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    Jan 2009
    Florida
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    Anyone here use a P.I. detector for beach and surf?

    Just curious if anyone has any experience with a P.I. detector? I've always wanted a submersible metal detector.... But I've never used a Pulse Induction type before. However I've had 3 land detectors... Including an old antique Compass, a Garrett, and White MXT, have no idea how a PI would compare. Are there any particular PI models that stick out as better than others?

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    Harold in N.C

    Jul 2007
    N.C
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    Re: Anyone here use a P.I. detector for beach and surf?

    I have a nice whites Pi pro for sale, they are a deep machine and you dig everything. Harold

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    May 2008
    Wisconsin
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    Re: Anyone here use a P.I. detector for beach and surf?

    I got a Garrett Infinium; I like that - but like Harold says, you gotta dig everything.

    Best in non-trashy beaches, but they're DEEP and salt does not affect them.

    Get a good scoop; that'll save some time.
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    Jul 2010
    Gulf Coast Florida
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    Re: Anyone here use a P.I. detector for beach and surf?

    I use the Tesoro Sand Shark, drag it through the water and the wet/dry sand - Works like a champ.
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    May 2010
    White Plains, New York
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    Re: Anyone here use a P.I. detector for beach and surf?

    Quote Originally Posted by DewGuru
    I use the Tesoro Sand Shark, drag it through the water and the wet/dry sand - Works like a champ.
    Ditto on the Tesoro Sand Shark. I use the 8" coil.

  6. #6
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    Jul 2011
    North Coast NSW.
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    Re: Anyone here use a P.I. detector for beach and surf?

    there are some advantages to digging it all with a PI:
    say you are looking for the heavies along a beach - I like Surfdiggers W pattern in likely areas - you may find an iron bolt that gives you a clue that other heavies like chunky gold are nearby, if you were discriminating you may have missed the opportunity -
    also some fun trinkets and old interesting rusty relics are found - they often tell a story about the place you are detecting -
    you get fit digging - popeye arms without the spinach
    you leave the beach alot cleaner - like I removed an acupuncture needle just yesterday
    and best of all - if it is there - you know about it
    I also find targets don't even have to be right under my coil - you kind of get clues that you have just swept close - and I'm often digging a hole that is just away from my sweep - hard to explain
    I also use a Sand Shark - love it.
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    May 2011
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    Re: Anyone here use a P.I. detector for beach and surf?

    Seven months ago I bought a Sand Shark with a 10inch coil, loved it, three months later had a problem with it and returned it to the factory, Thought it might be a long wait so I went out and bought another Sand Shark, this time with an eight inch coil. The Factory was great, explained everything and had my Sand Shark back in about ten days. Absolutely no charge. What more could you ask for?

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    somewhere between here and there, south of over there but north of that place
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    Re: Anyone here use a P.I. detector for beach and surf?

    three years in on a Seahunter Mark II. At first I hated the damn thing, now I've changed my mind because it does find those deep pieces of sparkler wire and those deep pieces of PM also.

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    Jul 2007
    Palm Bay,Florida
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    Re: Anyone here use a P.I. detector for beach and surf?

    I have both the Tesoro Sand Shark and the Minelab Excalibur 2,but I use the Minelab the most,as it helps me skip a lot of the iron.

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    Aug 2011
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    Re: Anyone here use a P.I. detector for beach and surf?

    I use the Sand Shark with a 10" coil, works great turn on and go. I have used it down the west coast from Washington state to Alabama works great. Have not used it in Florida yet.

  11. #11
    us
    Jan 2009
    Florida
    White's MXT, Garrett Freedom 2 C.C., 1st detector was a 1970's Compass, Finished a MD Surf PI from a kit - my most recent MD.
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    Re: Anyone here use a P.I. detector for beach and surf?

    Cool, thanks for the replies... As far as digging everything... It's ok with me... My 1st detector... the Compass, had no descrimination, so to start off with, I dug everything, and I don't mind the extra exercise!

    Does this forum have a classified section? I looked before, but didn't notice one... I realize some of you posted about a few PI detectors for sale... From what I've seen... Even for a decent used one is about $600.00 or more... I can't afford that quite yet... But hopefully in a relatively short time.

    Thanks!

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    Silver Fiend

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    Re: Anyone here use a P.I. detector for beach and surf?

    I have a White's PI pro I use at ocean beaches, and I love it.

    A lot of people will say that PI waste your time digging iron targets. At least on the beaches I hunt, they aren't loaded with iron trash. I will spend the time to dig a few bobby pins, screws, etc in order to get the deep gold from the sand.
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    Nov 2007
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    Re: Anyone here use a P.I. detector for beach and surf?

    Quote Originally Posted by 1869er
    Cool, thanks for the replies... As far as digging everything... It's ok with me... My 1st detector... the Compass, had no descrimination, so to start off with, I dug everything, and I don't mind the extra exercise!

    Does this forum have a classified section? I looked before, but didn't notice one... I realize some of you posted about a few PI detectors for sale... From what I've seen... Even for a decent used one is about $600.00 or more... I can't afford that quite yet... But hopefully in a relatively short time.

    Thanks!
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    Chris

    May 2011
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    Re: Anyone here use a P.I. detector for beach and surf?

    Quote Originally Posted by The-Bone
    Quote Originally Posted by 1869er
    Cool, thanks for the replies... As far as digging everything... It's ok with me... My 1st detector... the Compass, had no descrimination, so to start off with, I dug everything, and I don't mind the extra exercise!

    Does this forum have a classified section? I looked before, but didn't notice one... I realize some of you posted about a few PI detectors for sale... From what I've seen... Even for a decent used one is about $600.00 or more... I can't afford that quite yet... But hopefully in a relatively short time.

    Thanks!
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  15. #15
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    Jan 2012
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    Re: Anyone here use a P.I. detector for beach and surf?

    Quote Originally Posted by worldtalker
    Quote Originally Posted by The-Bone
    Quote Originally Posted by 1869er
    Cool, thanks for the replies... As far as digging everything... It's ok with me... My 1st detector... the Compass, had no descrimination, so to start off with, I dug everything, and I don't mind the extra exercise!

    Does this forum have a classified section? I looked before, but didn't notice one... I realize some of you posted about a few PI detectors for sale... From what I've seen... Even for a decent used one is about $600.00 or more... I can't afford that quite yet... But hopefully in a relatively short time.

    Thanks!
    you can buy a NEW Garrett Sea Hunter for around $550 shipped The Sea Hunter is a good well built machine with a seperate battery compartment. This is an important point. I use the 8 inch coil and can swing it all day.
    I really like my MK II,DEEP machine!!!!!!

 

 
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