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View Poll Results: What's a good detector for a beginner?
Tesoro Compadre 81 7.96%
Tesoro Silver uMax 47 4.62%
Fisher F2 210 20.65%
Garrett At Pro 117 11.50%
Garrett Ace 250, 350 259 25.47%
Bounty Hunter Tracker IV 77 7.57%
Xterra 305, 505 33 3.24%
Whites Coinmaster, Coinmaster Pro 79 7.77%
BH Discovery 1100, 2200, 3300 19 1.87%
Other 95 9.34%
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Old 11-14-2017, 08:15 PM
Killswitch87 Killswitch87 is offline
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I'm new to the group and to metal detecting but have always wanted to get into it. I live in Kansas so hoping to find some great stuff! I purchased a Garrett ACE 400 for my first detector and can't wait until it gets here so I can start the hunt! Anybody else hunt with the ACE 400? If so, how do you like it?
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Old 12-19-2017, 03:18 PM
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This poll should maybe be updated =p

Don't think they even make the Fisher F2 anymore

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Old 12-19-2017, 05:31 PM
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Originally Posted by ZR2guy View post
What about the Teknetics Delta 4000
The Eurotek Pro is on special last I looked with 8" concentric coil for $149. It flashes iron when you hear it so you don't get fooled as easily.You just need to get a coupon on They'll tell you to select your closest or favorite dealer that is participating. This one IDs my 5" deep dime pretty accurately in my moderately mineralized ground. Large numerical ID.

I think the Teknetics Digitek was $179 is still on sale for $129. This is a model for kids as the pole doesn't allow those over 5' 5" to stand up straight and have the coil on the ground. Air tests at least 8" on a dime. A 26" rod can be ordered for use by adults. Simple to operate and has big numerical ID. Again you pick a participating dealer's code for the discount.

Also, check their current price on the B.H. Land Ranger Pro and its Teknetics equivalent. It has high discrimination programs with preset ground balance & programs rejecting iron only with manual ground balance.

I had the Delta 4000, thought it OK but ID numbers seemed to wiggle more.
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Old 04-24-2018, 03:17 PM
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Iím newer (last 3 weeks) and got the Garrett Ace 250. I love it, simple to understand and Iíve gotten a lot of stuff. The depth meter seems to be a little inaccurate but itís not too bad. I bought mine used for $190 and someone texted me a week later with one for $130. (Mine does have a DD coil which is apparently better) but I love it. Iíve gotten some nice coins, my oldest being a 1941 French 10 Centamine which was around 6 inches deep.

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Old 05-29-2018, 01:00 PM
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I started off with the Bounty Hunter Land Ranger Pro, and love it!!! I just got the AT Max, and talk about a learning curve!!!
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Old 08-12-2018, 09:37 AM
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Default Up Grade

I started in the mid 80s with a Tesoro golden Sabre Plus, which I still have.
Looking to upgrade, and their are too many options. I am getting a headache.


Itís all fun🤗


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Old 08-13-2018, 12:14 AM
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tesoro mojave! a detector you will never get rid of!..super lightweight,great coin machine,and to lot detector!..can always have it available in the car very fast recovery speed in iron,loves coins and jewelry!...rugged,and with life time warranty!..well balanced,and a ton of fun in the field,both for beginner,and experienced hunter!

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Old 12-11-2018, 03:29 AM
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My first serious metal detector that had good enough discrimination so that I wasn't digging up all the garbage in the ground was the Bounty Hunter Pioneer 505. The Pioneer 505 actually paid for itself with all the treasures I found with it. I still have fond memories of that detector.
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Old 12-20-2018, 03:02 AM
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Teknetics Eurotek Pro/Minuteman, Liberator/Land Ranger Pro, Fisher F2 or F22,
X-Terra 305 or 505. All are great for a beginner especially if they are willing to put in the work to learn their detector.

For ease of use, the Eurotek Pro/ Minuteman can be setup and basically learned in about 5 minutes. It's as uncomplicated as a Tesoro Compadre, Mojave or Silver microMax but with multiple tones, a great display, depth readout, pinpointer, some discrimination and V Breaks, Iron tone volume control and it has plenty of power to go deep.

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