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Detector strengths and weaknesses

May 10, 2021 11:49PM
There is a lot of discussion about choosing a brace of detectors that compliment each other. Sound advice, but what does it really mean?

My interests are primarily public parks and school lots, and a few older houses where people I know well enough to ask permission live.
I would also like to start wading around local swimming holes this summer.

We could look at my collection. I would group them into pairs that each are similar to.

The Anfibio Multi and Multi Kruzer are very similar; while they are intended for wading, they work very well on dry land.
To me, their weak points are chattiness and average VDI accuracy. That is important to me when I want to notch out certain blocks of numbers, and the items I want to ignore come through anyway.
The Anfibio has its stock coil on at all times, and the 7" concentric stays on the Kruzer.

The IDX and Racer 2 are for trashy areas and fence lines. They are not depth powerhouses, but, in certain situations that works to their favor.
I keep the 4" Snooper coil on the IDX and usually use the concentric on the Racer. If I had to go into a bed of nails, it would be with one of these detectors.

That brings me to the XL Pro and Equinox. The XL is a 'specialty' machine nowadays. I don't think it was made for todays modern trash. However, it is the only detector I have that I feel confident about telling the shape of the object by the sound, up to 4"-6". VDI is also the most accurate as any of the others. I leave an 8" coil mounted on it most always.
My knock on the Nox is that it is downright frail looking and feeling compared to anything else I've used. Also, you seem to select the disc by whatever mode you are running in.
Everything else is all good so far. I do like to be able to completely ignore everything but coins when I get in that mood. It will pick up some small metallic bits, although none have been of the gold variety for me so far.
I have used the stock coil the most, but the 6"er is downright precise.


So, am I using these to their strengths? Overlooking anything that might help me get more out of them?

I bet everyone has their favorite groups of detectors. What are they?
If you had to liquidate, which one of your detectors would be the last to go?
For me, it would be the XLPro, hands down. Not that I use it all that much, but everything else is replaceable.


Everyone over 50 years old nowadays knows things used to be built better. One thing I really like about some of todays machines is the rechargable batteries.
Also, upper mid level detectors in the category as some I have were at the same dollar amount 10 or more years ago. We all know the dollar value is less today than back when.
Does that make todays detectors a better bargain?

EQ 800-6" COIL
ANFIBIO MULTI-7" COIL
MULTI KRUZER-7" COIL
RACER2-7" AND 5" COILS
XL PRO
CLASSIC IDX
UMATILLA COUNTY, OREGON
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Detector strengths and weaknesses

scottwyl 235 May 10, 2021 11:49PM

Monte we are on the same page

dixiedigger57 255 May 14, 2021 10:37AM

on the same page

UtahRich 127 May 15, 2021 12:26AM

Re: on the same page

dixiedigger57 131 May 20, 2021 02:04PM

Re: on the same page

jmaryt 111 May 20, 2021 05:17PM

Back to you, 'dixiedigge57'

Monte 235 May 14, 2021 04:49PM

Re: Back to you, 'dixiedigge57'

dixiedigger57 101 May 19, 2021 11:59AM

Re: Monte we are on the same page

Kickindirt 131 May 14, 2021 12:43PM

Re: Monte we are on the same page

glabelle 123 May 14, 2021 06:16PM

George, my comments about the ORX and search coils.

Monte 118 May 15, 2021 02:20AM

Re: Monte we are on the same page

Kickindirt 102 May 14, 2021 07:26PM

thumbs up ... Light, handy, and functional is the key. N/T

Monte 89 May 14, 2021 12:35PM

Like UtahRich, I've trimmed my outfit based on their strengths ... for me.

Monte 150 May 12, 2021 07:58AM

Re: Like UtahRich, I've trimmed my outfit based on their strengths ... for me.

scottwyl 98 May 13, 2021 09:11PM

Re: Like UtahRich, I've trimmed my outfit based on their strengths ... for me.

glabelle 112 May 12, 2021 05:51PM

Your are right, George. I just didn't want to dwell ..

Monte 123 May 14, 2021 02:54AM

Re: Detector strengths and weaknesses

jmaryt 191 May 11, 2021 07:26AM

Re: Detector strengths and weaknesses

scottwyl 99 May 13, 2021 09:14PM

Know thy Detector strengths

UtahRich 171 May 11, 2021 02:00AM

Re: Know thy Detector strengths

scottwyl 153 May 13, 2021 09:17PM



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