I have just purchased a Deus 2, but I hear a lot about the E-trac, is it really the best machine for finding silver coins? Or am I washing my $, thinking about buying a used E-Trac
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The Etrac is a silver/copper hog!---I'm still looking for that elusive 1909-S VDB (San Francisco mint--Victor David Brenner) Lincoln though!I think the advantage may be the eTrac having the “silver warble” ability. I know with the F75 a couple of times I got penny numbers that turned out to silver dimes. Thus if scanning a new area the first passover might produce silver coins more readily and its then up to you if you want to go back and for that elusive 1909 VDB.
Good post and for the most part...true. Elmy is a WIZARD and a Godsend to Etrac users. However...it is still a moderately heavy unit with noticeably slow recovery and will leave many users wondering..."are these the absolute best settings for this site?". With sooooooo many options, one can't help wondering whether they've got it right and "what I missed???", had I tweaked those 3, 4, or half dozen settings one more time. That's the DEFINITION of frustration, to me. IT IS AN AWESOME MACHINE...AND IT IS EXTREMELY CAPABLE...BUT, IT IS ALSO COMPLICATED FOR THE AVERAGE SWINGER.All that Monkeys Uncle is true, but there is a short cut if you wanted to hook up with Elmy on the forum. He can give you settings and disc patterns that will get you running the E-Trac like a pro.
I can say I don't know the machine you are running now so I can't say how it will compare with the E-Trac.
I do know I was running a Fisher F75 and my silver count was pretty close to zero. I got the E-Trac and I was back into finding silver and I didn't have a clue how to setup the E-Trac until I hooked up with Elmy.
Elmy and we have both offered help but for most they just blow us off. They have been through a lot on their own and they seem to think they have mastered the E-Trac. I was the same but short of saying I have it mastered. I know that the direction I was leaning on my own kind matched up with what Elmy was trying to tell me. That helped me a lot to kind of let Elmy guide me.
I have 2 E-trac,s now and pretty much everything I do I run by Elmy.
So for anybody out there that is running a E-trac I would suggest you do a master reset on you machine and contact Elmy and get some base settings and base 1-10 coin pattern. He may offer the magic part and I would suggest taking it and try it, it works.
Ron in WV
So am I....have you ever seen a dinosaur eat with a spoon or fork ?Hate to say it but the E-Trac and CZ's are dinosaurs
Processor are just to slow.
Most try to overthink the etrac ...If you do, you will have a lot of trouble using it.I really do struggle with comments about the etrac being an awkward machine to adapt to, it's the best laid out machine as regards menus of any of the explorer range.
Recovery speed/processor speed call it what you will is fine, and I work some really iron infested sites. I appreciate here in the UK we dont have to cherry pick as such, but once you buy one even if you sell it on, I'm pretty sure you'll go back.
Ron in WV would not say he got a 75 % improvement on silver with the etrac if it was not true. When I got mine , I got more silver the first year than with 10 years of using my old detector. You have an experienced hunting friend that can teach you the etrac out in the field. Your silver count will go up.Ron in WV, Ron in ID here (always wanted to do that….)
I take exception to your F75 conclusion. I do dig silvers here and more recently War nickels and V nickels even more. I believe the problem most Fisher users encounter is the fact dimes and copper pennies often ring in within a number or two of each other. I also get silver rings (and sometimes trash) in those same dime numbers. I’m betting a lot of guys pass on pennies and as such miss the older dimes. Quarters? It hits and I dig, sometimes its falsing and so continues the saga. The Ike dollar and the one silver dollar was spot on.
Hanging with jkline I know the eTrac is better at identifying silver and often I get a weird signal and he runs a second opinion (we sometimes rely on each other for a second look). Only time I saw a complete failure on a silver quarter was the Nox800, simply would not detect it, period.
Even compared to the newer units like the Deus 2 ?Ron in WV would not say he got a 75 % improvement on silver with the etrac if it was not true. When I got mine , I got more silver the first year than with 10 years of using my old detector. You have an experienced hunting friend that can teach you the etrac out in the field. Your silver count will go up.
Why would I need a new detector when mine still brings home silver/gold/ or copper treasures every hunt ?Even compared to the newer units like the Deus 2 ?
Thank you for your advice!