A little history behind Owl Engineering
Those who may not know me or my background I am "Chuck" the
originator, designer and manufacturer of the Stealth Scoop. I
started detecting in the mid 80's and at that time started
manufacturing scoops for hunting in the water. I resently sold the
product line to a company in California (Sunspot Equipment who are
doing a fine job), and am now concentrating on manufacturing other
detecting products to increase the hunter's efficiency so they will
find more gold. At the moment (the last 2 years) I have been
developing detector handles. I found it interesting when I mentioned
on a detecting forum that I was designing a revolutionary handle, a
few members starting guessing what my design would be like. Ideas
like a folding handle, telescoping handles etc came up. All of the
ideas dealt with the handle BEFORE and AFTER they would use it. My
design goal was to make the 4-8 hours while IN the water more
efficient, not the 30 seconds before and after hunting.
1 - Slim so to glide through the water with ease.
2 - Lightweight so to minimize the stress of swinging back and
I have coined the term "Stork Leg" lower shaft which has the same
effect as a bird slipping through the water and not causing a
commotion and scaring away small fish.
I have pondered why all manufacturers use large aluminum and plastic
shafts. My conclusion is they must do it for marketing reasons and
want to create an image of "a very rugged looking detector". It is
true that when most of these companies started manufacturing
handles, carbon fiber did not exist so now they just carry on with
the old way of doing things.
Weight of the
While swinging back and forth you start from a standstill, swing in
one direct and reverse over and over, maybe 1000 times an hour! This
starting and stopping with any extra weight causes a lot of stress
on your muscles and joints. Making a lighter product allows you to
detect longer with less stress. Now with the benefit of a thin
handle gliding through the water, the benefits really add up. Many
companies use bulky clamps and large tubing. No thank you.
We also recommend taping your coil cord to the lower shaft which
improves the streamlining effect.Swing faster?
No, as a general rule, swinging slow results in more deep targets.
But even swinging slow causes stress and if you are in an area with
mostly fresh drops you can cover more area by swinging faster. This
is your option.
Even young hunters in top shape will benefit from a PowerHandle and
just think of those with physical impairments.
At the moment we are manufacturing 6 products:
for the Equinox 600/800
2 - A complete "PowerHandle" for
your Excalibur 800/1000
1 - The Owl
3 - The "KnobGuard" for
4 - Our rugged "Arm
Cuff" for the Equinox
5 - Our Velco "ArmStrap"
6 - "Lower
StorkLeg" for most handles that accept 3/4" lower shafts
The radical design of our handles may scare a few but as time rolls
on and the word gets out, those afraid of change will see the light.
Our 3 year warranty also tells a story!