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Old 02-24-2014, 09:12 PM
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Default Cheap Salt Water Detector????

I know this has probably been discussed, but I wanted to put this out there for any who could give some advice to an amateur. For the person who takes 2-3 trips to the beach each year. What would be the best SALTwater machine for the $? Now I know the usual suspects for the die hard beach goers who do it everyday, but this machine will only get used maybe 10-14 days a year. I am not talking dry sand either because I know most detectors will work in dry sand and the AT PRO is ok on wet sand. But a detector that would work IN saltwater. Is there a cheaper alternative to the Excalibur's, the CZ21's, etc? I'm talking used less than $500...

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Old 02-24-2014, 09:17 PM
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Can't get the controls wet. But my pick is a used whites DFX.

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Old 02-24-2014, 09:35 PM
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Fisher 1280X, great land machine when you're not at the beach too. Nice chest mount sold for it. I'll just duck under my chair to hide from the "It doesn't work there" posts.

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Look around for a used CZ20 you should find one in the price range you are looking... or even a Whites Beach Hunter... on another forum in January one was for sale in their classifieds the OPer asked $650 and sold it for $475.

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Old 02-24-2014, 09:44 PM
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Thanks for the tips guys and I am guessing the rogue wave won't make a door stop out of these type machines...

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Old 02-24-2014, 09:53 PM
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DFX won't like to get wet (danger Will Robinson) but the CZ20 and 1280X are waterproof to 200'

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cheaper alternatives will leave you high and dry with a machine that you are not able to resale very quickly, spend a little more if you can afford it and get a decent used CZ20/21 or Excal,,,,,,those machines are easy to sell if you decide to,,,,,salt water is tough, tough, tough unless you use the right machine,,,$650 to $700 could do it if you shop around,,,GL HH

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Originally Posted by Gold Digger 2 View post
cheaper alternatives will leave you high and dry with a machine that you are not able to resale very quickly, spend a little more if you can afford it and get a decent used CZ20/21 or Excal,,,,,,those machines are easy to sell if you decide to,,,,,salt water is tough, tough, tough unless you use the right machine,,,$650 to $700 could do it if you shop around,,,GL HH
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You can find used whites DFPI for around $500. I got mine for that on Craig's list. Waterproof. Just depends on what you want to use
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You can get an older Minelab Sovereign in the $300 range.

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I'm making a Surf PI, ordering the board and circuitry this week from silverdog. Should be around $150 in the end, we'll see. It isn't for the faint of heart though, not an easy project by a long shot.

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Whites PI surf machines cam be picked up on eBay or CL for your price range. Dig-all machines and work horses!

I picked up my backup used on CL for $200, sent to Whites to the rehab tune of $185.00
It's a great water machine!

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Got my Sovereign XS2 for $350.

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Don't really understand why you need another detector for the beach. You have an ETP and that's the machine Captain Silver uses and seems to do ok with it.
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At-pro sucks in salt water....

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Originally Posted by pine3874 View post
Don't really understand why you need another detector for the beach. You have an ETP and that's the machine Captain Silver uses and seems to do ok with it.
"But a detector that would work IN saltwater."

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Are you planing in going underwater or just knee deep? If you don't plan to submerge the detector any CZ series detector will work marvels. You can find them used and cheap, and most have a detachable head that can be chest mounted...

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Are you planing in going underwater or just knee deep? If you don't plan to submerge the detector any CZ series detector will work marvels. You can find them used and cheap, and most have a detachable head that can be chest mounted...
I don't plan on going underwater (ie diving), but I could see one miss step and bye bye unit...

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Well it all depends on how much care you take of the detector. I understand your point but it could be quite easy to make a CZ waterproof without spending much money....

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