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Old 08-31-2019, 02:42 PM
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I've never bonded with my etrac. I don't like the complications of setting it and I find the pinball-machine soundtrack annoying. The weight is noticeable too.

Has anyone found a machine they like better than etrac? Does my etrac have enough value to make it worth a trade in? It's out of warranty but working and probably has less than 50 hours of use on it.

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Old 08-31-2019, 03:44 PM
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I have to agree, I jumped on the Etrac bandwagon years ago. Itís not a bad machine, It just hasnít the depth capabilities of my old Explorer. I sill own it, but...
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Old 08-31-2019, 04:35 PM
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Time for Equinox!!!

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If youíre looking for weight reduction itís the Deus all day...

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Time for Equinox!!!
Re-branded ETrac.
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Old 08-31-2019, 05:41 PM
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Wonk,
I understand your dilemma. I used an E-Trac or Explorer for years. Found a lot of stuff but I agree your ears have to be in tune with the sound of the machine. Mine were. The weight is on the high side as well. A few months ago I traded in two of my older machines for an Equinox 600. All I can say is wow! I am pulling good stuff out of areas I pounded with my E-trac and at suprising depth. Sold my E-Trac and bought another Nox. I found hundreds of old coins with my E-Trac but the Nox is a whole different animal. My two cents.
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If youíre looking for weight reduction itís the Deus all day...
I agree. I have had a ton of units and I have not had any better machine than the XP metal detectors. The Deus or ORX would fit your bill. Both are light weight, deep and fast.
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Originally Posted by Emwonk View post
I've never bonded with my etrac. I don't like the complications of setting it and I find the pinball-machine soundtrack annoying. The weight is noticeable too.

Has anyone found a machine they like better than etrac? Does my etrac have enough value to make it worth a trade in? It's out of warranty but working and probably has less than 50 hours of use on it.

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Etrac is one of the easiet to setup once you understand the ID system.
And it donít have to be setup every time you use it.
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Originally Posted by amc rulz View post
Re-branded ETrac.
Nah, it's lighter faster less money and Five or fifty tones.
Not just flutey tones.
I guess the only disadvantage is one vdi and not dual.

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Love the etrac, and I never had issues with settings, in fact, I basically turned it on and just hunted everytime time out. Most times I didn't even noise cancel unless EMI was an issue, or iron rich areas. Went with a stock program I got online and modified it for my area/spots. I now use the explorer SE and AT gold. Both work wonders for me and my style of hunting. I do very well with both machines, but in the end, location is very important. If your going out with the etrac and not finding deep coins, either your doing something completely wrong or there just isn't many deep coins left. To each there own, you need to figure out what works best for you and your hunting locations, good luck and happy hunting!

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Old 09-01-2019, 09:26 PM
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One thing we all HAVE to understand is that not everyone is the same. Seems pretty obvious,right? Because the only frame of reference we ever have is ourselves, itís easy to assume everyone is like us, sometimes to a large degree. It isnít that way. I know of 2 or 3 people who I consider good friends who havenít got ANY interest in ďfutzingĒ with settings...they just want to hunt. Initial setup is even out of their league...itís not that theyíre dumb, they just donít like the minutia of configuring a machine....even once. My biggest advice I could offer to anyone is to get to know the menus, where everything is, learn what it does and why you should adjust something, if any adjustment is needed.
I was quite perplexed by my Explorer2 when I got it, I came from a single tone machine. That was interesting! But after many hours of using it and seeing what was going on it became second nature to know what was needed....and the sounds became second nature a well.
I can now(after 100+ hours on it) wholeheartedly recommend getting an Equinox. I know very little about the Deus but thatís another possibility. I wonít tell you how to run it or where to use it...Iíll just say that because of the ability to run 2 tones(one ďgoodĒ one ďbadĒ) the Equinox can be very easy to understand....immediately. Notice I said CAN be...if youíre open to it and YOUR senses are ready to receive the information.
The etrac and Explorers can be a little confusing(OK letís face it...ALOT confusing) if you donít spend time with them and build on what you already have learned. They can also be the best coin hunting machine youíll ever use. But as has been stated, YOU the operator, have to mesh with the machine over a reasonable amount of time, otherwise everything just becomes frustrating, especially when youíre watching others tow home good finds.
If youíre done with the etrac, Iíd say go to the Equinox 800. Just my 2c.

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Old 09-01-2019, 10:08 PM
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FWIW, I hated the E-Trac when I first got it. But I stuck with it, and am glad I did, as it found over 1100 silver coins in a span of 4 years. I had a competing high end machine at the time, and did side to side comparisons, and there is no way (IMHO), that the competing machine would have done nearly that well.

Try hunting in auto until you learn the tones. It should run pretty quiet, and most tones will be legitimate targets. Dig every good signal so you will learn tone to target.

Once comfortable, start jacking up the manual. You will usually need to run in manual to find the good stuff (depending on local conditions).

Good luck. It is a good machine. Give it a chance.

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Has anyone found a machine they like better than etrac?

Yep! The CTX3030! But if youíre not meshing with the Etrac that probably wouldnít be a good choice for you either since theyíre a lot alike. Iíd say try the Equinox. Itís lightweight, fast, deep, fairly easy to use and the tones can be set up in bins if you donít care for 50 tones. I personally LOVE the flutey sounds of the Etrac & CTX. To each his own.



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Old 09-03-2019, 11:33 AM
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I appreciate all the replies.

I've found numerous coins with the etrac but it's not been the miracle machine for me that it has for some people.

I just realized I've had it for 8 years now (edit - 6 years since warranty replacment) and I definitely haven't gotten the enjoyment of use out of it I have with other machines. Maybe more practice. I just wish it wasn't so complicated to set up.

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Old 09-03-2019, 08:38 PM
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I've decided to give an Equinox 800 a try.

It looks light weight and I like the wireless headphones.

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Old 09-04-2019, 07:06 AM
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Well good luck. It will be interesting to hear if the Equinox works out better for you.

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One thing we all HAVE to understand is that not everyone is the same. Seems pretty obvious,right? Because the only frame of reference we ever have is ourselves, itís easy to assume everyone is like us, sometimes to a large degree. It isnít that way. I know of 2 or 3 people who I consider good friends who havenít got ANY interest in ďfutzingĒ with settings...they just want to hunt. Initial setup is even out of their league...itís not that theyíre dumb, they just donít like the minutia of configuring a machine....even once. My biggest advice I could offer to anyone is to get to know the menus, where everything is, learn what it does and why you should adjust something, if any adjustment is needed.
I was quite perplexed by my Explorer2 when I got it, I came from a single tone machine. That was interesting! But after many hours of using it and seeing what was going on it became second nature to know what was needed....and the sounds became second nature a well.
I can now(after 100+ hours on it) wholeheartedly recommend getting an Equinox. I know very little about the Deus but thatís another possibility. I wonít tell you how to run it or where to use it...Iíll just say that because of the ability to run 2 tones(one ďgoodĒ one ďbadĒ) the Equinox can be very easy to understand....immediately. Notice I said CAN be...if youíre open to it and YOUR senses are ready to receive the information.
The etrac and Explorers can be a little confusing(OK letís face it...ALOT confusing) if you donít spend time with them and build on what you already have learned. They can also be the best coin hunting machine youíll ever use. But as has been stated, YOU the operator, have to mesh with the machine over a reasonable amount of time, otherwise everything just becomes frustrating, especially when youíre watching others tow home good finds.
If youíre done with the etrac, Iíd say go to the Equinox 800. Just my 2c.
totally agree. When I first got my 800 in March 2018, I wanted to try everything ASAP. Like a kid in a candy store with money in my pocket.

But what happened was I got too confused trying to learn so much at one time. I would have been better off just putting in the hours on the standard preset modes. After all the Minelab engineers are not dummies.

But eventually I learned what everything meant and under what circumstances I should use this or that setting. Now I feel very confident in my abilities to adjust the machine to the area and type of hunting. But it took me almost all of 2018 to get to this point.

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Old 09-21-2019, 01:58 PM
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I'm in the same boat with the etrac. I bought one last year brand new and I just can't click with it. I go out with my Teknetics Gamma and I always seem to find something good. When I hunt with the etrac I ended up with a sore elbow and headache from the flutey multi tones. It's been sitting in the box ever since. I might throw it on eBay.

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