HELP!! Looking to expand into the Hobby :)
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I am looking to expand into detecting and wondering if these are good detectors to start?
Whites IDX Pro & a Bounty Hunter pioneer 101 metal detectors, along with two pin pointers, a root slayer shovel, and digger , head phones , scoop, and a multi pocket waist pouch.
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Looks like a good package to get into a great hobby. Best of luck and I look forward to your treasure finds... and pull tabs. Cheers, RickO
I hope you can put fresh batteries in both detectors and do a test garden to make sure they work. Discrimination and detection depth are what you've paying for. On a lighter note, pinpointers are great to probe with and that rootslayer shovel is excellent. Good luck. Peace Roy
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The shovel is probably the best thing there. The detectors are obsolete and the pinpointers are low quality. Sorry for the bad news.
If you are interested in finding old coins, I recommend buying a Minelab Vanquish 440 or 540. I also advise getting a Garrett pinpointer and a Lesche hand digger. If you have a little more money to spend, get a Minelab Equinox instead of a Vanquish.
That looks like a decent setup at a decent price, jmo. If you do happy hunting
What are you looking to hunt?
Coin shooting the whites will do.
Whites is no longer in business
Bounty Hunter pioneer for
Good entry point if the price is right and you can test drive them on what you want to hunt.
As others have said be sure to test them out.
They are on the lower end of the spectrum. If you seriously get into the hobby you'll be upgrading the detectors soon.
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Yes, as you progress in the hobby, you will upgrade. However, the items will also sell to others just entering the hobby. Cheers, RickO
I’m also looking to start metal detecting. Price isn’t an issue. I plan on this being a long term hobby and don’t mind having to upgrade down the road but would honestly prefer to buy something that will be adequate for a long time now. I’m thinking of getting the equinox 800, how’s the learning curve on these, I’ve read they aren’t really for a beginners. Main objective is coins but also have some places in mind for possible gold. Any input would be appreciated. Thanks
If I were advising someone on buying a new Equinox, I would say buy a 700 or a 900. A 600 or 800 would be a no go, unless it was a great deal on a used machine. I suspect that the 600 and 800 will be discontinued in the not too distant future.
If you are talking about gold nuggets, the 800 has a prospecting mode, don't know if the 900 has this but would be surprised if it doesn't.
Honestly, I still think a Vanquish 440 or 540 is the perfect coin machine for a beginner. It gives Equinox level performance in mild soil without all the menus and complications of setting up an Equinox. I found the Equinox to be unusable until I customized the tone break, something that I doubt a beginner would contemplate or attempt.
If possible, join a MD club in your area... Ask at a shop that sells them if there are any clubs. Lots of help at clubs, and good shops as well. Keep us posted... Cheers, RickO
I think Youtube videos have largely made the informational value of clubs obsolete. Even with Youtube, some people may still appreciate the social value of a detecting club, although I personally prefer solitude.
@Bayard1908.... Many YouTube videos are really helpful, but the personal interface with immediate feedback is -IMO- more effective. JMO Cheers, RickO