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Polish W-3 P/A metal detector, surplus

Polish W-3 P/A metal detector, surplus

Price 67.99 USD excluding VAT

Because, well, everybody needs an electronical device from the Soviet Union. You can have your pick from Soviet night vision equipment, Soviet metal detector / mine seekers or Soviet ass buzzers. The problem with the ass buzzers is that they do not fit into ass nor do they buzz.

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Because, well, everybody needs an electronical device from the Soviet Union. You can have your pick from Soviet night vision equipment, Soviet metal detector / mine seekers or Soviet ass buzzers. The problem with the ass buzzers is that they do not fit into ass nor do they buzz.

What you get here is a stinky cotton bag with parts of a metal detector inside. Be aware that the part set might not be complete, nor may there be any way to get the detector to detect metal, or even buzz. Luckily some of the components are anal insertable. You usually get the metal detector base unit, headphones, notebook, a lot of extending poles and a couple dead batteries.

If you find correct voltage batteries, the thing might work. No guarantees, and once again, all the parts may not be included. Even if the thing doesn't work, it's still good for training children to finds mines (that's what children are for) and makes a great wall hanger.

This product is used and signs of it's age are plenty.

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I would recommend for a friend

13.08.2017 (Edited 23.05.2019)
The kit is complete. I did not get a notebook but it came with a cute factory warranty that expired in 1985.

If you are considering buying one of these things, you should know it takes a weird and mostly obsolete battery - the b-cell, also known as 2R10. 2R10 batteries are still made in Eastern Europe so you can find them if you look. I will edit this review after I test the unit.

edit: It takes two and a half of the "duplex" style 2R10 batteries. I could only find a specific brand called Cameleon for import into the US, shipping from Germany. The duplex batteries are two individual cells inside a plastic case. To operate the unit I had to cut open one of the cases and stick one of the two individual cells in on top of two other duplexes.

Mine came with two caps for the battery compartment, one intended for short-term use according to the Polish instructions which makes it always on and a second bulkier one with an integrated power switch.

With that, the unit works fine. I do not have another metal detector to compare it to, but it seems to that it would be pretty good at detecting land mines. It will emit a steady tone from the headphones the entire time it is powered. When it detects metal, the pitch drops. There is one knob for adjusting the pitch. It has responded to every type of metal I've put under it.

Seems like a good buy at this price point. I imagine it is considerably more rugged than most other sorts of available metal detectors, though it offers no clues as to the depth or makeup of whatever it's detecting.
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I would recommend for a friend

17.06.2020 (Edited 17.06.2020)
Bought this planning on scrapping it for parts, but ended up having a go at trying to get it to work out of curiosity.

Came with poles, only two of them being removed from factory protective tape and such, a wrench, and the metal detector and headphones. I searched around for a few and found out it took a strange 4.5 volt battery that probably hasn't been made since the collapse in 91. After jerry rigging three AA batteries into the battery compartment, nothing came out. Fiddling around with the knob eventually resulted in a faint tone being heard, and by god did it not only detect metal, but the knob was able to adjust the pitch of the tone like it should of.

I figured i might as well try to see if i could fit any larger batteries in it, and found out that a standard 18650 battery did the trick. I jerry rigged another device to keep two of the 18650 batteries in place, stuck a couple of pennies in to make up for the space they didn't fill up, and had the issue again of no noise being heard. This was fixed by fiddling with the tone knob yet again.

It has the issue of the tone not always coming out on command, which can be solved by flipping the power rod in and out a couple of times and fiddling with the knob until you hear that classic, unmistakable, 1980's Polish humming.
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