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newbie with questions
Posted by: bigdawg47
Date: June 19, 2016 08:10AM
i have a new safari coming in , and a 6x8 sef coil coming how does this machine do for construction lots and in fields and woods thanks for any tips hal

Re: newbie with questions
Posted by: Bigtom123
Date: June 20, 2016 09:23PM
I used mine in the woods,does very well.Fields,does great..lots of junk areas,use that 6x8'.,,,minelabs aren't the best for iron and junk,but the safari will ring loud and clear on a coin if it's not masked.

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Re: newbie with questions
Posted by: Champ Ferguson
Date: June 21, 2016 11:52AM
SEF 6x8 is a good coil. you will still dig some rusty nails until you get the feel for good vs iffy tones. and even then you will dig some. and that's not necessarily a bad thing. masking and spoofing good targets are just something rusty nails do.

in fields and woods where targets are fewer, you probably want to go with the stock coil over the 6x8.

I don't know your experience with FBS, but rem that it is probably going to take you 50hr+/- with it to get good. so don't get discouraged if you don't rock the machine immediately. it Will come to you with patience. the best single advice I can give you on that is Trust Your Machine.



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Re: newbie with questions
Posted by: Wheat Cent
Date: July 29, 2016 04:06PM
I'm trading my safari as its not park machine. It can't handle Any kind of trash. And sucks in iron. Just a huge let down of a machine for me.

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Re: newbie with questions
Posted by: Champ Ferguson
Date: July 29, 2016 04:34PM
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I'm trading my safari as its not park machine. It can't handle Any kind of trash. And sucks in iron. Just a huge let down of a machine for me.

How many hours do you have on it?
I used mine in trashy hunted parks for a couple of years until I upgraded. I would never have considered a CTX if the Safari hadn't impressed me so much.

That said, sometimes a machine just isn't a good fit for a detectorist's hunting style/ability and he should find one more appropriate.



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Re: newbie with questions
Posted by: Wheat Cent
Date: July 29, 2016 11:24PM
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I'm trading my safari as its not park machine. It can't handle Any kind of trash. And sucks in iron. Just a huge let down of a machine for me.

How many hours do you have on it?
I used mine in trashy hunted parks for a couple of years until I upgraded. I would never have considered a CTX if the Safari hadn't impressed me so much.

That said, sometimes a machine just isn't a good fit for a detectorist's hunting style/ability and he should find one more appropriate.

Safari was a great fit for me, just dont really hunt areas that have the potential for silver, and i am a bit of a fast swinger so i tend to cover a lot of ground. Safari is not a fast machine. I dont hate it just not really good at anything in particular managed to do a trade for a mxt pro which i think will be a better machine for me. i would of loved to get my hands on a v3 but cannot afford one.


probably had about 40hours on it.



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Re: newbie with questions
Posted by: Champ Ferguson
Date: July 30, 2016 11:36AM
WC, glad you got a machine you are comfortable with. Youre absolutely right that a fast swing + Safari isn't a good combination. I have even read some posts in the distant past that suggest ML intentionally clocked the Safari processors back to keep it from competing with the eTracs. Every machine has a preferred way to hunt.
But I gotta say that you were on the cusp of having an "a-Ha" moment with FBS. 40-60 hrs is what everyone seems to say is the point where something clicks in your brain on your first FBS machine. I doubted that but it happened to me too at about 50hrs.
Save up those find totals and get the exact machine you want (v3). Lifes too short!



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