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  1. #1

    Apr 2007
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    Suggestions for a metal detector under the $500 price range....

    I have been reading about these detectors for a few days now and gotten some friendly advice from a few people on this site. My hunting grounds will be in Arkansas and it will be mostly wooded areas or farm land and pasteurs { no water or sand} . It seems that this particular area may have high mineral contents so it may be best for me to stick with a unit that has manual ground balancing
    { which leaves out my 1st choice of the Garret 250} . I want a detector that I wont outgrow in 6 months but is under the $500 price point. I will be looking mainly for silver/gold coins, jewerly and dont care to much about gathering nickels, dimes or quarters that are normal, unvaluable type clad { 1965 - 2007 years} . I realize though, that I will have to dig up alot of junk but I am not a collector of junk and probably wouldnt keep the majority of that stuff .
    So im assuming I would want a detectctor thats

    user friendly
    manual ground balance
    pinpoint feature
    depth feature
    discrimination and good at alerting the user of junk iron, nails,etc
    tone discrimination
    { anything else that would be useful that I forgot ?}


    Ive had 3 different recommendations on what would be best for my needs and Im curious as to what everyone else thinks. Has to be under $500 .... and if there is a detector that only costs $300 but is as good as a $400-$500 unit, please let me know Thanks ..

  2. #2
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    Feb 2006
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    Re: Suggestions for a metal detector under the $500 price range....

    Actually a Garrett Master Hunter can be purchased online for under $500 and has all the features you are wanting.
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  3. #3
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    Re: Suggestions for a metal detector under the $500 price range....

    I want a detector that I wont outgrow in 6 months but is under the $500 price point. I will be looking mainly for silver/gold coins, jewerly and dont care to much about gathering nickels, dimes or quarters that are normal, unvaluable type clad { 1965 - 2007 years} .
    If you ask six people you'll likely get six suggestions.

    Well I'd like to only dig gold coins myself. But since there may be only six still buried in any given state in the Union it wouldn't be much fun.

    You woun't find a detector that will isolate coins by date. You'll have to dig 2002 Lincoln cents if you want the 1882 Indian Heads. And you;ll have to dig 2004 Roosevelt dimes if you want 1884 Barbers. Clad sounds just as good as pure silver. Copper and silver are right next to each other in conductivity (relatively speaking) so a clad coin doesn't lose much to a 90% silver one.

    If you want small gold rings you will be digging nickels. For the most part, if you want all gold jewlery you will be diggng pulltabs, too.

    Minelab Musketeer Advantage and set the discrimination to just accept nickels. You won't miss much but you will get a lot of trash. If you don't dig anything that "squeeks" you can reject most trash, but some sounds worth digging and occasionally is. It's called "paying your dues".
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  4. #4
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    NJ

    Nov 2006
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    Re: Suggestions for a metal detector under the $500 price range....

    I don't own one but a lot of people on T-Net rave about the Garret Ace 250 which is less then $250 with shipping/handling. You may want to check it out. Plus if you are just starting out $500 may be too much for a beginning machine...you may decide you don't like the hobby now that new $500 detector turns into a $300 bargin for someone else on E-bay. (I guess I should read an entire post before I throw my 2 cents in - I see you already ruled the Ace 250 out)

    If you want to find the old coin your research is more important then the detector you swing. There are a lot of people out there that own $500 - $1000+ detectors that only find clad coins because they don't research. When I'm on a site I try to figure out its potential from everything I pull out of the ground. I'll even look at the type of pull tabs and bottle caps I'm finding to help date the site activity.

    Good luck with your search and I hope you find everything you are looking for.

    NJ

  5. #5

    Apr 2007
    89

    Re: Suggestions for a metal detector under the $500 price range....

    Well so far it seems that the suggestions range from the Tesoro Deleon or Tejon to the Minelabs xtera50 or Musketeer advantage. Decisons, decisions,decisions. .

  6. #6
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    Re: Suggestions for a metal detector under the $500 price range....

    Don't forget the Tesoro Vaquero with the HOT circuit.

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    us
    Feb 2006
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    Re: Suggestions for a metal detector under the $500 price range....

    Quote Originally Posted by N.J.THer
    I don't own one but a lot of people on T-Net rave about the Garret Ace 250 which is less then $250 with shipping/handling. You may want to check it out. Plus if you are just starting out $500 may be too much for a beginning machine...you may decide you don't like the hobby now that new $500 detector turns into a $300 bargin for someone else on E-bay. (I guess I should read an entire post before I throw my 2 cents in - I see you already ruled the Ace 250 out)

    If you want to find the old coin your research is more important then the detector you swing. There are a lot of people out there that own $500 - $1000+ detectors that only find clad coins because they don't research. When I'm on a site I try to figure out its potential from everything I pull out of the ground. I'll even look at the type of pull tabs and bottle caps I'm finding to help date the site activity.

    Good luck with your search and I hope you find everything you are looking for.

    NJ
    Excellant advise.
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  8. #8

    Dec 2006
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    Re: Suggestions for a metal detector under the $500 price range....

    Tejon is over $500 but not by a lot. If I were to buy a detector with a $500 limit, I would definitely get a Tesoro Vaquero.

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    Feb 2007
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    Re: Suggestions for a metal detector under the $500 price range.TOSORO "V"...

    i have a tosoro "v" . i have been at this md stuff for a lot of years. i have to say that you will be very happy with this unit>....a tip: learn the md and what it can do/ then dig everything. i have a lot of gold coins & rings that i would not of had/if i dis. out all the trash and not dug the squeekie signals.
    hope this helps
    respectfully , george

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    Re: Suggestions for a metal detector under the $500 price range....

    A major benefit of the Tesoro Vaquero, is the lifetime warranty to the original owner.




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  11. #11

    Mar 2006
    Granby, CT
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    Re: Suggestions for a metal detector under the $500 price range....

    As we know , there is a lot to metal detecting. Mostly its the user but yo also have to have a quality detector that will work for you and the ground you cover. Unfortunately there is no end all get all detector yet. There are ways to set discrimination on some units to be more inclined to find certain objects but mid to lower detectors don't usually do this. One way to get what you want is a target ID meter. You can relatively "see" on the meter if the target is a high conductor and possibly a clad coin. Gold runs in the middle range so you could stick with those readings and only dig them. But ..... even then you'll get unwanted targets. Of the suggestions made to you , any would do the trick but the DeLeon and X50 are the ones with the target ID. Both would work for you. Let me know if you need any more help.
    TonyinCT
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  12. #12

    Apr 2007
    89

    Re: Suggestions for a metal detector under the $500 price range....

    Thanks for the replys...So something with a target ID is gonna help filter out some of the crap and help give a better identification of possible gold/silver hits? The Vaquero doesnt have that feature so it may be worth it to spend another $50 and step up to the Tesoro Deleon ? Im liking the idea of sticking with a unit from the Tesoro company. They offer the lifetime warranty and their detectors look to be user friendly along with getting soldi reviews/

  13. #13

    Dec 2006
    West Virginia
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    Re: Suggestions for a metal detector under the $500 price range....

    The time ranger has all the features you're looking for & then some . You can buy a new one off e-bay for $ 365.00 - $ 380.00 . You'll get the sniper coil with it . Use the extra money for a good pinpointer . If you buy one make sure it has the P4 feature & uses 9 volt batteries as this is the latest version . A lot of people don't seem to like bounty hunters but I have the time ranger & seem to be getting as good or better results than anyone else with a detector in this price range . It's a lot better than the ace 250 I bought my wife . It also has a 5 year warranty . Just my opinion , I like mine . Good luck with whatever you decide on & HH .

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    Re: Suggestions for a metal detector under the $500 price range....

    Quote Originally Posted by rumme
    Thanks for the replys...So something with a target ID is gonna help filter out some of the crap and help give a better identification of possible gold/silver hits?
    Maybe. May also tell you an $8,000 18K white gold ring is a bottle cap and a $15,000 two carot diamond mounted in a large gold ring is an aluminum pull tab. They get confused and always give an answer whether they "know" for certain or not. Zero information is better than a lie.

    Dig everything until you learn whether you can trust the display. And then dig everything thereafter.
    America was founded by tough hell-raisers. Rugged citizens who evaded taxes, spoke strongly against tyranny, grew tobacco, brewed beer, distilled spirits, and smuggled weapons. And it will be saved by those same types of citizens.

  15. #15
    syclone0252

    Re: Suggestions for a metal detector under the $500 price range....

    if you are wanting a tesoro dejeon, there is one on e-bay buy it now for 479.00 + 15.00 S&H
    it gets you under the 500.00 mark.
    go here
    http://search.ebay.com/tesoro_Metal-...chiZQQsaprcloZ

 

 
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