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  1. #1
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    Mr. Will

    Apr 2017
    Tucson, AZ
    CTX 3030
    48
    21 times
    Metal Detecting

    The Home-Built CTX 3030 Kit

    OK, it's not original, and it's not particularly neat (who cares about pretty?), but I only have to finish lining it and gluing it together and it's road time. Had to buy every single piece by itself, but it was worth it. Detector, spare pack, battery chargers, USB cable, Root Assassin, MU10, rugged sports earphones/repair kit, TRX, batteries. Have I forgotten anything?Click image for larger version. 

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  2. #2
    us
    Nov 2013
    TN
    Minelab Safari .......... Minelab Excalibur II ....... ........Minelab CTX 3030
    1,181
    1633 times
    Metal Detecting
    How about a very large container for all the goodies you are going to find?
    Nicely done.
    "Those who cannot compete intellectually tend to develop a cultural aversion to the whole idea." -- Fred Reed
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    Minelab Safari
    Minelab Excalibur II
    Minelab CTX 3030

  3. #3
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    I dig deep holes

    May 2004
    Camano Island, WA
    CTX3030, Many more on a rotating basis. Park Ranger and Pack Mule pouches by Freeloader!
    1,138
    1173 times
    You have dedicated a lot of room for rechargeable AA's and chargers. Why not just take the stock charger with you and use the Minelab rechargeable battery?

    Just curious. Here is my setup.


  4. #4
    Charter Member
    ca
    Sep 2016
    Nova Scotia
    Garrett AT Pro International
    3,879
    4215 times
    Metal Detecting
    Quote Originally Posted by clarkkent57 View Post
    OK, it's not original, and it's not particularly neat (who cares about pretty?), but I only have to finish lining it and gluing it together and it's road time. Had to buy every single piece by itself, but it was worth it. Detector, spare pack, battery chargers, USB cable, Root Assassin, MU10, rugged sports earphones/repair kit, TRX, batteries. Have I forgotten anything?Click image for larger version. 

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    So how much do you save by building it yourself vers buying a brandnew one?

    Where did you find the parts? I mean do people sell bits and pieces of these? Or did you buy a few old broken ones?

    Oh never mind I thought you built the "machine" from spare parts lol.
    Last edited by EastCoastmetal; May 16, 2017 at 05:41 PM.

  5. #5
    Charter Member
    us
    Aug 2013
    OC, CA
    XP Deus, Equinox 800 & 600, 720i Stealth Scoop
    7,484
    7243 times
    Beach and Shallow Water Hunting
    Looks great! Good job.


    We are not what we take, we are what we leave.

  6. #6
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    Mr. Will

    Apr 2017
    Tucson, AZ
    CTX 3030
    48
    21 times
    Metal Detecting
    Well, here it is in all its glory. It can accommodate "everything metal detector" related that I own:

    Minelab CTX 3030 (with alkaline battery pack w/ rechargeable Li-ion cells)
    Pack of rechargeable Li-ion cells x 10
    Spare alkaline battery pack (with recharged Li-ion cells)
    Nitecore D4 chargers x 2 w/AC cords
    Whites TRX probe
    MU 10 Receiver
    Root Assassin shovel
    Hardcap gel kneepads
    Matt's Pack Mule+ (w/ brass probe, coin flipper, Lesche digger)
    The CTX 3030 Handbook
    Misc Kit - Repair kit, sport earbuds, waterproof plugs, parts, etc.
    On their way: Night Vision Components - building a better set of comfortable dual IR eye goggles than you can buy for 7 to 10 times as much or more!!

    I had to opt for the Herke cuff because, up until now, I was a Whites owner and got spoiled. The only advantage for me was one that not optional but irreplaceable: the ability to grab the machine quickly and wave it without having to put my arm through the strap. While that might sound picky, it really isn't when you're out to have a good time but your favorite "short cut" doesn't work. (As well, mine came without a strap so I had to do sumpin'.)

    DONE! Time to hunt!!
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  7. #7
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    Mr. Will

    Apr 2017
    Tucson, AZ
    CTX 3030
    48
    21 times
    Metal Detecting
    Quote Originally Posted by RustyGold View Post
    Looks great! Good job.
    THanks!

  8. #8
    Charter Member
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    DEPLORABLE

    Jul 2015
    Port Allegheny, Pennsylvania
    E-trac, Excalibur, XP Deus, & CTX 3030.
    21,216
    20881 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Honorable Mentions (1)
    Yep,, you're motivated.
    SOMETIMES I WISH I DIDN'T KNOW NOW ,,, WHAT I DIDN'T KNOW THEN,, Bob Seger

  9. #9
    us
    I dig deep holes

    May 2004
    Camano Island, WA
    CTX3030, Many more on a rotating basis. Park Ranger and Pack Mule pouches by Freeloader!
    1,138
    1173 times
    When I put mine together, one of the best things I did was put together a foam cutter. I made it out of a power supply and Nichrome wire. I did not want the holes to have cut marks on them.

    It was super easy, and saved me some bucks.

    A foam cutter costs as much as my pelican case.

  10. #10
    us
    Jan 2010
    DFW Texas
    Minelab E-TRAC, Garrett ProPointer, Lesche Digger
    1,589
    2345 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Back seat of my truck works fine for me.

  11. #11
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    I dig deep holes

    May 2004
    Camano Island, WA
    CTX3030, Many more on a rotating basis. Park Ranger and Pack Mule pouches by Freeloader!
    1,138
    1173 times
    LOL, don't get me wrong, that is EXACTLY where mine is right now.

    The case is over in the corner.

    I made the Pelican so that I can travel with it.

    I was in Florida for a couple of work trips, so I checked it as luggage.

    Quote Originally Posted by WarBaby View Post
    Back seat of my truck works fine for me.
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  12. #12
    ca
    Feb 2017
    Ontario
    XP Deus (2019) Fisher CZ-21 (2019) CTX 3030 (April 2017) AT Pro Garrett Carrot Pro Pointer Stavr Scoop Moonstrik 6 Stealth 720i (BNIB) Home made beach scoop
    614
    870 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Nice job on the cases folks.

    If I were to travel I would steal one of these ideas in a minute, but as it stands right now I don't even use the Minelab carrying bag that I got. LOL
    Treasure is where you find it, trash is where they left it.

    John

  13. #13
    us
    Dec 2013
    SE Texas
    Minelab Garrett
    724
    619 times
    Relic Hunting
    Honorable Mentions (1)
    Me either. And is that the cheapest bag for a high end machine you've ever seen? The Garrett cammo padded case is nice. The CTX should have came with one like that.

 

 

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