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Why would I want to buy an old Explorer these days?

Sven

Well-known member
With all the new modern digital screen ID, multi-fuction, endless adjustment features that are hyped up as the greatest machines yet.
Why would I want to buy an old Explorer these days?

The closest I have gotten to owning such like detector was a Minelab Sov. XS and Elite about 20 years ago. Didn't keep them long.
 

BigTony

Well-known member
Dude, you asked this question on the NOX forum but no matter.

Just think a minute - you can buy a top of the line detector for a small price these days.
That technology is Terrific it just takes a little patience to learn what to adjust and what the sounds are telling you.

Tony
 

Sven

Well-known member
OOPS, no wonder why I couldn't find my post to check for replies. So I reposted a duplicate.
 

MikeO

Moderator
Staff member
Why would I want to buy an old Explorer these days?”

Because you can find coins most other detectorists miss once you master the machine.
Newer machines doesn’t always equate to better machines!
 

woodbutcher

Active member
In a nutshell I'd sooner run a explorer and come home with a pouch full of coins instead of a pouch full of junk..The newer machines just have the most worthless feedback information as to what's in the ground when compared to the explorers.. I guess if you don't mind digging junk you'll never know.lol
 
With all the new modern digital screen ID, multi-fuction, endless adjustment features that are hyped up as the greatest machines yet.
Why would I want to buy an old Explorer these days?

The closest I have gotten to owning such like detector was a Minelab Sov. XS and Elite about 20 years ago. Didn't keep them long.
I believe their still the best detector out there
 

coin pirate

Active member
Gotta remember, just because something new is out, doesn't make it better, kinda like cars, manufactures don't want you to get to attached, they always want you to buy buy buy. Hard to beat FBS tech. Had several Explorers, Safari, Ive also owned my share of Fisher, Garrett, White's machine, but have to say, I spend more time digging then swinging with any one of the explorers I've owned or my current E-trac then all the other machines. Don't get me wrong, plenty of good MD's out there, everyone's area, soil, needs are different, but the FBS machines never seem to disappoint.
There's some old timers out there that put some expensive machines to shame with an old Explorer, once you learn that machine, hard to let one go.
 

dirt doctor

Well-known member
It's a silverkiller and the tones are very distinct. Once you get a little experience with the "Smartfind " feature , you will probably find it gives more clues than the numbers do . I also like my Nox 600 and use it a lot but I will keep using my Explorer SE until it or I bite the dust . If it does I will sell the accessories and stay with the Nox and my Whites M6 . These three detectors are my all time favorites .
 

BigTony

Well-known member
I agree with coin pirate and dirt doctor, the Explorer is killer with its tones and screens.
I miss them plenty. I haven’t sold it or the coils and man it does have plenty of coils to buy for it.
My problem is hearing those tones. My hearing is a problem.
Tony
 
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