I think the most common argument amongst metal detectorists
has to be “What’s the best machine?”
Everyone has their favorite(s). I
for one am a big fan of the Garrett AT Pro (as is my good friend Gary over at
Heavy Metal Detecting). Gerald Johnson
at Thrills in the Dig, while a fan of the AT Pro now runs a Fisher F75 SE which
he is madly in love with. Meanwhile Lee
Jackson at Civil War Miscellaneous Relic Hunters who is usually a Minelab guy is currently running
an AT Gold with amazing results.
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The perfect machine is based on a lot of things, but it’s
mainly personal preference. A lot of
factors go into choosing the right detector.
First, what’s your pleasure? Are
you a coin shooter or do you go for the relics?
Is it jewelry you’re hoping to find?
And where are you hunting? Do you
plan on using it on the beach, in hot soil with high mineralization or are you
looking to hunt some fields or woods?
There are other important things to consider as well. Price is certainly the biggest factor—what’s
your budget and which machine is the best bang for your buck? Weight is also a major concern to some, as
are certain features such as whether the detector is waterproof or what discrimination
options it offers. Some even choose a
machine based on what color it comes in (Please don’t do this!!!)
The bottom line however, isn’t the metal detector you’re
running. It’s how well you learn it and
what it produces. Let me say that
again. It’s how well you LEARN IT and
what it PRODUCES! If you’re using a beat
up detector you scored for five bucks at a garage sale and you’re finding tons of
really good stuff with it, who CARES what brand it is! Get out there and dig those goodies and don’t
listen to that dude telling you that you need the latest and greatest four thousand
dollar machine because it’s “better”. If
and when you out grow you’re machine, you’ll be the first one to know it. Trust me on this one!
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