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  1. #1
    us
    Jan 2008
    Michigan
    Garrett Ace 350
    316

    Newbie question

    I have been lurking on this site for almost two years now. I find your stories really exciting. I, myself have never even held a metal detector in my hands. This spring, after the snow melts I have decided to jump in with both feet. I'm sure it will be my favorite passtime as it suits my personality to a t, I love exploring, photography and solitude.

    My question is this... If I had 4 to 5 hundred dollars to buy a detector, what should I get? New or used? I would be working parks and fields, streams and ponds, inland lake shores and the sandy beaches of Lake Michigan.

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated as I could be considered a "green newbie"
    [size=14pt]DONT FORGET THE VIETNAM VET[/size]

  2. #2
    us
    May 2007
    Southeast Missouri
    E-trac, Explorer II, Xterra30, Whites Prizm IV
    4,909
    16 times

    Re: Newbie question

    Oh no here we go again.

    Tesoro makes good machines, Deleon would be my suggestion there.
    Whites makes a great machine in the MXT, maybe a used XLT.
    Minelab has the X-terra 70 but it might be a little more than you want to spend.
    Don't know enough about Fisher or Garrett to make a suggestion there.
    "It isn't the age, it's the mileage" IJ

  3. #3
    Charter Member
    CANE FIELD BANDITS and IRON BRIGADE MEMBER

    Jun 2006
    Moonlight and Magnolias
    Fisher F75, Fisher 1266-X and Tesoro Silver ÁMax
    15,055
    2194 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Banner Finds (4)
    Honorable Mentions (1)

    Re: Newbie question

    If Fisher were not owned by Bounty Hunter now, I'd suggest a used Fisher 1266-X or 1270. But since that corporate change has occurred, I'd suggest a Tesoro (they have lifetime warranties).

    -Buckleboy
    2014 CaneField Bandits Totals:
    1792 French 2 Sol Copper
    1813 Half Stiver King George III
    181? Cut Quarter of an 8 Reales
    1826 Two Reales
    1827 Peruvian Republic 1 Real
    1815 Ferdinand 1 Real
    1829 Cap and Rays 1 Real
    1811, 1814, and one Dateless Half Real
    1872 Seated Half Dollar
    1876-S Seated Quarter
    Six Seated Half Dimes: Two 1840-O Half Dimes, 1842-O, 1848-O, 1857 and one dateless half dime
    Six Seated Dimes: 1876-CC, Two 1876-S, Two 1887 and an 1888
    U.S.S. New Orleans Silver Pendant (1890s)
    Large New Orleans Hallmarked Silver Spoon and a monogrammed antebellum coin silver spoon
    185? Large Cent
    c.1830-40s Belgian .50 cal brass pistol barrel and frame
    Confederate Pelican Civil War Button
    1840s Convex Eagle Militia Button
    CW Eagle "I" Button
    1lb. Grape Shot
    CW Era "snake" Sword Hanger
    Blacksmith-Forged Picket Pin
    1941 Walking Liberty Half Dollar
    1896 Barber Quarter
    1943, 1954, and 1963-D Quarters
    1894-O and 1902-O Barber Dimes
    1945 and 1945-S Mercury Dimes
    1864-L Indian Head Cent
    186?, 1866, and a Dateless Shield Nickel
    Assorted Civil War Bullets and Musketballs
    Plantation Tokens
    Indian Head Cents, Wheats, Buffaloes, and GawGag
    OUR 2013 YEAR-END POST: http://www.treasurenet.com/forums/to...-end-post.html
    OUR 2012 YEAR END POST:
    http://www.treasurenet.com/forums/20...ml#post3120940

    Any relics, coins, or other items appearing in my finds signatures were found on PRIVATE PROPERTY with total consent and permission from the owners of said property.

  4. #4
    us
    CS IS NEXT

    Nov 2005
    MARYLAND
    Garrett Infinium LS,White's MXT's and Surf II Lot's-O-Coil's
    8,571
    33 times
    Relic Hunting
    Honorable Mentions (1)

    Re: Newbie question

    The White's MXT is probably the best all around machine,you can check with Kellyco on a used one.Hope to see your post in the Spring regardless of choice....Do some research,you have plenty of time....Good Luck!!

  5. #5
    Charter Member
    us
    Director-Search & Recovery Team of Oakland County.

    Aug 2005
    In Michigan now.
    Excal 1000, Excal II, Sovereign GT, CZ-20, Tiger Shark, Tejon, GTI 1500, Surfmaster Pulse, CZ6a, DFX, AT PRO, Fisher 1235, Surf PI Pro, 1280-X, many more because I enjoy learning them.
    12,032
    2167 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting

    Re: Newbie question

    Welcome to Treasure Net forum.

    A first detector is very important. Having one from a major brand is your first concern so you will know it is operating correctly. Tesoro makes some great detectors and I suggest you visit their website and learn all you can before making a decision.

    Take a good look at the Vaquero. If that is to much cash, you might find a good one used. For new, contact Tony at http://tcmetaldetector.com
    (C) Sandman, 2005. All Rights Reserved.
    "TIME IS THE ONLY THING YOU NEVER GET BACK, WHY WASTE IT SWINGING A DETECTOR THAT ISN'T UP TO THE TASK."

  6. #6
    us
    IRON BRIGADE MEMBER

    Dec 2006
    Central Kentucky
    DFX with the 950 and 12incher Tesoro Bandido
    800
    7 times

    Re: Newbie question

    I do suggest to get one with a depth meter on it. If it has a depth meter then it will have target ID but the ID is not important because you need to learn the sounds of what a coin sounds like versus brass and aluminium. The depth meter will just make the recovery process easier. Why dig a 5 inch plug when it is on the surface? The machines with the depth feature have dropped in price the last few years so why not? I own a Fisher 1270 for relic hunting (no meter) and to me and this is just my OPINION it is quite aggravating not knowing how far to dig when a good target is located. Im sure SOME of the folks without the depth feature on there machine will disagree but like I said thats just my opinion.

    KFB
    KINDAFOUNDABUCKLE

  7. #7
    us
    May 2007
    Southeast Missouri
    E-trac, Explorer II, Xterra30, Whites Prizm IV
    4,909
    16 times

    Re: Newbie question

    AS per my earlier post the Deleon by Tesoro is a TID it is light, simple to operate and it gets good depth. I got a silver quarter at 7 and 1/2 inches with it when I first started using it. The learning time for the Deleon is about 3 minutes. Just kidding but it is very easy to learn. My 8 y/o daughter learned how to use it and started finding stuff in less than 10 minutes with it.

    I LOVE Tesoro machines. No they don't pay me to say that and no I don't sell them. I did try the Vanquero and the Cibola but I really like the TID for the depth and some kind of idea what you will be digging.
    "It isn't the age, it's the mileage" IJ

  8. #8
    Charter Member
    CANE FIELD BANDITS and IRON BRIGADE MEMBER

    Jun 2006
    Moonlight and Magnolias
    Fisher F75, Fisher 1266-X and Tesoro Silver ÁMax
    15,055
    2194 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Banner Finds (4)
    Honorable Mentions (1)

    Re: Newbie question

    Quote Originally Posted by kindafoundabuckle
    I own a Fisher 1270 for relic hunting (no meter) and to me and this is just my OPINION it is quite aggravating not knowing how far to dig when a good target is located. Im sure SOME of the folks without the depth feature on there machine will disagree but like I said thats just my opinion.

    KFB
    Well...you know how I feel. I love the non-metered, analog machines. Now I'm sure that using a depth meter would make things a little easier, but I have a simple solution: DIG DEEP.


    -Buckleboy
    2014 CaneField Bandits Totals:
    1792 French 2 Sol Copper
    1813 Half Stiver King George III
    181? Cut Quarter of an 8 Reales
    1826 Two Reales
    1827 Peruvian Republic 1 Real
    1815 Ferdinand 1 Real
    1829 Cap and Rays 1 Real
    1811, 1814, and one Dateless Half Real
    1872 Seated Half Dollar
    1876-S Seated Quarter
    Six Seated Half Dimes: Two 1840-O Half Dimes, 1842-O, 1848-O, 1857 and one dateless half dime
    Six Seated Dimes: 1876-CC, Two 1876-S, Two 1887 and an 1888
    U.S.S. New Orleans Silver Pendant (1890s)
    Large New Orleans Hallmarked Silver Spoon and a monogrammed antebellum coin silver spoon
    185? Large Cent
    c.1830-40s Belgian .50 cal brass pistol barrel and frame
    Confederate Pelican Civil War Button
    1840s Convex Eagle Militia Button
    CW Eagle "I" Button
    1lb. Grape Shot
    CW Era "snake" Sword Hanger
    Blacksmith-Forged Picket Pin
    1941 Walking Liberty Half Dollar
    1896 Barber Quarter
    1943, 1954, and 1963-D Quarters
    1894-O and 1902-O Barber Dimes
    1945 and 1945-S Mercury Dimes
    1864-L Indian Head Cent
    186?, 1866, and a Dateless Shield Nickel
    Assorted Civil War Bullets and Musketballs
    Plantation Tokens
    Indian Head Cents, Wheats, Buffaloes, and GawGag
    OUR 2013 YEAR-END POST: http://www.treasurenet.com/forums/to...-end-post.html
    OUR 2012 YEAR END POST:
    http://www.treasurenet.com/forums/20...ml#post3120940

    Any relics, coins, or other items appearing in my finds signatures were found on PRIVATE PROPERTY with total consent and permission from the owners of said property.

  9. #9
    When I bury my treasure I am gonna throw pulltabs everywhere

    Aug 2007
    Central Texas
    Ace 250
    313
    1 times

    Re: Newbie question

    Unless your just wanting to spend 400 to 500 bucks I would try out the Ace 250. It costs around 200 and is a great machine. It a great starter machine and is also a great machine to use from now on. This way if for some reason detecting wasn't what you thought it was you wouldn't be out much money.
    There are so many opinions on which detector is best on this forum so read between the lines and figure out which is best for you and especially to what you want to find.

  10. #10
    robert roy

    Re: Newbie question

    If all else save your money and get the Ace 250. Its Garretts best entry level machine. If you find MDing isn't for you then you have not spent much money and can always resell it on ebay.

    HOWEVER, as already said you could buy yourself a Tesoro, a well known machine. The SIlver UMax is hot right now.

    I'd go with either the Garrett Ace 250 of one of the Tesoros. Either way you don't have to spend mega bucks for a decent machine.

    Good Luck

    Regards
    RObert R

  11. #11
    us
    Dec 2007
    Southwest Georgia
    Whites GMT, Whites M6, Vibra-Probe 570, Ace 250, Bounty Hunter 202, Bounty Hunter Pioneer 505, Whites MXT, 2 Bullseye11
    1,625
    2 times

    Re: Newbie question

    Chat with Tony. If I had not found a local dealer I would have bought from him. I've heard many good things about his deals. If I had it to do over again I would have started with an Ace 250.
    ...Wait a minute....just slow down.... you're gonna miss this....you're gonna want this back.....

  12. #12
    us
    Aug 2005
    Warrenton, VA
    Garrett CX II/Sovereign SX-2a Pro/Quattro
    589
    1 times
    Honorable Mentions (1)

    Re: Newbie question

    Lots of good suggestions, let me throw in one more. For a little less than your budget, go to an auction site and pick up a used White's machine. A good mid-range like the Quantum or the IDX will be a good starter, DON'T get too complicated! A used Sovereign is within your budget, or maybe an Explorer. Save a machine like that until you've got some time to learn the nuances. A mid-range White's will be right in your learning curve and price range.
    Just my suggestion.

    grizzly bare

  13. #13
    us
    Feb 2005
    Menominee, Michigan
    T-2,
    1,271
    2 times

    Re: Newbie question

    grizz i think the quantums or qxts are real sleepers for the price used, you can get a great machine for under 500 used, Mxt, Qxt, Idx, T-2, Xterra 70. you can get the qxt for around 300- 350
    where's the good stuff

  14. #14
    us
    Jan 2008
    Michigan
    Garrett Ace 350
    316

    Re: Newbie question

    Thank you all for your suggestions, I will consider all of your good points. I have heard a lot of good things about the ACE250 and right now that's what I.m thinking. I've also heard a lot of good things about some White's maodels.

    Springtimes a 'commin, I'll let you know what I decide.

    Thanx again
    MichiganRob
    [size=14pt]DONT FORGET THE VIETNAM VET[/size]

  15. #15
    us
    IRON BRIGADE MEMBER

    Dec 2006
    Central Kentucky
    DFX with the 950 and 12incher Tesoro Bandido
    800
    7 times

    Re: Newbie question

    Quote Originally Posted by BuckleBoy
    Quote Originally Posted by kindafoundabuckle
    I own a Fisher 1270 for relic hunting (no meter) and to me and this is just my OPINION it is quite aggravating not knowing how far to dig when a good target is located. Im sure SOME of the folks without the depth feature on there machine will disagree but like I said thats just my opinion.

    KFB
    Well...you know how I feel. I love the non-metered, analog machines. Now I'm sure that using a depth meter would make things a little easier, but I have a simple solution: DIG DEEP.


    -Buckleboy
    Yes thats a good plan. Dig a 7 inch plug when its a new penny dropped yesterday laying on the surface! What you need is a pinpointer! YEAH!

    KFB
    KINDAFOUNDABUCKLE

 

 

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