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Re: A Bold statement made by Makro with the R2....
Posted by: Southwind
Date: March 15, 2017 02:26PM
I think the proof is in the finds. I've been hunting the same places for 40+ years now and I can confidently say it takes a detector with a difference to make any good finds at some of these places. Last year when I first got my Racer 2 I took it with a buddy to and old fort site absolutely hunted to death. It's not a big area so coverage has been well done. My first hunt there and I pull a 1835 half dime just under the surface. Not in some out of the way spot, but in an area we consistently hunt and in fact have to walk past every time we come and go. This is my second coin from here. The last being a 1839 half dime over 30 years ago.

I cannot say without a doubt it was thanks to the Racer 2, but I have also pulled many buttons and balls from the same stomped grounds all with the Racer 2.

I have owned them all from the Deus to CTX 3030 and each has show it's worth. The Racer 2 has shown it's worth and I now have sold all but my Racer 2 and the E-Trac.



The real treasure is in the hunt...



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 03/15/2017 02:30PM by Southwind.

the R2....
Posted by: Rich (Utah)
Date: March 18, 2017 12:23AM
Last Summer, I sold off my long time e-trac intending to buy a ctx-3030 and never pulled the trigger on the 3030. Since then, I have been spinning the merry-go-round of used detectors trying a few things and retrying a few older things. After several months of indecision, I felt like it was time to MAKE a decision. I have a Racer 2 on the way and I have to say I'm looking forward to it.

Many of the private yards I hunt have already been hunted a time or two. I have a few public places that I personally have hunted HARD for over 30 years, always going back hoping to find a coin or two. More often now walking away empty handed. So I need a little edge. I'm hoping this Racer 2 is that.

I'll keep you posted.

Rich (Utah)



* etrac * racer 2 * eq 800 * . . and others *

1st day of detecting school . . . . . . . . . . . .

Rich (Utah), I guessed you would get it. But did
Posted by: Monte
Date: March 18, 2017 04:45AM
you also get a smaller-size coil for it?

The Racer 2 is a really great detector and fills some spots in my personal arsenal, but gets most of the job done with a smaller-size coil. I use either the 'OOR' DD or the round 5½" DD the bulk of the time because, as you know, I hunt in very trashy sites. In areas that are more open (between this area of dense trash and that area of dense trash) these two coils can provide surprising depth-of-detection for their size.

I can grab any of my Regular-Use Detectors for any task I encounter, but for most 'Urban Coin Hunting' with a Target ID detector, my preference is using my Makro Racer 2 or Nokta Impact. Both of them, with a smaller-size coil mounted, are used most often, and should I want more open-area coverage I lean towards the Impact with the standard 7X11 DD coil.

ALL of my 'Regular-Use' detectors can work very well for different Coin & Jewelry Hunting or Relic Hunting applications. On some of them I just leave a specific search coil assigned, such as my Bandido II microMAX and Mojave, and never plan to swap them around, but on others I learned where I have a preferred detector and specific coil assignment when I go to a mid-size or larger-size. I know you have thinned your arsenal a bit, and I really think you'll like the Racer 2 once you get to know it and are comfortable with it, I just hope you have, or plan to get, a smaller-size coil.

Hope to see you soon, even possibly before the May WTHO if I get down that direction. I'll see if you still have any interest in, or room for, another unit that is in the oldie-but-goodie category. :thumbup: I mounted a brown 8" coil and it works quite well.

Let us know what you think of the Racer 2 after a week of in-the-field use after you get it.

Monte



"Your EYES ... the only 100% accurate form of Discrimination!"

Stinkwater Wells
Trading Post

Metal Detector Evaluations and Product Reviews
'How-To' help for Coin & Jewelry Hunting, Relic Hunting and Useful Techniques.

My Regular-Use Detectors:
Nokta:
Impact, FORS Relic and FORS CoRe (Using mainly the 'OOR', 5", 4X7½, 5X9½ open-frame DD's or 7" Concentric coils as needed. Other coils on-hand.)
Tesoro:
Vaquero, Silver Sabre µMAX and Mojave (With either a 6" or 7" Concentric coil in use, or maybe 8X11 DD on the Vaquero.)

Other Specialty Use Detectors from:
Compass, Makro, Nokta, Tesoro and White's
Note: Detectors are listed alphabetically by Brand, NOT in my order of preference for use. Additional search coils on-hand in accessory bags.

Pinpointers: Using Nokta and Makro Pointers.
Headphones: Using the Killer B 'Hornet'.

*** All working well today to make memories for tomorrow. ***

monte@stinkwaterwells.com .. or .. monte@ahrps.org
(503) 481-8147


Finally made a decision,
Posted by: Rich (Utah)
Date: March 19, 2017 04:26AM
and I have lots of anticipation in getting to know this Racer 2. It's a bit of a change from my etrac.

I didn't pick up a small coil immediately with the Racer 2 purchase as my initial thought is to see how I like the detector before I invest any significant $$ on accessories. However, after deliberating on some of your and Gregg's NBPT'ing I thought it would be prudent to have pick up a small coil sooner than later. I decided to pick up a CORS 5" coil for it. Racer 2 should be here Monday and the coil not far behind that. Gregg has some spare-spares available as well that I may need as I get further down the road.

Just as a heads up, I still have the time off I scheduled for the original April WTHO hunt. Could be a good hunting weekend.


Rich -

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Monte
you also get a smaller-size coil for it?

The Racer 2 is a really great detector and fills some spots in my personal arsenal, but gets most of the job done with a smaller-size coil. I use either the 'OOR' DD or the round 5½" DD the bulk of the time because, as you know, I hunt in very trashy sites. In areas that are more open (between this area of dense trash and that area of dense trash) these two coils can provide surprising depth-of-detection for their size.

I can grab any of my Regular-Use Detectors for any task I encounter, but for most 'Urban Coin Hunting' with a Target ID detector, my preference is using my Makro Racer 2 or Nokta Impact. Both of them, with a smaller-size coil mounted, are used most often, and should I want more open-area coverage I lean towards the Impact with the standard 7X11 DD coil.

ALL of my 'Regular-Use' detectors can work very well for different Coin & Jewelry Hunting or Relic Hunting applications. On some of them I just leave a specific search coil assigned, such as my Bandido II microMAX and Mojave, and never plan to swap them around, but on others I learned where I have a preferred detector and specific coil assignment when I go to a mid-size or larger-size. I know you have thinned your arsenal a bit, and I really think you'll like the Racer 2 once you get to know it and are comfortable with it, I just hope you have, or plan to get, a smaller-size coil.

Hope to see you soon, even possibly before the May WTHO if I get down that direction. I'll see if you still have any interest in, or room for, another unit that is in the oldie-but-goodie category. :thumbup: I mounted a brown 8" coil and it works quite well.

Let us know what you think of the Racer 2 after a week of in-the-field use after you get it.

Monte



* etrac * racer 2 * eq 800 * . . and others *

1st day of detecting school . . . . . . . . . . . .

Rich (Utah), the Racer 2 will be 'different' but
Posted by: Monte
Date: March 19, 2017 09:11AM
probably in better ways overall. I generally prefer a slow-sweep, methodical coil presentation to deal with all conditions, and with only a few exceptions I have preference for a rounder-shaped search coil compared with an elliptical design. There are exceptions. On the Racer 2 it makes little difference to me if I mount the round 5½" DD or the just slightly 'Out-Of-Round' shaped 'OOR' DD. I believe the CORE is the same as the NEL, and if so then that round 5" will perform like Gregg's NEL Sharp 5" DD and that was very acceptable performance.

You could pick a Makro 'OOR', 5½" round, or a NEL / CORE 5" round DD coil and have just what you need in performance for those really dense iron trashed townsites that await us. Really very comparable performance overall. I keep either of the Makro coils attached to my Racer 2, a 5½" round DD on my main-use Nokta FORS Relic and the 'OOR' DD on my Nokta FORS CoRe. The 4X7¾ DD stays on my Nokta Impact. Because I work in debris fields more than open, clean sites, smaller coils are a #1 pick and then in low-to-modest trash (especially a lot of iron nails) I opt for a mid-sized coil.

I keep a 5½X10 Concentric on a 2nd Nokta FORS Relic I bought just for that coil to be ready-for-use. I could mount a same-size DD on the Racer 2 or FORS CoRe, and I saw on the Nokta website where they plan to have a 5X9 open DD for the Impact. Most likely that match-up would be my personal 2nd mid-sized coil option of my current detector battery.

For those fewer opportunities to use a 'standard' size search coil when I take on a wide-open environment with few metal targets that are well spaced to reduced good-target masking, there are only five models in my Regular-Use Detector Battery I care to use a standard coil on. My best guess is that after working the Racer 2 for an ample to to learn it and master its strengths, you're going to also use a smaller-size or mid-sized coil most of the time. I'll send you an e-mail later today after I'm home from church to share some personal thoughts on search coils with you.

I'll also check my accessory gear and see if I have a spare lower rod, in case you might want one for the extra Racer 2 coil. Congrats on getting a Racer 2. :clapping: One of the better detectors on the market today as far as I am concerned.

Monte



"Your EYES ... the only 100% accurate form of Discrimination!"

Stinkwater Wells
Trading Post

Metal Detector Evaluations and Product Reviews
'How-To' help for Coin & Jewelry Hunting, Relic Hunting and Useful Techniques.

My Regular-Use Detectors:
Nokta:
Impact, FORS Relic and FORS CoRe (Using mainly the 'OOR', 5", 4X7½, 5X9½ open-frame DD's or 7" Concentric coils as needed. Other coils on-hand.)
Tesoro:
Vaquero, Silver Sabre µMAX and Mojave (With either a 6" or 7" Concentric coil in use, or maybe 8X11 DD on the Vaquero.)

Other Specialty Use Detectors from:
Compass, Makro, Nokta, Tesoro and White's
Note: Detectors are listed alphabetically by Brand, NOT in my order of preference for use. Additional search coils on-hand in accessory bags.

Pinpointers: Using Nokta and Makro Pointers.
Headphones: Using the Killer B 'Hornet'.

*** All working well today to make memories for tomorrow. ***

monte@stinkwaterwells.com .. or .. monte@ahrps.org
(503) 481-8147


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Re: A Bold statement made by Makro with the R2....
Posted by: OregonGregg
Date: March 19, 2017 10:45AM
Congrats Rich on the Racer 2. Down the road after getting to know the machine and if you decide it's for you and you want to keep it, I would say getting the 5.5 x 10 coil would be a next step. It is a great coil to have in your arsenal.



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