Steve’s Detector Rods is a small business based located in Norman, Oklahoma. The business emerged from an initial desire to build a couple of lower rods for my own personal Minelab CTX 3030 detector. As a long-time Minelab Explorer user, I became accustomed to ease of changing coils on the Explorer as afforded by having the coils pre-attached to a separate, spare lower rod. With the price of the extra Explorer lower rods affordable enough to justify the “convenience factor,” I acquired a spare rod for each one of the several coils I owned.
After purchasing a Minelab CTX 3030 in the fall of 2017, which came packaged with a couple of extra accessory coils, my intent – carried over from my years of running Explorers – was to purchase a couple of spare lower rods. However, after discovering the high cost of lower rods for the CTX, I decided I could not justify the expense of the “convenience factor” offered by having a spare rod for each coil. So, I decided to search for alternatives.
As a “do-it-yourselfer,” who is handy with tools and who loves a good challenge, I wondered if there was a way to build some sort of rod myself – and so I set out to explore whether such a project was feasible. With the help and ideas acquired through conversations with several detectorists over the course of a few weeks, plus the invaluable assistance of Mr. Jeff Herke, I was able to arrive at an initial, workable plan. Success! I managed to achieve my goal – assembling of a pair of custom, hand-made, carbon-fiber lower rods for my CTX 3030!
After sharing the results of my project online, on a couple of detecting forums, almost immediately other detectorists began inquiring about the rods. It was at that point that a new idea (and fledgling company) was born!
To begin producing the rods in greater quantity for sale purposes, additional research was required. The research included exploring and discussing appropriate adhesives with the engineers/technical support staffs at several international adhesives manufacturers, as well as investigating suppliers of carbon-fiber tubes, and fabricators of engineering-grade plastic components. Eventually, I was able to form relationships with producers/fabricators, and procure an ongoing supply of all the parts and materials needed to successfully assemble successive, small batches of these hand-made, custom rods.
And so, in the immortal words of Paul Harvey, “now you know the rest of the story!”