View Poll Results: Vote who's your favorite?¿?¿
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May 23, 2012, 11:18 PM
Been a few years since I've seen this. Anything changed or to add to this poll?
May 23, 2012, 11:49 PM
President of BCDC detecting club in PA
I voted Minelab as my favorite....
In the 9 months I have detected I have owned:
Minelab Xterra 705 and Etrac
Garrett AT Pro
and have tried out a few friend's detectors such as:
Bounty Hunter Tracker IV (still trying to get my friend Laurie on here)
I just think Minelab is my favorite because all the detector companies seem to have great customer service, REALIZING that if they didn't, they'd be trashed online, the forums, and through word of mouth, and that speaks a lot for people looking for their first detector... or trying a new detector... from a never-bought-from-manufacturer.
Minelab just seems to be moving faster with the R&D and new-tech compared to other companies/manufacturers. The X-Terra line... changing frequencies when you change your coil as an example. I joked about 6 months ago about having GPS involved with a detector when someone posted a 'what is your wish list for a new detector?', and Minelab did it. I also own an AT Pro as a back up to my ETrac and spouted off many times 'I wish other companies made a basic water proof machine besides Garrett!' and Minelab did it with the CTX 3030 soon. I am 43 and in that generation that got to own an Atari 2600, cassette player, and had a cell phone with a battery bag, etc.... but also am appreciating the current techs like smartphones, PS3, Ipods, and online gaming, etc... I love when a company spends on R&D tech instead of trying to milk every dollar on old tech over and over.... just my honest opinion, and why Minelab is my favorite...
May 23, 2012, 11:53 PM
President of BCDC detecting club in PA
oh yeah... and my next detector?..... I gotta get a White's V3i to go with my Etrac and AT Pro! before dropping the $$$ on the CTX 3030 after that....
May 24, 2012, 12:28 AM
Only eight manufacturers listed out of 60+ brands and Bounty Hunter/Teknetics/Fisher are the same company.
May 24, 2012, 01:39 PM
Think listing all the brands would cause some issues on here. There is a limit to the amount of items you can post on the poll plus people on the net now a days have a form of online ADHD, they want quick easy references and so I listed what I believed to be the most popular. Sorry I couldn't list them all.
As to the Bounty Hunter/Teknetics/Fisher, that's news to me. I apologize because I see them listed as separate companies when doing my own research. It sounds similar to what I recently found out about Trek bikes. The vast majority are made by Giant all but their very top end bikes are made by Trek themselves at their Wisconsin location.
They have their own web pages and claim to have their own individual origins. I notice they are part of the First Texas Products and share the same address. But since they claim their own individuality and Google earth shows it to be a pretty big complex I'll leave them separate on here.
Interesting info though, thanks.
May 24, 2012, 03:41 PM
Viddy, You've only owned five machines in 9 months...whats wrong with you. Most of us are usually up to 10 to 12 by the 9 month mark. I guess it takes all kinds...
May 24, 2012, 11:18 PM
This poll should have a "Don't Care" option. I'm a brand agnostic when it comes to nearly any purchase. When it came time to upgrade from my Tesoro Compadre, I sat down and listed the qualities of my ideal detector: DD-coil, rechargeable battery pack, <$600, etc. No machine fulfilled all of the requirements so I went with the best option available.
May 25, 2012, 01:00 AM
Brand loyalty is one way to guarantee your not doing as well as you could. Most brands have one or two excellent machines and a few they should not have bothered with. The "Graddick" test is the way people should go. Decide what you need then try all brand models that come nearest to your requirements.
May 25, 2012, 10:28 AM
U.K Brian...I don't think you have enough machines either...lol. I do agree with you though. I have one brand I like for my land hunting and another for my water hunting.
Jan 02, 2014, 06:59 PM
Jan 03, 2014, 01:20 PM
I deal in reality
I started with a Whites in the 70s and have owned many brands. I am now using a 13 year old XLT by Whites as my general purpose detector. On the beach, I use a Whites surfmaster PI, also 13 years old. For cache hunting, I use a second hand Hays 2 Box. All of these detectors are very competitive today. They each do the job they were designed to do and none have been repaired. The thing is, the longer you use a detector, the better you get with it. Frank...
Jan 03, 2014, 02:20 PM
My favorite is the machine that gives best results. Each diggin' outing is different, as are machines. Each apply. I am a relative "newbie". I started metal detecting twice. First in the early 90s. In 2009, I returned full force. Since 2009, I've used Tesoro, Garrett and Fischer. (Recently a Fisher F-70). All have exceeded expectations!
I want a Minelab, I think? Probably a 3030? Cost is an issue, but after 2yrs, I still hear/view problems w the 3030 being submersed.
Great thread litlwolf2!