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To "upgrade" or not?
Posted by: Dan'O
Date: September 19, 2017 11:42PM
I have an MXT PRO with the 950 and the 4x6 coil. I have used this in Indiana and now in Idaho. I have made a few decent finds on coins as deep as 8" but most have been in the 4-5" range. I like to get the most out of each hunt because about half the time I only get one chance at a property. I mainly hunt in town on private residences. Sometimes I have to use both coils due to trash in the yards. I have considered getting the 6x10 but after borrowing one I could not justify the cost. It just didn't separate targets that much more than the 950. Perhaps I needed more time behind it. I like to coin hunt but love to find jewelry and rings of which iv'e only found one so far (rings). I'm considering adding coils or even upgrading machines if I need to. Don't get me wrong I really like the MXT PRO but I miss my XL PRO that I cut my teeth on. I will always have an MXT and as a matter of fact I just bought another one as a back up, but I'm wondering if I would like/benefit from say a V3I... I know there would be a steep learning curve but the minute details of how and why things work and how to make it better is where I'm at my best. Maybe I'm missing the boat all together and should by Minelab!?? That statement alone ought to set in motion a multi page thread!
Thanks for your opinions, advise, 2 cents and most of all your real life experiences.
Dan

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Re: To "upgrade" or not?
Posted by: Wayfarer
Date: September 20, 2017 05:22AM
Welcome to Idaho Dan! I am in just about the same situation as you: I hunt private residences with my MXT and usually only get one chance. My coils of choice are the Spider 9", the White's 6x10, and the White's 5.3 Eclipse (actually more of a 6 1/2" concentric). Here's my reasoning: The first coil I use is the 6x10. If I only have time for one coil, tyhat's the one I use. It separates well and gets "ok" depth, but most importantly, it covers a lot of ground. Giving up depth also means giving up digging those really deep holes that homeowners cringe when they see. With the 6x10, you can be sure you'll get just about everything down to about 6", and covering 10" swaths with each swing.

I also have a V3i, but that is my "nerd" detector I like to fiddle with and learn about different settings, but it is not my go to for private residences. When time is of the essence, the MXT will get you the goods with very little fiddling. I also have an XL Pro that will be buried with me when I finally go. :smile: It's White's best analog detector and is filled with nostalgia and good memories for me having been raised on White's analog machines from yesteryear. But the MXT is still what I reach for when I hunt a private residence, because it is just as deep and has better separation than the XL Pro.

So my two cents is go for the White's 6x10 and stick with your MXT.



Current detectors: White's V3i, MXT, XL Pro, Fisher Gold Bug Pro
Past: White's XLT, 6000D Series 3, Coinmaster 2DB, Minelab CTX 3030
Location: Western Idaho

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Re: To "upgrade" or not?
Posted by: Nancy-IL
Date: September 20, 2017 08:03AM
Great post Wayfarer.

I say stick with your MXT. Enough said. :thumbup:



Nancy - Central Illinois
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Re: To "upgrade" or not?
Posted by: Dan'O
Date: September 20, 2017 08:09PM
Thank you very much for the responses. Now I just need to find a 6X10 at a reasonable price.

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Re: To "upgrade" or not?
Posted by: Nancy-IL
Date: September 21, 2017 06:30AM
I hope you can find one. I'm sure you've checked the classified ads on here, but have you asked about one that's not in use?



Nancy - Central Illinois
Am I getting rich? No, just having fun!

MXT
MXT PRO
with an arsenal of coils.

*Peoria Area Treasure Hunters: Member since 2000.
President 2013, 2014
Secretary 2010, 2011, 2012.
Vice President 9 years.


The General: 02/04/2008 - 03/05/2016. R.I.P. Big Boy and we'll see you at Rainbow Bridge

Re: To "upgrade" or not?
Posted by: Dan'O
Date: September 21, 2017 08:25AM
What do you mean "asked about one that's not in use"?

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Re: To "upgrade" or not?
Posted by: Nancy-IL
Date: September 22, 2017 06:31AM
If you posted that "you are looking for" that coil on the Classifieds here on Findmall.



Nancy - Central Illinois
Am I getting rich? No, just having fun!

MXT
MXT PRO
with an arsenal of coils.

*Peoria Area Treasure Hunters: Member since 2000.
President 2013, 2014
Secretary 2010, 2011, 2012.
Vice President 9 years.


The General: 02/04/2008 - 03/05/2016. R.I.P. Big Boy and we'll see you at Rainbow Bridge

Re: To "upgrade" or not?
Posted by: Dan'O
Date: September 22, 2017 07:19AM
Of coarse! There's my blond moment fir the year! Man, I'm glad that's over...!
Thank you Nancy.

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Re: To "upgrade" or not?
Posted by: Nancy-IL
Date: September 22, 2017 07:30PM
You're only one up on me. I'll catch up soon......You do know that redheads are only 20% smarter than blondes, don't you? :devil:



Nancy - Central Illinois
Am I getting rich? No, just having fun!

MXT
MXT PRO
with an arsenal of coils.

*Peoria Area Treasure Hunters: Member since 2000.
President 2013, 2014
Secretary 2010, 2011, 2012.
Vice President 9 years.


The General: 02/04/2008 - 03/05/2016. R.I.P. Big Boy and we'll see you at Rainbow Bridge

If you went with a larger NEL coil
Posted by: Tony (Michigan)
Date: September 30, 2017 08:27PM
Would you get a lot better depth?
Many older coins are 8 to 10 inches or more. But I'm always surprised to find shallow old coins.

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Re: To "upgrade" or not?
Posted by: TC-NM
Date: October 02, 2017 10:47AM
Dan'O,

There was no mention about the 10" DD in comparison to the 6 x 10 DD. Wanted to know your thoughts and anyone else's about that coil?

Thanks,



White's XL Pro -- Minelab E-Trac -- Garrett Master Hunter CX-II -- Sunray Pro Golds HP-- Rat HP -- Macally Wireless HP -- Lesche & White's Diggers


~ Been Detecting Since '74 ~

Re: To "upgrade" or not?
Posted by: Dan'O
Date: October 03, 2017 08:19PM
I've never tried the 10" DD but after using the 6X10DD twice I can say that it would be hard to top it! I struggle sometimes with the 4X6 and really like the 950 but the separation I see with the 6X10 has really helped me pull more targets out of trashy areas. I can't wait till the 5.3 Eclipse gets here, it was my favorite coil when I had the XL PRO. I did a couple hours tonight and found 4 quarters, 4 nickles, 4 dimes and many pennies - half of them clad. One quarter was mixed with 2 nickles about 2" down and it registered between 72 and 75 on the VDI. Many of the pennies were next to pull tabs or iron of one sort or another and with a little patience I learned to pull the 'good' signal out of the trash. Again, I really like the 4X6DD!

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Re: To "upgrade" or not?
Posted by: Nancy-IL
Date: October 04, 2017 07:42AM
Sounds like you're on a roll with the coil. Congratulations!!!!



Nancy - Central Illinois
Am I getting rich? No, just having fun!

MXT
MXT PRO
with an arsenal of coils.

*Peoria Area Treasure Hunters: Member since 2000.
President 2013, 2014
Secretary 2010, 2011, 2012.
Vice President 9 years.


The General: 02/04/2008 - 03/05/2016. R.I.P. Big Boy and we'll see you at Rainbow Bridge

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6x10 question
Posted by: Tony N (Michigan)
Date: October 06, 2017 09:59AM
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Dan'O
I've never tried the 10" DD but after using the 6X10DD twice I can say that it would be hard to top it! I struggle sometimes with the 4X6 and really like the 950 but the separation I see with the 6X10 has really helped me pull more targets out of trashy areas. I can't wait till the 5.3 Eclipse gets here, it was my favorite coil when I had the XL PRO. I did a couple hours tonight and found 4 quarters, 4 nickles, 4 dimes and many pennies - half of them clad. One quarter was mixed with 2 nickles about 2" down and it registered between 72 and 75 on the VDI. Many of the pennies were next to pull tabs or iron of one sort or another and with a little patience I learned to pull the 'good' signal out of the trash. Again, I really like the 4X6DD!

I imagine you are talking about the 6x10 Eclipse, right?

Re: 6x10 question
Posted by: Dan'O
Date: October 06, 2017 03:59PM
Yes, it's the eclipse

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