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    Reg

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    Are PI machines relevant anymore?

    Greetings All!

    It's been a while since I posted anything. COVID and work have conspired against me getting out and hunting. I did, however, get out yesterday. I have been following the advice of Tom out here around the Monterey area (thanks Tom!) and found some free time to hunt the beaches during the King Tides. First off, no jewelry, just a bunch of clad and junk, but just getting out was good enough for me. Now here I am sitting at my desk, waiting for my last zoom meeting of the day and have been thinking about Pulse Induction MD'ers. Does anyone use them anymore? I've read several books on beach hunting and they all refer to them one way or the other. Since I started back in this wonderful hobby in April, I've run into a few fellow detectorists and none of them have PI detectors. What's your opinion?
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    Nov 2012
    Maryland
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    I have owned a few. If you like digging junk, go for it.
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    Think smart not hard

    Dec 2014
    El Monte,Ca
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    I use a Whites pulse dive every now and again when I plan on digging everything. It goes deep but I dig a lot of trash.
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    ARC

    Aug 2014
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    No serious detectorists should be without one. IMO

    There is an old adage... "There is a right tool for every job".

    And this also applies to the art of metal detecting.

    Take tools in general for example...

    You can fix your car with a pair of vise grips... but is it ideal for each bolt ? ? ?
    Last edited by AARC; Jan 14, 2021 at 04:23 AM.
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    CASPER

    Jan 2012
    NEW ENGLAND
    WHITE'S XLT, PI PRO, GARRETT 2500, 3- FISHER CZ21s, JW FISHER 8X
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    If you dont mind digging trash- and are not trying to work the beach out in one day and you want
    to get the most depth at your older spots and hopefully clean your spots out completely and get it all
    then PI is for you
    I used PI in mid 90s to about 2005-6
    I did great hitting spots that others said were cleaned out = lots of deep gold and silver others passed over
    or could not reach - around 2000 a handful of guys decided to follow my lead and went out and bought
    PIs and went back and hit old areas they thought they had cleaned out and also pulled really deep gold& silver
    I got many a thanks for showing them what was still out there and down there and inspiring them to try
    a Pi - slowing down and going for whispers (very faint) signals helps too
    Motto = "I try to hit where others cant or others wont "

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    CASPER

    Jan 2012
    NEW ENGLAND
    WHITE'S XLT, PI PRO, GARRETT 2500, 3- FISHER CZ21s, JW FISHER 8X
    16,437
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    you might be able to pick up a cheap PI Pro off ebay if you look around - not a bad addition to
    your arsenal
    I always thought newbies should start with one and learn to dig it all then move on up
    I started detecting in 1975 with a non discriminating machine so dug it all
    I dug it all with PI and mostly dig it all now hunting in all metal with my cz21
    TRASH -PICKING IT UP | DON DEFORRE' | Flickr
    click twice to enlarge each page
    Motto = "I try to hit where others cant or others wont "

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    ARC

    Aug 2014
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    Quote Originally Posted by CASPER-2 View Post
    you might be able to pick up a cheap PI Pro off ebay if you look around - not a bad addition to
    your arsenal
    I always thought newbies should start with one and learn to dig it all then move on up
    I started detecting in 1975 with a non discriminating machine so dug it all
    I dug it all with PI and mostly dig it all now hunting in all metal with my cz21
    TRASH -PICKING IT UP | DON DEFORRE' | Flickr
    click twice to enlarge each page
    Or if you are real serious... you could shell out about 2.5k on a really good one.

    :P

    <-------

    Then spend over another 1.5k upgrading it.

    AS mine collects dust... heh
    Last edited by AARC; Jan 14, 2021 at 09:27 AM.
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    Jim

    Jun 2012
    Oregon
    Bounty Hunter QD-2, White's TDI-SL, My design of, PI detector, also BFO type detector, Garrett Ace Apex
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    We use the Whites PI here in the Oregon searching for gold an yes there are a lot of miners still using PI's. The new VLF machines are great but they don't go as deep an that is what we need. Stay healthy Jim
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    CASPER

    Jan 2012
    NEW ENGLAND
    WHITE'S XLT, PI PRO, GARRETT 2500, 3- FISHER CZ21s, JW FISHER 8X
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    Im almost positive that this pick of silver & gold
    is 90% Pi and 10% XLT
    1995 - 2005
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    Motto = "I try to hit where others cant or others wont "

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    CASPER

    Jan 2012
    NEW ENGLAND
    WHITE'S XLT, PI PRO, GARRETT 2500, 3- FISHER CZ21s, JW FISHER 8X
    16,437
    17956 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Banner Finds (1)
    Honorable Mentions (5)
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    Quote Originally Posted by AARC View Post
    Or if you are real serious... you could shell out about 2.5k on a really good one.

    :P

    <-------

    Then spend over another 1.5k upgrading it.

    AS mine collects dust... heh
    Motto = "I try to hit where others cant or others wont "

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    Sep 2019
    Olympia, Washington
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    I want a Cscope badly!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CASPER-2 View Post
    Im almost positive that this pick of silver & gold
    is 90% Pi and 10% XLT
    1995 - 2005
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    Thatís an impressive 10 yr stash of booty! I would bet that pile today is worth over 10,000 just the gold alone.
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    Bill B

    Sep 2010
    Upstate NY
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    Casper-2 thanks for motivating me to keep on doing this
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    ARC

    Aug 2014
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    JW 8X V.2 - ML X2 - VP 580
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    Bill... Picture was deleted... it was misleading... my detector... someone else's finds... Errrr.... don't get me wrong... I DO find other things from time to time.

    Thanks for the msg though... and keep it up... treasures await you.

    For me... bottle caps and pull tabs with no caviar dreams... Lifestyle of the tan and sandy for me... :P
    Blak bart, FloridaSon and billb like this.
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    CASPER

    Jan 2012
    NEW ENGLAND
    WHITE'S XLT, PI PRO, GARRETT 2500, 3- FISHER CZ21s, JW FISHER 8X
    16,437
    17956 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Banner Finds (1)
    Honorable Mentions (5)
    Quote Originally Posted by Irishgoldhound View Post
    That’s an impressive 10 yr stash of booty! I would bet that pile today is worth over 10,000 just the gold alone.
    Way over $10,000 back then (Id say there might be $50,000 in that pic by 2005 prices - Ive sold gold found almost every year - I have like 75 rings still (most having diamonds or other precious stones and many antique that i dont plan on selling...yet) starting selling a lot when gold hit like $800 - except for like 5 coins - everything before 1995 was gone
    i sold a lot of relics and collectibles also in my first 20 yrs 1975-1995 too
    i have probably 99% of non jewelry items since 1995
    wish i couldve saved till now
    Motto = "I try to hit where others cant or others wont "

 

 
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