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    Minelab excalibur 2 vs whites beachhunter TDI

    I was wondering what your guys opinions were on those two detectors. I'm looking into getting an underwater detector and am going back-and-forth between the 2 I just wanted some other opinions. This would be for beach hunting in florida, in the wet sand and water. Any input is appreciated
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    Excalibur for several reason. But maybe the biggest White's has closed...Not sure how much longer you will be covered Warranty wise on the BH TDI.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OBN View Post
    Excalibur for several reason. But maybe the biggest White's has closed...Not sure how much longer you will be covered Warranty wise on the BH TDI.
    Yeah I've herd they're going out of business, what other reasons would you pick the excalibur ii? I dont mind not having discrimination, I usually dig everything anyway. I'm mainly concerned with what would be the most stable in saltwater and black sand
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    That's easy, excalibur even if Whites was still in business
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    Excal against TDI --Im not an Excal fan but would pick Excal
    if you are starting out - try and find a Whites used PI Pro for under $500
    I killed it with mine - no discrimination though but goes real deep
    my friend surprised me and said he's been using his old PI
    and he is a big Excal guy but said Fla. spots been sanded in and knows
    I did good with mine down there
    Ive seen so many guys run out and get a new Excal and then not like water hunting
    and it sits in a corner - try and get a good used one and if you like it ... move on up
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    Quote Originally Posted by zigzag View Post
    That's easy, excalibur even if Whites was still in business
    Zigzag - you know the guy in the middle?
    he is from your neck of the woods
    he has been using older PI lately instead of his Excal lately - it goes deeper in that
    deep sand
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    Quote Originally Posted by whitesid View Post
    I was wondering what your guys opinions were on those two detectors. I'm looking into getting an underwater detector and am going back-and-forth between the 2 I just wanted some other opinions. This would be for beach hunting in florida, in the wet sand and water. Any input is appreciated
    That's a bit tough to choose on a new detector these days. With White's out of business, I wouldn't pay anywhere near retail for one of their new machines. Tesoro Sand Shark, same story. Garrett, they still have the Sea Hunter, which would be good bang for the buck on a PI machine. Why they disco'd the Infinium LS is a mystery to me. If you can wait, the new Fisher Impulse AQ is in production, but, who knows when they will be released, and what depth rating they will have. Odds are next spring/summer. That pretty much leaves the Excal and CZ21, both VLF machines. PI machines tend to be slightly deeper and more stable in salt water, but, that's just a very slight advantage IMO. For both in and out of the water, I'd go with the Excal and the mods to make it more user friendly. You say you will "USUALLY" dig everything. With a PI machine (like the Sea Hunter) you WILL have to dig everything if you don't want to miss gold. With the Excal, and it's good discrimination, it's an option. If you're willing to buy used and not get a warranty, you can add a few PI machines to the list. The White's TDI and Dual Field, and the Garrett Infinium LS would make my list even though I'm not a big PI fan. Too much iron junk out there!
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    Hey Casper-2, is Casper-1 your twin brother?
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    Quote Originally Posted by CASPER-2 View Post
    Zigzag - you know the guy in the middle?
    he is from your neck of the woods
    he has been using older PI lately instead of his Excal lately - it goes deeper in that
    deep sand
    I don't know him personally Casper but we were in the same detecting club in Hollywood.
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    I was Casper-1 on the treasure depot
    some guys will use different names on different forums
    out of respect for the TNET i did not use Casper-1
    so i used Casper-2 ---it should be Casper too


    Quote Originally Posted by TooManyHobbies View Post
    Hey Casper-2, is Casper-1 your twin brother?
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    I use Fisher CZ21s mostly now - i think any machine out there - if you learn it
    you'll do good with it
    I was lucky yrs ago to make this comparison
    use PI for AM low tide - broke my lower rod - used my CZ20 for PM low
    same beach - same user - different machines = pretty close to same results
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