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Garrett Pro-Pointer vs. DetectorPro Pistol Probe?
Posted by: Erik in NJ
Date: October 19, 2008 10:27PM
Anyone have any opinions on which is the better pinpointer? I haven't seen either in person and am not aware of the various features of each. Have been using a VibraProbe for the past 8 years.

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Re: Garrett Pro-Pointer vs. DetectorPro Pistol Probe?
Posted by: vlad
Date: October 20, 2008 01:43AM
How do you like the vibra probe? What is the distance it will hit a coin?

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i would like to know - i am about to buy one or the other myself - guys in england
Posted by: GraveDiggerMax-VaBch-Va
Date: October 20, 2008 06:29AM
seem to like the garret. i do not think any pistol probes over there yet.

i would like to know also

probably should post on relic forum or just look over there

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Re: Garrett Pro-Pointer vs. DetectorPro Pistol Probe?
Posted by: EZrider
Date: October 20, 2008 06:38AM
Garret fourms have a review and a video of the pro pointer. The neg of the pistol probe for me is that it looks like a gun. Big no no in NYC.



Minelab E-Trac, 6" Excelerator, 12x15 SEF, Garrett Pro Pointer, Fisher CZ-21

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Re: i would like to know - i am about to buy one or the other myself - guys in england
Posted by: JM
Date: October 20, 2008 09:17AM
great unit ,using mine quite a lot .2-3" on a copper coin ,about the best there is without any cable leads .

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Re: Garrett Pro-Pointer vs. DetectorPro Pistol Probe?
Posted by: Erik in NJ
Date: October 20, 2008 09:19AM
Love the original VibraProbe, very durable and well designed. It gets about an inch or so, but i use it in conjunction with the X-1. I also have the new VibraProbe (570) and it gets about 2 inches, but has a different feel than the original and I'm not used to it yet. Same high quality and excellent customer service.

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I love my Garrett Pro its the best in my book my buddy has a vibra probe and he wants the garrett!:usan:N/T
Posted by: jimpugh
Date: October 20, 2008 09:33AM

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Re: Jim have you tried the Detector Pro Pistol Probe tops in my opinion 5-6" on coins!N/T
Posted by: Frank in NH
Date: October 20, 2008 11:17AM

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What about the size Frank?
Posted by: Erik in NJ
Date: October 20, 2008 11:46AM
I hear its pretty long - does it detect items to the side of the probe like the X-1? That drives me nuts, I want a directional pinpointer and one that isn't to unweildy. Thanks for any info.

Re: What about the size Frank?
Posted by: Frank in NH
Date: October 20, 2008 01:20PM
Eric The round probe shaft is 6 3/8" long. It does pickup on sides of probe, but the nice thing about this probe is if target signal from you detector is 4'' or 5" down you can pinpoint target before you dig a plug. This works great on lawns and sports fields without digging big holes. Used mine yesterday and targets in this range were right on under my probe tip. Hope this helps.

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Re: What about the size Frank?
Posted by: Erik in NJ
Date: October 20, 2008 01:33PM
Thanks Frank - appreciate it...i've been leaning towards the Garret, but may get both as they seem to be quite different. I've been using the X-1 to give me the general direction of a target if it's not in my plug, but maybe your probe is easier. The X-1 has been the only game in town, but i don't feel that it's designed as well as it could be. Glad to see someone give 'em a run for their money.

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Re: Garrett Pro-Pointer vs. DetectorPro Pistol Probe?
Posted by: EZrider
Date: October 20, 2008 01:48PM
Erik, i had the FX-1 on my F75. I now use the Pro pointer. I could see where the pistol probe would be key in some situations. My only thought is when detecting larger older parks with 100+ years of trash in the layers. 9 times out of 10 im diging a target surrounded by trash. All that depth might be a hinderence.



Minelab E-Trac, 6" Excelerator, 12x15 SEF, Garrett Pro Pointer, Fisher CZ-21

My Youtube channel remenning

Re: EZ on the Pistol Probe you can always turn down the senativity if you do not want it to go deep.N/T
Posted by: Frank in NH
Date: October 20, 2008 05:39PM

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Just get a X1, and you will be happy forever :)N/T
Posted by: Jim upstate NY
Date: October 20, 2008 05:49PM

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Got 3 of 'em and I ain't super happy!
Posted by: Erik in NJ
Date: October 20, 2008 08:26PM
Sure they are great in many ways, but I think the design with the little toggle switch is not that great (should be a momentary contact switch on the probe itself). Minelab should have built one in to the E-Trac as the X-1 is good to find the direction of a missing target, but pinpointing is rough unless you put the machine in pinpoint mode which is a PITA - Minelab could have accessed pinpoint mode with another switch on the probe. I grab my VibraProbe instead as it's faster and quiet. I thought these new pinpointers might offer some even greater advantages over my current setup as I've even heard that some are giving up their X-1. I'll keep mine, but I thought the Garrett might be a possible replacement for the VibraProbe.

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