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  1. #1
    Member New Bottler
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    Aug 2017
    Outside of New Orleans

    Looking for a bottle probe

    I wanna start probing this property for bottles. Is 4ft the norm or 5 or 6? Any suggestions on a seller at good prices? Thank you

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    Call HD supply or Pelican construction supply. They should have some probes in stock. I would go with a 5'

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    The probe needs to be spring steel. There are plenty of probe suppliers, but some will send you a malleable steel one, which is not optimal.

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    Senior Member Bottle Master
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    Apr 2007
    I use a 6' long 3/8" T&T tools probe. Ground here in Texas is hard a bricks so you need a good solid probe...their probes have replaceable tips so I've been running the same probe for the past 6 years but probably gone through 10 tips in that time.

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    Senior Member Bottle Master GLASSHOPPER55's Avatar
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    Feb 2015
    LaPorte County, Indiana
    I use a 3' probe as a general woods-walking tool. When it comes to real digging at a found dump I get out the 5'. Spring-steel is a must.
    "Digging Up the Past --- One Bottle at a Time, Since 1969"

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    Senior Member Bottle Master hemihampton's Avatar
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    Oct 2006
    I use a 5 foot spring steel probe, 4 to short & 6 to long. 5 just right. LEON.

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    One option to consider is from an automobile junkyard. The rod which was part of the trunk spring in older cars is spring steel. I recently got one, heated and straightened one end, used a 5/16 " die to thread it. Placed 2 nuts back to back, tightened against each other to prevent loosening. Ground nuts to a taper. Placed a piece of fuel line over other end for handle. Been using probes for over thirty years. This is the best yet.

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    Member New Bottler Bottledigger52's Avatar
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    Nov 2018

    This is where we got ours they are great hand made spring steel tip and handle are amazing. I would definitely recommend they used these on the history channel on a digger show. They definitely sing when you hit glass or a bottle. The craftsmanship is very important and a hollow handle so it sings and vibrates you also want a well built one so it doesn't break and you impale yourself. They are around 68.00 shipped for a 5 foot and that's what I would recommend.

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