Jan 23, 2013, 06:24 PM
Difference in detectors ?
Whats the most important feature when comparing detectors ? I don't care about bells and whistles. I was wondering if the frequency is what separates one detector from another. Or what is the biggest determining factor when comparing models. I have my heart set on the coinmaster GT because it fits my price range. I also buy occasional storage units and may come across one. If I did see one I would only recognize the brand name and probably wouldn't be able to put a value on it from afar. But if I knew a few things to look for I may have an easier time, thanks in advance...
Jan 23, 2013, 06:40 PM
The MOST important thing is to know what and WHERE you want to metal detect. You are in Florida? Are you planning on hunting saltwater beaches 90-percent of the time? Will you be a dry sand and dirt hunter only? Different machines do different things. Machines marketed as "good all around machines," usually excel at nothing.
The operating frequency of a machine can be very important, and again is driven by the targets you seek, and the mineralization of the soil it is buried in. Your mission, is to identify the type of hunting and conditions you want to begin with, and begin asking educated questions that will help you find the right machine and equipment.
Jan 24, 2013, 12:35 PM
I enjoy digging in the soil the most, the beaches are close enough to visit weekly if I wanted to. My Ace 250 wasn't very enjoyable at the beach so I don't go very often. I do think I will be going with the Whites Coinmaster GT for like $400 next week. I have been swinging the Ace for four years and just wanted to upgrade a bit. If frequency is the strongest factor for depth/description then I can compare what others have at the same price. Bells and whistles mean nothing compared to ground balance at the beach and depth in the soil. Again I really just like hunting for goodies, I know nothing about detectors themselves. Thanks for your reply.
Jan 24, 2013, 12:42 PM
Chronic Patriot/Metal Detecting,it`s My Lifestyle !
Multi - Frequency Machines do alot better in the wet sand ...do good in the dirt too....Fisher Cz. Minelab... White`s also has one i think its the Dfx
I`v been detecting for 45 years owned my own detector shop G.A.P. Metal Detectors here in N.Y.
See my old adds in Western & Eastern Treasures and Lost Treasure Magazines through the 90s
I hunt the Sullivan Trail here in N.Y.
Its the Golden Rule who ever has the Gold Rules"
Jan 24, 2013, 12:46 PM
What separates them, other than type (VLF, PI, BFO, etc) IS the "bells and whistles". Any feature above the base concept of responding to a metal item introduced into the generated EM field is a bell and/or whistle to someone.
You just have to choose the detector that has the bells you want to hear.
Jan 24, 2013, 01:52 PM
For the same money or less you can get: Minelab X-Terra 305; Tesoro Cibola; or a Fisher F4. Do some more research!
Originally Posted by scrapdoggie
Jan 24, 2013, 02:07 PM
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