May 12, 2012, 08:43 AM
New, Need advise, please
I am Pete. I have been detecting off and on for years, usually an el-cheapo bargain basement detector from yard sales.
Right now, I have an F2 Fisher. It does ok. I find stuff. Last year I took it to the beach. I did real well with it. Found enough money to pay for lunch in one day. That trip really got me hooked. I have been detecting more ever since.
I live in TN. No salt water here, but still plenty of lake beaches and river beds. I want a new detector. I would love to have an Excal II for the underwater aspect. I wont dive, but I might snorkel when I go to the beach, once or twice a year.
I go to the rivers and lakes often with the family.
Tennessee has a lot of different soils. I get signals all the time that I chase for minutes just to discover it was some rock.
I have asked the big online store twice now about a few detectors over the past two months and still have not been answered (via email)
Can someone give me a little insight as to which detector I should get?
Here are the ones I have been looking at.
Minelab Excal II
Whites MXT Pro
Garrett Infinium LS
I really like the idea of waterproof, but not being able to change headphones and coils is a big turn off.
I like a readout so I can see what I am digging, but I am able to learn sounds and determine which is junk, etc.
I like the fact that Minelab has multiple frequencies, but not sure if that is absolutely necessary.
I have a local Whites dealer, but I believe he is biased .
May 12, 2012 08:43 AM
May 12, 2012, 04:21 PM
Come out from under your bed today...... DO SOMETHING!
Hello Beefy. Welcome to the BEST treasure net on the net. I have been hunting on land and water for 40+ years. I would like to give you some tips and insights. First, waterproof is a big deal. In order for the manufactures to say WATERPROOF, they need to make the coils and earphones NOT removeable by us mod-freaks. That's why they are part of the system. You don't need a display. It is the SOUND that you will depend on. You will learn this in time. And it WILL take time. Although I have never owned a Minelab Excalibur, they seem to be the KING of the saltwater machines. I own a Fisher Impulse 8. It is out of print but it has served me well for many years. Other than the above suggestions, I will not suggest any others because there are many well-made machines to choose from. Find a multiple brand dealer and MAKE him go through the parameters for your needs. Ok, Pete. I would also say, stay with the F2 a little longer. You may find you don't need any other for quite some time! Good luck on your choice. TTC
Goodnight, Jesty Puller, wherever you are!
May 12, 2012, 07:46 PM
Pete...for the money I would go with the MXT Pro if I were you. White's is a great company and if you ever encounter any problems with it..just send it in and they give you a brand new machine. I was in your same boat about 2 months ago. Bought my dad an MXT Pro and myself a DFX300. I paid 300 more for mine and he's finding way more silver and gold! Buy one and you won't be disappointed!
May 13, 2012, 01:05 AM
Pete you need the Garrett AT pro.its waterproof(as in all the way underwater),easy to use,lightweight,(I sold my MXT pro because it was to heavy)and it has an audio system that will cut years off the learning curve(with my eyes closed I can tell a pull tab from a nickel). it is awesome in trashy areas.I have several machines the AT is my favorite.It really is a joy to use.Of course this is just my opinio based on my in the field experience.
May 24, 2012, 06:43 PM
Hi Pete! I bought an exclabur 2 a few weeks ago. I did a lot of research and watched videos on YouTube of it in action. I wanted something that could do salt water, fresh water and land all in one. I just wanted to suggest making sure some of the other machines would do fresh and salt water both as I have read some machines only do well in one or the other but not both. Good luck!
May 24, 2012, 06:47 PM
Tennesseegal, how is it working for you? I too am in TN.
May 24, 2012, 07:28 PM
Just one more to throw into the mix if you are looking for waterproof and are thinking of mostly fresh water sites. The Tiger Shark is great, picks out tiny pieces of gold and is light enough for shoreline hunting. Plus the fantastic Tesoro warranty will save you a ton of money over time. Keep the F2 and add the Tiger Shark and you got it covered.
May 24, 2012, 07:38 PM
I agree with FlatSix, Check out the Garrett AT Pro, it sounds like what you are looking for, has a display, roll tone audio, standard and pro modes.lots of bells and whistles i love mine!
May 24, 2012, 09:12 PM
I love mine! I haven't been to the ocean yet but it does the trick on land and in freshwater. it isnt balanced as well as my xlt but i'll probably be adapting it to a belt any way. Im still learning the sounds, basically I dig everything and am getting to where I can usually tell if something will be trash from the wavering in tone. But ya never know! LOL
Originally Posted by BigBeefy
May 25, 2012, 11:26 PM
TNGAL, I bought one of the harnesses for mine. It helps tremendously to relieve some of the weight on the exal.
May 26, 2012, 07:02 PM
Thanks S.C! I thought about trying to make one but I bet they aren't that expensive. I'd probably be much better off just buying it.
Originally Posted by s.c.shooter
May 26, 2012, 11:08 PM
Jun 05, 2012, 11:13 AM
Just buy a backpack that has an adjustable waist belt..... punch 2 holes in it to line up with Excal 2 bolts and off you go.
I bought the Drago (black combat) backpack for about 40.00. It has a nice wide padded belt with a quick release plastic buckle and it is adjustable. It is set up so you can even attach things to the belt.... knife, tools, compass, etc.
I have been in and out of the ocean so many times... just rinse and go.
And you still get the backpack.
Jun 05, 2012, 11:14 AM
Oh yea....forgot to mention. Take the belt off the backpack, then use it..... held on by velcro.
Jun 05, 2012, 12:29 PM
You have to love when a company sells you an expensive waterproof detector and don't add the headphones
*Submersible headphones not included
It's like buying a car and paying extra just to get a key to start it
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