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Whites IDX Pro questions
Posted by: davkeene
Date: September 09, 2009 04:40PM
I just received a Whites IDX Pro detector with "Bills" modifications. I have been detecting for 25+ years but could use any advice on the best way to set it up for use in the late 1800's to early 1900's yards and parks. Air testing it in my cellar, I noticed that I can get 2" to 3" more depth when the detector is in the "Black Sand" mode than when it is the "Normal" mode. Have any of you IDX Pro users experienced this? Please let me know. I need all the help I can get. Thank you. Dave

Refer questions on this to Monte or Crazyman or look up there post in search
Posted by: ohio fred
Date: September 09, 2009 05:15PM
I have a idx with mods but these questions are better answered by Monte or a another poster called Crazyman.This will help if one of these two answer

Re: Whites IDX Pro questions
Posted by: crazyman
Date: September 09, 2009 10:00PM
Dave, yes using the black sand mode and minimum discrimination will give you at least 3 inches more in a air test. How much more you get on targets in ground depends on your ground. I have some pretty bad ground and I'm getting better hits on deeper coins especially dimes set up this way. By expanding the discrimination using the black sand feature you will notice improved sensitivity to most targets especially small gold rings and chains. Mine hits small gold better than my 14 kHz. Compass Gold Scanner Pro and way better than my Minelab Sovereign Elite. I hunt most of the time with my modified IDX Pro using the black sand feature and minimum discrimination which is basically a motion all metal mode. Set up this way depth is as good any detector I've used.

XP Deus
Minelab Sovereign GT

Re: Whites IDX Pro questions
Posted by: mictrik
Date: October 01, 2009 04:10AM
I just acquired an IDX Pro and will be taking it out tomorrow for the first time. I am new to metal detectors and am wondering how this unit will work on the beach. My understanding is that I should stay away from the wet sand. Would Bill's Modifications aid in this regard?

Re: Whites IDX Pro questions
Posted by: mictrik
Date: October 02, 2009 08:27AM

Re: Whites IDX Pro questions
Posted by: mictrik
Date: October 03, 2009 12:51AM
The unit seemed to work well on the beach though i was told that wet sand would be problematic. Of course i tried it by the waters edge but only for 5-10 minutes. I did not get any signals during that time. Can anyone enlighten me with regard to using the IDX Pro in sand and wet sand?

Re: Whites IDX Pro questions
Posted by: Old Katz
Date: October 03, 2009 12:44PM
My very first detector was an IDX Pro. I wish I had never sold it.
How much would one of those babys cost me today...reasonably, that is.

Re: Whites IDX Pro questions
Posted by: 8000298
Date: October 06, 2009 12:11PM
I am new at this hobby. I purchased a used IDX PRO yesterday and am trying to find a manual on line. Model 800 0298. I have not found the exact model yet.
Thanks for any help Steve Chatsworth, Ontario Canada

Re: Whites IDX Pro questions
Posted by: Hunt4Fun
Date: October 06, 2009 09:40PM
Go to the link below

Click the Manuals header

Then click the

Re: Whites IDX Pro questions
Posted by: Coach
Date: October 15, 2009 12:00PM
Can anyone still modify the IDX Pro? Is it worth it? Can a person do it themselves? Can a small coil still be bought for the IDX Pro? Sorry for so many questions but just starting out with the machine.

Re: Whites IDX Pro questions
Posted by: goodmore
Date: October 15, 2009 12:12PM to have it done by a pro. There is an 8 inch coil, 6 inch coil and the smaller still snooper coil. Whites website has a coil compatibility chart . Get a 6" black max coil. You will love it.

Re: Whites IDX Pro questions
Posted by: Coach
Date: October 15, 2009 12:51PM
Thank you so much goodmore. I can use any help I can get.

Re: Whites IDX Pro questions
Posted by: dougb
Date: October 01, 2010 07:57PM
May I ask: Would this suffice for a nugget shooting detector in mineralized ground? Especially volcano rock area? TIA

Re: Whites IDX Pro questions
Posted by: penguineman
Date: April 05, 2014 08:13AM
what are these mods I'm reading about?? or keep hearing about? also whats the difference between the IDX Pro and the IDX Classic?? my classic depth is not the best maybe 4" at best. also is there a way to tell the depth of a target on the classic??

Re: Whites IDX Pro questions
Posted by: Hombre
Date: April 05, 2014 09:52AM

The Mr. Bill's mods are adjustable Threshold and Ground Balance controls accesed by outside knobs instead of internal adjustments with a small screwdriver. This makes it easier to make initial tuning adjustments. There are no differences between the IDX Pro and Classic IDX other than decals. IF you are only gettin 4 inches depth, something is wrong with your adjustments, are you using pre-set dial markings on the dials? On my IDX Pro, my ground balance is set to a "slightly" positive response as coil nears the ground while in all-metal mode, the Disc. is set at two hash marks below Ring Range pre-set at 9 O'Clock and I can run my Sensitivity at Max most of the time. I can tell how deep or big a detected object is while lifting the coil over the target while still swinging the coil in tight little swings. Hope this answers some question for you.

" If in doubt, dig it out"

I use various analog detectors, knobs and switches rule.

Randy from south central Kansas

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