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'best' metal detector - advice please
« on: January 16, 2017, 08:37 AM »
Hi Guys and Girls,

The name is Dietmar from cape Town and i plan, within the next month, to take up what seems to be an
interesting hobby. This obviously means owning a metal detector and this where you experts could help me.
I have spent some time on the interent reading various reviews and am looking at one of the following ( My budget will be about 6K)

1.  Fisher F22
2.  Garret Ace 250
3. Minelab Gofind 60
4. Velleman C130 (I like its analog dial setup it is also a lot cheaper than any of the above)

I like the Minelab 60 for its light weight and portability but have read it is of  flimsy construction

Which  of the top 3 is recommended -which one  should I get?  Is the C130 an option?

I would guess that my detectoring would be beach as well as "inland."

Thank you in anticipation for your constructive input and happy hunting!

Regards,

Dietmar

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Re: 'best' metal detector - advice please
« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2017, 02:56 PM »
Hi Dietmar...
Welcome....Paul & the Gang will sort you out quick-quick regarding info requested.
You can start so-long by determining firstly (roughly percentage wise) WHERE you want to hunt....
% in the water..
% wet beach sand...
% dry beach sand...
% dry land...
Based on that....it will mostly determine which detector will be most suitable, take note however, on your budget allowed and Brands/Models listed, you can more-or-less cross-out the water detecting from your list....none of the babies listed will manage..
happy hunting !!

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Re: 'best' metal detector - advice please
« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2017, 06:38 AM »
Thank you SCRUcvc for your welcome and valued comments.

Iwould estimate my detectoring would be 50% on land, 40% on dry beach and 10% on wet beach, things may change however once I get going.  As I gave up scuba diving years ago, I would not need a submersible detector, but a waterproof coil could be useful 'bonus'.
I intend this to be a fun hobby and am not exclusively focused on only coins  but would like to 'dig up' anything of interest eg relics, old ammo - another extension of my days as a student of  Archaelogy  (a long time ago). I love old things (even grandma!)

Any input /comment is appreciated - I need to learn.

Regards,

D

 



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Re: 'best' metal detector - advice please
« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2017, 08:10 AM »
Unfortunately, none of the detectors you have listed would be any good for wet beach. You will need a pulse induction detector for that. VLF detectors just go crazy. I would choose between the fisher or the ace250. Don't get the C130
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Re: 'best' metal detector - advice please
« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2017, 11:53 AM »
Of the choices listed I would go for the Fisher F22. As has been mentioned you would be restricted to dry beach only with these machines. The best advice I can give is buy a detector for land/dry beach and when you are sure you want to stick with the hobby, save up for a PI detector.

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Re: 'best' metal detector - advice please
« Reply #5 on: January 18, 2017, 01:40 PM »
Thanks Paul and Clarence, for your guidance and comment.   I just learnt from you  that wet beach is a 'no go' with the proposed detectors.

I like the idea of trying out the hobby and if it bites, eventually buy a more sophisticated one.  I will probably go for the F22 - international reviews have also suggested that the F22 and the Ace 250 are prob the best beginners bet - just like you said.  I will post again as soon as I have my F22 and tested it out on a DRY beach! ( and brag with a batch of gold doubloons!)

Is the Minelab Gofind 60 as 'bad'/ flimsy as is suggested in other reviews??  I  think the "back pack portability" is a great feature (assuming of course that it detecting actually does its job properly) The cheapie/flimsiness is a bit of a worry.



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Re: 'best' metal detector - advice please
« Reply #6 on: January 19, 2017, 09:58 PM »
I haven't really heard much of the gofind machine, but I know the others would probably be a better bet
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Re: 'best' metal detector - advice please
« Reply #7 on: October 06, 2017, 04:21 PM »
When making the decision for buying a metal hunting device, you certainly want to know the best features and components. You dont want to buy something, that doesnt meet your needs; more so which will not be useful for an extended period. As with any product, they have their pros and cons. The guide weve shared should provide you the best features to look for in metal detector products. Of course, you have the power to choose what brand or price range you would like to get.

Some metal detectors have categories in their target ID categories that can identify nickels, quarters, dimes, pennies, foil, iron, etc. The feature is useful if you intend to search for metals and coins at messed up places with trash mixed up with the targetted item. These places could be old houses, buildings, or structures with a lot of different types of nails, iron bars, small metals, among many other.

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Re: 'best' metal detector - advice please
« Reply #7 on: October 06, 2017, 04:21 PM »