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705 vs Safari Questions
Posted by: bjgiff
Date: July 26, 2010 11:12PM
I posted this on the Xterra thread also. Hopefully it's not a problem but I'm very interested to see what owners of both machines have to say about the questions I asked.

To start- a little background on myself.

I've never used a metal detector but am going to get started asap. I am located in Wyoming and will be primarily searching around some old homesteads, an 1800's post office, a couple old outlaw cabins etc... (All of which have never been hunted before. *On private land that my family owns.)

I will most likely use the detector in Wyoming but may end up in South Dakota, North Dakota, Colorado, Montana etc...

I do have some land available that I could do some prospecting on over in the Black Hills of WY. It would be only once in a great while and not the primary use of the detector.

I've been doing quite a bit of research and have narrowed my selection down to the Minelab Xterra 705 or the Safari.

*Considered the Whites MXT PRO but met some prospectors that said the Xterra 705 handles the "mineralization" of Wyoming better. Not saying it's fact, just going off what I was told by some seemingly knowledgeable hunters.

My question, as a newbie, is- will a detector like the Safari have any prospecting capabilities?

Is the Xterra 705 a good machine for prospecting?

In a nutshell- am I better off to buy a dedicated prospecting detector for hunting gold vs a machine like the Whites MXT PRO or Xterra 705?

The technology the Safari, E Trac etc.. have is intriguing and I can see myself eventually upgrading to something like the E Trac. I like that many of the better coils offered for the Safari are also compatible with the E Trac.

If the Safari isn't a significantly better machine (for a newbie) and the Xterra 705 is a good machine for prospecting, I'd see no need for paying the extra $ for the Safari.

*I very well could be wrong but it appears that the Safari is one of the simpler machines for a newbie, when using the factory default settings.

Thanks for the input and I look forward to hearing the responses.
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Re: 705 vs Safari Questions
Posted by: geoff
Date: July 27, 2010 12:52AM
The 705 is a cracking machine in all honesty,very deep seeking,and for what you want I would recomend it. on coin shooting it will compete with the safari

and would be a better prospecting machine,they are also very economical to run with long battery life.

I have the 705,a safari,and a sov gt,and the 705 gives as good as it gets,and has a few very usefull features,it would be my choice for what you wish it to

do.

Good luck in your hunting,and enjoy!

Geoff.

Re: 705 vs Safari Questions
Posted by: foxery
Date: July 27, 2010 06:48AM
705 i'll recommend to you . a really amazing machine .

Re: 705 vs Safari Questions
Posted by: croakersmoker78
Date: July 27, 2010 09:49AM
Never used the 705 but I have the safari and I love. It is very deep and easy to use. Sorry I don't have advise on the 705 but the safari is an awsome machine

Re: 705 vs Safari Questions
Posted by: bjgiff
Date: July 28, 2010 02:17PM
Thanks for the input! I do appreciate it. Between this thread and the one I posted under the Xterra category- I was given far better info than I was able to get from Kellyco and other sales sources!

*Just called Minelab today to inquire about the advantage of the FSB technology in the Safari vs the technology in the 705.

Most likely going with the 705 with the intent of eventually upgrading to something like the E Trac.

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Re: 705 vs Safari Questions
Posted by: kschae4
Date: July 28, 2010 06:47PM
I got my safari from kellyco this spring. their comparision table was most helpful in detector selection,along with the read reviews tab.

http://www.kellycodetectors.com/compare/?a=94. HH



Minelab Safari/BH Land Star/ Garrett Pro-Pointer
"Cause down the shore everything's all right"
Oldest identifiable coin- 1775 King George lll half penny

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Re: 705 vs Safari Questions
Posted by: reltolbert
Date: July 28, 2010 08:06PM
kschae4,
I agree the Kellyco comparison chart is good. It helped me decide to buy the Safari.
Also, there is a comparison chart, under Minelab.com, that will compare all their
metal detectors in great detail plus all the great things I read under this forum's members
really helped solidify my choice for the Safari.
I will have the new Safari about 8/17/10 or 8/18/10. Can't wait.

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Re: 705 vs Safari Questions
Posted by: kschae4
Date: July 29, 2010 05:44AM
Thanks reltolbert- my bad. I had neglected to mention Minelab's website. I think you already know about this link,too.
http://www.mlotv.com/view/432/safari-meter-control-panel/ HH.



Minelab Safari/BH Land Star/ Garrett Pro-Pointer
"Cause down the shore everything's all right"
Oldest identifiable coin- 1775 King George lll half penny

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Re: 705 vs Safari Questions
Posted by: reltolbert
Date: July 29, 2010 09:15AM
kschae4,

I do know about this link also which has been very helpful in my decision to buy the Safari.

Why doesn't Minelab put out a regular Instructional video (DVD) for the Safari instead of
bits and pieces of video information about the Safari. I believe this would help sell this
Detector. Minelab has these instructional videos for the E-Trac and the X-Terra 705.

A regular up-to-date Safari instructional video with information from Andy Sabisch's book
would help answer all the questions that people will have concerning the Safari.
I guess that would be too logical.

Re: 705 vs Safari Questions
Posted by: Prep1957
Date: July 31, 2010 09:36AM
I wish the Safari had a backlite on display I am not a night hunter but I push the heck out of sunsets.Does the 705 have backlite?It would be useful feature in heavy woods or dark ravines and canyous.

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Re: 705 vs Safari Questions
Posted by: kschae4
Date: July 31, 2010 11:51AM
Prep1957, looks like the 705 has the highly desired backlight (should've been standard on the safari ).
http://www.minelab.com/usa/products/coin-relic-detectors/x-terra-705?view=faq
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Minelab Safari/BH Land Star/ Garrett Pro-Pointer
"Cause down the shore everything's all right"
Oldest identifiable coin- 1775 King George lll half penny

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