The Return of a Legend – Arado Metal Detectors Back in Business!

Arado Metal Detectors Back in Business! – The Return of a Legend

If it was April I would suspect an elaborate April Fool’s joke, but this seems to be for real – Arado are making a new metal detector!

Arado 320 Deep-seeking Analytical Detector
“The Arado 320 Deep-seeking Analytical Detector has been designed to achieve greatest possible depth on desired objects at the same time as giving highly accurate identification of unwanted iron.”

The Arado 120B is the stuff of legend, almost 30 years later, the original Arado metal detectors sometimes change hands for sums of money above and beyond their original recommended retail price.

Hard to believe the Arado 120B was originally released in 1978! As a kid I always wanted the Arado 130, but I never had the money and later ended up getting the C-Scope 1220B. And yes, I still have the C-Scope 1220B and it still works brilliantly!

Although Arado have returned to the hobby industry, I am no closer to achieving my dream of owning an Arado, the new Arado hobby model, the Arado 320, retails for around £1295. Still cheaper than an Minelab E-Trac, but still more money than I’ve got.

The Searcher Magazine reports that they will be publishing an independent field test report on the Arado 320 in the October issue. I for one can’t wait to see how the new Arado fairs against the Minelabs!

For some pointless but wonderful metal detecting nostalgia, be sure to check out this page on the Arado website, seeing all those old adverts brought the memories flooding back! [Sadly this link is now dead, I’ll update if Arado brings the page back – 13/05/2015]

8 thoughts on “The Return of a Legend – Arado Metal Detectors Back in Business!”

  1. MY MATE HAS A ARADO 120B,WHICH HE WONTS TO SELL HE WONTS £50, IS THIS WORTH IT,I HAVE JUST RETIRED, SO WONT A HOBBY & THIS SOUNDS LIKE FUN.ANY INFO ON THIS MODEL WOULD HELP ME. MANY THANKS..STEVEN

    1. The Arado 120B is a classic, a lot of people would probably tell you that it is too dated, but I, personally, think an Arado 120B for fifty quid is a bargain!

    2. That particular Arado , what I loved about it is its Ferrous/ None Ferrous mode, which was always accurate, I had one for years GREAT MACHINE, give away for £50, if you dont take it I would Gladly buy it at that price or even pay a little more for it. If you know anypne else whos selling one PLEASE LET ME KNOW
      Kindest Regards,
      John

  2. I have been metal detecting since the late 1960s, in the70s i had various detectors ,which i used with varying degrees of success, until Ipurchased arado 120b and a130 they were both brilliant no frills machines, that were with experience of use unbeatable, I had many wonderful finds ,with them, and working as an archaeologist they were invaluable on site, and on the spoil heaps,when they both developed faults they unfortunately were unable to be repaired,as the manufacturers ceased to give any backup or repair service, devoting themselves apparently to supplying the military,this of course left me with 2 expensive pieces of junk in a corner, hence I was of course delighted to hear that arado were returning into the public sector, i ,made enquiries to the firm regarding putting the old machines back into working order, and of course offered to pay for the work(I did this,as I now am moving to ruse in Bulgaria and wished to donate the machines to our local Archaeological team as they would be invaluable for work out there, funding ,is not good out there) Imyself was going to purchase one of the new models,I recieved the reply from arado, that it would be no longer viable to repair the 120b ,and 130, so I feel that although I stand by my opinion , of the working ability of the early machines,and most likely the new machines, Imyself am going along a different ,track,as although i am not short of money now Iwould not like the same thing to happen again I therefore leave you to form your own opinions on the matter

      1. Yes I did get in touch with Pentechnic, but had no reply ,I seem to remember, when the machines started to go down on me Stuart of Spinadisc was able to do some repairs but it would seem that the yellow pack in the electronics was apparently a blocker and didnt allow interference subsequently ,I went for a Whites ZX Spectrum ,this is afine machine, however the dig no dig principle ,or straight forward ferrous non ferrous qualities of the arado are ideal for archaeological work, Irecall the fact that i could pick upthe smallest coins and even individual shot gun pellets , it has been suggested that a Saxon X1 is a similar format so will give one a test run,mind you looking through current mags it looks as if I am a bit out of touch, any advice or suggestions greatfully accepted.!!

  3. I owned an Arado 120 way back in the 80’s. A fine machine UK made, amongst a mass of US made detectors. Good to hear that Arado are coming back to the business. Although I will continue with my current 2 detectors, an old and trusted Explorer 2, and a Garrett Freedom 111 that I bought for my wife. My own views are, “If it’s in the ground, most detectors will find it !”

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