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  1. #1
    Mar 2017
    Kill Devil Hills, NC
    Tesoro Mojave
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    Beach and Shallow Water Hunting

    Help With Beach Machine

    My wife and I are new to detecting, we have a Mojave and it is perfect for us in dirt but only so so I sand. As we live on the ocean we are looking for an addition that would be good in dirt but also in wet and dry sand. We only have $ 400 so advice from the more experienced please.


  2. #2
    May 2014
    Wilmington NC
    Nox 600; CTX; Fisher CZ21; Minelab Excalibur II; White's Surf PI DF; 920i Stealth Scoop
    528 times
    Beach and Shallow Water Hunting
    first, you need a used machine. Its your only choice for something thats going to work on the beach. since you only have $400 I would look for a used minelab safari, fisher CZ3D, or fisher CZ20. You might be able to find one of those for around $400-500.

    The minelab sov is another choice but I would be sure you can get it repaired if it were to break as I know they are not doing work on some of the sov models anymore since its been out of production now for several years. The minelab explorer is another option too but make sure you can get it repaired first as those are also out of production now as well.

    The best beach machines are the Excalibur, CZ21, and CTX but they are way out of your price range ($1200-$2500 new). Unfortunately detecting on the beach means most expensive machines because they need to be multifrequency and waterproof. The ones I recommended to you are not waterproof but you don't have much of a choice so just dont drop them in the ocean.

    If you wanted a PI machine that would work too but I would not recommend one to you unless you had a very good reason for getting it. Examples of PI include the tesaro sand shark and whites dual field. These will not be fun at your beaches unless you want to be digging up pieces of fish hooks and old iron scraps. You only use a PI on the NC beaches for very specific purposes.

    Just remember if its not multifrequency its not going to work on the beach any better than your current machine. Do you research on the machines people recommend and make sure they will work where you live.

    You also need a good scoop if you don't have one. The one I have, 920 stealth scoop starts at around $200 and goes up over $400 for a carbon handle. So yea, beach detecting gets expensive fast. But one gold ring or cell phone can net you several hundred dollars so if you put in the time and learn your area it can be worth...but never get into metal detecting for money.
    Last edited by adamBomb; May 09, 2017 at 03:21 PM.
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  3. #3
    Jan 2017
    St Pete FL
    Minelab Explorer SE, Tesoro Sand Shark, White's TreasurePro, Tesoro Compadre, Fisher F2 + TRX
    374 times
    Metal Detecting
    Tesoro Sand shark. Best in the price range for saltwater use, and if you can squeeze enough for a new one ($671 I think), you get a lifetime warranty.

    I beach hunt 2-3 times a week. I use my Minelab Explorer SE, or the Sand Shark, depending whether or not I pan on going in the water. The Explorer is not waterproof (except for the coil), but does perfectly fine in the wet salt sand and the knee deep water. The Sand Shark is for when I'm putting on the wetsuit and going deeper.

    Both of those (or any of the Explorer series) would be good. The Safari, mentioned above, is a newer version of the Explorer series from what I can tell.
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  4. #4

    Jan 2012
    16599 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
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    I actually think all TH'ers should start out with PI or a non discriminating machine
    I started in 1975 with a non discriminating machine and moved up to an XLT later in life
    I started water hunting/wet sand with a Whites PI - and then moved up to the CZ20 then CZ21
    Its good to learn to dig the good and the bad - in my book - I will discrim. with the XLT
    but hunt all metal with my CZs
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