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  1. #1

    Aug 2016
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    All Types Of Treasure Hunting

    Cutting to the Chase what's the top Metal Detector in the World-Money no object

    Wife turns to me and says she wants to get a metal detector and check out our property here in rural Louisiana. Used to be an old train depot here in the 1880's and there are 3 old homesteads on our property from the 1800's as well. My wife also knows a lot of these old country folk and won't have trouble getting permission to search other possible areas and old home sites.

    She has worked extremely hard over the years to put herself through college and med school while holding down a full time job. After that she spent the last 2 years working 12-20 hour shifts, all nights and weekends and wore out many pairs of shoes along the way. Now that she has established herself she has a better rotation of 4 days on and 6 days off, we can start enjoying life.

    In all the 12 years we been together my wife never asked me for hardly anything. She wanted a car that ran to get her to school and work, a new pair of shoes every 3 months and food cooked when she got home. She never asked me for anything for Christmas, birthdays, etc. Now she out of the blue says she wants a metal detector and asked me to do some research and order her one.

    I Googled around for top metal detector but as you can imagine every company would like to think they are the best. I come to you because I know that many of you have put in years of real world testing, research and for some of you it is your main hobby and you take it seriously.
    I'm not looking for a beginner machine or something easy to learn. My wife is super smart, she can name off every bone and muscle in the body. She can pronounce medical words I can't even spell, lol. I'm pretty sure no matter the difficulty, if she puts her mind to it, she will learn to use it.

    I just want to know what you would purchase today if money were no object. Let me identify the possible places she would be using it as well.
    Mainly she will use it on old homesteads and rural Louisiana land. She may want to take it down south to the beach or to Florida when we go, but she won't be putting it in the water. Our beach trips are just a couple times a year so not a big priority. We probably won't ever go out west and hunt nuggets or anything like that. She has more of a historical interest than anything else.
    I fully intend by the end of next week to order her the best machine I can find. I am just still shocked she asked for something and I'm determined to put the best in her hands. She never said no to me when I wanted a boat or an ATV, etc. I will never deny her anything in this life if it's within my power. I love her more than anything on earth an if she wants to detect something I'll be her chauffeur and personal digger, lol.

  2. #2
    May 2014
    Minelab's CTX 3030, E-Trac & EQ800, Fisher F75LTD SE & F44, Whites MXT All PRO, Whites TRX Pointer & Shovel, Predator Tools Raptor hand digger & Ranger shovel. Grey Ghost Ultimate headphones.
    1304 times
    Metal Detecting
    Its like fishing poles. You cant have just one for every size of fish. Detectors are the same. Depends on what your looking for, ground conditions, etc. etc. Oh ya and all of the different coils you will need when you finally pick one... I mean 3 or 4...
    Fresh water
    Hi trash
    Iron infested
    Sports fields
    The woods
    Tot lots

    Good luck I have 4 I currently use based on all of these things.

  3. #3
    Mar 2016
    Hawkeye State - Area 515
    Whites V3i, XP Deus, Minelab Sovereign GT, Garrett AT Pro, Whites TRX (2), Predator Raven, Predator Raptor, Lesche Sampson
    2340 times
    Gimme your jewels
    It always comes down to experience first. Site second. Equipment third.

    Your experience plays the crucial role. Experience detecting, experience with a particular machine.

    Some machines are easier to learn and operate with no experience. Some sites it doesn't matter what detector you use these days. Other sites require certain types of machines with specific features. Some machines are capable of growing with your needs. Some are not.

    The best one to me is most definitely the one I speak the language of most fluently.

    Good luck figuring out your needs.

  4. #4
    May 2014
    Central California
    Minelab E-Trac and Whites MXT
    955 times
    Metal Detecting
    I 100% agree with the above posts and there really is no one best overall detector, otherwise everyone would have it and other companies would go out of business. I have multiple detectors that I use based on where I'm going, what I'm hunting, etc, just as others have said they do.

    But you didn't come here to hear that so I'll answer your question with my opinion. If she can get past the learning curve, a Minelab CTX 3030 is a good machine that should suit her needs. There you go.

  5. #5
    Charter Member
    Coin Rescue Tech

    Jun 2014
    Northern O-H-I-O
    F75 LTD, 1280X Aquanaut, & an F2 (loaner)
    16015 times
    Metal Detecting
    Banner Finds (1)
    I agree with all the previous posts. There are currently 4 detectors in my arsenal, not to mention probes and pin pointers. Most of my friends swing the CTX 3030 or the XP Deus. If you go for the CTX 3030, she can use a harness when she plans on detecting for an extended period. The Deus is ultra light and very versatile. It can be run in 4 separate frequencies.

    I have yet to swing a minelab, but am looking for one to add to my collection.

    One is for general detecting and has 4 different coils, it's the F75 LTD SE, The Deus is used for cleaning up previously pounded permissions (for now) and is a great relic detector (I am still learning to use it). I also have a water detector and a gold detector. Being that I live in Ohio, the gold detector has very little use. I do plan on going to the southern part of the state and using it in rivers and streams.
    Rescuing Coins 1 Beep at a time

  6. #6
    Charter Member
    Sorry Honey, I can’t. I’ve got plans with my metal detector.

    Nov 2013
    Ft. Myers FL
    Garrett AT Pro, AT Max, the Bounty Hunter and Deteknix Quest Pro are collecting dust.
    11650 times
    Metal Detecting
    Banner Finds (1)
    Honorable Mentions (2)
    I will add the AT Pro is a solid machine, it would server her well....
    But more importantly, I nominate you for husband of the year.
    You speak so highly of your wife, and your dedication to each other, is both inspiring and refreshing.
    Good luck with the detector search, and when you pull the trigger, please consider using one of Tnets vendors, you will be treated well.
    I invite you to visit my profile, look what I've found!

  7. #7
    Charter Member
    Aug 2014
    Laconia, NH
    Currently: XP Deus v4.1 Minelab Equinox 800 Fisher Gold Bug 2 Previously: Garrett GTA 500 Garrett Ultra GTA 1000 Garrett GTAx 1250
    713 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    XP Deus or a Minelab. Personally, because of the ultra light weight, I'd get her a Deus. Plus, v4.0 will be out soon and will add more functionality to an already great machine. Minelabs are awesome machines, but they're heavy.

  8. #8
    Clad Killin Relic Huntin Machine

    Mar 2015
    XP Deus Minelab Sovereign xs2a Pro Minelab Sovereign GT Minelab X-Terra 705 Minelab Explorer SE Minelab e-trac Tesoro compadre Whites v3i AT Pro Teknetics Gamma 6000 Bounty Hunter Camo LS Bounty Hunt
    913 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Xp deus or ctx

  9. #9
    Mar 2013
    Fisher, Wilson-Neuman, Whites, Minelab, Tesoro and others I've long since forgotten
    383 times
    Metal Detecting
    I would go for the Minelab X-Terra 705. It's a versatile machine that will handle varied terrain your going to use it in including salt water beaches. While all the machines mentioned here are very good the learning curve is steep on some while the X-Terra is easy to use. Check it out.
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  10. #10
    Jan 2008
    Marrero LA
    DFX, MX5, M6, Garrett Pro Pointer AT
    123 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    I have no idea what machine you should purchase for her, outstanding story, good luck whatever way you go!
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  11. #11
    Charter Member
    Make America Great Again!

    May 2010
    White Plains, New York
    Minelab GPZ 7000; Equinox 600 -- Tesoro Mojave -- Makro Multi Kruzer -- Notka Pinpointer -- Grave Digger Tools Nemesis shovel, Sidekick hand digger
    17583 times
    Metal Detecting
    For Your Needs, Minelab CTX 3030.

    Now the deepest, most sensitive detector on the market today is the Minelab GPZ 7000.

    There is no "best" machine for all uses.

  12. #12
    Charter Member

    Jan 2014
    Central Florida
    CTX 3030; EQX 800; Excal II
    478 times
    Beach and Shallow Water Hunting
    Quote Originally Posted by Terry Soloman View Post
    For Your Needs, Minelab CTX 3030.

    Now the deepest, most sensitive detector on the market today is the Minelab GPZ 7000.

    There is no "best" machine for all uses.
    Terry has hit the 10 ring. For your stated needs and environment, the CTX 3030 would be my choice. I also might add the XP Deus as a consideration based on your wife's personal preference. If possible, let her read up on and try both before making a final decision.
    ~ Preserving the Spirit of '76 ~

    "Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication"~ Leonardo da Vinci

  13. #13
    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....
    4873 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Honorable Mentions (3)
    CTX3030 would be my choice as the best all around machine at the present time. I'd recommend she go try one in person to see if the weight is something she can handle. If it feels heavy, try a sling before eliminating it from the list. If she simply can't handle the weight, The Deus is a good quality, light weight (and wireless) choice. It isn't waterproof however, unless you get the hokey looking waterproof kit which cancels out the wireless feature. It also isn't too great in a wet salt water beach application. As mentioned, there are specialized machines for particular types of detecting, but, from what you spelled out, it looks like the CTX would fit your use perfectly. Another good relic machine is the Fisher F75 LTD. There again, not waterproof or a good beach machine, but killer on relics, coins, and jewelry.
    Last edited by cudamark; Aug 21, 2016 at 12:46 PM.
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  14. #14

    Mar 2007
    Salinas, CA
    Explorer II, Compass 77b, Tesoro shadow X2
    8575 times
    Banner Finds (4)
    haha, you are given oodles of options, since this is a "chevy" versus "ford" question. And some great options are listed. But gauranteed, if someone here who-routinely brings in seated coins were to offer up his suggestion (hey, hard to argue with seated coins, RIGHT?) you can get THE EXACT SAME MACHINE and find absolutely nothing. But if the person who's advise you took came to the exact same property, he can maybe find seated coins.

    Because some of the machine's listed as "best" ONLY ARE SO in the hands of users who spent a year learning their nuances of sounds. Like the CTX (or explorer II, etc...) are GREAT machines. Yet I can gaurantee you, that if you just grabbed one and headed out, that the tooty-fluty sounds, and complicated instructions, would have you pulling your hair out. You almost have to have someone with you (who's a proficient user, not just a sand-box hunter) showing you side by side signal-instruction for many days. The printed instructions, on machines which are so sound specific, become useless. Because there's no way for "print" instructions to convey "sound".

  15. #15
    May 2014
    Wilmington NC
    Nox 600; CTX; Fisher CZ21; Minelab Excalibur II; White's Surf PI DF; 920i Stealth Scoop
    481 times
    Beach and Shallow Water Hunting
    As everyone else said...the CTX. It will work really well on land and at the beach. It does everything really well. BUT...

    There are two things I would consider before going CTX...

    Learning curve. It's a complicated machine so in addition to being new to metal detecting she is going to really need to learn to use the machine. She seems like a very smart lady so I am sure this won't be a problem if she can spend a few hours reading the manual + a few books on it. But as a beginner its definitely going to have a learning curve...so be prepared. I would recommend Andy's book as its really helped me a lot. I was able to go out detect, go back to the book and reflect on what I did to make changes. The hardest part for her is that she is new to detecting and the CTX is like the most complicated detector out there. Once she learns how to use the machine it will be more like a turn on an go detector.

    Weight. While I don't think its heavy because I came from heavier machines it is heavier than others because its waterproof to 10 ft. Weight could be a reason she goes to the Dues instead.

    Good luck. Metal detecting is a lot of fun.


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