Originally Posted by fred sanford
Congrats on all the silver.Nice spot you have there. Nice save with the girl. In your opinion, how much better is the 30/30 over the Etrac? I own the Etrac, and was wondering how much better it is. Do you think there is a huge difference? Do you think the Etrac would have sniffed those barbers out?
OK, they are very similar machines, and both perform extremely well. Where the CTX holds a slight edge is in target identification in trashy environments. The faster processor is able to recover a lot faster on deeper targets that might be masked by iron. Where the ETRAC would "null" on those targets, the CTX is hitting them. The Target Trace option really enhances your decision to dig those iffy signals. Say there's a nail and a silver dime side by side at 8". The ETRAC may squeak out a response, or just completely null. The CTX might also squeak out a response, but the chances of it nulling hardly happens. Where Target trace becomes helpful is now you can actually see the burgundy signature of a coin, while simultaneously seeing the blue signature of iron that's present. Also will show multiple targets in the hole. When I had my ETRAC those tiny peeps that didn't repeat, or nulled-out were never dug because it sounded and looked like trash. Now I'm going back to spots where I found a few silver coins and I'm finding a lot more. Loot at the CTX as an ETRAC with a few more options under the hood. The machines characteristics are very similar to the ETRAC's, and it's easy to learn if you've used the ETRAC. The only thing you have to re-learn, is to NOT use it "like" an ETRAC. Trusting the machines capabilities is an advantage, and it took me a long time to do that.