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    Best PinPointer ?? Which one to buy?

    As many of you know, I am getting ready to buy an Equinox 800. There are many deals out here with all sorts of bundles and add on components - many of which I think are probably not worth the money.

    Anyway, several of the bundle deals have a Minelab Pro-Find 35 Pin Pointer for $129.

    Is the Minelab pointer a good unit? Is it worth the money?

    I have been reading lots of reviews and it seems the Garrett AT Pro Pointer gets better ratings and is about half the cost.

    What do you use and which would you recommend?

    Thanks
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    You wil get varying opinions on this but you get what you pay for with pinpointers. I love the Whites TRX so thats my vote , I have 2 of them . One thing to consider is whether you want it to pinpont on the tip only or on the tip and sides , I like the tip only so it dosent pick up stuff all over the hole if it is a deep target but that is just me. Good luck on whichever you decide.

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    I've used and have a Garrett carrot, TRX and fisher f pulse. The f pulse feels the best in your hand. The Garrett carrot is one of those ones you can't go wrong with and the TRX is a falsing, chirping mess.
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    Not to start a huge debate here but look at the Makro pinpointer. All I used in the past were the Garretts, from the original black pointers to the Carrots. They worked good but the tip wears until a hole is formed and some had falsing issues. I acquired a Makro and a Whites TRX from a member on another popular forum; both were like new and I used both in a comparison.
    The Makro comes with very durable tip protectors, one smooth and one with a very well defined scraper edge.(These tip protectors can also be purchased separately as needed) Some of us use our pinpointers to scrape when we are in the heat of the moment recovering what we hope to be a great find. In doing this though, it will wear on the tip of the pinpointer. I sold the TRX but I have had my Makro now for 2 years and have experienced ZERO problems and the tip of the pinpointer still looks like new.
    Just something to consider.
    We all work or worked(retired guys/gals) hard for our money and we want to get the best bang for the buck, especially since MD'ing is our hobby/passion. Just my $.02
    Diggn' is my business....and business is good!

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    I really like my Garrett pin pointer been using the Garrett right from the first day they came out ...And never had any problem with them..
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    F-Pulse or Garrett Propointer AT. I love side detection, but I do own and carry a Whites TRX in tandem with my F-Pulse. I used to carry the Garretts with the TRX, and still would if I didn't own the F-Pulse. TRX is good but makes you "wander" the tip a lot in a pile of dirt. Tip only detection is tedious! Cool for pre dig though, before digging a 3-4" detected target. Yea, the F-Pulse, or Garretts, in that order.

    Pro Find 35 pointers are for sale for 129 at many places, every day, no special.
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    Garrett Propointer - can't go wrong!
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    I’ve tried a number of pin pointers over the years and the Pro Find 35 is my choice hands down.
    It’s waterproof, simple to adjust and can discriminate iron.

    The Garrett’s are a popular choice, especially the Carrot which is water proof, but can’t discriminate.

    The TRX on the other hand is much more complex to adjust, doesn’t discriminate and can false more so than any other I’ve used.

    Just my experience...other’s mileage may vary.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ColonelDan View Post
    I’ve tried a number of pin pointers over the years and the Pro Find 35 is my choice hands down.
    It’s waterproof, simple to adjust and can discriminate iron.

    The Garrett’s are a popular choice, especially the Carrot which is water proof, but can’t discriminate.

    The TRX on the other hand is much more complex to adjust, doesn’t discriminate and can false more so than any other I’ve used.

    Just my experience...other’s mileage may vary.
    I have the Garrett's and the Minelab 35. True, the minilab is VERY easy to adj. depth, but the ferrous/non-ferrous feature? It only works if you are within about one inch from a small target, which is somewhat useless, if your that close, your not going to stop because it says, "Iron", otherwise, a really good pinpointer, however, after buying and using it, I went back to the Garretts. I think almost any pinpointer will do you well, I do not want to go back to hunting without one. EVER!
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    Love my two Garrett's. Never any problems and I use them each and every time I detect, cannot imagine digging without one !!!!!!!!!!!
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    The Fpoint works well and I appreciate the “hey don’t leave me here” beep feature, Would have saved me some anxious moments when I have had to search for a left on the ground pp in the past.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Goldstar1 View Post
    You wil get varying opinions on this but you get what you pay for with pinpointers. I love the Whites TRX so thats my vote , I have 2 of them . One thing to consider is whether you want it to pinpont on the tip only or on the tip and sides , I like the tip only so it dosent pick up stuff all over the hole if it is a deep target but that is just me. Good luck on whichever you decide.
    I've used the TRX for several years and I like it very much. Just an aside, last year at the end of my hunt, I was crossing a well used state road where the cars travel at 50+mph. I was on somewhat of a curve with limited line of sight, so I ran (and I use that term VERY loosely - picture Grumpy with a bad knee and back) across the road in order to avoid joining the various road-kills already adorning the macadam. As I got to my car on the opposite shoulder, I realized that my TRX had fallen out of my pouch when I hobbled/high-stepped across the road. I looked over just in time to see a pickup run it over at an estimated ground speed of just below Mach 1. The TRX went about 3 feet into the air and clattered to the asphalt. You can imagine my thought (unprintable in this forum) and I risked life and limb to play "Frogger" once more and pick up the pieces. To my amazement, the TRX wasn't broken and in fact, still works today. By the way, this is the same TRX I dropped on a beach in New Hampshire early one summer morning a couple years back and was able to find around 11am with beach-goers all around within 25' of it. I guess no one recognized a $100+ pinpointer, cause it sure as heck wouldn't have been there if they had. Maybe my TRX is trying to tell me something?

    Anyway, I find it to be reliable. The biggest drawback is that it isn't waterproof. Like MDs, there are a lot of different models out there and many will fit your needs and budget. Hint: If you "run" across roadways, don't leave your pinpointer sitting in your open finds pouch.

    HH
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    I use the Garrett carrot and love it. I can offer one piece of advice, don't go cheap with one of the off market pointers, there not worth the plastic they are made of.

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    I have to add...I never had real issues with any of my Garretts, like I did with the F-Pulse. The F-pulse had to go back, and the unit I have now, DOES NOT HAVE THE SAME STELLAR DEPTH! Fisher techs, even the quality engineer, says my average depth detection I am living with now, is within specs.

    Anybody tells you that they pinpoint pre-digs on 4" signals, are lucky. Fisher made me lose confidence in how they ended my whole situation by saying, "It is operating within specifications." I felt that answer was an "easy out" and I will always miss that first F-Pulse. It did hit 4 inches, even 5+ on nickels. Fisher support wouldn't admit that the first iteration was a lot deeper.

    I don't like that type of support. All in all though, I just live with it, but a Garrett AT Pro pinpointer gets the same depth, plus none of mine have given me the trouble that the F-Pulse has, beginning within 2 weeks.

    Garretts service is outstanding! Never had one question after their service.

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    The newest TRX pin pointers ARE waterproof.....not just water resistant. I've had mine underwater many times. Any of the major detector companies have a good pin pointer. I'd get one that truly is waterproof. Other than that, check out the features you like best. Personally, I like one that has a silent mode (vibrator), waterproof, brightly colored, a tether ring, tip only detection, and feels good in my hand. You can deal with tip wear on any of them. Most have tip protectors available, or, do like I've done a few times, dip the tip in Epoxy when needed to protect the end.
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