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Anyone Using Tinytec Pinpointers ?
Posted by: Cal_Cobra
Date: January 16, 2008 07:43PM
I was thinking about pulling the trigger on a Tinytec 6 1/2" Deluxe pinpointer for $39.

They reviewed pretty well at that MD review site, but was just wondering if anyone here was using them and what their thoughts were on them ?

Of course I'd love to get a Sun Ray for my C$, but at $160+ I'd be curious to see if the Tinytec is a viable alternative.

Thanks !!
Cal

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Re: Anyone Using Tinytec Pinpointers ?
Posted by: lordmarcovan
Date: January 17, 2008 07:31AM
Yes, I have had two.

At thirty-nine bucks, they are a great buy, and you will probably get your money's worth.

However, I must say that both of mine died on me. I got several years out of the first one, but barely more than a year on the second one (which I paid the $39 for).

In time, the buzzer gets less and less audible, until finally you are left with only the red light as an indicator. The white penlight beam on my first one quit after two weeks or so, but I never needed it. It was too wimpy, anyway, and would barely shine to the end of the shaft. But that was on an earlier model. The second one I got had an improved, brighter light that lasted as long as the probe did. (Which unfortunately wasn't very long).

Price considerations aside, would the Tinytec be my first pick? Probably not. But did I get my money's worth out of the two I used? You betcha. I can still recommend it as a nice cheap probe, and if your luck runs better than mine, you may get years of trouble-free service out of yours (as I did with my first one).

I guess I am just jinxed when it comes to probes. When my second Tinytec died, I bought a much more expensive Sun Ray GI-1 for my GTI-2500, and it was great... for two weeks. Then IT went bad on me, leaving me probeless. (However, to be fair, I should say that the main reason I found this website is so I could resolve my issue with the Sun-Ray, and Ralph at Sun-Ray generously agreed to fix my GI-1 under warranty, even though I had procrastinated for about a year before sending it in and I might not have even registered it when I got it. It goes off today to be fixed, and if it works well upon the return, I might become a Sun-Ray fan in time.)

I must be rough on my probes. I do often leave my detector and probes in my vehicle, which is not a good idea here in the Deep South during summertime. (However, my Sun-Ray went bad during cooler weather, so I don't think a hot van was the problem in that case.)

I probably should treat my equipment a little better than I do.

Try the Tinytec for $39. Shoot, I might get another one if they are still selling them at that price (got a link?), and keep it as a loaner/backup probe. At the cheap price, you haven't got much to lose. You'll get some good use out of it before it dies, if it dies at all. (Like I said, it might just work great for you, with no problems).

At the price, they're hard to beat.



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Re: Anyone Using Tinytec Pinpointers ?
Posted by: vstar2007
Date: January 17, 2008 07:56AM
I brought one a few weeks ago. It seems to do ok, have not got to use it to much, as I am doing another battle with brain cancer at the moment. Did receive 3 dollar coins with it like the add stated. The lite seems to be ok, it just shines down the tube giving a spread out effect with shadower in the middle, But for 39.00 and them giving 3 coins not bad. Will post more when I can get out and use it.

David

here is the web site

http://www.tinytec-probes.com/pagesales.html

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Re: Anyone Using Merlin pin pointer ?
Posted by: tabdog
Date: January 17, 2008 07:57AM
The cheepist I've found is $69 pluss shipping on the Tinytec. Where do you get the $39 ones?

I have a Bounty Hunter pin pointer. If I hold it up to my ear inside I can hear it. If I put against my teeth I can tell it's vibrating.

I've never been able to tell when it is responding in the field. Never, I mean not once did it ever do anything for me.:ranting:

I ordered the Merlin for $75 and free shipping to my location. Now they tell me that it is out of stock and discontinued:sad:

I guess I'll just get a Bullseye:shrug:

HH,



Tabdog in Arkie Land
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Re: Anyone Using Tinytec Pinpointers ?
Posted by: vstar2007
Date: January 17, 2008 08:04AM
They have the 39.00 on the web site I posted above.

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Re: Anyone Using Tinytec Pinpointers ?
Posted by: lordmarcovan
Date: January 17, 2008 08:04AM
The $39.95 on the 6.5" one is apparently an "end of model closeout sale". (Thanks for the link, vstar).

I believe that is what I used when I bought my second one (though there were no free coins involved at the time). As I mentioned above, the second one I bought so cheaply did not last but a year or so at most, but I still got my money's worth out of it.

I might have to get another at that price.

Re: Anyone Using Tinytec Pinpointers ?
Posted by: vstar2007
Date: January 17, 2008 08:13AM
Here is alink to the bounty hunter form where I posted pics of the coins I received.

http://www.findmall.com/read.php?60,636761

Re: Anyone Using Tinytec Pinpointers ?
Posted by: Cal_Cobra
Date: January 17, 2008 03:04PM
Thanks everyone for the feedback.

I was a BIG spender :wiggle: and ordered the Tinytec ~6 1/2" Ultra Deluxe for $49.95 inc. shipping - LOL!!

BTW these things have a 25 month warranty and come with three $1 US Coins.

lordmarcovan you should invoke that 25 month warranty if possible, you really can't beat that. IF you get 25 months out of it, your cost is $2/month.

Cal

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Re: I JUST ORDERED tinytec WITH THE tiny PRICE$
Posted by: tabdog
Date: January 17, 2008 04:17PM
I just ordered the Tiny Tec.

The add said five coins.

Now they say three coins.:O

$39.95 plus $4.60 shipping. Total $44.55.

I think that's cheeper than the Bounty Hunter. I just did it for the coins:wacko:

<>NOT<>:lol:

Wish I had a Pocket Uniprob. 5" on a quarter:O Ya but it cost more than my Eldorado:huh:

HH,



Tabdog in Arkie Land
Tesoro B&D'er

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Re: Anyone Using Tinytec Pinpointers ?
Posted by: lordmarcovan
Date: January 18, 2008 03:01AM
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Cal_Cobra

lordmarcovan you should invoke that 25 month warranty if possible, you really can't beat that. IF you get 25 months out of it, your cost is $2/month.

Cal
Thanks, but I'm not sure mine had that. Anyway, it was about a year or more back, and if my usual slack, lazy habits are any indication, I probably never registered the thing in the first place. Besides, I no longer have it- gave it to a techie pal to play with. He's been unable to fix it.

Might have to spring for one of these with the warranty, though. That's good that they're offering that.



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Re: Anyone Using Tinytec Pinpointers ?
Posted by: harry220
Date: March 13, 2008 08:49PM
The Tinytec is a piece of garbage. Save your money and time by getting the Bounty Hunter. I buried my Tinytec in a hole I dug because I was so disgusted with it. Maybe someone will dig it up someday. It will register as trash on your detector though.

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Re: Mine works fine.N/T
Posted by: tabdog
Date: March 13, 2008 09:57PM

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Re: Anyone Using Tinytec Pinpointers ?
Posted by: treasurefiend
Date: March 13, 2008 11:03PM
I'm gonna buy the:

"Better"
Tinytec ~6 1/2"
Ultra Deluxe

its on sale for $45

http://www.tinytec-probes.com/pagesales.html#deluxeultradeluxe



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Re: Anyone Using Tinytec Pinpointers ?
Posted by: tabdog
Date: March 13, 2008 11:44PM
I think you will like it.

It workes very well.

I have learned to save a lot of time with it.

HH,



Tabdog in Arkie Land
Tesoro B&D'er

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Re: Anyone Using Tinytec Pinpointers ?
Posted by: treasurefiend
Date: March 14, 2008 12:28AM
cool

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