Best multi-use detector

bigmike

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Jan 5, 2007
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Hello everyone,

I am trying to find the best option for a metal detector that can be used on a beach and also used underwater in lakes. Will be used occasionally at ocean beaches but mostly at lake beaches and underwater swimming holes. Ive been thinking about the Garrett Sea Hunter but thought i would ask on here to see what opinions others may have

thanks,

Mike
 

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cudamark

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How deep are you diving? Do you want discrimination?
 

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Deus 2......Has a 5 year warranty.......It's Been out a few years and only seen a couple that had water issues. Could have been user caused. New tech so be prepared. Lite weight

You don't want a PI as your main machine.

I would recommend the Minelab Excalibur but with a One year warranty .. poor quality cables. Old Tech, but does get the job done well. Heavy
 

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bigmike

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fisher 1266xb
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Beach & Shallow Water Hunting
Deus 2......Has a 5 year warranty.......It's Been out a few years and only seen a couple that had water issues. Could have been user caused. New tech so be prepared. Lite weight

You don't want a PI as your main machine.

I would recommend the Minelab Excalibur but with a One year warranty .. poor quality cables. Old Tech, but does get the job done well. Heavy
Thank you for the info, I will look into the Deus 2. 👍🏼 Appreciate you taking the time to give me your opinion!
 

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bartholomewroberts

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excal2, XP Deus, Whites TDI
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I have both the D2 and the Excal 11... Both good machines in their own way.. I really like my D2

Lightweight, fast, waterproof.. and a really well built unit.. The excal has been a solid performer... But for everyday use, I would not use it.. Too heavy and slow by comparison.

If you had to choose only one, go for the D2

Micheal
 

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bigmike

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fisher 1266xb
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Beach & Shallow Water Hunting
How deep are you diving? Do you want discrimination?
I would be diving around 50 feet at the deepest. I am not really worried about discrimination since i would rather just dig any hit so to try not to miss small things. I do like to go to the ocean every once in a while so that is why i was thinking a pulse induction machine. I have noticed some use pulse induction when they lake dive and work the popular beaches along the lake also and just figured that they are also probably digging every target they have a hit on. I do like the idea of the Deus that OBN recommended :thumbsup:
 

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bigmike

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I have both the D2 and the Excal 11... Both good machines in their own way.. I really like my D2

Lightweight, fast, waterproof.. and a really well built unit.. The excal has been a solid performer... But for everyday use, I would not use it.. Too heavy and slow by comparison.

If you had to choose only one, go for the D2


Micheal
Thanks Michael....I am liking what i see on the Deus so far. I might end up going that route since the majority of my trips will be lakes/swimming holes and the beach areas frequented by people. Saltwater hunts would not be frequent so that would not be a huge factor in choosing a machine.
 

Richard Guy

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cudamark

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cudamark

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I would be diving around 50 feet at the deepest. I am not really worried about discrimination since i would rather just dig any hit so to try not to miss small things. I do like to go to the ocean every once in a while so that is why i was thinking a pulse induction machine. I have noticed some use pulse induction when they lake dive and work the popular beaches along the lake also and just figured that they are also probably digging every target they have a hit on. I do like the idea of the Deus that OBN recommended :thumbsup:
With today's improvements in VLF simultaneous multi-frequency machines, I don't see much advantage in using a PI detector. For your hunting, if it's mainly in the water, I'd go with the Excalibur. Weight isn't much of an issue there and it's designed for underwater use. With lots of coil options depth and separation is not an problem. Same with processor speed. You can't swing it fast enough underwater to have any masking problem. The Deus 2 can theoretically go that deep, although I don't anyone who has taken it to 50ft. It's very light and works fine in shallow water. Not much in coil choices and the Mickey Mouse antenna system is it's main drawback (along with it's goofy menu system). I'm not a fan of machines with no depth meter either. You might also look at the Fisher CZ21 too. Old tech, but, a good dive machine. There really isn't much in the way of new PI machines lately. I'm not a fan of the Sea Hunter. The only other new PI machines for diving would be the ones by J.W. Fishers and Aquascan. Both expensive, and IMO, unnecessary for most detectorists. If you land hunt too, the Deus 2 gets a few more points in it's favor.
 

eyemustdigtreasure

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Hello everyone,

I am trying to find the best option for a metal detector that can be used on a beach and also used underwater in lakes. Will be used occasionally at ocean beaches but mostly at lake beaches and underwater swimming holes. Ive been thinking about the Garrett Sea Hunter but thought i would ask on here to see what opinions others may have

thanks,

Mike
Also consider the Nokta Macro Simplex as a versatile, cheaper machine,
that is (I feel) a mid-level machine in performance....
 

cudamark

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XP Deus 2, Equinox 800/900, Fisher Impulse AQ, E-Trac, 3 Excal 1000's, White's TM808, VibraProbe, 15" NEL Attack, Mi6, Steath 920ix and 720i scoops, TRX, etc....
Primary Interest:
All Treasure Hunting
Also consider the Nokta Macro Simplex as a versatile, cheaper machine,
that is (I feel) a mid-level machine in performance....
As I just mentioned, the Simplex is not a good salt water machine being only a single frequency, and it's only rated to 16ft, so, diving deeper is out of the question.
 

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bigmike

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fisher 1266xb
Primary Interest:
Beach & Shallow Water Hunting
With today's improvements in VLF simultaneous multi-frequency machines, I don't see much advantage in using a PI detector. For your hunting, if it's mainly in the water, I'd go with the Excalibur. Weight isn't much of an issue there and it's designed for underwater use. With lots of coil options depth and separation is not a problem. Same with processor speed. You can't swing it fast enough underwater to have any masking problem. The Deus 2 can theoretically go that deep, although I don't anyone who has taken it to 50ft. It's very light and works fine in shallow water. Not much in coil choices and the Mickey Mouse antenna system is its main drawback (along with its goofy menu system). I'm not a fan of machines with no depth meter either. You might also look at the Fisher CZ21 too. Old tech, but, a good dive machine. There really isn't much in the way of new PI machines lately. I'm not a fan of the Sea Hunter. The only other new PI machines for diving would be the ones by J.W. Fishers and Aquascan. Both expensive, and IMO, unnecessary for most detectorists. If you land hunt too, the Deus 2 gets a few more points in it's favor.
Thank you for all the info! Very helpful👍🏼 I am leaning towards the Deus II from research. Seems to be what I am wanting in a detector!
 

ColonelDan

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With your stated use and criteria, the Deus II would be my strong recommendation for all the reasons mentioned above.
I’ve owned and used the Excal, CTX, Equinox, Vanquish and other Garrett machines…none compare to the Deus II for salt water, fresh water and land use. Their reliability and performance is unmatched in my view.
 

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bigmike

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fisher 1266xb
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With your stated use and criteria, the Deus II would be my strong recommendation for all the reasons mentioned above.
I’ve owned and used the Excal, CTX, Equinox, Vanquish and other Garrett machines…none compare to the Deus II for salt water, fresh water and land use. Their reliability and performance is unmatched in my view.
Thank you! I think that is going to be the one i order. I am still watching videos on it since it looks like new technology and i want to have an idea on what im getting into beforehand. I appreciate all of you that have submitted input. It has really helped in reaching a decision! Hope you have a great day.

Mike
 

coin_diver

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I purchased the D2 for its incredible improvements in tech and my goal was to re-work some of the sites hunted over the past 40 years. What a beautiful machine. I have some issues hearing like I once did and the U/W headset is awesome. On land I have found many overlooked coins from my old Spectrums and Sea Hunter. I strongly recommend you look into the D2.
I know it’s pricey but that will fade once you start using.
 

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bigmike

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fisher 1266xb
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I purchased the D2 for its incredible improvements in tech and my goal was to re-work some of the sites hunted over the past 40 years. What a beautiful machine. I have some issues hearing like I once did and the U/W headset is awesome. On land I have found many overlooked coins from my old Spectrums and Sea Hunter. I strongly recommend you look into the D2.
I know it’s pricey but that will fade once you start using.
From everything i have been reading and posts from members, it sounds like the Deus 2 is the best machine for what i am wanting. Thank you for your reply. Hope you had a great holiday season.

Mike
 

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