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  1. #1
    us
    Feb 2012
    Rhode Island
    Fisher CZ-21 - W/Stealth 8 - Pro Pointer
    162
    3 times
    Shallow water and Coinshooting

    Sea Hunter II - Infinium LS - Surf PRO PI - Which is best @ SALT water beach ?

    Hello everyone. Getting ready to lay down some cash and I'm in dire need of some experianced advise. Budget minded (but not cheap) what are your opinions on these machines for heavy mineralized New England beaches, both dry sand and in the water to say chest deep. I am aware that a PI on the dry beach instead of a VLF will have me digging trash forever, but I can live with that. My choices in order are as follows. 1) Garrett Sea Hunter II - 2) Garrett Infinium LS - 3) White's Surf Pro PI - 4) Minelab Excalibur 1000 or II (if I find a used one). I like the idea of auto ground balancing, but if I had to I could hopefully live without. I also like the idea of multi frequency. SH II (22 freq), Infinium (96 freq). THANKS FOR YOUR TIME AND INPUT.

  2. #2
    us
    Retired

    Apr 2007
    Naples,fl
    Sea Hunter MK2 and AT PRO
    908
    413 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Honorable Mentions (2)

    Re: Sea Hunter II - Infinium LS - Surf PRO PI - Which is best @ SALT water beach ?

    I own a sea hunter MK 2, An Infinium LS and have own a excal 1000.My Infinium Ls with all it's coil is for sale,The excal 1000 I sold to buy my Sea Hunter MK2,and that is what I use now . The Infinium, I have is good in areas with lots of Black sand .I have a hearing problem and can't hear the high tones.The sea hunter as only one tone no problem. I hope this helps you. Can't help you on the Surf pro , but all these detectors are PI detectors. most of the older hunter have gone back to the PI detectors because they go much deeper.

  3. #3
    us
    Feb 2012
    Rhode Island
    Fisher CZ-21 - W/Stealth 8 - Pro Pointer
    162
    3 times
    Shallow water and Coinshooting

    Re: Sea Hunter II - Infinium LS - Surf PRO PI - Which is best @ SALT water beach ?

    Thanks for the info Ron. I also have some hearing loss with the higher frequencies. How is it on the beach itself ?

  4. #4
    us
    Retired

    Apr 2007
    Naples,fl
    Sea Hunter MK2 and AT PRO
    908
    413 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Honorable Mentions (2)

    Re: Sea Hunter II - Infinium LS - Surf PRO PI - Which is best @ SALT water beach ?

    Nice and go's very DEEP.

  5. #5
    us
    Apr 2006
    a few miles from the ocean
    Tesoro Tiger Shark + Cheap Radio Shack + Whites DF PI + Aquasound
    574
    8 times

    Re: Sea Hunter II - Infinium LS - Surf PRO PI - Which is best @ SALT water beach ?

    I have a whites dual field and there is a guy I hunt with who used the Sea Hunter. He consistantly finds thing deeper than my Whites DF. However, I understand the whites DF goes deeper and is more sensative on gold than the Surf PI Pro.

  6. #6
    us
    Feb 2012
    Rhode Island
    Fisher CZ-21 - W/Stealth 8 - Pro Pointer
    162
    3 times
    Shallow water and Coinshooting

    Re: Sea Hunter II - Infinium LS - Surf PRO PI - Which is best @ SALT water beach ?

    I thought the Pro PI was a DF ?

  7. #7
    us
    Feb 2012
    Rhode Island
    Fisher CZ-21 - W/Stealth 8 - Pro Pointer
    162
    3 times
    Shallow water and Coinshooting

    Re: Sea Hunter II - Infinium LS - Surf PRO PI - Which is best @ SALT water beach ?

    Hey Ron, how would you rate the SH II on gold ?
    P.S. thanks for your input.

  8. #8
    us
    ARRG

    Feb 2005
    Sarasota, FL
    Whites Surfmaster PI Pro and Whites Surfmaster PI, Minelab Excal NY blue sword.
    1,949
    75 times
    Shipwrecks

    Re: Sea Hunter II - Infinium LS - Surf PRO PI - Which is best @ SALT water beach ?

    The dual field is a much improved unit over the PI pro.

  9. #9
    us
    Retired

    Apr 2007
    Naples,fl
    Sea Hunter MK2 and AT PRO
    908
    413 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Honorable Mentions (2)

    Re: Sea Hunter II - Infinium LS - Surf PRO PI - Which is best @ SALT water beach ?

    I find Post ear ring this size at about 6 " ( o ) I just bought a Stealth S3i scoop with the 1/4" holes because I find alot of small things.

  10. #10
    us
    May 2009
    Florida
    Surf PI Pro/MXT/Quattro/Sovereign XS2 Pro
    1,660
    305 times

    Re: Sea Hunter II - Infinium LS - Surf PRO PI - Which is best @ SALT water beach ?

    I've owned the PI Pro and MK II, I have to give the edge to the MK II as well. I haven't been in the surf in quite a while, but this year I'm trying the Infinium.

    Cost wise, the only thing that comes close to bang for the buck as the MK II is a Tesoro Sand Shark. The Sand Shark is an awesome PI, but the MK II's I've had spank it in the depth department.

    The DetectorPro Pulse is about a hundred more. It is also very good, but battery life is horrible and not as stable in the surf as either the MK II and Sand Shark.

    Just my opinions on what I've found to be true on our particular beaches in northwest Florida.

  11. #11
    me

    Dec 2011
    153
    95 times

    Re: Sea Hunter II - Infinium LS - Surf PRO PI - Which is best @ SALT water beach ?

    infinium is better than both those machines put together.but if your hearing is going.you will need something louder.

  12. #12
    us
    Feb 2012
    Rhode Island
    Fisher CZ-21 - W/Stealth 8 - Pro Pointer
    162
    3 times
    Shallow water and Coinshooting

    Re: Sea Hunter II - Infinium LS - Surf PRO PI - Which is best @ SALT water beach ?

    Thanks for the last 2 replies guys, I'm still tring to decide. Been spending hours upon hours doing research on all models. I will also be interested in maybe getting Doc's Treasure screamer amp, and also doing a Peltor type headphone upgrade to offset the hearing loss. I'm pretty descent at electronics, and have all the needed equiptment for the Peltor project.
    Once again, thank you all for taking the time to reply. This is one reason I became a charter member.... to support this website and not just leach off of it.
    Detectors I'm considering.... White's surf pro DF (orange seals), Sand shark, MK II, Infinium LS, and the Excall.

  13. #13
    us
    ARRG

    Feb 2005
    Sarasota, FL
    Whites Surfmaster PI Pro and Whites Surfmaster PI, Minelab Excal NY blue sword.
    1,949
    75 times
    Shipwrecks

    Re: Sea Hunter II - Infinium LS - Surf PRO PI - Which is best @ SALT water beach ?

    I have 2 White's Surfmaster PIs, one has a black O ring, the first one I bought new maybe 16-17 years ago, and one with an orange O ring that I bought used about 12-13 years ago. I have never had one problem with either and have taken them both diving deeper than was recommended. I have an Excal which has black O rings and it is a 1994 model. I have taken it all apart and lubed all the O rings-a lot of them, and put them all back, still working fine. And an old Garretts Seahunter XL 200 and it has a black O ring and it is 20 years old and never leaked. And I leave them in the car after metal detecting for weeks at a time, only in the house to get new batteries or charge, in other words, they are used a lot and often not washed with freshwater for a long time.. I dont know how true the thing about the black O ring being worse than the orange. When I do take out the batteries, I often take out the O ring and clean it, as it should be. And the groove and seating areas. I also take just a dab of silicone grease and run it through my fingers, and put it back in and carefully clamp it evenly down. I always look and see if the O ring is fully seated, it always has. I have many under water cameras and video camera housings, and never had a problem and just about all have black O rings. My under water scooter has several large O rings, all but 1 are black. All of the replacement O rings in the spare kit are black for the DPV.

  14. #14
    us
    Jun 2011
    Gulf Coast FL
    Minelab Excalibur 2, Minelab Sovereign GT
    401
    96 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting

    Re: Sea Hunter II - Infinium LS - Surf PRO PI - Which is best @ SALT water beach ?

    Get an Excal 2. That is unless you are hunting the same beaches as me, then get any one of the others you mentioned

    Aaron
    Ring count since 1-1-13: (18)
    Gold:3
    Plat:0
    Silver:6
    SS, Tungsten Carbide, Titanium, etc: 4
    Junk:5

  15. #15
    us
    Feb 2012
    Rhode Island
    Fisher CZ-21 - W/Stealth 8 - Pro Pointer
    162
    3 times
    Shallow water and Coinshooting

    Re: Sea Hunter II - Infinium LS - Surf PRO PI - Which is best @ SALT water beach ?

    Thank you for the laugh and your opinion Aaron. I'm sure there's plenty to go around.
    Have a great day!

 

 
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