1/2 inches.
Inside height of the scoop is 5 1/4 inches.

Making a model out of tagboard gives you a look at what your final scoop will look like. Change the dimensions to suit yourself.
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