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New machine arrived today
Posted by: db-uk
Date: July 21, 2017 11:30AM
Hi all

First post here, I started metal detecting 8 months ago and bought a Whites Treasure Master, nice machine but outgrew it so I have bought a Racer 2 which arrived today :)
I have been watching loads of YouTube vids over the last few days to get a grip of how it operates which I thought seemed simple enough but watching other people use it then you attempt it yourself is always a different matter :)
One thing I am a bit concerned about is I thought it was chattering a bit much and thought I may have a defective coil but after actually reading the manual on ground balancing and realising you have to do an automatic ground balance on land without any metal, well my garden is full of the stuff so I think this is where the chattering is coming from, Have to try it at another location.

Overall I am really impressed with the detector and now I actually have it, watching the YouTube vids again I may understand them a bit better and look forward to digging up many goodies :)

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Re: New machine arrived today
Posted by: Kapok
Date: July 21, 2017 12:36PM
I would suggest running your new Racer in 3 tones until you get more experience with it. 3 tones is much quieter, with less chatter. However, you should be able to find a clean spot in your garden to ground balance it unless your garden is a bed of nails. You only need a few inches.

Also, look for any electrical interference nearby, which can cause a lot of excess noise.

Enjoy your detector and feel free to ask questions.



Ridding the world of pulltabs, one plug at a time | Makro Racer 2 | Minelab Explorer SE

Re: New machine arrived today
Posted by: Sonnyd
Date: July 21, 2017 01:24PM
I just have to agree with everything Kapok said.... Wish it wasn't so HOT here, or I'd be out enjoying my Racer today......and CONGRATS! on a Great machine

Re: New machine arrived today
Posted by: db-uk
Date: July 21, 2017 01:44PM
Thanks for the info chaps, The back garden IS a hotbed of nails and countless other ferrous material...in all metal mode and this is also with the Treasure Master it is one constant signal but I will get out over the weekend and see whats what :)
Mind you I don't really know how what sounds it is supposed to make and how quiet it is supposed to be but just watched a vid with someone using the Red Racer and it is pretty chattery!
Cheers



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 07/21/2017 01:49PM by db-uk.

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Re: New machine arrived today
Posted by: Rick(ND)
Date: July 21, 2017 03:15PM
I find that these detectors, both the Makro and the Nokata are a bit chattery around here and found the gain (sensitivity) is too high from the factory, so I have to lower mine down a bit to get it to settle down, so if you notice it seems to chatter too much just lower the gain down a bit. These are more sensitive than what you been using as you will see with experience.

Rick



Sovereign GT
Makro Racer 2 Pro
Noka Impact Pro
Timberwolfs HP for the Sovereign
Uni Probe For The other detectors
Got the detectors, just need time to use them

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Re: New machine arrived today
Posted by: Stoof-tabsallday
Date: July 21, 2017 11:36PM
Nothing to add besides enjoy the machine and learn it as best you can and make your money back plus some!!!
Congrats on a great choice!!!



Stefan (Michigan)

Nokta Fors Relic 7x11", 5.5x10"DD, 5", 5.5x10 Concentric


Makro Racer 2 - 7x11", 5.5x10", 5" DD


:tesoro: Mojave
:tesoro: Deleon - Troy shadow super 7",
:tesoro: Compadre 8
:tesoro: Compadre 5.75
:tesoro: Bandido II Micromax
:tesoro: Outlaw
:tesoro: Cibola- GB/all metal toggle mod
:tesoro: Vaquero
:tesoro: Cutlass Micromax 8

Lots of coils

*Not listed in any special order*

Tools:
Garrett carrot, lesche shovel, Killer B Wasps, my bare hands

Re: New machine arrived today
Posted by: db-uk
Date: July 22, 2017 09:12AM
Day two of my new Racer 2...
Went out to a permission literally a few minutes walk from my home, a farmers field which is incredibly trashy. The Treasure master never found a single thing because it is simply full of iron but the Racer 2 actually picked some targets among the crap!
First 3 coins, a modern 20p, and two pre decimal coins, a 1968 three pence and a rather nice 1966 ship half penny (this is the UK) and a small 1cm round lead disk which is encrusted in green but careful viewing looks like there is some sort of design plus possibly lettering. I think it may be a very old flax bale seal or a simple lead token but a nice find, the other stuff was interesting relics but don't know what they could be as yet.
The chattering I experienced yesterday was virtually gone with an automatic ground balance on different soil :)
Overall I am very impressed with the machine, well worth the money but the only thing that spoiled my experience was the stupid headphones as every time I put the machine on the floor they got ripped of my head so cordless is the way to go!
Cheers

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Re: New machine arrived today
Posted by: OregonGregg
Date: July 22, 2017 10:02AM
Sounds like the Racer is doing a great job. Yes the included headphones if you got the Pro Pack are right close to worthless for using on a detector. A good pair of detecting headphones ( Pro Stars, Killer Bees etc) will make a world of difference. Also, Makro makes a pair of wireless headphones for the Racer 2.



Makro Racer & Racer 2
Nokta Fors CoRe
Whites M6

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Re: New machine arrived today
Posted by: Cal_Cobra
Date: July 24, 2017 12:05AM
The R2 is a great machine, I'm sure you'll do well with it.

Get the Makro wireless headphones and you'll never want to wear another pair of wired headphones in your life, I LOVE my Makro wireless headphones on my R2 and Impact. It's so nice not to be tethered to the machine, no more wires to get tangled up in the brush, can you tell I like them :detecting:

Re: New machine arrived today
Posted by: db-uk
Date: July 24, 2017 03:59AM
Well, Day 3 of my new Racer 2, went down to a slither of land that lots of people walk through now and in the past. I found only a few coins with the treasure master before so was eager to see what the Racer 2 would do, well it is a coin magnet as in a very short time I had found 8 old coins plus a multitude of modern coins.
This is a very easy machine to use, the tones are extremely easy to decipher and the settings are simplistic but powerful...in essence, I LOVE IT :))

I found 5 ship half pennies, three in a coin spill, one shilling and two three pence coins plus is what at first I thought was a coin but was a disk with "STANLEY Q.C. REFRESHMENTS", not sure what this was though.
I also went to the beach afterwards to see how it would perform on the notorious NE England highly mineralized sands and I must say it worked perfectly...once ground balanced not a single falsing, it was silent but unfortunately was also silent for finds, it's a very clean beach :), the only two but very clear signals I had on the wet sand was a piece of foil and a two pence piece but it worked :))

Very happy.




Re: New machine arrived today
Posted by: doc holiday232
Date: July 24, 2017 12:08PM
Nice finds and excellent report. Good luck.

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Re: New machine arrived today
Posted by: staffydog33
Date: July 25, 2017 07:40AM
seen yuh posts over on the other forum.

Nice choice of detector....LOVE MINE!!

Matt.

Re: New machine arrived today
Posted by: oleterryg
Date: July 26, 2017 08:18PM
Encouraging to read that you are happy with your Racer 2.
I just took delivery on a Red Racer 2 weeks ago. I can't say I love it yet, but still learning the machine.

I tried the cheap headphones that came with my Racer. After about 3 min I put them back in my car and put the real Mccoy on. Killer B's.

Re: New machine arrived today
Posted by: beachbandit
Date: September 01, 2017 06:12PM
I hope you have better luck I would not buy this marko racer if they paid me this thing is like using a bounty hunter if I did it again I would buy a whites and I have had all kinds of detectors in my 30 years of detecton it will not work in slat wet sand and all I keep doing is setting and resetting this thing is a kids toy.

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Re: New machine arrived today
Posted by: dfmike
Date: September 01, 2017 07:12PM
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beachbandit
I hope you have better luck I would not buy this marko racer if they paid me this thing is like using a bounty hunter if I did it again I would buy a whites and I have had all kinds of detectors in my 30 years of detecton it will not work in slat wet sand and all I keep doing is setting and resetting this thing is a kids toy.


I don't have a Racer but I have a Nokta CoRe which is supposed to be similar. I did have a Bounty Hunter and for the price, it wasn't that bad. It was a decent machine to enter the metal detecting world and learn the ropes. It found me many silver coins and rings. The CoRe and I'm sure any Nokta/Mars detector is in a different category. They are not a beginner machine in my opinion but they are certainly not toys. Perhaps yours is broken.



Active detectors: Fisher F5 , Fisher F19 LTD, Nokta Fors CoRe, Makro pointer and way too many coils.
Previous detectors: Bounty Hunter Discovery, Fisher F44, Omega 8000 V6, Minelab X-Terra 705

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