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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-16-2015, 08:06 PM Thread Starter
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First time detector recommendations

I'm looking to purchase a metal detector for my step dad neither him nor I have ever done anything like this before but I figured he would like it. Their property has quite a few old oil mining shacks on it so he will probably uncover some interesting things. I have no clue what brands or models to look at. Looking for something good quality and simple to use. Not looking to spend a fortune but will spend what it takes to get a decent quality unit. Any help would be appreciated.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-18-2015, 02:02 AM
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Re: First time detector recommendations

Garrett ace 250 or the 150. I have the at pro. I do alot of mding. I heard alot of folks find good stuff with the 250 and 150. They are simple to use vs the at pro lol.
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Re: First time detector recommendations

Yes I agree, the Garrett Ace is a good detector for the money, we have a 350 model and it works great, they go for around 300.00 and are easy to operate.

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Those detectors are great quality . But , I would try to find a local dealer of detectors . Once your choice is made , you will have a experienced dealer in that machine to ask specific questions you will certainly have .
Oh , I would try to buy something you can grow into . I am still amazed at different things my Whites XLT can do IF I do my part with adjustments ....
Also , buy a good pinpointer ( $125-00 ? ) . It will make it so much easier to find those dirt covered coin sized objects in same colored dirt . ( less frustrating ) .
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Re: First time detector recommendations

Being a newbie, and not enough time to get out, I started with the super cheapy habor freight MD. I actually found a few neat things with it. Now I have the Garrett ace 250, to be honest, I have only had it out a few times, but certainly nicer, and better tones, etc. Getting a decent pinpointer, like mentioned above, will make it a lot less frustrating.

The Garrett I got was a kit, had the pinpointer with it, still very reasonably priced.
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Ask yourself a few questions before deciding on any machine,Do you want a machine that tells you when to dig[with a display predicting what said object might be?] Do you want strictly a coin shooter or relic machine, maybe a machine that is only good for gold? Do you want to rely strictly on tones or are you going to dig everything?What type of soil do you think you'll be hunting,it does matter.Do you want something with automatic ground balance or manual ground balance?I'm not trying to frustrate you but these are some things you should know before deciding.Good luck...

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Re: First time detector recommendations

When I started out I got Fisher F2. Great machine. I found good stuff. I also got Tresoro Compadre and that thing sniffs out good stuff.

I then went on to rather expensive machines ( V3i-Etrac,etc) I went back to keep it simple stupid rule.

I sold all the high end machines and hunt with my $150.00 Tesoro and also water hunt with an ATPro.

From what ya posted any entry level machine will work for ya. One piece of advise learn the machine, understand what its telling you and the finds will rack up faster than buying a more powerful machine.

It all boils down to putting the coil over a good target. Research is way more important than the brand of machine ya swing.

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