Magnetic Locator Rental (National Shipping)

Rated 4.9 out of 5
Based on 23 reviews

$115 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.

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 National Rentals Work?

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

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

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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.

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 Greg S., from United States
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I recommend this product
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5 Stars

It only took an hour or two to find what I think are the two ends of an irrigation infiltrator from 1950. The old guys say it was 8", and with slits. Looks to me like it's 20' long. A logical length. Now we know where to dig.

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Reviewed by Dennis
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Nothing could be better

This is an awesome piece of equipment. We were able to solve our problems at a fraction of the price of buying a similar piece of equipment. The shipping and receiving it top notch living nothing to scratch your head over. I wouldn't hesitate to do the process again if needed.

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Reviewed by JMB
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Rated 5 out of 5
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Piece of cake!

We rented the magnetic detector to find our property pins. It worked perfectly. My teenage son even understood easily how it worked. We found all the pins easily and quickly. Even our neighbor asked where we rented the detector from and we told them Metro Metal Detector. Don't hesitate to rent it. The shipping was very easy and box came with easy to follow instructions. Worked great!!

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Reviewed by Eric C.
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I recommend this product
Rated 4 out of 5
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Gas tank location

Despite loosing the first day, ie, it arrived at 5pm. It worked as expected the next day. The medium and high sensitivity worked the best. First picture was a tank I knew existed. Orange is medium sensitive and the high sensitivity is white.

Returning it was easy.

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Reviewed by Mo
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I recommend this product
Rated 5 out of 5
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Right tool for the job

Looking for a septic box that I knew existed but the area had undergone significant grading over the years. With 10 minutes of searching i found 2 targets and one of them was the box. Cleaned the unit, put it back in the box and dropped it off at the UPS pickup point in my local grocery store. It’s that easy.

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