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The Metal detector that was no.1


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My first detector was a Whites machine , all I remember was it had a blue metal controll box. Bought it new in 1983 or 84. It was great learning on that simple machine. Those were really the fun days.


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The Etrac for sure, but I miss the old Garrett ADS III and the ADS Groundhog. I found a LOT of deep silver with them!


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My goodness that's a hard one to answer. But my all time favorite was the Explorer SE Pro.
Whites Eagle 2 ( The last blue box ) still use it to find surveyor pegs ( -35 to -45 ) That was one hot machine when it first came out in 1987.
Matt KD3VJ


DFX . I will use this for relic hunting 'till my dying days. Unless of course they invent see through the ground metal detectors for the hobbyist :love:


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Del and I concur! We normally do! For a reason! CTX....for many reasons. Does it work the best everywhere for everyone who has used one? No. But for someone such as myself who I would consider an ”intermediate” makes it very easy to distinguish what might be a questionable signal as one that is good...or bad. A true PLEASURE to use.
Of all the detectors that you have used in your life time which one sticks out as still NO.1 for you:shrug::thumbup:
The best Detector is the one you like the best and for me it is my old XL PRO


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