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Old 02-18-2020, 05:38 PM
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Default FBS Coils: DD, S.E.F or Concentric?

I'm curious about what a good 2nd coil would be for my Explorer SE. I hunt for everything except old iron stuff. More into coins and gold/jewelry. The ground here isn't very mineralized and I hunt trashy areas only once in a while. I really don't want to add too much weight to an already hefty machine. What do you eTrac/Explorer users recommend? I'm leaning towards a NEL Hunter. Thanks for any input!

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Old 02-18-2020, 06:05 PM
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Detech 8x6 and or Detech 10x12
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Old 02-21-2020, 09:13 AM
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The SEF 6x8 or the original 10.5" coil from a older Explorer...

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Old 02-27-2020, 10:06 AM
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If it was me, 13" Detech Ultimate!
Amazing coil! Light, deep and separates extremely well!
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Old 02-27-2020, 11:12 AM
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If it was me, 13" Detech Ultimate!
Amazing coil! Light, deep and separates extremely well!
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Have you tested the 10x12 coil? It isn't as light as the 13"Ultimate but the 10x12 sure separates better for me here in Texas clay.
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Old 02-27-2020, 01:49 PM
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Hey Martin, yes I had 2 of them. I would have to disagree on that.
For the size of the Ultimate, it separates amazingly! Plus its not as heavy as the SEF coil! For me the SEF coils ID'd trash as a good targets. Dont get me wrong they are great coils as well but I did dig more trash.

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Thank you all for the input! I picked up a slightly used FBS NEL Tornado, largely because of the price (1/2 of a new one). The reviews seemed to be pretty good, we'll see. Any thoughts on the Tornado coil? I'm still in the market for a smaller coil, but not in any hurry. From what I've read/heard the Sunray X-8 is a sweet FBS coil as well.

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The SEF 6x8 or the original 10.5" coil from a older Explorer...
I see a lot of people say that the 10.5" Minelab 1050 coil (the one that came with the Explorer 2) is worth keeping as the default coil, and that the pro coil is mostly for weight reduction and maybe better separation (but possibly at the loss of some depth). Thoughts?

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Old 02-27-2020, 08:33 PM
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I see a lot of people say that the 10.5" Minelab 1050 coil (the one that came with the Explorer 2) is worth keeping as the default coil, and that the pro coil is mostly for weight reduction and maybe better separation (but possibly at the loss of some depth). Thoughts?
I never did like using a SE Pro/Etrac coil on the Explorer, I got better usable depth with the XS and II coils. I do prefer the tan XS coils...have had cable shorts and snapped ears with the black 1050's.

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I love my 10x12 SEF, but all that were suggested I've used, and would recommend any of them really. Happy hunting!

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If it was me, 13" Detech Ultimate!
Amazing coil! Light, deep and separates extremely well!
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I find the cable that comes on the U13 to be... of poor quality. At the very least the cable on mine is.

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I find the cable that comes on the U13 to be... of poor quality. At the very least the cable on mine is.
Mine as well, itís stiff, doesnít recoil to proper shape,etc. The coil works well, cable is junk.

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Mine as well, itís stiff, doesnít recoil to proper shape,etc. The coil works well, cable is junk.

Mine has developed cracks in the shielding.

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Thank you all for the input! I picked up a slightly used FBS NEL Tornado, largely because of the price (1/2 of a new one). The reviews seemed to be pretty good, we'll see. Any thoughts on the Tornado coil? I'm still in the market for a smaller coil, but not in any hurry. From what I've read/heard the Sunray X-8 is a sweet FBS coil as well.
How has the Tornado been treating you? I have been eyeing it, but would like something lighter even yet, like maybe the hunter. I find the minelab 1050 to be heavy.
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How has the Tornado been treating you? I have been eyeing it, but would like something lighter even yet, like maybe the hunter. I find the minelab 1050 to be heavy.
I'm liking it, it's a little deeper than my pro-coil and only weighs slight more. I was really surprised how well it separates, as big as it is. But money is tight with buying our new house and I need a little extra cash right now. That said, I listed it on eBay for $100 shipped to the lower 48. Will also list here. It's almost like new, still has warranty card.

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I'm liking it, it's a little deeper than my pro-coil and only weighs slight more. I was really surprised how well it separates, as big as it is. But money is tight with buying our new house and I need a little extra cash right now. That said, I listed it on eBay for $100 shipped to the lower 48. Will also list here. It's almost like new, still has warranty card.
Glad you like it.

For a smaller coil i had a 6x8 SEF butterfly and it worked well. Coiltek makes a 6x10 that ive heard great reviews on. They use to make a 6x10 "Joey" coil and I've heard and read that was the best smaller coil for the Etrac. I honestly have no idea the difference between those to coiltek coils besides the colors.

As far as a FBS concentric coil, good luck, never seen one. Was told FBS was essentially set upto work with a DD coil, and concentric coils wouldn't work with FBS

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Glad you like it.

For a smaller coil i had a 6x8 SEF butterfly and it worked well. Coiltek makes a 6x10 that ive heard great reviews on. They use to make a 6x10 "Joey" coil and I've heard and read that was the best smaller coil for the Etrac. I honestly have no idea the difference between those to coiltek coils besides the colors.

As far as a FBS concentric coil, good luck, never seen one. Was told FBS was essentially set upto work with a DD coil, and concentric coils wouldn't work with FBS
I won't be looking for a concentric coil. I've also heard a Sunray X-8 is hard to beat as well. Thanks BT!

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The SEF 6x8 or the original 10.5" coil from a older Explorer...
Ditto on this one. Both were outstanding for me
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Originally Posted by Big Treble View post
Glad you like it.

For a smaller coil i had a 6x8 SEF butterfly and it worked well. Coiltek makes a 6x10 that ive heard great reviews on. They use to make a 6x10 "Joey" coil and I've heard and read that was the best smaller coil for the Etrac. I honestly have no idea the difference between those to coiltek coils besides the colors.

As far as a FBS concentric coil, good luck, never seen one. Was told FBS was essentially set upto work with a DD coil, and concentric coils wouldn't work with FBS
The original FBS machines came with a 10.5 concentric coil. That is what I have.
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