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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 07-17-2013, 09:13 PM Thread Starter
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Retiring in a couple of weeks and my kids are looking for a retirement gift for me. I've been thinking about a metal detector so this could solve 2 things at the same time.so I'm thinking of a inexpensive beginners unit that gives a "quality experience". I figure I could always upgrade if I like it. Recommendations would be greatly appreciated. No necessarily cheap but probably on the less expensive side. Thanks for your help and suggestions.

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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 07-18-2013, 12:26 AM
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Fisher F2,Teknetics Eurotek Pro,Tesoro Compadre,Tesoro Silver UMax,Garrett Ace 250 or 350.Just a few to start you off,also checkout some of the metal detecting sites on the internet for used machines a lot of folks are selling pretty new machines for a fraction of the price of newer ones and you may be able to pickup something a whole lot better.

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You may get hooked!! I bought extremely cheap detector and pinpointer at Harbor freight, actually found a couple cool things on my first time out, but was in a very good untouched area. Looking now to upgrade to a little better detector, but what I really need, is time to do it!!!! Sounds like you have that part figured out already...
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July 31 and then I have all the time I need. Just need to figure out which one to get.

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What type of hunting are you going to be do doing?One thing you do have to keep in mind is soil mineralization,if your hunting in heavy iron infested spots your gonna need something with ground balance,same goes with beaches.Most detectors are going to be ok on dry sand but getting down towards the water where the sand is wetter will become an issue.There are tons and tons of good detectors to choose from but you really do need to think about where and what your going to search for.

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Thanks Richbat. Not sure what or where just getting into so I can decide if I like it.

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This is the most popular & dependable dealer around .

http://www.kellycodetectors.com/#
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Here is what I started out with, certainly not a toy, but then not super expensive either. Garrett ACE 350. There are other ones here as well. Just look up on top of the web page.

http://www.garrett.com/hobbysite/hbby_ace_350_main.aspx

I bought mine through Big Boy Hobbies, awesome guy to deal with! Since I already had the digger tool coming, I asked if he could throw in a few other tools like the coil cover and few others. He did!

http://www.bigboyshobbies.net/

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Here is what I started out with, certainly not a toy, but then not super expensive either. Garrett ACE 350. There are other ones here as well. Just look up on top of the web page.

http://www.garrett.com/hobbysite/hbby_ace_350_main.aspx

I bought mine through Big Boy Hobbies, awesome guy to deal with! Since I already had the digger tool coming, I asked if he could throw in a few other tools like the coil cover and few others. He did!

http://www.bigboyshobbies.net/
Excellent advice . I've heard many great reports on both the machine and the dealer ......
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My machine came with a Leashe digging tool. But I didn't need that since I already ordered the Garrett digger. I asked him instead, could he throw in the ACE cover and the coil cover. Sure it was $10 cheaper, but I didn't mind, he did. Bart is very nice to deal with. I will be buying the next machine from him for sure!

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