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    Beach detector?

    Have an old headhunter pro diver that has seen better days and thinking about a new machine. Will be used almost exclusively at beaches/shallow saltwater west of Tampa. Looking at the Deus (not sure on version), Etrac, Excalibur 2 and of course the CTX 3030 (not sure I want to spend that much though).

    Any recommendations from those of you that have hunted the same area or conditions?

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    Excal II and CTX 3030 only two that can be used in the water. I would consider the excal first then the 3030. The etrac will work but not water proof, if used at beach in wet sand it will work but will need an environmental cover and be sure it is used or you will get corrosion from salt mist in the air entering through the speaker openings..
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    Treasure Hunter is right; those 2 are your best choices.

    If you will do ANY dirt hunting, get the CTX.
    If you will do ANY scuba diving, get the Excal.
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    AT Pro is good for shallow water as well.
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    Fisher just lowered the MAP pf the highly regarded CZ-21 to$1299.
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    Go with the time tested and proven Excal, eventually upgrade with the modifications.
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    Welcome to TreasureNet! My suggestion is the Excal II and if you want to try out a CTX you can get top dollar for the Excal should you wish to sell it. Also consider you may want to get a straight shaft for the Excalibur for comfort and balance.
    Good luck!
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    Excal and CTX...period. And if you're handy you can build a custom fit straight shaft from aluminum stock found at any marine store for under $20 (like I did). GL and SH
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    Quote Originally Posted by VTColonialDigger View Post
    AT Pro is good for shallow water as well.
    Fresh water, yes........salt water, not so good.
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    Jim

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    Don't see how the sand shark is any better than my head hunter, but thanks for the suggestion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VTColonialDigger View Post
    AT Pro is good for shallow water as well.
    Not salt water though, mx sport will do salt water. but if your concentrating on the beach there are better machines than both of these

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    Quote Originally Posted by depwraith View Post
    Don't see how the sand shark is any better than my head hunter, but thanks for the suggestion.
    Why not stick with that (or a newer one)? I love my DP HH Underwater, fresh or salt doesn't seem to matter. So glad I didn't get the ATpro. And it's half the price of the Excal. Can dive to 100' (I don't dive), all electronics are in the headphones, straight cable, light weight (no box) for water detecting. Only 8" coil, but I've had no problems with it. Tone and dig machine, but the non-ferrous targets sound off nice and clear. Any click to it and it's iron. And the shaft is 3 pieces for easy travel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by depwraith View Post
    Don't see how the sand shark is any better than my head hunter, but thanks for the suggestion.
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