Friendly Metal Detecting Forums   TreasureMntDetectors
List all sponsors

Go Back   Friendly Metal Detecting Forums > Detectors and Gear > Advice on Detector Purchase

View Poll Results: What's a good detector for a beginner?
Tesoro Compadre 62 8.17%
Tesoro Silver uMax 39 5.14%
Fisher F2 165 21.74%
Garrett At Pro 71 9.35%
Garrett Ace 250, 350 203 26.75%
Bounty Hunter Tracker IV 52 6.85%
Xterra 305, 505 29 3.82%
Whites Coinmaster, Coinmaster Pro 61 8.04%
BH Discovery 1100, 2200, 3300 16 2.11%
Other 61 8.04%
Voters: 759. You may not vote on this poll

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
  #1  
Old 03-10-2012, 08:17 PM
Carol K's Avatar
Carol K Carol K is offline
Co-owner
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: SE SD
Posts: 10,614
Default What's a good detector for a beginner?

Here's a thread where we can give some advice to members new to detecting and wanting to know what a good beginner detector would be.

Listed are the most popular. Please vote which detector you started with, or if it's not in the list, please post on the thread.

My first detector won't be in the list. I started out with a Whites XLT.

Thanks.
Reply With Quote


1 members found this post helpful.
  #2  
Old 03-10-2012, 08:43 PM
Irons's Avatar
Irons Irons is offline
Elite Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: I'll never tell MI
Posts: 5,449
Default

Hard to beat a bounty hunter for just starting out. They will find anything if you put the coil over it and don't cost much.

If you like it move up to a better machine, if you don't at least you don't have a $500 dust collecter.

__________________
Debt is Slavery
AT Pro's ~ 2014 ~ 140.9 grams Gold so far

Reply With Quote


  #3  
Old 03-10-2012, 08:45 PM
007tallguy's Avatar
007tallguy 007tallguy is offline
Elite Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Nova Scotia, Canada
Posts: 5,813
Default

great poll Carol.
seems like a LOT of newer folks on here in the past little while and i'm sure they'll appreciate this info along with all of the other great hints and tips they'll find throughout the forum.

Pete

__________________
AT Pro, Ace 250 2014 totals: two 14K rings w/ice!, two 10K rings, 2 silver rings, $74.02, two silver dimes, a Roots watch.

Reply With Quote


  #4  
Old 03-10-2012, 08:50 PM
JunkInTheTrunk's Avatar
JunkInTheTrunk JunkInTheTrunk is offline
Elite Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: NOT so Alpha Romeo 1 5 friendly California :(
Posts: 881
Default

I actually started off with the Garrett ACE150 (not in the list). Simple easy to use detector with a VDI, something I personally like as a preference, but to each his own. Anyways, you can get them for AROUND $152. Nice poll because I have ALSO noticed a fllooodddd of new people on the forum as well lately. HH \_ with whatever you decide to get.

__________________
"For the lessons one fails to learn during peacetime, one pays a high price in war." - Karl Donitz

Reply With Quote


  #5  
Old 03-10-2012, 09:13 PM
Captain Silver's Avatar
Captain Silver Captain Silver is online now
Elite Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Nnoc Hcaeb Revlis
Posts: 11,219
Default

I started with the $90 Bounty Hunter Tracker 4, and found some great stuff with it, it'll do the job!

__________________
2 Excalibur Swords/Sov GT/Omega 8000-2014 totals-LC-2/IHP-14/Wheat-355/Shield-1/V-4/Buffalo-23/Silvers-183/Oldest-1894 Barber Half/.925-34/10K-4/14K-7/16K-2/Career-762 silvers

Reply With Quote


  #6  
Old 03-10-2012, 09:23 PM
bruinvikes's Avatar
bruinvikes bruinvikes is offline
Elite Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Toledo, Ohio
Posts: 3,522
Default

Just a suggestion, I am going to subscribe to this thread for when a newbie will join and I can copy and paste this thread when they ask our opinions on which detector to purchase as a first and they can see the poll for themselves and hopefully they ask questions pertaining to the MD that they are contemplating on getting. I know that I am still a newbie, but I sure did appreciate, and still do, the advice that I get from you seasoned veterans.

__________________
Fisher F2, Total Clad: $151.91 Silver coins: 15

Reply With Quote


2 members found this post helpful.
  #7  
Old 03-11-2012, 12:46 PM
raptortrapper raptortrapper is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Rifle Colorado
Posts: 34
Default

I'm one that HATES to constantly replace equipment. I am new to this, and have just ordered my first machine -- the Minelab Etrac from New England Detectors. I did my research, I've spent time in the field with a gentleman that has an Etrac, and I loved it! I don't live close to him anymore, but I saw what that machine can do, and I went with him enough times to know that this is a hobby I am not soon to put down. So I opted for a better machine than the entry level ones.

Just my suggestion, but if it is possible, I HIGHLY recommend spending some time along side an experienced person before ya start this hobby. Ask them questions, see if you like the machine they are using, and if you like the hobby in general. I think detecting is one of those things that you will either love it or hate it. If ya love it, dive in a get the best machine ya can. If ya hate it, you will know after only a short amount of time afield with the experienced person, and you won't have any money invested at all. Granted, I know it isn't always possible to have that experienced person around to go with, but if ya do, I believe the information they can give is very valuable. Its just like the info you get on this forum, only its in person!!

Just my .02

__________________
Never knock on Death's door... ring the bell and RUN!

Reply With Quote


1 members found this post helpful.
  #8  
Old 03-11-2012, 12:55 PM
Greek2Me's Avatar
Greek2Me Greek2Me is offline
Elite Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Mid MO
Posts: 2,453
Default

I vote for the Xterra 305. A great beginner detector and it can hold its own with the midrange detectors too.

G2M

__________________
CTX & AT Pro:....2014 Silver Totals: 3 Quarters / 7 Dimes / 4 Silver Rings....2014 Gold Totals: 0

Reply With Quote


1 members found this post helpful.
  #9  
Old 03-11-2012, 01:14 PM
Vito's Avatar
Vito Vito is offline
Elite Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Recklinghausen District
Posts: 1,143
Default

Great poll, Carol.

Now, right from this point of knowledge after a few detecting years my advice will be the Silver Ámax made by Tesoro.
Reply With Quote


  #10  
Old 03-11-2012, 06:28 PM
MetalMiner's Avatar
MetalMiner MetalMiner is offline
Elite Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: NewJersey
Posts: 514
Default

the results are kinda what I expected,from the research I did before I bought mine a few weeks ago, it seemed everyone recommends ACE250 or F2. I chose F2.

__________________
Minelab Safari / 2013 Totals:Coins=95 total $10.18

Reply With Quote


  #11  
Old 03-11-2012, 08:22 PM
Joves's Avatar
Joves Joves is offline
Elite Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Chester SC
Posts: 1,806
Default

For me it was the Etrac. Granted not for every beginner but I already knew I was going to stick with it.

__________________
My photography site http://joves.smugmug.com/
I detect, therefore I find. Etracin it.

Reply With Quote


  #12  
Old 03-11-2012, 10:14 PM
ATLfun's Avatar
ATLfun ATLfun is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 275
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by raptortrapper View Post
I'm one that HATES to constantly replace equipment. I am new to this, and have just ordered my first machine -- the Minelab Etrac
I went the same route but I bought the T2 from Kellyco with all the coils that I could ever use. I am satisfied that I have plenty of machine for me to grow into. I must admit that I am always amazed at the numbers that are put up by F2 experts at a much lower price point. I honestly believe that the indian is always more important than the arrow.


Brian

__________________
T2 SE fully loaded-5", 11" and 15" DD coils, Pro Pointer w/the Bomb Sheath- 2013 Clad: $1.27

Reply With Quote


  #13  
Old 03-11-2012, 10:36 PM
carcur's Avatar
carcur carcur is offline
Elite Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: carson city nv
Posts: 6,306
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Greek2Me View Post
I vote for the Xterra 305. A great beginner detector and it can hold its own with the midrange detectors too.

G2M
i am the 2nd vote hope we get more
i started with a 505 used it for a year but when i got my etrac the 505 hasnt seen the light of day since

__________________
CTX 3030 xterra 505 garret propointer stealth 720i 2014 totals 16 silver coins 6 silver jewelery 1 white gold oldest coin 1835 dime

Reply With Quote


  #14  
Old 03-12-2012, 01:38 AM
RyanChappell's Avatar
RyanChappell RyanChappell is offline
Elite Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Alabama
Posts: 3,257
Default

Great poll!

F2 - Affordable, Numeric VDI, Fast Recovery, Easy to learn and succeed right away, Target Symbols (Iron, Ni, Zn, Dime, Qtr), better tones than Ace.

__________________
The truth is that we are all fools who pick up trash for an average of $1 an hour for a hobby, and love it!

Reply With Quote


1 members found this post helpful.
  #15  
Old 03-12-2012, 09:10 PM
WildDigger's Avatar
WildDigger WildDigger is offline
Elite Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Winder, Ga
Posts: 10,321
Default

I vote for the AT Pro ONLY because that is what I went with for the type of hunting I was interested in doing.

__________________
CTX3030 Excal2, At Pro, Stavr M10 2014: Silver 94, 925=58, Gold=21. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCT3lt5YN59j_6NrzpC9yg0g

Reply With Quote


  #16  
Old 03-12-2012, 10:18 PM
chuck zelsman chuck zelsman is offline
New Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: OFallon MO
Posts: 18
Default

Glad to see the F2 rated so high. Just got one with two coils. I hope it is the right one for me
Reply With Quote


  #17  
Old 03-13-2012, 06:05 PM
triplehooked's Avatar
triplehooked triplehooked is offline
Elite Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Lowell, MI
Posts: 556
Default

Definitely the compadre. Simple to use, inexpensive yet top quality. It allows you to focus first on the sounds, which to me are more important than a screen. (For the more experienced folk,ever had that deep hit that just sounds good but poor vdi?) Learn the sounds of the machine first. If you decide to upgrade the compadre will stay in your stable as a totllot killer. If you decide you don't like the hobby the resale on this detector is very good. And don't forget about the lifetime warranty!

__________________
V3i and Dx-1, Vaquero, Trx, Lesche
Past. F75, CZ3D,CZ20, Tesoro Vaquero, Cibola, Classic Id, MXT, XLT, VX3, Ace 150, F2, Explorer SE

Reply With Quote


  #18  
Old 03-15-2012, 12:56 PM
Zakstang's Avatar
Zakstang Zakstang is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: SE Minnesota
Posts: 72
Default

I love my F2...that with a Garrett Propointer and Im having a blast!

__________________
2013 Clad: $0.00
2012 Clad: $111.56 Gold: 0 Silver:3 coins-4 rings-1 locket- 1 bracelet

Reply With Quote


  #19  
Old 03-23-2012, 10:52 PM
ZR2guy's Avatar
ZR2guy ZR2guy is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Ohio
Posts: 394
Default

What about the Teknetics Delta 4000

__________________
Dig to learn or else learn to dig! X-terra 705, Gray Ghost Ultimates, Garrett PP, Fiskars digger

Reply With Quote


2 members found this post helpful.
  #20  
Old 03-26-2012, 01:44 PM
ctmcklowe96's Avatar
ctmcklowe96 ctmcklowe96 is offline
Full Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: SE Wisconsin, near Kenosha
Posts: 207
Default

I started with a Garrett GTAx 550 and found it quite easy to use. Got it used, and now is ready to have the kids take a swing with it.

__________________
Fisher F70, Minelab Sovereign XS-2 Pro, Garrett Pro pp, Vibra-Probe Model 460 pp, Lesche digger, Sampson T-handle.

Reply With Quote


Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Good beginner detector for use in the sand/wet sand of L.A. Beaches? jesse977 Advice on Detector Purchase 4 06-07-2012 09:33 PM
Good Beginner Detector? MattMoore2012 Advice on Detector Purchase 19 05-22-2012 04:20 AM
What's a good detector for a beginner? jessntony08 General Hobby Discussion 8 06-05-2011 11:04 PM
Whats a good beginner detector for coins? flurrrs Coinshooters and Relic Hunters 23 03-05-2010 01:06 PM
is there a good beginner detector for $100 or under? anna22 Advice on Detector Purchase 5 03-28-2009 04:19 PM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 09:36 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.