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Aug 24, 2012, 01:13 AM
Help on picking 1st MD
Hello, all! I have read so many opinions on good 1st time detectors my head is spinning. Here's my situation. 1. Beginner 2. Not a big budget (200.00 - 300.00) 3. Will do this as a family hobby (myself, my wife, and two boys 8 & 13) 4. Mostly the beach but some campsites/parks/ghost towns (are there hybirds?) 5. Need to find enough items to buy a second/third/fourth MD (that's the goal).
O.K. let the debate begin......
Thanks for your opinions
Aug 24, 2012 01:13 AM
Aug 24, 2012, 02:28 AM
here's what I would do, don't go overboard on your first M/D, buy either the Garret Ace 250 or if you can stretch a little, the Ace 350. you have to start somewhere and these are excellent machines with good resale value. I use a White, and have used a inexpensive ($300) SL Classic III for 12 years now, it is a great little unit for coins, etc. but today, if starting out, I'd go with the Garret Ace 250 or 350 .
Aug 24, 2012, 02:28 AM
Ace250 would be a greater machine to get,AC
Aug 24, 2012, 02:43 AM
I meant great machine! I hate iPhones sorry for typo.
Originally Posted by A/CMan
Aug 24, 2012, 08:34 AM
A/C Man and now what, thanks for your replies. The Garret Ace 250 is recommended a lot on this forum and during my research it looked right for us. The only thing I am concerned about is getting the MD a little wet. Now I am not going to go in need deep water, but will this MD handle a little salt water (4" to 6") or do I have to use it on dry sand only?
Aug 24, 2012, 08:46 AM
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It isn't designed for salt water, it works great on dry beach sand but anything that has been under water will drive it nuts. Saltwater is full of minerals. 250 will think it is surrounded by metal. You need a detector for saltwater to do that and their prices are a lot higher.
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Aug 24, 2012, 08:50 AM
It will handle beaches just lower the sens alittle so it's stable, as for water proof it hard to get one thats WP under 300.00 that's a vlf without spending more money, but in general hunting the 250 is a pick that want break the piggy bank, your welcome, GL & HH AC
Aug 24, 2012, 02:22 PM
O.K. the 250 will not work in water, how about wet sand? You are right A/CMan, I want to pick up some expierence before I go to a more expensive model. As I read the forum threads, I see I will need a pointing device, can these get wet?
Aug 24, 2012, 02:46 PM
Now the ace 350 has a DD coil which sees less ground coverage so that would help in away plus it does have a higher frequency but wet sand will still false some, ur welcome GL& HH AC
Aug 24, 2012, 03:14 PM
Well, its like this here you see........if you must get it wet, get a detector that is waterproof. Accidents happen so maybe you dont really want to get it wet. Consider a used detector from someone you trust that will save you some change also. Since you described about 90% of metal detecting, no one detector will fill that order. Get the most detector you can afford is my suggestion. I am very happy with my Bounty Hunter and my Fisher detectors. Kellyco has a area you can compare detectors and prices. If you have a local shop that sells detectors, I would visit them and ask for a demonstration. I will share that you need to put a few sets of battery's through what ever you decide to get a feel for it. Some detectors require a lot of understanding how they work so you can get the most out of them. If I had bought my Fisher before my Bounty Hunter i probably would have smashed it. The low end Bounty Hunter is durable, simple to use, and produced results. But I got tired of digging pennys and wondering where all the silver went. It also had no pinpoint feature. The BH had 2 knobs and one was the on switch lol.
I needed 2 tones, a pinpointer built in, a large VDI screen, and so much more. Also you need to find out what detectors work best in your soil conditions, not hard to find out. If your not happy with the beep and dig detectors at the Big 5 Sporting Goods store. Consider a Tesero, Garret, Minelab, and my favorite, Fisher. Some other things to think about is weight, and battery consumption. Good Luck, hope this helps.
Aug 24, 2012, 07:12 PM
Casca, thank you for your great tips. I think I will concentrate on dry land first as my budget will dictate this but hope to get a WP detector once I get comfortable. I keep reading about pinpointing probes. Anybody have any thoughts on these hand held devices? Does a newbie like me need one? Any band names/recommendations? What is cost range?
Aug 30, 2012, 10:03 PM
a pin pointer is a great time saver, if you can afford one, the Garrett model seems like the one IMO
Aug 31, 2012, 12:05 AM
Thanks, nowwhat! Does anybody have a suggestion on model? What is the price range for a mid level pointer? Ebay shows any where from $20.00 to $130.00 for a Garrett.
Aug 31, 2012, 10:13 AM
Put out the money for the garrett pro pointer, It's a good unit and will pay for itself shortly.jmho
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Aug 31, 2012, 04:45 PM
Just buy an AT Pro & be done with it!
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Sep 04, 2012, 03:53 PM
I use an an old fieldmaster fx 55 detector I picked up for 40 quid.Found loads with it ,roman coins etc,took a while to learn about ground tuning , and keeping it in tune,also how to use the right sensitivity for the different conditions.Although this may sound complicated, compared to a switch and go machine, I feel you learn much more with this sort, plus you can use it on a beach if you alter the sensitivity correctly.My mate has a garrett 250 and prob finds less than me,and doesnt get quite as deep.
As for salt water or any water most coils are waterproof ,but if you,re worried put a plastic bag over it and tape it to the stem.Always rinse the salt water off when you get home and clean the machine .Good luck anyway hope you find lots.
Sep 04, 2012, 04:37 PM
Well, I'd bypass buying at least the first detector, that should eliminate the problem. Just start with #2, or 3
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