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    Help with Garrett carrot, saltwater targets

    Hi I just received my pinpointer at yesterday and took it out to the beach here in NZ and I was getting signals in wet sand. I would dig and ground balance, dig and repeat and I ended up digging an arms length down and kept retuning it and it keeps taking me farther down. Is this just sand minerals and how do I get actual targets without endless digging. I got this so I could prevent this lol and save time. Also when I get it in the water it beeps instantly, retune every time and any water movement causes a beep. How many times can you retune before it’s at its limit and any saltwater and beach/ocean advice please share!!!
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    Oh yea as I was digging the endless hole, my ace 250 control panel got hit with a wave and it may be toast. Took it apart and rinsed it with freshwater and drying it out in hopes it will survive
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    Had my ace for 7 years and never have I got the control panel wet

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    When you say retuning, I take it you mean turning it on while it is in contact with the wet sand? You don't see many beach hunters with pinpointers. Maybe that is a reason why?
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    Not going to work in wet saltwater sand. Get a sand scoop!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RW View Post
    When you say retuning, I take it you mean turning it on while it is in contact with the wet sand? You don't see many beach hunters with pinpointers. Maybe that is a reason why?
    I meant re-tuning so pushing the button to get it closer to the target

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    Quote Originally Posted by Terry Soloman View Post
    Not going to work in wet saltwater sand. Get a sand scoop!
    What won’t work?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kblackfoto View Post
    I meant re-tuning so pushing the button to get it closer to the target
    Well you can try holding the tip to the wet sand as you turn it on. Works sometimes, sort of a ground balance. But Terry probably right, wet beach sand too mineralised for pinpointer to function. It thinks the sand is metal basically.
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    Yea sucks because I thought it would do the trick. So you suggest any metal detector that is affordable for beach purposes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kblackfoto View Post
    Yea sucks because I thought it would do the trick. So you suggest any metal detector that is affordable for beach purposes?
    Equinox 600 is about the best bargain you can get for beach hunting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kblackfoto View Post
    Yea sucks because I thought it would do the trick. So you suggest any metal detector that is affordable for beach purposes?
    ATpro works great
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    Quote Originally Posted by SeminoleJim View Post
    ATpro works great
    No, it really doesn't.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kblackfoto View Post
    Oh yea as I was digging the endless hole, my ace 250 control panel got hit with a wave and it may be toast. Took it apart and rinsed it with freshwater and drying it out in hopes it will survive
    You might try spraying it with MAF (mass airflow) cleaner, you can get it at most autoparts stores. it's like ether and will drive out water and dry clean
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    Do a google search for pulse induction pinpointers. My scuba tector works in saltwater, I loaned it to my cousin in Scotland they were using it in the North sea. Choose the Equinox 600 metal detector if you are gonna be in saltwater.
    Jon
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    The Ace and AT Pro can work fine on the dry sand but as soon as you hit the wet and damp they start to false from the saline and mineralized sand.
    Probably a dedicated waterproof design would suit you better.

    The Simplex is very affordable but on the beach in “Beach Mode” it suffers from being a 1 tone design. Hope they update that.
    The Equinox 600 would be a much better choice but you will spend more.

    After that comes the Sand Scoop. One can get by with the offerings on the different warehouse sites but most scoops can be a little challenging due to their design, size and weight etc.
    The Sand Scoop needs to be a well thought out purchase as it is one of the most important tools in your detecting arsenal.

    A small scoop won’t allow you to dig the dry sand before the sand caves into the hole. A heavy scoop is well, just too heavy and depending on the hole size, may just end up trapping damp sand in the scoop and not allowing it to empty without some effort.

    Another thing to consider is your physical condition. Some of us, have problems with arthritis, surgeries and other limitations. This then requires a scoop that, with the long handle, is lightweight. So they sell a carbon fiber handle and titanium scoop for these individuals and others who enjoy that design.

    The lighter the equipment, the longer you can hunt no matter what your physical condition.
    One needs to add a long handle to the scoop to keep from bending down constantly.

    Best of Luck!
    Rusty
    Last edited by RustyGold; Mar 09, 2020 at 12:29 PM.
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