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  1. #16
    us
    Jun 2006
    Out in the hills near wherendaheckarwe
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    I think the 100 hours thing came about back in the analog TR days. You basically had an analog meter that wasn't much good for anything but telling you if your batteries were good. Most of us took that long to hit enough different targets & conditions to learn what your machine was telling you. I've got a Sovereign Elite that I've only had the meter on twice to show someone how it works. The meter was just too much hassle. I could ID better without it. But I learned from an old boy that used an old BFO & could do a fine job of IDing. In todays instant everything world with machines that do everything but dig the find for you, it's sort of outdated. Even with the encyclopedic manuals and a bazillion utube videos, you need a good amount of swinging to become proficient. Do this! Have you used your machine more than say 20 hours? Ok, go back to the first couple places you searched when you first got it and search them. Now imagine how well you'll do after 50 or 100 hours? You are learning what your machines telling you.
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  2. #17
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    Travis Mitchell

    Feb 2016
    Elizabethtown, IN
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    Quote Originally Posted by releventchair View Post
    Owner's Manual - Garrett Metal Detectors
    https://www.garrett.com/hobbysite/hb...al_english.pdf
    Learn more about the PRO-POINTER ® at garrett.com ... SPECIAL NOTICE. The Garrett GTI™ 2500 metal detector ...... 100 hours or more. Don't forget to take.
    Good Catch! Looks like the origin may be Charles Garrett. I don't know anyone who uses the GTI 2500 but I'm inclined to think if they were better than the AT Pro we would here more about them.
    I like his advice about hunting in stock program for 10 hours before you go "learning" additional settings. Probably good sound advice for detectors with lots of settings.

  3. #18
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    George

    Jun 2019
    Ak,Tn
    Minelab, Fisher
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    350 times
    Prospecting
    The other thing too is how is the target positioned in the ground, I've dug stuff small targets on edge that I was amazed the detector even picked it up.. Listening is what I learned, and sometimes you dig because you heard a whisper...

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    Tommy

    Dec 2015
    Ann Arbor
    Equinox 800
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    100 hours how about reading the manual first before you use it lol

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  5. #20
    us
    Apr 2004
    Southern Appalachia
    BH Pioneer 202, Whites CM2 BFO, Harbor Freight 9 function
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    I'm pretty sure that Charles Garrett promoted the 100 hours in the field with your detector to attain proficiency with it in his book Successful Coin Hunting, and Modern Metal Detectors.

  6. #21
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    Nov 2012
    Maryland
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    I think boogeyman, eman1000 and sling shot have come down to the heart of the matter.

  7. #22
    us
    Jun 2006
    Out in the hills near wherendaheckarwe
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    Quote Originally Posted by A2coins View Post
    100 hours how about reading the manual first before you use it lol
    You mean the one written by a Chinese engineers assistant, and translated by the company receptionist who got the job because she was pretty?
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  8. #23
    us
    Jun 2006
    Out in the hills near wherendaheckarwe
    WHITES, MINELAB, Garrett
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    2744 times
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    Quote Originally Posted by A2coins View Post
    100 hours how about reading the manual first before you use it lol
    You mean the one written by a Chinese engineers assistant, and translated by the company receptionist who got the job because she was pretty and was the only one in the company that could type?
    I know it's here, just need a bigger coil!

    I think I know what my last words will be....
    "Hold my beer and watch this!"

  9. #24
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    IT COULD BE A VALUABLE PRIZE "YOU NEVER KNOW"

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    Quote Originally Posted by releventchair View Post
    Owner's Manual - Garrett Metal Detectors
    https://www.garrett.com/hobbysite/hb...al_english.pdf
    Learn more about the PRO-POINTER ® at garrett.com ... SPECIAL NOTICE. The Garrett GTI™ 2500 metal detector ...... 100 hours or more. Don't forget to take.
    Yes that was in a lot of Garrett's manuals.
    ".. Let no one know what , when , or where ..'

  10. #25
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    Nov 2012
    Maryland
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    And please don't forget to buy all 40 books on how to use (insert name of machine here) that are available! That will take 300 hours!

    Yes, yes, yes, shameful exaggeration.

  11. #26
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    Lord ringpull

    Oct 2015
    Kannapolis nc
    Fisher f2, Tesoro vaquero
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    283 times
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    I'll go ahead and say yes, 100 hours to learn your machine sounds right give or take, whether or not it is digital or analog.i bought a kindle book for my vaquero that helped me speed things up a bit and i still have a way to go. Still want to put a meter on it too. I prefer analog and wonder why tesoro never put one on it.

  12. #27
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    Oct 2014
    Massachusetts
    Garrett: AT Pro, AT Gold & Infinium; Minelab: Explorer SE, II & X-terra 705; Tesoro: Tejon & Outlaw; White's: V3i & DFX
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    IMHO: I feel the White's V3i is a very complex machine with around 88 +/- possible adjustments. I started finding nice things within a very short time, but to understand all of the adjustment combinations and really cool features of the machine it takes over 100 hours. I believe it depends on the machines complexity, search (conditions) area, operator experience and hours on the machine.
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