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  1. #1
    us
    Feb 2005
    Houston, Tx
    Minelab Explorer SE W/ SunRay X-1 Probe BH Pioneer 505 Fisher Impulse UW Pulse Ind. Fisher F2
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    MINELAB SE USERS - Need questions answered before purchase.

    Please Help Guys and Gals

    I am about to purchase the Explorer SE, but would really like some questions answered about this powerful detector. My "hunting" environment mainly consist of schools, parks, ball fields and beaches. I am in Houston, Tx and hit Galveston and Florida beaches when I get the chance. I apologize if this gets a little long.

    Questions:

    1. With all the multi frequencies the Explorer uses; is it difficult to know what the detector is trying to tell you. I hunt by "tone" with my current detector. When I get a mixed tone for example first its a high tone (silver or coin) then low tone (gold, or aluminum junk) 98% of the time it is junk. Will the Explorer SE help with this?

    2. Minelab brags about the fact that it can find coins next to nails, but what about pull tabs? I don't come across nails hardly ever where I hunt, but tons of can slaw and pull tabs. Any Explorer SE users hunt in pull tab mine fields? How does the machine handle for you in this environment? Can the SE be set to locate ONLY coins?

    3. I have heard both good and bad on the pinpointing with the Explorer SE. I can usually hit my target nearly every time (it's always in the center of the disk). Will the SE work with the "X" method or is the target at the front of the disk? Does the pinpoint feature on the SE really work or not. I have read both great and terrible.

    4. Coil covers. I have read on here how the smallest amount of dirt can cause false signals. Is it better to go without a cover? I can only image the nightmare of hunting on the fine sand beaches of Florida. The sand gets into everything.

    5. Sunray attachment. This thing is $200 bucks but it sounds great since it has the same tones as the SE when used. Is it worth the money? Does anyone hunt without it and not miss it?

    6. Surf hunting. Does the saltwater effect the SE? Is it a good beach machine. Currently I am using two detectors for the beach one in the upper beach the other in the surf. I would like to use the SE for both upper beach and surf.

    Thanks for your input. I am really excited about owning an SE and looking forward to learning and using the machine. Happy Hunting Everyone.






    Minelab Explorer SE W/ SunRay X-1 Probe
    BH Pioneer 505
    Fisher Impulse UW Pulse Ind.

  2. #2

    May 2007
    central pa
    Minelab Etrac, sunray probe, coiltek 15" WOT Coil, Detech 14x10
    562
    45 times
    Metal Detecting
    Banner Finds (1)

    Re: MINELAB SE USERS - Need questions answered before purchase.

    Quote Originally Posted by Treasure-Diver
    Please Help Guys and Gals

    I am about to purchase the Explorer SE, but would really like some questions answered about this powerful detector. My "hunting" environment mainly consist of schools, parks, ball fields and beaches. I am in Houston, Tx and hit Galveston and Florida beaches when I get the chance. I apologize if this gets a little long.

    Questions:

    1. With all the multi frequencies the Explorer uses; is it difficult to know what the detector is trying to tell you. I hunt by "tone" with my current detector. When I get a mixed tone for example first its a high tone (silver or coin) then low tone (gold, or aluminum junk) 98% of the time it is junk. Will the Explorer SE help with this?

    Answer: SE sounds are similar to what you are describing, you can still pick out high tones next to iron signals very easily - the digital scale help sme tremendously

    2. Minelab brags about the fact that it can find coins next to nails, but what about pull tabs? I don't come across nails hardly ever where I hunt, but tons of can slaw and pull tabs. Any Explorer SE users hunt in pull tab mine fields? How does the machine handle for you in this environment? Can the SE be set to locate ONLY coins?

    Answer: it will pick out coins next to pull tabs, you can still hear/see the high Cond reading

    3. I have heard both good and bad on the pinpointing with the Explorer SE. I can usually hit my target nearly every time (it's always in the center of the disk). Will the SE work with the "X" method or is the target at the front of the disk? Does the pinpoint feature on the SE really work or not. I have read both great and terrible.

    Answer: the pinpointing works - but def takes getting used too - i find as soon as you hit the pinpoitning button it will sometimes lock on to targets and you need to clear this by putting the coil up in the turn pinpoitning off then on again and then rescanning the target starting fresh

    4. Coil covers. I have read on here how the smallest amount of dirt can cause false signals. Is it better to go without a cover? I can only image the nightmare of hunting on the fine sand beaches of Florida. The sand gets into everything.

    Answer: I detect in some sandy/gritty enviroments near the rivers here in PA that have been flooded over the years, i need to clean my coil about once a month - you can easily tell when it needs cleaning, you'll get a lot of chatter where normally it is a nice steady background tone

    5. Sunray attachment. This thing is $200 bucks but it sounds great since it has the same tones as the SE when used. Is it worth the money? Does anyone hunt without it and not miss it?

    Answer: if i could tell people to buy ONE attachment this woudl be it, i quite honestly won't ever detect without one again, it acts JUST LIKE A COIL in the hole, no falsing, detects 3" and definately saves time, can't say enough about it !!!!!

    6. Surf hunting. Does the saltwater effect the SE? Is it a good beach machine. Currently I am using two detectors for the beach one in the upper beach the other in the surf. I would like to use the SE for both upper beach and surf.

    Answer: sorry i've never saltwater searched

    Thanks for your input. I am really excited about owning an SE and looking forward to learning and using the machine. Happy Hunting Everyone.




    HOPE THIS HELPS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    vp


  3. #3

    Mar 2005
    Minelab Explorer SE/Garrett GTI 2500/ Ace 250
    6,871
    52 times

    Re: MINELAB SE USERS - Need questions answered before purchase.

    for the question left unanswered, the se will do very well in a salt water environment.
    GTI 2500/ACE 250

  4. #4
    us
    Director-Search & Recovery Team of Oakland County.

    Aug 2005
    In Michigan now.
    Excal 1000, Excal II, Sovereign GT, CZ-20, Tiger Shark, Tejon, GTI 1500, Surfmaster Pulse, CZ6a, DFX, AT PRO, Fisher 1235, Surf PI Pro, 1280-X, many more because I enjoy learning them. New Garrett Ca
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    3979 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting

    Re: MINELAB SE USERS - Need questions answered before purchase.

    What HE said........

    Question #2.
    Answer: The Iron Mash feature that ignores iron does not just ignore nails but bobby pins, tacks, all small iron trash that is next to a coin will null on the iron but still respond to the coin or gold ring. If you disc. out Pull tabs it will null on the tab and 90% of the gold rings and respond to everything above your disc. setting, like coins.

    Question #3
    Answer: Having a DD coil the pinpointing is faster if you just wiggle the coil when you hear a target as you pull the coil back. Then you push the coil forward slowly and when you hear the sound the target if just in front of the coil. Not worth it to waste time X'ing the target in Pinpoint once you practice it a couple times.

    Question #6
    Answer: While the SE will work the dry sand and the wet saltwater sand, you need to be careful in any surf not to waste the detector by getting the box wet. Don't raise the coil higher than the box if you had it in the water as water can travel up the shaft and fry the box.
    (C) Sandman, 2005. All Rights Reserved.
    "TIME IS THE ONLY THING YOU NEVER GET BACK, WHY WASTE IT SWINGING A DETECTOR THAT ISN'T UP TO THE TASK."

  5. #5
    us
    "Dew" Meeker

    Mar 2006
    Gulf Coast, Fl
    MDT, Nox, Blue Xcals and CTX
    2,061
    1128 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
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    Re: MINELAB SE USERS - Need questions answered before purchase.

    Quote Originally Posted by Treasure-Diver
    Please Help Guys and Gals

    I am about to purchase the Explorer SE, but would really like some questions answered about this powerful detector. My "hunting" environment mainly consist of schools, parks, ball fields and beaches. I am in Houston, Tx and hit Galveston and Florida beaches when I get the chance. I apologize if this gets a little long.

    Questions:

    1. With all the multi frequencies the Explorer uses; is it difficult to know what the detector is trying to tell you. I hunt by "tone" with my current detector. When I get a mixed tone for example first its a high tone (silver or coin) then low tone (gold, or aluminum junk) 98% of the time it is junk. Will the Explorer SE help with this?

    Answer: There is a lot of adjustments you can make to the tone to suit your hearing. Ive found the tones very accurate once you start learning them especially in Ferr.

    2. Minelab brags about the fact that it can find coins next to nails, but what about pull tabs? I don't come across nails hardly ever where I hunt, but tons of can slaw and pull tabs. Any Explorer SE users hunt in pull tab mine fields? How does the machine handle for you in this environment? Can the SE be set to locate ONLY coins?

    Answer: If you have tons of the same type of tabs you can use the LEARN to disc them out. It really works well once you learn how to correctly use it. The explorer has numbers for both the Ferr and Cond readings which makes the learn very accurate. The factory setting is a combination of most coins except the Ferr ones so you could you that with some adjustments. However, once you learn it i think you will find Iron Mask a better choice especially on the beach.

    3. I have heard both good and bad on the pinpointing with the Explorer SE. I can usually hit my target nearly every time (it's always in the center of the disk). Will the SE work with the "X" method or is the target at the front of the disk? Does the pinpoint feature on the SE really work or not. I have read both great and terrible.

    Answer: like Sandman said use the tip it makes it very fast and you dont dig DEEP holes.

    4. Coil covers. I have read on here how the smallest amount of dirt can cause false signals. Is it better to go without a cover? I can only image the nightmare of hunting on the fine sand beaches of Florida. The sand gets into everything.

    Answer: If you have a problem... calk it. However, the coil cover is so easy to remove and clean. If you put about any detector in the water with a coil cover the salt will bleed in and make the machine false.

  6. #6
    us
    Feb 2005
    Houston, Tx
    Minelab Explorer SE W/ SunRay X-1 Probe BH Pioneer 505 Fisher Impulse UW Pulse Ind. Fisher F2
    79
    2 times

    Re: MINELAB SE USERS - Need questions answered before purchase.

    I knew I could count on you guys!! Thank You so much. What a great group of people. Thanks again and I'm sure once I get the Explorer I will have more questions.

    HH Everyone.
    Minelab Explorer SE W/ SunRay X-1 Probe
    BH Pioneer 505
    Fisher Impulse UW Pulse Ind.

  7. #7
    us
    Director-Search & Recovery Team of Oakland County.

    Aug 2005
    In Michigan now.
    Excal 1000, Excal II, Sovereign GT, CZ-20, Tiger Shark, Tejon, GTI 1500, Surfmaster Pulse, CZ6a, DFX, AT PRO, Fisher 1235, Surf PI Pro, 1280-X, many more because I enjoy learning them. New Garrett Ca
    13,398
    3979 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting

    Re: MINELAB SE USERS - Need questions answered before purchase.

    On the coil covers, you can coat the coil with Marine Loctite epoxy and forgot the cover.
    (C) Sandman, 2005. All Rights Reserved.
    "TIME IS THE ONLY THING YOU NEVER GET BACK, WHY WASTE IT SWINGING A DETECTOR THAT ISN'T UP TO THE TASK."

  8. #8
    us
    Oct 2006
    Mid-Michigan
    Minelab X 70
    964
    4 times
    Honorable Mentions (1)

    Re: MINELAB SE USERS - Need questions answered before purchase.

    Thanks for the tip about taping the drain holes folks.

    I got my new Excal II but have yet to assemble it and give it a whirl. Plowed about a foot of snow today, 4th time this week.

    Thinking about hitting the snow piles in the big parking lots with it.

 

 

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