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    x-terra 505 vs e-trac

    Okay the e-tac is "THE" machine etc... I have a 505. Impressed with it! I'm sure that the e-trac does everything better. Is the difference REALLY worth the price? Anyone with experience with both machines?

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    Re: x-terra 505 vs e-trac

    Let me ask you this, what is better blonde's or brunettes? You want to know if the extra money spent on the E-Trac is worth it. It all depends on how much fun you want to have not the profit you might get.
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    Re: x-terra 505 vs e-trac

    If your wanting the deep silvers in trash everyone else missed, the Minelab E-Trac is the way to go. I ain't called the silver sucker for nuthin! lol

    Feel free to give me a call with any questions or for a great deal! Thanks, Bart.



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    Re: x-terra 505 vs e-trac

    I hate to tell you but they are not even in the same ballpark. Now it all depends what kind of hunting you want to do. If you want to be a relic hunter like I am, no question the E-Trac. Coin shooting you would be best to stay with the 505 because even though the E-Trac would still be better, the money differance to buy the E-Trac is just not worth it just to coin shoot.

    Just as a note, the E-Trac has a 3 inch depth advantage over the 505 in AIR TESTS. This would increase in real world detecting situations. I am a small dealer and have done lots of tinkering. www.fortbedfordmetaldetectors.com
    If you go to the website, I have a detector depth test page you can check out. All these machines were done with out of the box settings.

    The way I have my E-Trac set and my experiance with it I probably have a 4.5 inch advantage over the 505.

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    Re: x-terra 505 vs e-trac

    On thing you'll discover quickly: your arm is going to wear out a lot faster with the E-Trac.

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    Re: x-terra 505 vs e-trac

    Quote Originally Posted by Smudge
    On thing you'll discover quickly: your arm is going to wear out a lot faster with the E-Trac.
    Yep , It's like swinging a bowling ball............ But it will build up your arms or give you a heart attack...........I don't think there is a coin detector out there worth that much money..............
    "...Let no one know what,were or when..."

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    Re: x-terra 505 vs e-trac

    I have swung that E-Trac for 8 hours and I have no problem with it. I even have a SunRay inline probe on the thing. Yes I am a younger guy, but that doesnt mean anything. My father-in-law and business partner Bob swings his E-Trac with probe as long as I do. I will say if your not use to a heavy machine it will tire you out. Just for the new detectorists swinging an E-Trac or any machine really, keep in mind that the further you have that coil out in front of you, the more tired you will get. Just keep the shaft a little shorter and keep the machine closer to your body.

    John DeArmitt
    Fort Bedford Metal Detectors
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    Re: x-terra 505 vs e-trac

    The Minelab E-Trac is a bit heavy but you will NOT find a better coin machine on the market, period! Its amazing! It does balance well. There is no perfect machine out but as I said, AWESOME on coins and gold rings!

    Feel free to give me a call with any questions.
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    Apr 2007
    Elmira, NY
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    Re: x-terra 505 vs e-trac

    The only time my e-trac bothered me was when I was swinging it on the side of a hill but I agree it is much heavier then my cortes and ace 250.

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    Re: x-terra 505 vs e-trac

    I still say that is a lot of money for the E-Trac just for hunting coins.............
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    Who cares how much a machine costs. Its all about the sport anyway! If a machine comes out that is 2000 dollars if I wanted it I would buy it. I dont care who thinks there machine is better tha mine I just like to dig for whatever I can find if its a silver quarter or pull tab! At least im not in the house.!!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by neuseman View Post
    Who cares how much a machine costs. Its all about the sport anyway! If a machine comes out that is 2000 dollars if I wanted it I would buy it. I dont care who thinks there machine is better tha mine I just like to dig for whatever I can find if its a silver quarter or pull tab! At least im not in the house.!!!!!!!
    If you can afford it yes! Its all about having fun!



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    Quote Originally Posted by ohmygoodness View Post
    bart@bigboyhobbies, I made a mistake in posting and most my post showed up as part of your post, i am very sorry.
    No worries! Have a good labor day!



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