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  1. #1

    Jun 2012
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    Am New. Have $2000 To Start Out With. What Should I Buy To Begin?

    Am sure you see at least one 'newbie' post like this per day - for that, apologies.

    I'll try to make it easy, while quietly picking each of your brains.

    Am willing to put $2000 into this to begin - sooooooo... what do I need?

    A few books?

    Obviously, a metal detector - but one that works underwater? [I have a small sailboat]

    If you were to do it all over from Step 01 - what would you do differently?

    Absolutely any feedback would be seriously appreciated.

    Thanks.

  2. #2

    Feb 2007
    Bradenton, Fl
    ACE 250, Minelab Excal II, ETrac
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    You will have to give some more information. Where will you be hunting mostly? Beaches, dirt, general proximity?? Most people start out with an inexpensive machine and then move up rather than spending thousands of dollars initially. But that said,you can get a nice beach hunting machine for that money or a nice dirt machine. I have a minelab excaliber for the beach and an ETrac for dirt. Etrac can also be used on the beach but is not waterproof. Hope this helps a little. REad lots before you buy.
    Debby

  3. #3
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    I deal in reality

    Mar 2010
    Maryland
    XLT , surfmaster PI , HAYS 2Box , VIBRA-TECTOR
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    What's your main objective? ie park hunting, beech hunting, relic hunting, under water recovery. You need to decide on a starting point. You can start with some good used detectors like a general purpose detector Like the Whites XLT for about $400+ and try to get in some experience and see what you like the best. Then you could add a under water detector like the Whites Surfmaster PI which is also a killer on the beach. If you happen to get a good lead on a buried cache over 2' deep then you would want to acquire a good used 2 Box detector. I use an old Hayes, but there are plenty of good old ones out there for around $300. As you can see, I have mentioned the ones that I use because I know them and they have all paid for themselves. The thing is to pick one up and gain experience. Its best to start with a top of the line used one.

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  4. #4
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    Apr 2012
    Florida
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    Garrett's AT Pro is a good starter, it will go anywhere (get the waterproof headphones) its easy to learn, light weight. I love mine. i mainly use the white's surf Dual Coil as most of my hunting is at the beach. but the AT Pro is great for trash parks.
    Fear My Coil!

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    TerrySoloman.com

    May 2010
    Congress, AZ - White Plains, NY
    Tesoro Cult Member - Tejon; Sand Shark; Lobo Super Traq; Vaquero; Cibola; Compadre - Minelab GPX 5000
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    Quote Originally Posted by aricsqueen View Post
    Am sure you see at least one 'newbie' post like this per day - for that, apologies.

    I'll try to make it easy, while quietly picking each of your brains.

    Am willing to put $2000 into this to begin - sooooooo... what do I need?

    A few books?

    Obviously, a metal detector - but one that works underwater? [I have a small sailboat]

    If you were to do it all over from Step 01 - what would you do differently?

    Absolutely any feedback would be seriously appreciated.

    Thanks.

    You need a good BBS (multi-frequency) detector for dirt and wet saltwater sand, and a solid PI (pulse induction) detector for diving. You can do both machines for about $1,700.00 - a Minelab Sovereign Minelab Sovereign GT Metal Detector For Sale - Kellyco Metal Detectors and a Tesoro Sand Shark Tesoro Metal Detectors - Official company web site with metal detector models for treasure hunting land or water.

  6. #6
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    WP

    May 2012
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    If i were to start over,i,d miss some hard learned lessons. For you i would suggest securing your money. Then visit nearest detecting club or two and get a feel for/of different detectors. Then trials at dealers,not to buy yet! Decide away from sale site what you need in a unit. Most veterans suggest the best you can afford. Time,many hours will be required to learn new language detector uses. building a test garden and air testing while studying user instuctions before hitting the field should help. Patience big help along with a creative mind and research into sites. Realistic expectations for each site important. Most important keep it fun.measure sucess by your own yardstick . H.H.

  7. #7
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    When the going gets wierd, the wierd turn pro....

    Jan 2011
    New Orleans
    Garrett Ace 350 and Propointer, Whites Prism
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    For starters, pick up a decent entry level machine, a pin pointer and a good digging tool. Then try your hand at it and see how it goes. There's no need to spend a lot of money on something only to find out after a while that it's not really for you. After a while, if you're still into it, then it's time to look into upgrades.
    "That's me, on the beach side combing the sand, metal meter in my hand, sporting a pocket full of change"...... NOFX

    Now in the process of posting my antique photo collection at : http://forgottonimages.tumblr.com/

  8. #8
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    Jun 2012
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    Metal Detecting
    Only thing I have to add is,I have heard of some newbies buying top of the line machines and the big learning curve just took all the fun out of it right from the word go.Before you know it they have that high dollar machine and all the extras on e-bay.
    I hope it all works out in you favor............................................. ....

  9. #9
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    I deal in reality

    Mar 2010
    Maryland
    XLT , surfmaster PI , HAYS 2Box , VIBRA-TECTOR
    8,074
    2123 times
    The thing is to buy a older top of the line used detector. The XLT can keep up with the newer detectors. It is easy to use. You just turn it on. It instructs you to push one button twice to ground bal. You then just pick a program like coins and jewerly and push enter. It's as simple as that. When you get adventures later on, you can adjest anything. The screen gives you an ID # and estimated guess as to what it is. You squeeze the trigger and it tells you how deep it is. TheClick image for larger version. 

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ID:	648989 dept guage also acts as a pinpointer that is dead accurate. It goes 2' deep for large items and will find gold and silver easily. One in good condition will sell for around $450.

  10. #10
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    IT COULD BE A VALUABLE PRIZE "YOU NEVER KNOW"

    Nov 2006
    N.E. Ohio on lake Erie
    ** I use only top name brand detectors *****
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    ANY TYPE OF TREASURE HUNTING THAT PUTS MONEY IN MY POCKET
    You say you want one that goes under water and that you have a small boat............ But what kind of water .."salt water " or " fresh.water " ?
    "...Let no one know what,were or when..."

  11. #11
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    I deal in reality

    Mar 2010
    Maryland
    XLT , surfmaster PI , HAYS 2Box , VIBRA-TECTOR
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    See post #3. A PI detector works in any water. Aricsqueen are you still there?Name:  hand print-2_edited-3.jpg
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    So I got carried away with my finds display pictures! Frank

  12. #12
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    Jul 2009
    Whiting, NJ
    Ace 250
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    Like cntrydncr1, and NOLA_Ken mentioned, why on earth start off with such and expensive machine

    I mean after all this hobby may not be for you, you may have the passion now, but may lose it tomorrow.

    Just look at all the expensive home gym equipment people buy, sitting their collecting dust

    signed,
    the voice of reason

  13. #13

    Jun 2012
    4
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    guys!

    can't thank you enough for all of this - when I first submitted this post, I thought that either a] it was your common newbie questions that would get little attention or b] this was more of a selfish man's hobby [fewer that learn, more treasure for the rest].

    am pleased to see I was wrong on both accounts.

    took the overwhelming advice and am starting small. in a few weeks, I'll put in an order for these items. is this a good start? am I missing anything?

    - Garrett Ace 350
    - Garrett Master Sound headphones [will wait on the waterproof]
    - Garrett Pro Pointer
    - [misc digging items]
    - 'Metal Detecting for The Beginner' [Vince Mingilore]

    ... will that work for a newbie? anything else - more books, etc?

    [individual responses below]

    cntrydncr1 - I'll start at the park, but live an hour from the beach, so would like to hunt there as well. anything in particular you'd suggest reading?

    Frankn - thanks for that. had never heard of a 2-box, but will not start scouring Ebay for a used one.

    BallsDeep - took your advice and am going with a Garrett - the 350 though. what are the advantages of the waterproof headphones? besides rain and whatnot?

    Terry Soloman - nice. think I'm going to have to PM you when I make my second purchases [after getting the hang of it].

    releventchair - suggestions for a 'test garden'? never heard of one…

    NOLA_Ken - am glad you said that. took your advice.

    Steveo - same as what I said to Ken - I'm starting small. although, man - it's tempting to just buy everything, right?

    Keppy - will be doing both. is there a stand-alone model that does that?

    Frankn - no need to apologize for the photos. gets me even more excited!

    spartacus53 - I know, I know… you [all] are right. but have yet to read a post where one's purchases didn't [eventually] pay for themselves!

    ... thanks again, guys!

  14. #14
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    Just another Guy In Back

    Feb 2007
    Left coast of Florida
    GTI 2500 / Infinium LS / Tesoro Sand Shark / Garrett Pro-pointer
    3,498
    2396 times
    Beach and Shallow Water Hunting
    Honorable Mentions (1)
    Let people know where you are and where you will be hunting. I'm betting you will find someone here that is willing to spend a little time with you in the field or on the beach. Making the machine go 'beep' is easy, understanding what it all means... then how to PROPERLY dig up a find- all very valuable. You don't want to go destroying a great coin or relic with the tip of a digger.

    If you are ever on the beach this way, I'd be more than happy to spend an hour with anyone and pass along what little I know...
    Get up late... Start slow... Taper off...

  15. #15
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    When the going gets wierd, the wierd turn pro....

    Jan 2011
    New Orleans
    Garrett Ace 350 and Propointer, Whites Prism
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    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Sounds like you picked a good set up, I swing a 350 and do pretty well with it. As others mentioned the key now is patience and taking the time to learn your machine. The best machine in the world is only an expensive noisemaker unless you know what it's telling you. That combined with research will have you on the finds and having a great time with your new hobby.
    "That's me, on the beach side combing the sand, metal meter in my hand, sporting a pocket full of change"...... NOFX

    Now in the process of posting my antique photo collection at : http://forgottonimages.tumblr.com/

 

 
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