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A report of a lot of detectors using their 'standard' search coil.

November 19, 2020 07:46AM avatar
Since I am using a lot of detectors, I figured I would report the results I've had by first showing how they did using their 'standard' search coil. Just this information alone can be interesting because it points out some differences based on search coil shape and type, and also shows some differences based on a detector's circuitry design, and in other cases simply a difference based on operating Frequency using the same detector and same 'standard' search coil.

I have some smaller and some larger coils for most of the detectors I've been evaluating, and I am expecting some new coils to be delivered today and hopefully early next week. Then I'll post the results using the same detectors with smaller-than-standard search coils, followed by a post with them using larger-than-standard coils.

Anyway, the bulk of those who buy a detector to get started in this great sport do so relying only on the 'standard' search coil because they haven't learned the benefits of an accessory coil yet, or it just wasn't in their budget at the time. Therefore, here are the results of the detectors using ONLY their standard search coil. I will add comments, if necessary, for any particular models at the end. Also, remember some of the settings used to do this group of tests were because they kind of got started when OregonGregg bought a new 7" Detech DD coil to bring his White's M6 and MXT Pro out of retirement as display pieces.

Both of them rely on a default single-tone audio, so the decision was made to adjust the Discrimination level to just barely reject or Discriminate the Iron Nails on the Nail Board Performance Test. That means any positive audio response would then be considered a dig-worthy hit on any of the Test Scenarios. Here are the evaluated detectors with their 'standard' search coils, listed in order of Total Points, with a possible '23' for 100%. The following numbers after the Total Points are, in order, for each Test w/possible Points:


NBPT (8) - 1¢ under Rock (2) - Silver Stack (2) - Nail 5¢ Nail (2) - Nail on Button Front (2)- Separation Sticks (7)

'22' .. 8-2-2-2-1-7 .. Tesoro Bandido II µMAX w/8" Concentric
'22' .. 8-2-2-2-1-7 .. Tesoro Silver Sabre µMAX w/8" Concentric

'19' .. 7-2-2-1-0-7 .. Fisher F5 w/5½X9¾ Concentric (they call it a 10" elliptical )

'18' .. 7-2-0-1-1-7 .. Garrett Apex w/6X11 DD (when using 20 kHz or MF Frequency settings.)
'18' .. 7-2-0-1-1-7 .. Nokta FORS CoRe w/7X11 DD
'18' .. 7-2-0-1-1-7 .. Nokta FORS Relic w/7X11 DD

'17' .. 6-2-0-1-1-7 .. Garrett Apex w/6X11 DD (when using 15 kHz)
'17' .. 8-2-2-0-0-5 .. Nokta / Makro Midi Hoard w/fixed 7" Concentric

'15' .. 4-2-0-1-1-7 .. Garrett Apex w/6X11 DD (when using 10 kHz)
'15' .. 4-2-0-1-1-7 .. Nokta / Makro Simplex + w/ 11" DD round-shape

'14' .. 4-2-0-1-1-7 .. Garrett Apex w/6X11 DD (when using 5 kHz)
'14' .. 3-2-0-1-1-7 .. Minelab Vanquish 540 w/9X12 DD
'14' .. 2-2-2-1-0-7 .. Teknetics Omega 8500 w/11" BiAxial (measures 7¼X11¼ .. and BiAxial means DD)

'12' .. 4-2-1-1-2-2 .. White's MX-7 w/950 Concentric

'10' .. 3-2-0-1-1-3 .. Teknetics T2+ w/11" BiAxial (measures 7¼X11¼ .. and BiAxial means DD)

'8' .... 3-1-1-1-0-2 .. White's M6 w/9" Concentric (compares with the 950 Concentric 'standard' not available)


Comments:

• The Nokta / Makro Midi Hoard scored well simply due to the small 7" Concentric standard coil. It is a fixed coil, and the Iron range was Discriminated out (rejected). Due to the smaller coil and lower power, creating a smaller EMF plus the internal coil windings, it scored fair on the Separation Stick, better than some of the others detectors (as you will see when I do the smaller-coil post) with their Concentric coils in the ±7" diameter size. Also, that helped it do okay on the NBPT with the close Iron Nails. However, it failed on the 5¢ coin between the two Iron Nails and the Iron Nail on the Button Front.

• Note the similar performer of the Garrett Apex in all of the comparisons except for the NBPT. All I had, at the time, was the 'standard' 6X11 DD, but I was able to stand in one position and run through all of the land-based Operating Frequencies. As I anticipated, the higher-the-frequency, the better it was able to handle the NBPT. I had expected it to not do as well on the closely-positioned Iron Nails when operating at a lower Frequency and, that's what happened. All other Test Scenarios matched, but not on trying to tackle the four Nails surrounding the Zinc Cent. So no change in search coils or settings or detector, simply a Frequency change made the differences. Multi-Flex and '20' kHz compared the same.

• The Vanquish 540's biggest problem on this Test was that the 'standard' coil is a larger-size 9X12 DD and that means it is covering more Iron on the NBPT which hampers performance. Other than that it wasn't too bad except for bot being able to hit on the Short Stack of Six Silver Coins, but that has to do with the software design, just like many other detectors that struggle on that sample. On a positive side, even though a larger-size coil it was still able to hit all 7 Trade Tokens on the Separation Stick with the coil positioned closely, which also means it didn't have an overload issue to impair performance like some detectors do.

• The Nokta / Makro Simplex + also did well, overall, using the 'standard' round-shaped 11" DD coil and still hitting all targets on the Separation Stick. And 4-out-of-8 on the NBPT would usually be expected because the larger-size coil was hampered by the four Iron Nails being so close to the coin. Also the fact that it, like many other makes and models, just can not produce a good hit on the Short-Stack of Silver, and there's nothing you can do about it because it has to due with the internal circuitry design, generally tied to the Disc. mode's GB reference.

• Sometimes search coils are close to similar, like the measured 7X11 on the Nokta CoRe & Relic vs the 7¼X11¼ on the Teknetics Omega & T2+. These four models span a Frequency range from 7.60 kHz for the Omega to 13 kHz for the T2+, 15 kHz for the Core and 19 kHz for the Relic, yet the CoRe & Relic easily beat the Omega and T2+ on the NBPT, and the T2+ didn't match the Omega 8500 or the CoRe or Relic on the Separation Stick and the only reason had to do with circuity design handing the signals, and possibly some overload influence?

• With regard to coil size and a detector's Overload Audio design that prevents the coil from being worked too close to a target, that caused some performance loss with th White's M6 w/9" and MX-7 w/950. I just couldn't get better performance due to the Overload. All detectors were operated at about 90% to Full Sensitivity, but even though I usually work the MX-7's at 8-out-of-10, I dropped the MX-7 down to a Sensitivity level of '5' for the Tests and even checked afterwards with a setting of '00'.


Anyway, there's something to think about and relate to your detector an how it does, or might do, using a 'standard' search coil. With some of these detectors there can be quite a difference in performance when using a smaller-size search coil, and I'll continue working on some of those evaluations later today when a couple of coils arrive and then one more I hope early next week. It all depends on how shipping is going to get that one here.

One more thing. I didn't list a Makro Racer 2 here because I don't have a ;'standard' 7X11 DD coil. But Gregg does, and he'll bring one by so we can check the Racer 2's performance, plus he'll have his original Racer tag along and we'll put it to the test as well. I'll then add those results to this post when finished.

Monte

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Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 11/19/2020 11:57AM by Monte.
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Comparison Tests ... They can be interesting, and here's a 're-test' I'm doing.

Monte 358 November 16, 2020 05:54AM

A report of a lot of detectors using their 'standard' search coil.

Monte 316 November 19, 2020 07:46AM

Any Thoughts of tossing some Rusty Tin in the Mix ?

UtahRich 190 November 19, 2020 04:34PM

Rusty Tin? Yes, it's on the agenda.

Monte 383 November 19, 2020 05:15PM

Rusty Tin - the bane of the ghost towns.

UtahRich 164 November 20, 2020 01:48AM

Rich, my thoughts regarding your thoughts.thinking

Monte 183 November 20, 2020 05:40AM

Re: Rusty Tin? Yes, it's on the agenda. Attachments

Kickindirt 181 November 19, 2020 11:00PM

No, I'm not kidding, if you read what I said or implied.

Monte 190 November 20, 2020 04:08AM

Re: No, I'm not kidding <--- lol where's your sense of humor

OregonGregg 169 November 20, 2020 12:57PM

Where's your sense of individuality ?

UtahRich 165 November 20, 2020 04:15PM

Re: Where's your sense of individuality ?

OregonGregg 175 November 20, 2020 04:53PM

Exactly! Confront it, learn it and YOUR detectors, and the future will be brighter. N/T

Monte 170 November 20, 2020 08:08PM

Sending you a PM - winking smiley N/T

UtahRich 149 November 20, 2020 06:25PM

Well Thank ya....sent you one to. N/T

OregonGregg 164 November 20, 2020 07:00PM

Still busy testing, but will have two upcoming comparisons.

Monte 210 November 17, 2020 02:02PM

Re: Still busy testing, but will have two upcoming comparisons.

D&P-OR 231 November 17, 2020 03:22PM

OregonGregg being a pain in the behind again sad smiley

OregonGregg 453 November 16, 2020 08:09AM

Gregg, I think you forgot .....

Monte 264 November 16, 2020 01:31PM

Re: OregonGregg being a pain in the behind again sad smiley

EL NINO 238 November 16, 2020 12:46PM

What's going to happen with the M6 ?

UtahRich 242 November 16, 2020 06:59PM

Re: What's going to happen with the M6 ?

OregonGregg 224 November 16, 2020 07:09PM

Re: What's going to happen with the M6 ?

EL NINO 206 November 17, 2020 06:13AM

Re: What's going to happen with the M6 ?

OregonGregg 390 November 17, 2020 07:49AM

Handle angle

SvenS 182 November 17, 2020 05:56PM

Re: Handle angle

OregonGregg 173 November 17, 2020 06:33PM

Re: Come on down Gregg!!

Kickindirt 181 November 17, 2020 01:39PM

Re: Come on down Gregg!!

OregonGregg 163 November 17, 2020 02:33PM

Re: Come on down Gregg!!

Kickindirt 195 November 17, 2020 04:19PM

Re: Come on down Gregg!!

D&P-OR 201 November 17, 2020 05:29PM

Re: Come on down Gregg!!

Kickindirt 171 November 17, 2020 06:05PM

Re: Come on down Gregg!!

D&P-OR 166 November 17, 2020 07:18PM

Re: ya Del

Kickindirt 164 November 17, 2020 09:00PM

I just checked NOAA, and 32° at 12:56 in the afternoon it isn't likely Gregg will head your way.

Monte 197 November 17, 2020 02:15PM

Re: I just checked NOAA, and 32° at 12:56 in the afternoon it isn't likely Gregg will head your way.

OregonGregg 174 November 17, 2020 02:37PM

Re: I just checked NOAA, and 32° at 12:56 in the afternoon it isn't likely Gregg will head your way.

D&P-OR 201 November 17, 2020 03:08PM

Did I read this correctly? Meet at Del & Patsy's for a winter long hunt ?

UtahRich 157 November 18, 2020 09:42PM

Re: Come on down Gregg!!

D&P-OR 194 November 17, 2020 01:45PM

Re: Come on down Gregg!!

OregonGregg 202 November 17, 2020 02:34PM

Re: What's going to happen with the M6 ?

Kickindirt 232 November 16, 2020 08:53PM

Re: What's going to happen with the M6 ?

OregonGregg 219 November 16, 2020 09:23PM

Re: What's going to happen with the M6 ?

Kickindirt 180 November 16, 2020 10:23PM

Here ya go

OregonGregg 231 November 16, 2020 10:42PM

That's not the response I expected . . . . . thinking

UtahRich 212 November 16, 2020 09:10PM

Re: That's not the response I expected . . . . . thinking

D&P-OR 213 November 16, 2020 09:25PM

So is Patsy there too ?

UtahRich 198 November 16, 2020 09:30PM

Re: So is Patsy there too ?

D&P-OR 415 November 16, 2020 09:42PM

Dinner Bell

UtahRich 243 November 16, 2020 09:44PM

confused smiley

UtahRich 245 November 16, 2020 08:32PM

The M6 - We need some clarification with your results.

UtahRich 250 November 16, 2020 07:14PM

Re: The M6 - We need some clarification with your results.

OregonGregg 238 November 16, 2020 08:11PM

OregonGregg being a pain in the behind again sad smiley

UtahRich 229 November 16, 2020 10:38AM

Rich, a few comments back to you.

Monte 225 November 16, 2020 01:21PM

What's Your Detector IQ ?

UtahRich 178 November 16, 2020 07:40PM

Re: OregonGregg being a pain in the behind again sad smiley

EL NINO 179 November 16, 2020 12:17PM

Re: OregonGregg being a pain in the behind again sad smiley

Druid 177 November 16, 2020 11:28PM

Re: OregonGregg being a pain in the behind again sad smiley

EL NINO 196 November 17, 2020 05:46AM

Re: OregonGregg being a pain in the behind again sad smiley

Druid 157 November 18, 2020 12:00PM

Re: OregonGregg being a pain in the behind again sad smiley

EL NINO 167 November 18, 2020 02:54PM

Re: OregonGregg being a pain in the behind again sad smiley

EL NINO 167 November 18, 2020 01:39PM

This machine looks familiar

zincoln 148 November 18, 2020 04:05PM

Re: This machine looks familiar

EL NINO 166 November 18, 2020 08:45PM

Thx for sharing

zincoln 159 November 18, 2020 10:44PM

Re: Thx for sharing

EL NINO 162 November 19, 2020 03:35AM

Setting Up Tests for your own detectors -

UtahRich 214 November 16, 2020 07:30PM

Agree 100%

OregonGregg 176 November 16, 2020 11:08AM

Customizing a Test -

UtahRich 210 November 16, 2020 06:52PM

Re: Agree 100%

Kickindirt 313 November 16, 2020 05:57PM

Joel, just some responses to your thoughts.

Monte 179 November 17, 2020 09:26PM



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