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Fresh water/ scuba use
Posted by: Waterboy64
Date: March 25, 2019 10:21AM
Hello, new member here.
I'm an experienced diver and would like to explore metal detecting at recreational diving depths (60-80 feet, generally) in midwest lakes and rivers.
I use an AT Pro for general land use.
I'd appreciate some direction and recommendations.
Thanks.

Re: Fresh water/ scuba use
Posted by: GeorgeinSC
Date: March 26, 2019 07:46PM
The number of machines that are waterproof to the depth you list are very limited. The Minelab Excalibur II and the Fisher Cz-21 are both rated to be able to withstand depths of 200 feet.



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Re: Fresh water/ scuba use
Posted by: Waterboy64
Date: March 26, 2019 09:50PM
Thanks, Recommendations or comments regarding these machines?

Re: Fresh water/ scuba use
Posted by: GeorgeinSC
Date: March 27, 2019 10:29AM
I use the Excalibur II. I gave up scuba diving years ago due the lack of visibility in my area. No desire to face an alligator with less than a foot of visibility. I like the Xcal as I am primarily a coin/jewelry hunter and I can discriminate out iron and steel. The CZ and the Xcal are both good machines. I use the Xcal for wading especially in salt water. . It is a multi frequency machine which handles the mineralization of salt water. Depending on who you ask which machine is the best the answer will depend on which machine they use.



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Re: Fresh water/ scuba use
Posted by: Wandering Karl
Date: March 28, 2019 07:19PM
I'd go Excal. But consider that an internet opinion.

Re: Fresh water/ scuba use
Posted by: Geobound
Date: March 29, 2019 07:41PM
I just went through the same process you are going through, and was trying to decide between these exact two models.

Both have great reviews and are loved equally by those that use them.

Price is pretty similar (when new), but the deciding factor for me was the amount of people that heard talk about how easily things on the Excal broke.

Apparently getting a few detects in before having to replace knobs is the normal, and an immediate shaft change is also in order?

Still knowing all that I was going to pick one up, but a used CZ-21 practically fell in my lap so I jumped on it.

I took it to the FW beach just to practice before going under (when the weather turns warmer here that is), and found $9.00! Okay no gold or silver, but for my first kick at the can with this machine I was pretty happy. LOL.....

Re: Fresh water/ scuba use
Posted by: GeorgeinSC
Date: March 30, 2019 11:37AM
after 5 years of hard use I finally had to replace the knobs on my Xcal. I personally did not like the crooked shaft that minilab puts on the Xal so I replaced it. Other than those two things I have not had any problems that were not my fault. My Xcal has reimbursed me its cost many times over. I do not find it to be nearly as fragile as some folks claim.



Minelab Sovereign GT With an assortment of coils
Garrett Pro Pointer
Leche digging tool
Minelab Excalibur II
T-Rex 9.5 wet sand scoop

Re: Fresh water/ scuba use
Posted by: Minlooker
Date: March 30, 2019 01:35PM
Garrett Sea Hunter mk 2 is also rated to 200 feet.

Re: Fresh water/ scuba use
Posted by: Waterboy64
Date: March 30, 2019 06:47PM
I've not ordered anything yet. I appreciate the helpful comments!

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Re: Fresh water/ scuba use
Posted by: dewcon4414
Date: March 31, 2019 07:20AM
That deep makes sense to have a machine that you don’t have to open the box to charge the battery.



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Re: Fresh water/ scuba use
Posted by: BootyHunter
Date: May 12, 2019 06:20PM
Also the Tesor Tiger shark or older Stingray 2 also 200' depth rating if you said you are going to be in fresh water.



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