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  1. #1
    Nov 2008
    Toll Free ~ 855~966~3563
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    June 1st 100 hours on the Minelab CTX 30/30 update

    Ok folks just keeping you updated on MY PERSONAL field testing on the CTX. The first week was a little slow. I intentionally took the CTX to some very well pounded out Etrac sites I have hit for years with great success using the CTX's little kin machine. I can honestly tell you the CTX does NOT get any more depth than the Etrac. It is genuinely the same. I have recently hit sites with the machine in Va, NC, and Ga. This weekend I got to use it in Tennessee. I met up with a couple friends Treasurehound, and Guy Lambert, and about 40 members of my Knoxville Tn. club hunt. They got to see the machine, and me using it if you need some references, and their opinions. I did have a great day yesterday in the Mineralized soil where Civil War troops camped finding some good lead, and a really nice carbine sling buckle. There is a big learning curve for the new users, but if you are an existing Etrac or explorer user, you will catch on in a week or two. As you all know, the ones that buy from us get a tutorial, which seems to be very helpful. There are some things I am not crazy about like the extra weight (but balanced well) and a few other things I will go into later. The machine is a good machine, but please don't expect any added depth than the Etrac. I do like the fact the unit is now waterproof...After the hunt yesterday I took the water hose, and simply sprayed the machine down with no guilty concience. I would like to see a tall man shaft for this unit introduced (like the etrac/explorer accessory) There are only 2 coils available for this machine at this time, and would like to see Coiltek manufacture some aftermarket 12x8's, and even the proven Joey 10x5. SOON! Currently you can only use the stock coil (similar to the DD Explorer pro coil) a 6 inch coil, and 17 inch coil . I don't see using a 17 inch coil any time soon.....Anywhere. All in all, the machine seems to handle some mineralized soil with good success. I will be heading to the highly minerlaized Culpeper Va. soil this week, and will give you the honest test feedback when I get back from that one.(there's where the proof in the pudding lies) I know many of you are waiting with baited breath to see what happens there! . All in all, it has some cool new sparkly features, (some I will use, and some I wont) and I am really enjoying it for the most part.. My arm was a bit sore after swinging for 7 hours or so because of extra weight, but it is nothing a decent aftermarket cuff, (In Design now) and good neoprene strap wont fix. If you have any more questions on this machine, please feel free to call me 7 days, to ask. I don't have much time with the new store, and babies to reply to this thread so feel free to call if you have any questions. I do have these units on a pre order basis if you insist on owning the latest and greatest. You can pre order from our website Woodland Metal Detector Sales, or call us up. As you all know, we try to learn our machines, before we sell them to better help the consumer. I will ALWAYS provide honest, and fair opinions to you the consumer.

    Below is a couple finds I dug yesterday including the Civil War Carbine sling buckle in mineralised soil around 13 inches. Click image for larger version. 

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ID:	638260Note: The confederate round balls were dug last week with CS Sentinal in Willimasburg area using a Teknetics G2, and Tesoro Tejon

    Have an awesome day!
    Your friends,
    Woodland Detector Sales
    Black Mountain North Carolina
    Toll Free 855-966-3563
    Last edited by Woodland Detectors; Jun 01, 2012 at 09:12 PM.

  2. #2
    Charter Member
    Aug 2005
    Central Pennsylvania
    Fisher F75 LTD, Minelab ETrac & Tesoro Silver UMax
    46 times
    Ya gotta love a salesman who would rather tell the truth than blow smoke and sell machines!! If you all don't know it yet, you can trust Mike when it comes to detector sales!!

    Good luck with the store again Mike!!


  3. #3

    May 2012
    54 times
    Mike I was at the AC event and was told this machine was great in iron separation. I currently have the etrac and love it. I was thinking of selling it and buying the 30/30. Do u think this is a good move? You said you did well in testing the 30/30 in old etrac sites. Why do you think this was so since the depth was the same? Thanks in advance.

  4. #4
    Aug 2010
    5 times
    It is refreshing to get a honest down to earth opinion.



  5. #5
    Aug 2007
    EXCAL 2, SOV. GT
    117 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Banner Finds (1)
    I think Mike is the first person ( on all the forums I read) to be drop dead honest on this.. I appreciate it big time.
    You are tops in my book.
    Live your life in such a way, that when your feet hit the floor  in the morning, satan shudders and says, OH CHIT, SHE'S AWAKE.

  6. #6

    Jun 2007
    Tiger Shark, Xterra 705
    2687 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    The weight of the 3030 is a major disappointment. I was hoping for something lighter for us smaller people who can't carry an Etrac. I guess we just have to go with the Deus.

  7. #7
    Nov 2008
    Toll Free ~ 855~966~3563
    113 times
    Relic Hunting
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    100 plus hours now folks. It's a decent machine. Not a super power house, but a good machine.
    PullTabPete likes this.

  8. #8
    Apr 2012
    cypress texas
    Garrett AT Pro, Minelab CTX3030, Tesoro Tejon and Sand Shark, Fisher F75-ltd, Whites V3i
    34 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    I have several detectors costing a mere fraction of this machine and decent is how I would describe the least expensive of my detectors. Thanks for your honest assessment. What factors played the biggest role in making your decision? I have never owned a Minelab so I appreciate your thoughts for someone like me who doesn't have an E trac or similar detector to the CTX3030.

  9. #9
    Sep 2008
    13 times
    im getting one it will be here Wednesday i had to do it there's way to many good things about it ive been reading watching and going back and forth and decided to get one
    Last edited by firefighter254; Jun 11, 2012 at 04:32 PM.

  10. #10
    Jun 2012
    Excal II E-trac
    409 times
    Metal Detecting
    Honorable Mentions (1)
    Thanks for the honest review. I'll probably get an e-trac as my next detector as it doesn't seem the 3030 has enough additional features for the extra cost.


  11. #11
    Nov 2008
    So. Calif
    Explorer 2 w/ Sunray Probe
    i think this is the first time i have seen an honest opinion and especially from a dealer, thank you

  12. #12
    May 2010
    3 times
    Mike, I went to your website and did not see the CTX 3030 listed for sale. Do you sell Minelab machines?

    Tom in SC

  13. #13
    Feb 2005
    Currently I own and use the XP Deus, I have owned the Etrac, SE Pro, EX II, XS, Soveriegn Elite, Garrett Ace 250 and the Tesoro Vaquero
    9 times
    Metal Detecting
    My guess is thats probably NOT a good thing. Mike is a great guy to deal with and he is very honest.


  14. #14

    Jun 2012
    1 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Minelab site states Woodlands is no longer a authorized dealer.
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  15. #15
    Detecting fever comes and goes.

    Jun 2012
    San Jose
    Actual: Whites MXT All Pro, M6 and Tesoro Sand Shark Ex: BH Platinum, Tesoro Lobo, ST & Tejon, Teknetics Delta, Whites MXT, V3i, Dual Field, MX5; DP Wader, Garrett At-PRO, Fisher Gold Bug 2, CZ-70Pro
    158 times
    Metal Detecting and Ham Radio
    Quote Originally Posted by dubyaj View Post
    Minelab site states Woodlands is no longer a authorized dealer.
    Maybe they didn't like the comments on the 3030... ? I just don't know why sometimes we can't accept that the latest detector is not always THE BEST detector in the world. I mean if every new detector was just the best out there than we would have to sell all our detectors every single time something new came out. I have one idea, I never buy a new detector that just came out on the market. I rather have people test it, find out the good and the bad about it and after it has been fully tested I decide if it's the detector to buy or not.
    Everyone that has bought the 3030 in the latest month loves it, and I have seen JUST ONE detector go for sale on the used classifieds, It is just how it is, every one loves the latest model, untill they have tested it for maybe 6 to 12 months and realize that it also has defects. Only then we will have objective reviews on the detector in question, only after the whole new toy fever calms down.
    For now I rather keep my prooven detectors and wait.....


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