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    Anybody familiar with the Minelab Go-Find series detectors?

    I want to buy a detector for a youngster for his birthday, and am thinking about a Go-Find 40. Just curious if they are kid friendly?
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ID:	1548458 Bought my 8 year old grandson one for Christmas a year ago............He loves it. His favorite saying is "This thing really does Go Find" Well worth the $$$$$Click image for larger version. 

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    Quote Originally Posted by cooper1841 View Post
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    Nice! He looks to be about the same age as the young fellow I will be giving it to.
    Thank you for the reply.
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    Wise choice for a youngster.
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    Quote Originally Posted by against the wind View Post
    Wise choice for a youngster.
    He already has his eyes on my AT pro I have been saving for him. He watches Nuggetnoggin videos all the time!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by cooper1841 View Post
    He already has his eyes on my AT pro I have been saving for him. ...
    Have you compared the two performance wise?
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    I think it would be a disaster to get him an AT pro for one reason. The balance on the machine is horrendous. I can't imagine any child being able to swing that machine for any reasonable amount of time without sustaining some sort of real damage to the elbow or shoulder.
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    My son has been detecting since he was 4, he's 10 now... I got him a gofind when he was 8... he used it abt 10-15 minutes and said dad I want to dig coins in the 80s... he's used my AT PRO since that day.

    If I am being honest a gofind is nothing more than a toy, beep and dig, and reason my son hated it was because everything sounded the same to him and he wanted to fnd coins.

    To each his own, but I was thankful I got the gofind free when I bought my 3030 otherwise I would have been seriously disappointed for the price to ability ratio

    Your mileage may vary, but we sold the gofind after 1 , 20 minute hunt LOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by OZARKS View Post
    My son has been detecting since he was 4, he's 10 now... I got him a gofind when he was 8... he used it abt 10-15 minutes and said dad I want to dig coins in the 80s... he's used my AT PRO since that day.

    If I am being honest a gofind is nothing more than a toy, beep and dig, and reason my son hated it was because everything sounded the same to him and he wanted to fnd coins.

    To each his own, but I was thankful I got the gofind free when I bought my 3030 otherwise I would have been seriously disappointed for the price to ability ratio

    Your mileage may vary, but we sold the gofind after 1 , 20 minute hunt LOL
    Thanks for the reply .. There are three lines of the GoFind .. I wonder if the same would hold true for all three detectors? I was looking at the mid-line. Since this isn't my own kid, I really don't want to spend the $$$ for a Pro.
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    Quote Originally Posted by creskol View Post
    Thanks for the reply .. There are three lines of the GoFind .. I wonder if the same would hold true for all three detectors? I was looking at the mid-line. Since this isn't my own kid, I really don't want to spend the $$$ for a Pro.

    You can go to hobbylobbys website, search out the bounty hunter tracker 4, you get an automatic 40% off discount, which will make your purchase right around $90

    Then, lay iron, foil, nails, tabs on the ground, wave the coil over those targets as you turn the discrimination knob up, until those targets go silent... then she will be in a modified "coins" mode...sure she'll dig some brass, can slaw, and copper here and there, but most of the junk will be disc'd out with that set up.

    The minelab 305 has a shortened shaft that you can get for it. I am positive minelab dealers can set you up with the proper shaft/ detector combo, probably for not much if any extra.

    The only reason I mentioned the at pro is because I have one, and my son knew that quarters and dimes are "80's" numbers, so I naturally let him borrow it.

    Having said that about the shorter shaft available, most detectors can be shortened enough for kids or small adults to use.

    If weight is an issue of the tracker 4, you could always hip mount the control box....


    Other detectors I would suggest: Fisher F22, Used Fisher F2, maybe a Tesoro compadre... all light-weight detectors a kid could swing....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ammoman View Post
    I think it would be a disaster to get him an AT pro for one reason. The balance on the machine is horrendous. I can't imagine any child being able to swing that machine for any reasonable amount of time without sustaining some sort of real damage to the elbow or shoulder.
    I have the 5x8 coil on it for him......He does fine. His attention span does not allow for very long hunts!
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    Quote Originally Posted by creskol View Post
    Have you compared the two performance wise?
    No, but it does not even come close to the AT Pro I used this AT pro for a few years. Go Find is a good childs detector to start out with.
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    I bought a Minelab Go-find 60 just for fun (keep in car) and let kids use it for playground areas...works great.
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    I like the Tesoro Cibola. He can use it for years and it's very light weight. I still use mine. Not too expensive. Better warranty than Minelab.
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    I have two go-find 40s for my kids. Theyre light and fun, and actually can find stuff. I did try one myself and it was actually pretty decent.
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