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  1. #1

    Jul 2012
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    Metal Dector... For underwater and land...

    Which is the best and most reliable? I know opinions vary on makes and models. Thanks in advance.

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    Detecting fever comes and goes.

    Jun 2012
    San Jose
    Actual: Whites MXT All Pro, M6 and Tesoro Sand Shark Ex: BH Platinum, Tesoro Lobo, ST & Tejon, Teknetics Delta, Whites MXT, V3i, Dual Field, MX5; DP Wader, Garrett At-PRO, Fisher Gold Bug 2, CZ-70Pro
    158 times
    Metal Detecting and Ham Radio
    Minelab 3030??

  3. #3

    Oct 2005
    XLT, Whites D.F., Treasure Baron, Deepstar, Goldquest, Beachscan, T.D.I., Sovereign, 2x Nautilus, various Arado's, Ixcus Diver, Altek Quadtone, T2, Beach Hunter I.D, GS 5 pulse, Searchman 2 ,V3i
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    Thats a how long is a piece of string question. Most of the problems with underwater detectors are down to user error added to bad design. You don't have to have batteries in a control box next to the circuit board as many of the more expensive have. Most Chinese, yes I know pretty bad, water machines have the battery pack in a seperate compartment so the important seal is never disturbed. Its just so easy to slightly twist or crush a seal as the detector case is closed, even a grain of sand could lead to a leak.

    With "land" machines I've old ones that have never needed any work. Modern detectors seem less reliable but then there's so much more to go wrong. Now we have the chance of G.P.S. failure for the first time ! One thing I have noticed is that many of the modern slimline coil designs seem to go off tune after a few years.

    Ignoring reliability, the best is what suits you and your sites best. If you sweep fast you had better get a detector that allows a faster sweep. A heavy/out of balance machine might go an inch or so deeper but if your going to stop detecting after a couple of hours due to arm or back problems then you will have more finds using a less deep detector that allows you to detect the full day out. Then there's the fact that whatever you spend some detectors suit some soil conditions far better than others. All I would suggest is that you up the odds of your detector working well by at least selecting one with a ground balance control. If it says automatic on the box it normally means fixed which is not good. Ground balance control also means that any size or type of coil is optimised to the detector each time you use it.

  4. #4
    Feb 2012
    Garrett AT Pro, Garrett Pro-Pointer, Nautilus DMCII-Ba
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    i dont know if its the over all best water machine, but as far as dual purpose i love my at pro. i mainly relic hunt and she keeps up with the big dogs. for the price it is a great bargain. that minelab ctx looks like a beast though. if only my pockets were a little deeper :/

  5. #5
    Jan 2011
    Whites MXT, E Trac, Garrett Pro Pinpointer
    456 times
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    I really shouldn't even get into this conversation but!, The ATPro Is killin them for me.......jmho.........HH

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  6. #6

    Jul 2012
    3 times
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    Thanks everyone

  7. #7
    Mar 2010
    ACE 250,AT PRO, CZ21...RTG pro scoop...Stealth 720
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    AT pro.

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    Charter Member
    Mar 2011
    San Diego
    Equinox 800, Treasure Probe IV, E-Trac, 3 Excal 1000's, White's GM3 V-sat. White's TM808, VibraProbe, 15" NEL Attack, 5X10 Joey, Steath 920ix and 720i, TRX, etc....
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    A lot will depend on what kind of detecting you plan on doing. My opinion is that White's and Minelab are top quality brands but others are close behind. I would recommend joining a local detecting club and poll the club members as to what works good in your area. You might even be able to borrow one to see how you like it.



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