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Re: Hours in the Field = I am now Highly Skilled with THIS detector

October 26, 2020 10:12PM
I guess the first question is-what do people consider a mid or high end metal detector? I don't think it necessarily equates to price. But for me personally when I look at what is available in each price range I consider most metal detectors above $500 a mid level and everything about $800 plus a high level, although you can spend much more than that.

It's said in general a person needs 10,000 hours to be considered an expert at something. So if a person spend an average of 4 hours metal detecting every week and spent 6 months out of the year, it would take you 107 years to become an expert. Chances are there are very few expert metal detectorist in the world.

Now to be considered highly skilled wouldn't that be about 7,000 hours? LOL

In my opinion it depends on the metal detector because the Whites MXT that would be considered a high end metal detector really isn't that hard to setup or understand. Now compare that to the Whites V3i and it's a different story.

So I can only tell you my experience with past high end metal detectors. The Minelab Explorer/eTrac I've probably got close to 2,000 hours or more on and to this day I still don't feel like I mastered the FBS machines. The XP Deus I took to pretty easy but others seems to struggle with it, I would say I was pretty skilled with it in less than 200 hours. The Minelab Equinox 800 I probably have close to 1,000 hours on and although I feel like I'm pretty skilled with it, I'm still learning it and find out new things every time I go out. Now the real beast is the Minelab GPX. Probably approaching 2,000 on it and all I can say is it's a very fascinating machine. Sound is everything with the GPX, there isn't a screen to look at. Now I know some of you are thinking, that's a lot of hours spent on each of those machines. But I metal detector way more than the average person. I'll metal detect 10 months out of the year and average 20 hours a week (not all that's in the field). There are many more machines I've never used that require similar time to learn like the Whites V3i.

Now the big difference in a low end machine and a mid or high level machine is all the different settings that can be used. The key is understanding how each of those settings work in conjunction with the other. Obviously there are other factors as well like target ID and sounds that need to be learned for each of the different metal detectors out there.

But in general when someone says they bought lets say a Minelab Equinox and used it 10 hours and got rid of it because of (fill in the blank) it makes me laugh because they obviously didn't learn anything in 10 hours. If someone said that about lets say a Fisher F11, yes I could see that.

Andrew

XP Deus-Minelab Equinox 800-Minelab GPX 4000-Tarsacci MDT 8000-Makro Racer 2-Minelab Vanquish 540-Easy Radar ER500A GPR



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 10/26/2020 10:21PM by diggindeep.
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Hours in the Field = I am now Highly Skilled with THIS detector

UtahRich 123 October 26, 2020 08:16PM

Re: Hours in the Field = I am now Highly Skilled with THIS detector

Digstrashtomuch 55 October 28, 2020 02:55PM

Good question, and a relatively short reply ... for me.

Monte 84 October 27, 2020 12:44PM

How many detectorists can say this...Blindfold me and hand me a completely misadjusted metal detector and have it running tip top in about a minute or 2

Hombre 63 October 27, 2020 12:33PM

Give me a minute . . . .

UtahRich 66 October 27, 2020 03:57PM

Re: Give me a minute . . . .or a couple of hours initiallywinking smiley

Hombre 70 October 27, 2020 05:02PM

Yes, to your post, however ....

Monte 60 October 27, 2020 01:05PM

Re: Hours in the Field = I am now Highly Skilled with THIS detector

diggindeep 56 October 26, 2020 10:12PM

Be Patient - and learn

UtahRich 48 October 27, 2020 09:49PM

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Senior Deacon 53 October 26, 2020 09:33PM

Highly Skilled with THIS detector

UtahRich 37 October 27, 2020 09:55PM

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SvenS 58 October 27, 2020 05:06AM

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Senior Deacon 43 October 27, 2020 09:30PM

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D&P-OR 45 October 27, 2020 09:40PM

Wearing out a detector. . . .

UtahRich 51 October 27, 2020 04:03PM

SvenS, I have a shovel and know where there's soft dirt.winking smiley

Monte 51 October 27, 2020 05:18AM

LOL Attachments

SvenS 57 October 27, 2020 04:14PM

Re: LOL Making a silk purse out of a sow's ear

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