Modifications to the arm rest on a Minelab E-Trac
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Your club treasurer says :-
I have done this modification" on my
E-Trac. This may be of interest to other Minelab owners in the Club.
I rapidly removed the “standard” nylon arm strap as soon as I got the
detector – it is completely useless!
The remaining plastic arm-piece is too small, the wrong shape, has no
gripping surface for the forearm and is widely reported to break after
I decided to buy the stainless steel arm-piece from E-Bay and then to add
some foam grip material (also from E-Bay) to make the result more like the
Fisher 1265/6 arm-piece I am used to which is both comfortable and
functional with great grip.
The steel item is too expensive in my opinion – around £18 - but I have to
say that it is well made and has nice spot welds on the lower surfaces
(invisible when fitted). The lower section bears onto the stem of the E-Trac
over an adequate area.
A larger headed screw shown is supplied as part of the kit to replace the
original and a coin such as a 10 pence piece is all that is needed to
The E-Trac now looks good and feels much more controllable in use - see
the following photos.
The original arm rest.
The arm rest kit
Fitting the foam.
Foam stuck and
trimmed to fit.
The completed modification.
The new and more comfortable arm rest.