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  1. #1
    ge
    Apr 2011
    Georgia
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    Best Metal Detector For Around $250.00?

    Well, D-Day is almost here. After haunting treasurenet for a while I am finally going to take the plunge.

    I was going to try and get a used "vintage" MD for around $100, but I just let go of some scrap gold I had been sitting on for a while and now I have a $250 budget to work with.

    I am interested in digging for coins and jewelry and I already have a long list of nearby historic locations and old homesteads picked out. I don't need a unit that is built for beach or underwater use. I also have a pretty nice pair of Sony headphones and a 1/4"-1/2" plug adapter. I need a spade/digging tool too. I will eventually get one of those hand held pin pointers as well, but for the moment I am looking for the best model of metal detector for my $250 - NEW OR USED

    If you are a vendor that posts here, time to state your case as to why I should deal with you. I just sold some gold so I can find some more gold and this unit needs to pay for itself as quickly as possible. All vendors can now begin fawning over me and pitching woo for my cash. (kidding, kidding)


    Advice ------ please give me some. Thanks fellas.
    LMAO

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    da book worm--researcher

    Feb 2007
    callahan,fl
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    Re: Best Metal Detector For Around $250.00?

    you might want to look at the TEKNETICS delta 4000 - $279 * at kellyco -- light in weight --simple to use --decent depth -- it has a 0 to 99 numbers type display to help better ID the type of metal find you found --the more slots or numbers the finer it can sort the find . --it also can be "notched" to ignore common trash and unwanted type items * although no machine is a "perfect' sorter since some trash items have a similar "electronic conductivity " reading as "good" items do. -- a numbers type detector allows for a bit finer sorting --so while you will still get some trash --overall you will most likely dig less trash in general by proper use of discrimation , and a fair bit of practice.

    good news -- for the $279 --if you pick the delta 4000 and pick "gimme package"option #1 --- you will get a fairly nice pin pointer-- a decent metal trowel type digger with a so so type belt shealth holder * a "life time" folding lock back type pocket knife * --the "free" headphones suck but --you got that issue "fixed" already - a 2 pocket trash / treasure apron (decent ) and a tote bag to carry stuff in --one item lots of folks do not use that they should is the free "finders log' --try to record what you found and where at--- studying those notes later on -- might lead to "patterns' of finds --humm lots of coins found along a "line" maybe kids were playing "pitch a penny against a formerly there wall of a building --the prices of the "freebies" are way inflated but hey free anything is ok by me.

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    ge
    Apr 2011
    Georgia
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    Re: Best Metal Detector For Around $250.00?

    That sounds like what I am going for. I have heard people saying stuff like "It was reading a 70" so thanks for explaining what the numbers mean.

    "Notching" doesn't involve any sort of modification does it? I'm not so good with a soldering iron.
    LMAO

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    da book worm--researcher

    Feb 2007
    callahan,fl
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    Re: Best Metal Detector For Around $250.00?

    no it a setting that allows you to cut in or out various "detection areas" on the detector --like say the iron range numbers -- that unless you are hunting relic type irons --is mostly trash like nails and stuff that you would just as soon "not deal with" --so you can tell the machine to basically ignore hits in that range

    go to the kellyco website -- click on teknetics -- then find delta 4000 * -- it will have a instruction booklet link read it first * --to get some ideal of how it works -- itis a good solid lil land machine and the coil can be used in water --the coil and lower shaft can go into water a few feet deep , no problem --DO NOT HOWEVER GET THE CONTROL HOUSING AREA WET.

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    us
    Jan 2005
    Choctaw Beach Florida
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    Re: Best Metal Detector For Around $250.00?

    I would say try to find a used Tesoro Cibola. Great easy to use machine. Read the reviews, good depth in most soils and easy to learn. Ace 250 is a good unit also for the money and one could be found new for under 250.00 . Good luck.

    God and country.

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    Jul 2006
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    Re: Best Metal Detector For Around $250.00?

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  7. #7
    us
    Jul 2010
    Central Florida
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    Re: Best Metal Detector For Around $250.00?

    Take a look at the Tesoro Compadre.

    Do a search of this forum under "Compadre" and take a look at what you find.

    Just a few highlights:

    *runs at 12 kHz, so it has great gold sensitivity (the Compadre is well known as a great gold hunter)

    *offers true EU 180 discrimination, so "ALL METAL" is truly all metal

    *is backed by a lifetime warranty

    *the 5.75" coil is perfect for trashy areas and will hit on targets over 6", which is where 90% of your targets are going to be found anyway.

    Downsides? Only one. That coil is hardwired to the unit, so you can't interchange coils. But in my expereince, the smaller coil is the one I use all the time no matter which unit I'm using.

    Take it look. You won't be wasting your time.

  8. #8
    us
    Jul 2010
    Middletown, Pennsylvania
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    Re: Best Metal Detector For Around $250.00?

    Check out the Tesoro Silver uMax.
    Dispenser of sage wisdom

  9. #9
    us
    Oct 2009
    kingman az
    new coinmaster
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    Re: Best Metal Detector For Around $250.00?

    I DO NOT THINK HE IS GOING TO FIND
    A DETECTOR FOR 250.OO ON THIS FORUM CALSSIFIED
    NOT A NEW GO TO BACKWOODS DETECTOR YOU
    WILL FIND A NEW DETECTOR FOR 250.00

  10. #10
    us
    Jul 2008
    SC
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    Re: Best Metal Detector For Around $250.00?

    Ace 250. I'm constantly amazed at what people find with these detectors. Cost about 250$

  11. #11
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    Garrett watersports!

    Apr 2011
    Pennsylvania
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    Re: Best Metal Detector For Around $250.00?

    Get an Ace250 for around $212.00 & you will have some change to buy extras (shovel,batteries,& maybe a vest )
    Member of the "Three Amigo Detecting"

  12. #12
    ge
    Apr 2011
    Georgia
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    Re: Best Metal Detector For Around $250.00?

    I have heard the phrase "ACE 250" many, many, times since I started posting here. Is the price $212 new or used?

    LMAO

  13. #13
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    da book worm--researcher

    Feb 2007
    callahan,fl
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    Re: Best Metal Detector For Around $250.00?

    the ace 250 is good for $212 new * but it is far outclassed by the delta 4000 for $279 * ( yes I have owned and used both a fair bit) yes the delta is $67 dollars more but look at the differance -- 12 ID blocks ( in which trash items and good items often share a "block' vs delta's 0 - 99 numbers type display-- (basically equal to 100 blocks) with more numbers / slots a much finer degree of sorting ability is allowed -- so better chances of sorting junk from treasure BEFORE you invest time in digging it up -- thus less time digging junk allows for more "productive" time digging possible" good signals "---plus its lighter in weight than the 250 (although the 250 is also light in weight vs most other machines)

    added bonus * a free pin pointer comes with with the delta at $279 -- vs no pin pointer with the $212 ace 250 --so you will have to buy one --there goes some of the $67 buck differance right there.

    given my choice of the two -- I will honestly say the delta 4000 at $279 vs the ace 250 at $212 --for the $67 differance ( part of which would have to be spent on a pin pointer if you get the 250 ) your MUCH better off with the delta 4000**** but hey thatis just my personal opinion * however its worth noting that I have owned both the ace 250 and the delta 4000 (and still have both-- as well as two bounty hunter models as well the tracker IV and a time ranger as well )-- my point of veiw is this in the $300 and under range "new" machine -- the delta 4000 is one of the best I've handled .--if you want a inexpensive "numbers" type LCD land machine

    another possible low cost "numbers" machine you might want to look at is the F2 by fisher * which runs at a 5.9 freq (reportedly ok at detecting 3 grain sized gold nuggets) --for $215 you can get --the machine with 8 inch stock coil , a pin pointer and a bonus "small coil"-- for $275 you can get the machine withnormal "stock " coil and both the smaller and the larger sized coil as well.

  14. #14
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    Dec 2004
    South Florida
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    Re: Best Metal Detector For Around $250.00?

    Ace 250. Ill bet you have a lot of virgin territory to search.
    I call it the "last frontier." I wish I could go with ya.

    You wont need the headphones because all the signals are loud. Besides its best to keep at least one ear open. The Ace250 has a built in pinpointer but you could use a hand held as well. Kellyco often has deals where you get one free. I got a free one with mine.

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    us
    youtube.com/c/BigCypressSwamp

    Dec 2004
    South Florida
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    Re: Best Metal Detector For Around $250.00?

    Quote Originally Posted by hombre_de_plata_flaco
    I have heard the phrase "ACE 250" many, many, times since I started posting here. Is the price $212 new or used?

    new

 

 
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