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April 30, 2017 07:02AM avatar
the best you can get with the V3i, and usually you have to kind of control the sweep speed and hesitate before a re-sweep the opposite direction. The Spectra series, like the former XLT, DFX, XL Pro and other moderate-to-fast sweep detectors just don't handle this test scenario well, and those challenges carry over to in-the-field searches.

In the White's line, the MXT Pro and MX5 could do okay at cleanly rejecting the four iron nails, silently, then give 8-out-of-8 on a US Penny pr Dime. I had the 'V' and the VX3, and using several coils they couldn't match my MXT Pro or MX5. The new MX Sport with the after-marker Detech 7" coil White's sells does well, also hitting 8-of-8, and doing it better than the MXT Pro. To be honest, I was surprised to see that.

When the Vision/Spectra V3 was first introduced I was located in a large metro area and still got out for a good deal of urban Coin Hunting and I hoped the Vision, as it was first called, would make an upgrade from my XLT and XL Pro. It didn't. Way too many glitches, and when they finally got to the V3i and then had the VX3 as well, I liked the VX3 a little more because I like 'simple.'

But they still weren't a good fit in my arsenal because I moved to a very small rural part of the state where I could enjoy devoting more time to Relic Hunting old sites, most of which have a lot of iron trash, especially nails, plus my health continues to decline with a bad back, shoulder, knee, and limited mobility for maneuvering. Thus weight and balance comfort became a priority as well, plus the need to best handle the NBPT. I let the VX3 go and used just my MXT Pro and Teknetics Omega 8000 V.4 for Coin Hunting, and a Tek. T2 w/5" DD coils and MXT Pro w/6½" Concentric for the ferrous debris places I hunted.

Those were my TID models, but were complemented by a couple of favorite Tesoro models that have proven themselves for Coin Hunting and especially Relic Hunting. Today, simplicity, functionality and performance are a must-have for me in a well balanced detector that doesn't fatigue me, and every detector in my arsenal provides just that. Because I work trashier sites the most, both for Relic Hunting as well as many Coin Hunting places in cities and towns, most of my often-grabbed detectors have a smaller-size search coil mounted.

I want and need detectors that come close to the light weight and comfort to use as the five Tesoro's in my arsenal, and my Target ID/Tone ID units do just that. My Nokta two FORS CoRe and three FORS Relic units are the most comfortable to use for as long my body says I can hang in there. My Nokta Impact comes close and that keeps the enjoyment up in this great hobby. Being able to put in more field time.

One thing that does please me is that every detector in my Regular-Use Detector Team will give me 8-out-of-8 hits on the NB with their smaller-size coils for hunting in trash. I can also get 7-of-8 or 8-of-8 using my four of my Tesoro's with a round 8" Concentric coil, and even the 8X11 DD on my Vaquero, the 5½X10 Concentric on a Relic, and the standard 7X11 DD's on my CoRe, Relic and Impact will usually make 6 or 7 easily.

But, I hunt in a lot of trash. For most urban Coin Hunters, 6-of-8 with a V3i can be useful because they seldom search really dense iron environments. Out of curiosity, what other detectors do you have on hand? Have you tried them on the Nail Board?


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'Regular-Use Detector Team' are models from: Nokta / Makro-5, Teknetics-2, Tesoro-3 and White's-3
'Specialty-Use Detectors' are models from: Compass, Garrett and Teknetics
Pinpointers: Using Nokta / 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 Gear: Using White's DigMaster digging tool and Signature Series pouch.
Note: Detectors are listed alphabetically by Brand. Models are chosen as desired based on search site conditions.
Some models are assigned for 'Regular-Use' and others are on-hand for 'Specialty Use.'
Additional search coils, mounted on spare lower-rods, are on-hand in my Accessory Coil Tote.

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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 05/01/2017 12:37AM by Monte.
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The V3i vs The Board

Pablo61 791 April 29, 2017 05:50PM

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glabelle 450 May 21, 2017 10:28PM

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zincoln 456 May 22, 2017 07:27AM

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RickUK 523 May 06, 2017 04:37AM

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zincoln 470 April 30, 2017 08:19PM

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Pablo61 425 May 01, 2017 06:54AM

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zincoln 489 May 02, 2017 09:36PM

V3i optimized test results

zincoln 490 May 11, 2017 09:25PM

Re: V3i optimized test results

Pablo61 442 May 16, 2017 06:10AM

Love for the MX Sport

Rich (Utah) 445 May 17, 2017 09:12PM

Re: The V3i vs The Board

Pablo61 421 May 04, 2017 07:15PM

Now you have me curious. thinking

Monte 512 May 03, 2017 04:32AM

Re: Now you have me curious. thinking

zincoln 478 May 03, 2017 08:55PM

Brian, very good answers.

Monte 396 May 04, 2017 06:33AM

Yep, I agree....

OregonGregg 379 May 04, 2017 02:42PM

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OregonGregg 444 May 04, 2017 03:10PM

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OregonGregg 463 May 05, 2017 08:13AM

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Rich (Utah) 462 May 05, 2017 08:46PM

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NWCindy 431 May 05, 2017 02:30PM

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OregonGregg 556 May 06, 2017 06:31AM

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NWCindy 423 May 06, 2017 08:45AM

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NWCindy 454 May 04, 2017 09:21PM

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zincoln 461 May 04, 2017 05:59PM

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NWCindy 417 May 04, 2017 09:42PM

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OregonGregg 483 May 04, 2017 06:50PM

Coils can help with the V3i, and usually

Monte 460 April 29, 2017 09:26PM

Re: Coils can help with the V3i, and usually

Pablo61 482 April 29, 2017 10:43PM

Thank You, and that's usually about

Monte 464 April 30, 2017 07:02AM

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Pablo61 428 April 30, 2017 04:28PM

Somewhat interesting with the Indian Head cent.

Monte 455 May 01, 2017 02:13AM

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