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    I have been challenged! Help me choose my weapon.

    I was at a gathering of local metal detectors and we had "the" discussion - whether it is the machine, or the operator, that leads to better finds. Before I knew it my extra large mouth was saying I could find just as much with an entry-level machine, as a new to intermediate hobbyist with the best machine on the market. Much to my surprise, one of the newer kids (with an XP Deus), piped up and said he would take that bet. We agreed that I could use any machine under $250.00 retail, and that we would detect together once a week over the next three-months. At the end of that time we will compare our finds, and a panel of our buddies will decide on the winner. The winner gets $200.00 and bragging rights.

    Which machine would you choose with a retail of $250.00 or less?
    Last edited by Terry Soloman; Jun 01, 2019 at 07:32 PM.

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    Classic car lover

    Jul 2017
    East TX
    Teknectics eurotek pro bounty hunter time ranger bounty hunter quick draw 2 used a teroso compadre.
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    eurotek pro. i use it and i think its a great machine
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  3. #3
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    Feb 2013
    Flagstaff, AZ
    Tesoro Sidewinder Umax, Garrett AT Pro, Equinox 800
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    You could probably find a Tesoro and and then proceed to show him how things are done.

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    papa

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    I like the challenge, but can't help with a suggestion. Good luck.


    "And so the population was gradually led into the demoralising temptations of arcades, baths, and sumptuous banquets. The unsuspecting Britons spoke of such novelties as 'civilisation', when in fact they were only a feature of their enslavement." Tacitus, Roman Senator and Historian, written AD 98.

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    Ace 250 or Tesoro Compadre. Either one will find everything that the Deus will sniff out within depth. The Deus will be tough to beat on the deeper goodies and eliminating the trash he has to dig compared to the trash youíll dig.

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    Mar 2012
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    I would go with an Ace 250 also. Terry, I have been meaning to ask you why you have a pic. of a young Kenny Rogers on your Avatar.

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    Aug 2018
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    Can you buy a used machine? This ought to be interesting. Hope you keep us updated on your finds.
    You may forget but let me tell you this: someone in some future time will think of us-Sappho

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    Quote Originally Posted by devldog View Post
    I would go with an Ace 250 also. Terry, I have been meaning to ask you why you have a pic. of a young Kenny Rogers on your Avatar.
    You may forget but let me tell you this: someone in some future time will think of us-Sappho

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    TerrysKnifeStore.com

    May 2010
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    Quote Originally Posted by devldog View Post
    I would go with an Ace 250 also. Terry, I have been meaning to ask you why you have a pic. of a young Kenny Rogers on your Avatar.
    LOL! That is my favorite picture of myself, taken by a Getty photographer at Grand Central Station, in 1978. I was 21-years-old, and out of the Army for about 18-months. Yeah, I used to be young and good looking. Now, I'm just another old fat guy!
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    Me thinks thou have shot thyself in thy foot. Not many options beyond a Compadre.

    Good luck!

    gw

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    Ace 250 good luck.
    The mountains have rules.They are harsh rules,but they are there,and if you keep to them you are safe.A mountain is not like men. A mountain is sincere. The weapons to conquer it exists inside you,inside your soul.

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  13. #13
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    May 2019
    Flawda
    Garrett AT Pro, Bounty Hunter Tracker IV
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    Sounds like a good challenge. Both of you will have great stuff and it'll depend on who grades what finds are "special" I've seen just as good items popped up with an entry level machine as the high end stuff. Regardless of how good you are, you still have to swing over the item. I think most of us move to fast. This is gonna be interesting!

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    Tesoro Compadre..


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    CASPER

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    Terry you been around and are a skilled hunter - so my money is on you
    when i started out - i had a Compass 94b from the early 70s - volume knob and sensitivity knob only on it
    and once i got a few yrs under my belt - i was out shooting the big boys with the top of the line Garretts, Whites and Fisher of the day
    they all had discriminators -most of them cranked them and a lot of them missed a lot
    - i dug it all = i still do
    fast retrieval is important too - on land I use a large knife and dig a large clean plug and use a good pinpointer and dont dilly dally
    many times depending on the soil - when i flip a large plug dirt will break off or separate where the target is - you dont get that with a shovel
    example

    in water i use a large basket scoop and can get target on first or second try quick - (wearing a mask helps big time)
    i watch others taking 5-6 scoops to get target - so been times where ive gotten close to 3 times the targets they have
    if i use a floating sieve - mine has 2 sides - i will dump first target on one side then second target on the other then stop when i get third
    then check scoop first and then the sieve and quickly pluck and then move on - i will mostly do this when limited for time
    Motto = "I try to hit where others cant or others wont "

 

 
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