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Time for a se pro?
Posted by: Johan
Date: June 14, 2018 10:16PM
I have two explorer xs machines that I share with my two sons. For father's day I got the greenlight to purchase a 3rd detector. With some thought I moved forward with a good priced used E Trac. The detector is great but my brain is trained to keep wanting to hear the ferrous sounds of the explorer. Now I am constantly looking at the etrac smart screen digital numbers for information, where before I never looked at the screen. A bit frustrated. Now I am thinking I should move to a explorer se pro and sell the e track to get a bit of an upgrade from the xs. But not so drastic of a change. Anyone do this?

Re: Time for a se pro?
Posted by: Ted S
Date: June 15, 2018 09:04AM
I tried an e-trac but I didn't care for it. If my SE ever dies out I will get an e-trac and learn it. The Equinox would be tempting but I don't trust the fact that it is built in Malaysia. It would be comparable to me buying a Marshall amp built in Vietnam.

Re: Time for a se pro?
Posted by: Ohio Dirt Fisher
Date: July 10, 2018 09:48PM
I'm on my 2nd SE Pro because I thought my first one was a Hilti Hammer Drill. But the reason they made the SE Pro was for the screen ID. IMHO. I exclusively use Ferrous but sometimes the tone just ain't exactly what it should be and that's when the ID shines. Especially when pinpointing and shutting off IM to take a look see. If you can get a low use one, like I did for my second machine, $500 or there abouts is a good price with the 11" Pro Coil. I am REAL careful with this one. Up to 36 silvers FTY so far over hammered to death ground.


Re: Time for a se pro?
Posted by: Ted S
Date: July 11, 2018 07:06AM
Great job Ed! Care to share your settings?

Re: Time for a se pro?
Posted by: MikeO
Date: July 12, 2018 08:40AM
Not sure how much of an upgrade the unit in itself is much of an upgrade over the old XS. Granted it is a tad faster on screen due to being a third gen processor vs a first gen but, if as you say you never look at the screen its not a big deal.
The SE units do offer other nice features (as I mention in my top sticky) but, thats about it.
Most moved to a SE Pro because they wanted the newer machine and also because they stopped repairing the old XS (except for MSR). I hunt along side a guy I have hunted with with over 20yrs and trust me his XS is just as capable as finding things as a SE SE/Pro.
I to moved on from my XS II and went with a SE-Pro simply because my old unit had been used to death.
Best of luck in your quest.

Detecting since 1979
Findmall member since 2000
Became a dedicated Minelab user in 2000 with a XS

Favorite find ever a 1834 Half Dime (15 years ago)
Oldest coin ever found a 1734 Real (11 years ago)

One of my favotites from 2012 season an 1857 Flying Eagle Cent.,1795264,1795264#msg-1795264

Favorite coin from 2013 season an 1835 Capped Bust Dime.,1962866,1962866

Favorite coin of 2014 so far an 1849 Large Cent.,2034861,2034861#msg-2034861

Favorite Silver of 2014 an 1854 Seated Half Dime.,2106714

A hunt that will likely never be repeated. Silver Three Center and Seated.,2115392,2115392#msg-2115392

Oldest and largest for 2015 so far 1807 KG,2167872,2167872#msg-2167872

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