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    Love, Hate Relationship with E-trac

    I am looking at buying a used E-trac. I have a couple of other detectors that work well for what I bought them for (Tarsacci for beaches and areas with highly mineralized ground, and the Simplex for parks).With the E-trac I am looking to set up a custom program to locate silver coins. As I get older, it's not really realistic for me to dig up everything (by back starts to act up), and being in the state of California, if you MD at a site with any foot traffic and they see a shovel, you are likely to run into some resistance. However, with that said, there are people who absolutely love it and those that feel the opposite. What is your opinion?
    Last edited by CalReg; Jun 28, 2020 at 12:15 PM.
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    Hello CalReg,

    I've used the Minelab Explorer series detectors and like the eTrac they are silver magnets. All the machines mentioned are heavy and slow, but they do not miss much! I have used the eTrac and enjoyed it; in my experience it's really an Explorer SE series with more features. In my mind they have the sweetest sound for silver. If you purchase an eTrac, buy a RnB Innovation battery pack, you will not be sorry.

    Doc

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    Quote Originally Posted by Professor of Engineering View Post
    Hello CalReg,

    I've used the Minelab Explorer series detectors and like the eTrac they are silver magnets. All the machines mentioned are heavy and slow, but they do not miss much! I have used the eTrac and enjoyed it; in my experience it's really an Explorer SE series with more features. In my mind they have the sweetest sound for silver. If you purchase an eTrac, buy a RnB Innovation battery pack, you will not be sorry.

    Doc
    Thanks for the battery pack advice Doc!
    Last edited by CalReg; Jun 29, 2020 at 05:13 PM.
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    If it's your back you're worried about you may want to consider the weight of the e trac

    chub

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    Hello Chub,

    If you your back hurts from the weight of detecting, you could try a harness. Minelab makes a killer one, but a simple cheap one is the detector pro.
    Both relieve about 85 - 90 % of the detector weight. I used one for awhile when my arm was bothering me; could swing for 8 hours with no problem.

    Regards,

    Doc
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    Quote Originally Posted by Professor of Engineering View Post
    If you your back hurts from the weight of detecting, you could try a harness. Minelab makes a killer one, but a simple cheap one is the detector pro.
    I second this recommendation. The Etrac was an elbow cranker for me - so I sold it when I got the CTX which is much easier on old muscles.....
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    Quite a few people have mentioned the weight, so I looked it up, and the Minelab site says it weighs 3.9 pounds which is about a pound heavier than the Tarsacci. I'll give it whirl and see how it goes. If I find the weight to be a detriment, I might check out a harness...
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    Aug 2016
    MI
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    Quote Originally Posted by Professor of Engineering View Post
    Hello CalReg,

    I've used the Minelab Explorer series detectors and like the eTrac they are silver magnets. All the machines mentioned are heavy and slow, but they do not miss much! I have used the eTrac and enjoyed it; in my experience it's really an Explorer SE series with more features. In my mind they have the sweetest sound for silver. If you purchase an eTrac, buy a RnB Innovation battery pack, you will not be sorry.

    Doc
    100% agree with Doc, get the RnB battery, you won't be sorry. You should look into downloading the free software called, "E-Trac Emulator". It will teach you how to set-up the E-TRAC and you will see how it responds to various targets.

    Here's a link... The Beep Goes On

    Let me know if you have any questions about using the emulator software.

    I have done well with my E-TRAC and particularly like setting it up for deep silver. Don't get hung up on believing that the FE (ferrous) number for a coin will always be around a "12". That is true for an air test. I dug an 1857 seated quarter that was a full 10" deep and had a nail at about 6" deep off to the side of the quarter and the E-TRAC showed a "20-46" instead of a "12-46". The deeper the target is there will be mineralized material between the target and the coin and that will affect the FE number displayed.

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    I love the E-trac also, but, the Equinox is a better all around machine, and it's a lot lighter.
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