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Entry Metal Detector $150 +/-
« on: February 12, 2018, 12:56:52 PM »

Ok, so I think I'm going to be limited to about $150 to purchase a new metal detector at the end of the month.  As is such I've narrowed my search to a few choices.  I've decided I'd like to purchase new unless something amazing comes up at the time I'm ready to buy.  So I've come up with the following models and things I like about them and I'd like some feedback from the fine people here.

Garett Ace 200 @ $170
This seems like a solid model from a reputable company, I watched a video they made for it and like the screen and general setup of the unit.  I'm sort of leaning towards this one at current moment.

Fisher F11 @ $160
This is another model that looks pretty good but it's hard to find many reviews about it, especially US reviews.  I did catch a couple of videos and it seems like a good machine.

Minelab Go-Find 40 @ $150
At first I was really excited about this one because it collapses small and I could hike to places with it in my backpack.  Also I saw a Gary Drayton video showing it's wet sand performance which was impressive for the price.  Wet sand is not a primary concern of mine however.  Also, I've read that it feels more like a toy and may be prone to breaking easily.

Any others I should consider?  What are your thoughts on these models?  Remember I'm a beginner on a budget looking to just find some cool stuff.  I don't expect to get rich on pirate's gold or anything like that.  Finding old coins and relics of interest is my plan.
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Re: Entry Metal Detector $150 +/-
« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2018, 05:57:58 PM »

If it was my money,I’d go for the ace. I think that’s the best detector of the 3 . If you could wait,maybe a month and get closer to 250, you probably could get a great used model of a better machine  :045: That would only be at the end of March, up your way the ground would probably still be frozen anyway   :016:
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Re: Entry Metal Detector $150 +/-
« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2018, 07:46:42 PM »

I second that!! There's a nice Whites mxt in Laconia for $250. Would run circles around the Ace.
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Re: Entry Metal Detector $150 +/-
« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2018, 06:51:37 AM »

Save your money and get a better machine.
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Re: Entry Metal Detector $150 +/-
« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2018, 07:33:52 AM »

I agree with Bob. Those detectors are toys that people buy for little kids.

You're better off buying something used. With the new Minelab Equinox coming out this month a lot of people will be selling their now obsolete machines. There will be lots of great deals for people just getting into the hobby. You should be able to pick up a good high end detector for just a few hundred bucks.

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Re: Entry Metal Detector $150 +/-
« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2018, 07:49:12 AM »

I agree with Bob. Those detectors are toys that people buy for little kids. The Ace 250 is considered the beginner model for adults.

You're better off buying something used. With the new Minelab Equinox coming out this month a lot of people will be selling their now obsolete machines. There will be lots of great deals for people just getting into the hobby. You should be able to pick up a good high end detector for just a few hundred bucks.

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Re: Entry Metal Detector $150 +/-
« Reply #6 on: February 13, 2018, 09:23:55 AM »

I think we should talk. I have a Garrett AT Pro in great shape that I was looking to sell now for about $250. I think it is a great machine for the price. I might be able to get more for it but I would much rather see someone on the forum use it. Shoot me a PM if interested
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Re: Entry Metal Detector $150 +/-
« Reply #7 on: February 13, 2018, 12:21:25 PM »

Thanks for the insight everyone.  As is often the case when I explore new hobbies I start doing my research and asking around and find out I really should spend much more than I can afford. My wife only puts up with that so much  :011:

But I have always had an interest in detecting both for the fun, and for the history that can be uncovered sometimes.  I'm on a pretty low budget this time though with my wife going back to school and living only on my income with a family of 5.  But I might be able to swing a little bit more, also I've got a couple offers on the ACE 250 which I think would be a decent step up from the 200.  If in a years time I'm still really excited about the hobby maybe I can get into the $500 range at tax return time.

Of course at the same time I know how poor equipment can make a hobby frustrating and cause you to quit so I want to be careful of that as well.  Ugh, decisions decisions  :011:
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Re: Entry Metal Detector $150 +/-
« Reply #8 on: February 13, 2018, 03:30:58 PM »

take to AT Pro listed above
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Re: Entry Metal Detector $150 +/-
« Reply #9 on: February 13, 2018, 03:48:52 PM »

I agree with todd. The at pro is a great deal at 250. No real need to upgrade.
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Re: Entry Metal Detector $150 +/-
« Reply #10 on: February 14, 2018, 12:29:25 PM »

PM sent to Rubka888, gonna see if I can wrangle up some more cash.  Decided it's too good a deal to pass up if I can manage it.
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Re: Entry Metal Detector $150 +/-
« Reply #11 on: February 14, 2018, 05:23:08 PM »

PM sent to Rubka888, gonna see if I can wrangle up some more cash.  Decided it's too good a deal to pass up if I can manage it.

Good decision, Jason. The AT Pro is a mid-level detector and a lot of folks on the forum use it or have used it and can offer some advice, I hope you can swing some kind of deal. This way, you don't have to trade up in a year or so and if you decide detecting isn't your cup of tea, you can easily sell something like the AT Pro.
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Re: Entry Metal Detector $150 +/-
« Reply #12 on: February 22, 2018, 06:07:27 PM »

Well, planning to pick up the AT Pro on Saturday afternoon.  I'm pretty excited.  Now if this white stuff would melt and the ground would thaw I'd be all set.
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Re: Entry Metal Detector $150 +/-
« Reply #13 on: February 22, 2018, 09:09:32 PM »

Good choice.

While waiting for the snow to melt, you can spend some time reading the manual, doing air tests and learning the different tones. There are also tons of AT Pro videos to watch and learn from.

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Re: Entry Metal Detector $150 +/-
« Reply #14 on: February 23, 2018, 12:11:34 PM »

I've actually already downloaded the manual and read through a good chunk of it  :011:  Will definitely check out some videos while I wait for the nicer weather.  And lots of air tests to learn the tones and how the detector reacts.  I'm super excited!
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