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Whites V3i, MXT All-Pro, XL Pro, XLT and the models that worked best for me.

January 24, 2017 08:16AM avatar
Of those listed, the MXT Pro, or All Pro which is the same detector, is the most versatile and best performance multi-purpose detector in White's line-up today. I enjoyed mine from their first release up until two years ago when I was won-over my the Nokta FORS CoRe and then the Makro Racer series. Today that also include my 1st grab model, the FORS Relic.

Back from '94 until about to '05 my detector arsenal also included two of my all-time favorite White's detectors, the XLT and XL Pro. Very impressive performance, but the weight and balance just kind of got to this falling apart and aching old phart. Plus, I don't Coin Hunt those wide-open parks with a faster-sweep detector like I used to be able to do.

The V3i? Well, I had an early Vision before their 'official' introduction in Texas, and I went through several of them, finding one annoying glitch after another, going thru the name change to Spectra V3 and on to the current model, the V3i. I like the VX3 a little better, but overall I don't care for either of them. They are still glitchy for me, fussy about settings, require a bit more 'controlled' sweep presentation, and don't hunt well for me in the very iron littered old town sites I like to hunt, and don't keep up with the performance I get from my Relic, CoRe, Racer 2 or favorite Tesoro models.

Because I have spend the bulk of my hunting time in older-use places with ample iron discards, I have had my all-time best results from using a favored Tesoro model ... so when I pick a Relic Hunting unit for my detector battery, it has to pass a few tests to provide Tesoro-like performance. Very few can do that with 'simple' set-up and still be 'functional' which is why out of the White's line of modern detectors, the MX5 and MXT Pro qualified, not the higher tech Spectra series.

Note below that my current detector battery includes my Bandido II microMAX (just returned from Tesoro for some updating and replacing a broken Threshold pot) and Silver Sabre microMAX. Of my all-time favorite Tesoro models I have these because the are lighter and handy-to-use, and work pretty well in most dense trash, as most Tesoro's can.

But as good as they are in some challenging iron littered sites with their 6" Concentric coils, because of their 'Low-Noise/High-Gain' circuitry they are not quite as clean performing in close iron as some former models that are also top favorites of mine. I traded off one of those favorites, a Bandido II, to David G. last September on our last WTHO in Nevada.

I currently don't have any of these three, an 'original' Bandido, Bandido II and Silver Sabre II, having sold or traded them on the last two September Outings we've held, and just two days ago, on Sunday, there were 2 original Bandido's and a Silver Sabre II all up on e-bay by the same seller. I don't do e-bay but have my oldest son handle those deals for me, but about the time they closed we were out helping a crew get rid of snow from my roof and carport awning. Well, they were and I was kind of hobbling around and leaning on my cane 'supervising' and forgot to remind my son about those three models.

Those pre-┬ÁMAX (microMAX) models handled dense iron nail conditions better and quieter and make great units to have on-hand ... with a smaller-size search coil. I wish I knew who bought them, but until the next time a good deal comes along, I have my two current and trusty Tesoro's, and they have excellent competition from my CoRe, Relic, Racer 2 and Gold Racer.


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My Regular-Use Detector Team are various models from: Makro, Nokta, Tesoro and White's
Pinpointers: Using Nokta and Makro and Uniprobe Pointers.
Headphones: Using Killer B's 'Hornet' and White's Pro Star and Detector Pro's Uniprobe ... All w/'tank style' ear cups.
Recovery Tools: Using White's Ground Hawg Shovel and DigMaster digging tools.
Note: Detectors are listed alphabetically by Brand. Models are chosen as desired based on search site conditions.
Other models on-hand for 'Specialty Use.'
Additional search coils. mounted on spare lower-rods, are on-hand in my Accessory Coil Tote.

*** All working well today to make memories for tomorrow. ***

monte@stinkwaterwells.com .. or .. monte@ahrps.org
(503) 481-8147
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Even today I feel the best all-purpose detector in White's line-up

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Whites V3i, MXT All-Pro, XL Pro, XLT and the models that worked best for me.

Monte 583 January 24, 2017 08:16AM

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