Magnetic Locator Rental (National Shipping)

Rated 4.9 out of 5
Based on 41 reviews

$129 per day
A one day rental is 24 hours. Standard round-trip shipping is free.

Whether you're looking for property markers, buried water valves, cast iron pipes, or something else made of iron or steel, a magnetic locator is the tool you need.

We'll ship a rental straight to you with easy to understand instructions and access to video guides. When you're finished, ship it back to us with the included prepaid return label. Easy peasy.

Need one ASAP? Call/text or chat with us for overnight shipping.

Delivered the day of your Start Date. Drop-off the day after your End Date.
Delivery dates are not guaranteed. Your rental may not arrive on the day you want. Be flexible.

If you are looking for a ring or jewelry, please be as descriptive as you can. Is it gold, platinum, silver? A men's or women's band? Where did you lose it?

The more you can tell us, the more we can tailor your experience to set you up for success.

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Free Round-Trip Shipping (in the US mainland)
Round-trip shipping to AK, HI, and US Territories starts at $88.

How Do Rentals Work?

1. Book Your Rental Book online or by phone. We ship to deliver the day of your selected Start Date.

2. Start Locating Follow the included instructions or watch our video guides to get started locating.

3. Ship it Back The day after your End Date, drop it off at your nearest UPS location with included return shipping supplies.

What can you find?

Property Pins

Locate your property pins before putting up a fence or to settle a dispute with a neighbor.

Cast Iron Pipes

Locate underground cast iron pipes up to 9' (2.74 m) deep.

Sewer Drain Cleanouts

Locate buried or hidden cast iron sewer drain cleanouts up to 4' (1.2 m) deep.

Manhole Covers

Need to find a manhole cover buried under pavement or grass and dirt? You can locate it up to 9' (2.74 m) deep.

Water Valve Covers

Find the water service shutoff valve between your house and the street.

Water Wells

Locate buried steel water well casings up to 9' (2.74 m) deep, or steel well-pit covers up to 6' (1.8 m) deep.

Septic Tanks

Unsure where your septic tank is? Locate the steel handles on the lids of concrete tanks.

Fuel Tanks

Detect an abandoned fuel tank or steel drum buried beneath your property, up to 9' (2.74 m) deep.

Oil Wells

Locate abandoned or buried steel oil well casings up to 9' (2.74 m) deep.

Ammunition Boxes

Looking for treasure buried in a steel ammunition box? Find them up to 12' (3.6 m) deep.

Iron Meteorites

Since a magnetic locator only detects iron, it can help you hunt for these valuable chunks of iron meteors.


Whether you lost your gun while hunting, or are trying to find one to solve a crime, you can locate it up to 10" (25 cm) deep.

Barbed Wire

Abandoned barbed wire fencing can be a danger to livestock and people. Trace the buried wire with a magnetic locator.

" We had a great experience with Metro Metal Detectors. Knowledgeable staff were able to provide exactly the tool we needed for finding an underground property marker... They were patient, kind and offered a ton of help. Friendly, easy to use, easy to book, communicative and helpful. Would absolutely recommend."


A Specialized Type of Metal Detector

A magnetic locator only detects magnetic (ferrous) metals like iron and steel.

It's designed to find property pins, cast iron pipes, septic tank lids, cast iron sewer drain cleanouts, and more.

It won't detect non-magnetic metals like brass, copper, gold, silver, or aluminum. You can locate objects as small and thin as nails, or as large as steel drums.

A magnetic locator (or any metal detector for that matter) is not meant to be used indoors and does not work well indoors. We repeat: It does not work well indoors. Basement floors have iron rebar, which will interfere with the magnetic field the locator detects.

How Deep Can It Go?

Conventional metal detectors can reach a depth of 6 to 8" (20 cm). But a magnetic locator can detect objects buried up to 16′ (4.8 m) deep.

That's 24x the depth of ordinary metal detectors.

  • Property pins are 4" to 12" (10 to 30 cm) deep.

  • A septic tank lid can be up to 4′ (1.2 m) underground.

  • Cast iron pipes can be a few inches to a few feet deep.

How does a magnetic locator work?

Buried iron and steel objects generate their own magnetic fields. These objects create distortion in the earth's natural magnetic field. A magnetic locator measures this distortion and represents it as a strong or weak signal.

When you're near a buried iron or steel object, the signal strength increses. A magnetic locator indicates this increase in three ways:

1. Number on the Screen A number is shown at the center of the screen. This number is a measurement of the magnetic field detected.

2. Bar Graph A bar graph extends either to the left or right. The graph is a visual indication of the magnetic field.

3. Changes in Sound
The locator emits a "scratchy" sound while it's turned on. As you near a magnetic object, this sound gets louder and higher-pitched.

Magnetic locator indicators

Together, these indicators tell you how near to a iron or steel object the locator may be.

The stronger the signal, the higher the number on the screen. As the signal increases, the graph extends further to the left or right. And, the sound increases in volume and pitch.

" Supplied the equipment and training for a novice like me to locate a buried fuel tank. Very helpful. "

Clayton in Colorado


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Reviewed by Dino B.
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I recommend this product
Rated 5 out of 5
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Excellent service and professionalism...

Metro metal detectors sent me exactly the tool I requested. A Schonstedt GA-92XTD. It came right on time and Greg Iverson responded in a very timely manner to emails and very politely answered every question I asked and honored every request made. The tool itself was fully charged, worked exactly as it was intended, and in close to new condition. The cost of the rental and shipping was and is extremely reasonable. Metro is so through, a return label was neatly packaged in a plastic envelope with measured pieces of tape to reseal the shipping box along with complete instructions for the proper operation of the detector. You will definitely be satisfied with the service and product of Metro metal detectors...


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Reviewed by Emily B.
I recommend this product
Rated 5 out of 5
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Super easy process…. Rented for Monday and it arrived on Saturday! The directions were clear. The device worked perfectly. We found the well head in a short time after spending weeks digging! We should have done this right away!!!

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Reviewed by William B.
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I recommend this product
Rated 5 out of 5
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Happy Customer

This is the unit I needed. I contemplated just buying one thinking the rental would be a hassle and in the end the cost to rent would not be that much lower than just buying the unit. I was wrong. They made the rental experience as hassle free as you could. I highly recommend Metro Metal Detectors they were professional and helpful. I called the office and their voice mail answered, I left my name and number, within 10 minutes of my call they returned my call. I today’s business environment, that’s impressive.

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Reviewed by Robert a.
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I recommend this product
Rated 5 out of 5
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Property pin found

I found the most essential pin. The second pin , not on my property was not located. It was most likely not in the area searched.

Also found buried wire segments and lot of rocks containing magnetic 🧲 properties.

The property pin located was eight feet from where surveyors thought the corner was located.

I am very happy that the actual pin was located. Money well spent !!!

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Reviewed by Rex G.
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I recommend this product
Rated 5 out of 5
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Locator well worth the money!

I had contacted a surveyor about finding 5 property marker pins and they were gonna charge $3000 to do it. I rented this locator, that they use, and found all 5 in 2 hours! I had more trouble finding the first one. Directions said the medium setting was best for finding pins. I had better luck with locator set to high @ first. So to say the least I was really satisfied with the capability of this locator and saved me lots of money!!

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