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  1. #1

    Feb 2018
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting

    Want to buy

    I am Wanting to buy a metal detector. Would like some input on which one would be best for a beginner.

  2. #2

    Dec 2004
    East Central Kentucky
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    What's your budget?

  3. #3
    Sep 2011
    Denver, Colorado
    Garrett AT Pro, AT Gold, ATX, MH7 (oldie!) Minelab Explorer SE Pro
    2039 times
    Welcome, Tom. Not sure if you have a local dealer to go visit and try out some machines but that would be the best way to get an idea of what will work for you, in your area and for what type of searching you want to do.
    There are lots of threads on this subject here that may be of some help. Try before you buy if you can. GOOD LUCK!

  4. #4
    Feb 2015
    Whites Coin Master. Garrett AT Gold, Garrett Ace 350
    747 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Too many questions to answer. What's your budget?,you don't need the biggest and the best to start out on. Time available to hunt, a couple hours a month or 3 or 4 times a week, this will also determine how fast you learn your machine. What do you want to hunt?. Coins in the park, civil war artifacts, gold nuggets, underwater items (at the beach or creeks and rivers swimming holes) Where do you intend to hunt? City parks where there will be a lot of "trash" you'll need to discriminate out or out in the country, How electronically inclined are you?, Some machines have a pretty good learning curve to learn what all they will do. Will the machine ever get wet? Back to the point of searching at the beach or the local swimming hole. The list goes on. A short answer would be to buy any of the lower mid line machines for any of the major manufacturers. they will get you started, You can always upgrade down the road and use the lower end unit as a spare. I have a ATGold and a ACE350 as my backup.
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  5. #5
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    Coin Rescue Tech

    Jun 2014
    Northern O-H-I-O
    F75 LTD, 1280X Aquanaut, & an F2 (loaner)
    16694 times
    Metal Detecting
    Banner Finds (1)
    All the big name manufactures have good starter machines. I like to see target ID numbers so I would want a machine that has that option, while others just show which target range an item is ringing in as. Depending on where you are located, the ability to ground balance may or may not be a concern. If I knew where you were located I could look online to see what used ones are available in your area. I have bought most of my detectors used and never had an issue. I hope you have room in your budget for a descent pin pointer. I hunted my 1st 6 months without one, but will never hunt without one anymore.
    Rescuing Coins 1 Beep at a time

  6. #6
    May 2017
    Lapeer County, Michigan
    Explorer, E-trac, Muskateer, Tesoro, Deus, White's, Detech, DMC IIb, and others
    96 times
    Metal Detecting
    I like and use White's V3i, Deus, Minelab E-trac, Detech Chaser, DFX, MXT and MXT Pro and some Tesoro's. I'm getting the Minelab Equinox.
    If you don't have a lot of money to spend and just want to get your feet wet before seeing if detecting is for you, I'd get something used and was easy to set up. Also get a good pinpointer.

  7. #7
    Jul 2006
    Jefferson, Ga
    BH LRP 1265X, GoldBug II
    1580 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    If I were new to detecting I would want someone to suggest that I start with a $150.00 Tesoro Compadre. It is simple to operate and is one of the most effective of the lesser expensive and very user friendly. Once you get hooked on detecting, if you do, then you can graduate to a more expensive detector and use the Compadre as a backup. I must say, however, that even with a more expensive one in your collection you will still take the Compadre out for a stroll on occasion.
    PS, Most will suggest buying a pin-pointer but I spent my first 40 years detecting without one. I do use one now and it helps a little but I won't jump up and down and clap because of having one. Learning your machine and where the machine pin-points is far more valuable at first------------then graduate to a pin-pointer.
    Last edited by GA_Boy; Feb 07, 2018 at 03:58 PM.
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  8. #8
    Charter Member

    May 2010
    White Plains, New York
    Minelab GPZ 7000; Equinox 600 -- Tesoro Mojave -- Grave Digger Tools Nemesis shovel, Sidekick hand digger -- Bunk's Hermit Pick
    20890 times
    Metal Detecting
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    Aug 2017
    Northern Virginia
    AT MAX/AT PRO/Garrett Pro Pointer, Lesche diggers, and the custom made Freeloader Pack Mule Pouch!
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