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  1. #31

    Jan 2017
    Grants Pass, Oregon
    1673 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    A good pinpointer is like indoor plumbing, you can live without it, but once you have it, you wonder how you ever managed without.

  2. #32

    May 2016
    fisher gold bug at pro
    726 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    N.H. bandit was right on. I too try to leave as little sign as possible. That also means not tearing apart a plug, If I can help it.
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  3. #33
    Apr 2016
    West 'By Gawd' Virginia
    Makro Racer 2 / Mars MD Tiger / CORS Fortune / CORS Point / Makro Pointer / DetectorPro Rattler Headphone
    9 times
    Metal Detecting
    Quote Originally Posted by DFW_THer View Post
    I detected for 10+ years without one. Now that I have one, I have no idea how I made it 10 years without one. Faster recovery = more targets found = more treasure = bliss

    The Garret "carrot" is the best pin-pointer on the market imho
    Similar to my thoughts on the matter. I was an active detectorist back in the mid-80's-late 90's, and only used a probe when needed. After many years, and being back in the hobby again using a PP'er (Makro Pointer), I really found out what I was missing.... If I made it out to a permission now, and somehow forgot to bring my PP'er, I'm fairly certain that I would go home and get it before going out in the field..
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  4. #34
    Feb 2014
    Whites 4000D Garrett ATPro
    526 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Ok, I go way out into the woods today, a really long walk and the first signal I get that I am going to dig, I whip out the ol' pin pointer and the dang battery is dead. So I go on to dig several more signals and man is it a lot harder to find small stuff without my pin pointer ! I usually have an extra battery with me and I will always make double sure from now on.
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  5. #35

    Feb 2017
    Georgetown, SC
    Fisher F75
    930 times
    Metal Detecting
    Tom. Call me whatever, but it hadn't occurred to me to do a quick surface scan with the pin pointer like you suggest. Great idea! I can use this.

  6. #36
    Bill Jones

    May 2007
    Lewiston, Idaho
    Multiple Tesoros and Whites
    645 times
    Metal Detecting
    Most advantages have been covered here, but I've found that targets in range of my pinpointer are not deep and can usually be retrieved with a shallow insertion of a screwdriver without leaving a trace in the soil.

  7. #37
    Charter Member
    Mar 2017
    Southern California, outside of San Diego
    1213 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    I've decided I now need a pinpointer simply because of my failing eyeballs !Click image for larger version. 

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  8. #38
    Detector Guy

    Apr 2017
    Metal Detecting
    If you DONT have a pinpointer, GET ONE! I forgot mine at the house one time, that was the LAST TIME I did that. I love the Garret Carrot and the Mine Lab. Check out this link if you are having time deciding which one to get! Good Luck on your treasure quest!PinPointer Metal Detectors Top 5 Best 2017 | Review | PinPointers.net
    http://www.pinpointers.net 2017 Review of Top PinPointers

  9. #39
    Charter Member
    Apr 2017
    Garret AT Pro Born 4/17.. Fisher CZ3d W/Nasa Tom tune! Whites V3i.... WOW!!😎
    109 times
    Metal Detecting
    How is this even a question? I found my first finds withe a GoldBug by passing handfulls of dirt infront of the coil...Now, I dig and sweep with the Pinpointer, faster, less digging..
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    My hypocrisy has limits.

  10. #40

    Jan 2017
    Grants Pass, Oregon
    1673 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Quote Originally Posted by Technonut View Post
    Similar to my thoughts on the matter. I was an active detectorist back in the mid-80's-late 90's, and only used a probe when needed. After many years, and being back in the hobby again using a PP'er (Makro Pointer), I really found out what I was missing.... If I made it out to a permission now, and somehow forgot to bring my PP'er, I'm fairly certain that I would go home and get it before going out in the field..
    I have done that, arrived at a place to detect about 10 miles from home, gear up, no pinpointer. Detected for about 25 minutes the old way without one, had enough, bagged it, went home. NEVER forgot it again.
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  11. #41
    May 2011
    2419 times
    Took 3/4's off my time spent recovering targets which equates to more targets dug per hunt...and more treasure.
    They have helped me recover literally thousands if dollars worth of coins and jewelry without damaging them, these tools pay for themselves many, many times over as far as I am concerned and even though I can hunt without them I won't.
    I am as good at pinpointing as anyone with my detectors but these things make it even more precise from the top of the ground before I dig which lets me open very small holes to the direction I need to search in holes with multiple targets.
    In rock hard dirt I went after a target once and chopped until I got 4" deep in about a 4" wide hole and one of these things let me know I was real close so I should be careful.
    I thought it was going to be junk but I wasn't 100% sure so I did slow down and recovered a lifetime find lying flat that I know for sure I would have hit and damaged without that knowledge.
    Just that experience on that one target made everything I ever spent on these things worth it...but there is so much more to these than that.
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  12. #42
    Jan 2007
    Georgetown, Ohio, USA
    Teknetics Gamma 6000, Tesoro Bandido II ÁMax and Compadre, White's Classic II, Garrett Ace 250
    49 times
    Metal Detecting

    logic behind using a pin pointer?

    Greetings PP fans !

    Well, guess I have a right to post in this thread.....it was my suggestion to Neil and Jeff of Pa in March of 2016.....see excerpts below from our PM's.

    I'll check with Jeff of Pa.. I really think with all the different brands and models of pin pointers coming on the market in the past few years, that there is enough interest and need for a separate pin pointer forum on T'Net.


    Todd...the request is in.
    I asked them to put it between Metal Detector Brands and Beach and Shallow Water.
    may be tomorrow Evening till it is actually up & running.
    it depends on when they see the request.

    Many thanks Neil, Jeff of Pa, et al !

    Ok, enough waving my own flag .....couldn't resist !

    Anyway, My first electronic pin pointer was one I made in 2007 by using a Gardner Bender GPD-902 "In wall Pipe & Wall Detector" for the electronics and revamping it into a conventional-looking pin pointer. If interested, you can see my post at that time with information and photos at this address: Home Made Pinpointer (With Pictures) - Friendly Metal Detecting Forums

    I wasn't too happy with the operation of my homemade PP, as explained in my post at the above address, so in the Fall of 2007 I ordered my first professionally-made pin pointer, the Vibra-Probe 570, made by Treasure Products, Inc.. I used it for the next 10 years and when I sent it to the factory for inspection in June of this year, Mike in Customer Service decided to replace it with a new 580 model, free of charge, including return freight ! How can you beat that !

    For my 75th Birthday May, 2016, my brother bought me a Garrett (Carrot) Pro-Pointer AT and I've been using it primarily; the Vibra-Probe is my backup and loaner to my brother when we get together for a hunt with our "dualing Compadres".

    I really like the Garrett AT with all the adjustable features. On one particular hunt early this year at a basketball court, I was finding so many shallow coins from the edge of the asphalt and out 2-3 feet near the poles using my Compadre, that the came on in my head ! So, I began using the AT pinpointer on it's side, moving on hands and knees and just sweeping the barrel almost touching and over the ground. When I would get a signal, it was easy to use the tip of my Lesche to flip the coin out. With that method, I didn't have to deal with removing earphones and setting the Compadre off to the side. This was faster and easier under the circumstances and I really "cleaned up" that day.

    Pin-pointers.....What a wonderful invention !

    Last edited by ToddB64; Aug 22, 2017 at 01:48 AM.
    Teknetics Gamma 6000,Tesoro Bandido II ÁMax and Compadre,White's Classic II ,Garrett Ace 250 and Pro-Pointer AT, Treasure Products Vibra-Probe 570, Cen-Tech Pinpointer, Lesche Digger, Arkie Tabdog Hand Digger Replica, Detect USA RatphonesMax, Janster Coin Probe.

  13. #43
    May 2015
    Fisher F75 Fisher Gold Bug 2 White's TDI SL Tesoro Vaquero Garret Freedom 1 Coin Commander (from decades ago, a gift to my father)
    53 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting

    logic behind using a pin pointer?

    I'm surprised no one mentioned a most useful feature of the Garrett carrot, once the target is close, tapping the button diminishes the sensitivity and I think can drop it 3 times. This is especially informative once you use it, for determining both depth and size.

    I will not be without one now that I've used it. I started with a $15 one from harbor freight and even that was useful. I've kept it as a backup, somewhere... haven't felt compelled to look for it though.
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    Helps to notice old foundations in fields too!

  14. #44

    Jan 2017
    Grants Pass, Oregon
    1673 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    What I do now is, I carry two pinpointers, the Garrett orange & the Garrett black, reason being, I'm lazy. I have the orange set at max. sensitivity pinpointing above ground, zeros in really well of course, after a plug is dug, if I still do not see the target, not in plug or seen in hole, I switch to the black, I do that because the Orange is very sensitive with the 360o around the shaft, and I really can't tell what side of the hole the target may be hiding, Yes, before it's pointed out to me that you can adjust the carrot by tapping the buttons, it goes back to me being "lazy". When digging many targets from small holes, say in a park, to go thru the sequence to adj. the sensitivity down, then up again, after awhile makes me a little crazy, I switch to the black, for the tip only, and can then really zero in on the target that may be somewhere in the side of the hole. Works for me anyway, the eyes and legs are not as they had been, pinpointers are a must have detecting tool, I mean if available, then by all means use them. Added note; With the "carrot" set at max, using it after pinpointing with the detector, I get nothing from the carrot, then the target is deeper, and I'm thinking, older coin in the park?
    Last edited by sprailroad; Aug 30, 2017 at 05:05 AM.
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  15. #45
    Jun 2015
    Teknetics Delta 4000, Tesoro Compadre, Ace 250.
    55 times
    Metal Detecting
    Like many have said here. To me a PP is just another tool that helps me speed up recovery, do less damage to targets, and leave a smaller "footprint" on where I have dug. The higher end ones are the best but even a "cheapie" is helpful, though less limited, still helpful. Just my 2 cents on this.


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