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    Jun 2010
    east texas
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    Question for Etrac users

    Is it heavier than normal md's? I am 62 and in good shape physically(I think. lol) I currently use a Teknetics T2 and is fairly light. Thinking about another machine but didn't want to get too heavy,,,,,, also ,I have heard it's good with silver but was wondering about jewelry? Any feedback would be appreciated.

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    Mar 2013
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    Yes, it is heavier. I've considered using a sling, but haven't yet. After a couple hours using it, I switch arms for a little bit.

    It is fairly tough getting to know the machine, a long learning curve. But once you get used to what you're hearing, it is a beast! I don't pay so much attention to the FE-CO readings, rely on the sound. I DO look at the numbers before I dig, specifically in pin pointing - you're apt to hear a lot of falsing signals if you have your sensitivity set high. I've noticed those "documented" FE-CO coin values can vary quite a bit. If I've what I consider a good sound, I dig it whatever the numbers.

    If you go back to the basics of detecting when we just had VLF or BFO sounds to rely on, then you're in the groove to easily learn the E-Trac sounds. With VLF, I knew I had a deep silver dime before even digging. It's all about what the machine tells you.
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    No, it's not really that much heavier than many others, it's just that the balance of it sucks. Get a sling for it, it's a world of difference. You can also get a Sunray X-8 coil which is lighter and makes a big difference too.

    The Minelab CTX is heavier than the E-Trac by about a pound but it's easy as pie to swing all day because it has better ergonomics.
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    its never lost

    Mar 2013
    mass North Attleboro
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    Quote Originally Posted by DeepseekerADS View Post
    Yes, it is heavier. I've considered using a sling, but haven't yet. After a couple hours using it, I switch arms for a little bit.

    It is fairly tough getting to know the machine, a long learning curve. But once you get used to what you're hearing, it is a beast! I don't pay so much attention to the FE-CO readings, rely on the sound. I DO look at the numbers before I dig, specifically in pin pointing - you're apt to hear a lot of falsing signals if you have your sensitivity set high. I've noticed those "documented" FE-CO coin values can vary quite a bit. If I've what I consider a good sound, I dig it whatever the numbers.

    If you go back to the basics of detecting when we just had VLF or BFO sounds to rely on, then you're in the groove to easily learn the E-Trac sounds. With VLF, I knew I had a deep silver dime before even digging. It's all about what the machine tells you.
    If ur in the market for a sling I recommend the detecting buddy its cheap compared to others,I've used it on the Atpro,v3i & couple others & it makes them all honestly weightless 1 finger to swing em

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    Yep... A little heavier than the T2, but not by much. Like the others have said, go by sound instead of the numbers.... I don't look at the numbers until I have it pinpointed- then wiggle a little to get the most accurate numerical ID it will give you. The deeper the target is, the more the FE number will be off. The highest FE number I've seen for a silver is 19, so they can vary a little from the "12 line".

    Hope that helps!
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    Mar 2011
    San Diego
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    Great all around detector. If you're going to use it at the beach or a large field, get a 15" Coiltek WOT coil for it. You can cover lots of ground and it still picks up small targets. I have the stock coil, 5X10 Coiltek Joey, and the WOT. All work great on coins and jewelry. I use the Detecting Buddy sling with the WOT coil but not often with the others. A lot will depend on your arm strength and how long you hunt. It's only $20 so it's not a big investment.

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    Aug 2009
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    I have one with an X-1 on it. I pretty much use it for parks and don't think its too much heavier than other machines Ive had, but I almost always let the coil ride in the grass.

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    Jul 2013
    new england
    Minelab E-TRAC Whites DFX
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    So far good results with both coins and jewlery

 

 

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