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  1. #1
    nickname: Eagle Four-Eyes

    Apr 2012
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    Question on Garrett Pro-Pointer

    Has any/everyone had to deal with interference? (I'm guessing that's what's causing it) My pointer will turn on then as soon as I start searching the hole, sometimes, it just starts singing. Mostly an annoying tune and to itself. Take it out of the hole, point even at the sky and it won't shut up! Until I turn off/on.

    Is that interference? Ground mineralization? A bad pointer?

    Any ideas welcomed!

    Thanks!
    HH! (wherever you still can)

    "Fortune favors the prepared mind." - keep a pluggin' !

  2. #2
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    May 2012
    NE Ohio
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    I have the same issue occasionally, I just do what you do and turn it off and back on. I have it happen sometimes when I'm near a large signal, a pipe or something. I can't say for sure what causes it.

  3. #3

    Jun 2007
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    Never had it happen in two years I've had the Propointer. It will start acting erratic and making noise though if it needs a new battery. Did you try changing yours?

  4. #4
    us
    May 2012
    harrisburg, pa
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    I honestly feel that the propointer gets too much depth, but it is a great tool though....would never metal detect without one

  5. #5
    nickname: Eagle Four-Eyes

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    Quote Originally Posted by SusanMN View Post
    Never had it happen in two years I've had the Propointer. It will start acting erratic and making noise though if it needs a new battery. Did you try changing yours?
    Not the battery, I think. I've got the same symptoms with a new battery.

    Do you hunt around many overhead wires? I'm thinking it's picking up some sort of electronic interference.
    Maybe I should wrap the thing up in aluminum foil.

    It seems to work fairly well, but having to turn it off and on so much it actually broke the switch! Had to have it replaced.

    The battery seems to be tight enough too.

    Just don't know. It is a real annoyance though. Sometimes I just pinpoint with the detector instead. (old school).

    Thanks anyway!
    HH! (wherever you still can)

    "Fortune favors the prepared mind." - keep a pluggin' !

  6. #6
    nickname: Eagle Four-Eyes

    Apr 2012
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    Quote Originally Posted by rossman85 View Post
    I honestly feel that the propointer gets too much depth, but it is a great tool though....would never metal detect without one
    Too much!?!? Mine only gets 2 inches at best!
    HH! (wherever you still can)

    "Fortune favors the prepared mind." - keep a pluggin' !

  7. #7

    Jul 2012
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    Quote Originally Posted by WHADIFIND
    Has any/everyone had to deal with interference? ...!
    Yes, a few times. It got excited once when I laid it down (still turned on) on top of my digger. It would not settle down until it was recycled off then back on.

    Do you have knee or hip replacements? I have a hip replacement and the Pro-Pointer knows it. <lol>

    M
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  8. #8
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    Quote Originally Posted by WHADIFIND View Post
    Too much!?!? Mine only gets 2 inches at best!
    I don't know what he means to much depth it only gets one and a half inches deep sometimes 2 inches in different soil type..Mine only did that when i needed new batterys...
    "...Let no one know what,were or when..."

  9. #9
    nickname: Eagle Four-Eyes

    Apr 2012
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moonrover View Post
    Yes, a few times. It got excited once when I laid it down (still turned on) on top of my digger. It would not settle down until it was recycled off then back on.

    Do you have knee or hip replacements? I have a hip replacement and the Pro-Pointer knows it. <lol>

    M
    Nope no metal in my body unless one considers the thick iron skull.

    When this happens it always seems to be no rhyme nor reason that I can see. I thought about the battery being loose, or worn down. One thing though, is that the soil tends to ground balance somewhere around 88-90 on an AT-PRO in my area. Could it possibly be that by working with this soil, (sometimes muddy), it might have coated the pointer and it gets confused by the mineralization? Is that even possible?

    The pointer is a GREAT add to the hobby. BUT, if it's going to continue this, I'm afraid I either need another one, or maybe a different brand.
    HH! (wherever you still can)

    "Fortune favors the prepared mind." - keep a pluggin' !

  10. #10
    us
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    I've had that problem a few times. Cycling power worked a few times. Twice now I have found bits of foil stuck in the compact dirt that tends to collect on the tip of my pin pointer. It makes it go nuts.

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  11. #11
    us
    Feb 2010
    Vancouver WA
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    Just a Little Point Of advise When You Buy Batteries Don't Go Cheap!!! There is a Slight Differance in the Size of the Batterys Trust Me It Makes A Differense Chug We Have Hasd the Same Issues A Better Battery Makes the Differance SORRY ABOUT THE SPELLING SPELL CHECK IS NOT WORKING FOR US !!!! Chug
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  12. #12
    us
    May 2012
    harrisburg, pa
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    Quote Originally Posted by WHADIFIND

    Too much!?!? Mine only gets 2 inches at best!
    I get a solid 3 to 5 inches depending on the object...i wish it was 2" max

  13. #13

    Mar 2012
    Jacksonville AR
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    It's a long shot but I haven't seen anyone else suggest this so here's my thought. Have you considered changing the frequency on your detector? Think about it, you're kneeling down, detectors on (unless your one of those diehards that try to get every second out of your batteries) and you set it down right next to the hole you're digging. Maybe your detectors frequency is interfering with your pinpointer? I use the AT Gold and the ProPointer so our conditions are similar but I haven't had any of the problems you're describing but hey you never know. Try changing your frequency, who knows maybe that'll fix it. Good luck I hope that helps

  14. #14
    nickname: Eagle Four-Eyes

    Apr 2012
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chug And Red View Post
    Just a Little Point Of advise When You Buy Batteries Don't Go Cheap!!! There is a Slight Differance in the Size of the Batterys Trust Me It Makes A Differense Chug We Have Hasd the Same Issues A Better Battery Makes the Differance SORRY ABOUT THE SPELLING SPELL CHECK IS NOT WORKING FOR US !!!! Chug
    But, you need to define "better battery". I use Eveready Heavy Duty. What have you found that works for you?
    HH! (wherever you still can)

    "Fortune favors the prepared mind." - keep a pluggin' !

  15. #15
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    OK i just thought of this i think some have said they took a little piece of foam a thin piece or a thin peice of anything so the cap pushes the battery down to make contact...........and put it in the battery cap before they screw it on... And it works for some... for some reason the batterys do not make contact after a while........And the foam pushes the battery down and it makes contact then....
    "...Let no one know what,were or when..."

 

 
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