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Who is a dedicated etrac user


I would never leave home without it! Could never go back to a detector that just displays a single CO ID#!


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Even a mistake in one setting could change the outcome from a good day to a bad day.
You make an excellent point!!


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Damned right SD. Imagine trying to play Battleship but with a single number.
Very good analogy. That what I was doing for 3 years with my 800. I had no idea how good the Etrac and CTX were and are. I came late to minelab in Spring of 2018 buying a Nox 800. Before had AT Pro. Had I bought an Etrac or CTX I would have been so ahead of the game. Never could get the Nox 800 to really work for me in my super trashy Atlanta urban environment. Within about 3 weeks found Civil war spencer fired bullet, wheat and 1946 rosie in the same areas I have been hunting with the AT Pro and 800. Still learning, but I am really amazed with my CTX. I did a lot less trash now on top of getting better good targets out of the ground.

There there the small things that I like. Of course the display CO-FE. But the siding shaft with the wires inside. One unsnap and retract the detector where it fits easily in my car without taking up much room. Even the Pro-swing 45 harness is so well designed. Especially the using of one hand to adjust the bungie cord and the big loop over a simple sturdy hook. So easy to hook and unhook compared to the cheaper harnesses where you have to press together the sides of the snap. Not so easy with gloves on. And the Xchange2 program makes creating/edition programs and tone profiles a snap. I used to hate trying to figure out tone bins on the 800. Not as easy as the CTX drag and drop software and ability to test it with a click on the speaker. A great early Christmas present to myself is my new CTX.


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I cut my teeth with the etrac and moved on to the CTX and still have both. Bought an 800 at the intro and sent it down the road 3 weeks later because of the inadequacies. Only advantage was the ergonomics and with the other two you are digging enough good signals the swinging is easy. The 800 has no language by comparison and no target info in trashy areas that helps , loves bottle caps. I hunt with a couple that use 800s and it's no contest on the stuff the NOX is reputed to be great on like nickels , they find two , I find a dozen in the same park.Gold as well
I wouldn't say that I am a dedicated E-Trac user, but I still have mine and that detector has more coils than any of my other detectors. Several that I haven't even used yet. I got caught up in the CTX-3030 and Equinox 800 craze and relegated it to stand-by duty. I've been thinking about selling it, but it is kind of an iconic detector so I've been on the fence about it.