How many of you have 2 Go-To rigs?

DiggerGal

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Hi all!
I absolutely love my AT Pro, my favorite by far for recovery, weight and understanding the language. My favorite coil is the 5x8, however, I sacrifice depth with the 5x8. I purchased a NEL Tornado, but switching coils mid hunt is a pain! Which leads me to a separate set up: my ATP and perhaps a CTX 3030...my concern is two fold: first, the weight of the CTX with a large coil, and, now carrying 2 rigs around if it really isn't needed? 🤔
Your thoughts?
 
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cudamark

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Any distance from home beyond a 1/2 hour drive and I carry spare detectors, coils with lower shafts, and a backpack full of all my other gear and repair parts.
 

sdprosector

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I got the two different coils for my CTX and also two different ones for my whites spectra v3i.
 

Muddyhandz

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Since we're talking about coils, I just went to a school site where it is regularly hammered by a fellow with a "high end" detector who uses a large coil.
The place was fairly clean except for all the MASSIVE COIN SPILLS everywhere!
Yep, with a large coil on a digital read-out, these spills sound like big junk but with my trusty VLF and a 8 inch coil, the coin spills were like taking candy from a baby....over $36 in two and a half hours.
Not the first time this has happened nor will it be the last! :headbang:
 
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Since we're talking about coils, I just went to a school site where it is regularly hammered by a fellow with a "high end" detector who uses a large coil.
The place was fairly clean except for all the MASSIVE COIN SPILLS everywhere!
Yep, with a large coil on a digital read-out, these spills sound like big junk but with my trusty VLF and a 8 inch coil, the coin spills were like taking candy from a baby....over $36 in two and a half hours.
Not the first time this has happened nor will it be the last! :headbang:

Wow!! Great job muddy! Hat tip to you! I love my 5x8 coil, it is my favorite of all coils.
 

CoilToTheSoil

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I have 2 deus machines. One complete 9" with earmuffs and one complete 11 with ws4 backers, both with lcds. Love them deuses! I have my atp for water hunts but it's not nearly my go to for land.
 
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DiggerGal

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I have 2 deus machines. One complete 9" with earmuffs and one complete 11 with ws4 backers, both with lcds. Love them deuses! I have my atp for water hunts but it's not nearly my go to for land.

Coil,
I was a little taken back that you have 2 identical machines? (Albeit the coil set up)....
Just curious as to why the same machines and not an array of the detecting spectrum such as recovery vs depth vs tonal frequencies vs customization etc. ??
In my case I have my ATP which I love with the 5x8 and I know the language, yet I'm looking to fill the void where the ATP is light. I have already thought of purchasing a lower shaft so I can have it ready to change out quickly, but I can't think of why I would have a duplicate ATP....
HH
 

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I have 2 excals, and a 3030 so I have 3 go to rigs...




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I have 2 excals, and a 3030 so I have 3 go to rigs...




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I am really considering the 3030, however, I know it is a very complex machine in comparison to the ATP. Looked at the comparison today between the Etrac and the 3030. For some reason the Etrac seemed easier to navigate? I may be overthinking it 🤔
 

Treasure_Hunter

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Having owned both, navigation and set up is actually easier on 3030 with more versatility as well/ I love the color screen and target trace...




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ColonelDan

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I am really considering the 3030, however, I know it is a very complex machine in comparison to the ATP. Looked at the comparison today between the Etrac and the 3030. For some reason the Etrac seemed easier to navigate? I may be overthinking it ��

I agree, you're overthinking it. As Treasure Hunter said, the CTX is easier to learn and navigate than the eTrac...at least it was for me. Don't be intimidated by your first glimpse into the CTX. You'll pick it up in no time. Start with the factory pre-sets and as you gain confidence, expand in to programs of your own. The time spent will be well worth it.

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Thanks for all of the input!
I made the decision and pulled the trigger on the CTX 3030 from Bart. Looking forward to swinging this bad boy very soon!
Thanks again everyone for your input! I appreciate it!!!
 

masterjedi

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Bart Rocks! Great Choice... :)
 

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Its great to have two machines but a hot car trunk or theft can be rough. That being said its nice to have an extra for different conditions or one for a guest detectorist. I have needed to switch machines mid hunt due to conditions or battery failure. I'd love to have a whole extra guest rig with a pin pointer etc. Its a great way to get invited to nice properties if people are interested in trying metal detecting.
 

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