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Old Vs New .. Do YOU have some 'standards' by which you compare performance?

September 17, 2018 08:21AM avatar
I have certain detector models and most often used search coils in my Detector Team that I use to compare all makes and models, be them older devices, current offerings, or test units I get for evaluation. Through the years I trim some models from my arsenal and don't miss them, but at times some of them held a special interest for me and I finally brought myself to add an old favorite unit back on my 'Team.'

Now keep in mind that I know there is no single do-it-all-great detector that is 'perfect' for all my needs, but what I own and use has to provide ample in-the-field performance with preferred search coils in order to make a nice fit in my outfit. That way what I have complements each other as a group, and as a whole they make a nice array of makes and models, features and performance, to do some decent comparisons with other available or prototype detectors.

Of course we have to know just what it is we want and need in the way of performance and that means we have to have a good understanding of the types of trash targets we are likely to encounter at the types of places we like to search.

I enjoy urban Coin Hunting at times and every make and model I own and use can easily hold their own for most typical hunting needs. Most of those places have a fair amount of discarded trash or call for working in and around metal structures, so using smaller search coils is a must for me. Of my current 10 detector models I have an 'OOR' DD on a Nokta CoRe, 5" DD on a Nokta Relic, a 5½" Concentric on a modified Classic ID, 6" Concentrics on my Tesoro Bandido II µMAX and Silver Sabre µMAX, a 6½" Concentrics on my White's XLT and MX-7, and a 7" Concentric on a Teknetics Omega 8000 and Nokta Anfibio series unit.

Yes, that's only 9 models out of 10 and the final device is my other Nokta CoRe that keeps a 5X9½ DD mid-sized open-frame coil mounted. I have an Accessory Coil Tote that has the extra coils on lower rods ready to go for these models, but I do not have a lot of extra coils per model. Only what is necessary for the different hunting needs I might have for that particular unit. Yes, I have some standard or larger-size coils, but not many, only what is needed.

The other thing I found useful long, long ago was using several 'test samples' that mimic different scenarios I encounter afield, and I have those on-hand to do side-by-side comparisons between what I own and use and what the detector manufacturers are trying to convince me I ought to buy. Quite often, they are wrong and not very persuasive.

I know many might wonder about 'test gardens' and if I have any planted, and that answer is No, I don't.

Instead, I rely on taking detectors afield and using them in natural settings to try and locate lost targets that can be at unknown depths and in unknown positions and orientation to the coil, with the possibility of being isolated or perhaps in amongst different types of trash. Out there in the vast urban and remote locations are so many good and bad targets, clean signaling or partially masked, that I never found a need to waste my time planting a coin garden. Besides, I find a lot of 'keepers' that aren't coins of a known size, shape and alloy content and sure can't try to hide them all.

Do YOU have some established test and comparison procedures? Particular detectors and search coils you like to use to see how other detectors might match up? Just remember to not get caught up in a lot of marketing hype and think that everything new is better than what you are using because, often times, it isn't. You just might have a more fitting outfit right now, but having some established testing procedures can help confirm that.


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'Regular-Use Detector Team' are models from: Fisher, Nokta / Makro, Teknetics, Tesoro and White's
'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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Old Vs New .. Do YOU have some 'standards' by which you compare performance?

Monte 154 September 17, 2018 08:21AM

Re: Old Vs New .. Do YOU have some 'standards' by which you compare performance?

Hombre 90 September 20, 2018 09:36PM

'Yep' to your comments and I'll add a little.

Monte 74 September 21, 2018 05:41AM

Re: Old Vs New .. Do YOU have some 'standards' by which you compare performance?

WM6 99 September 19, 2018 05:24AM

'Thank You' WM6 for your response to this topic.

Monte 74 September 19, 2018 07:48AM

Re: 'Thank You' WM6 for your response to this topic.

WM6 82 September 20, 2018 06:36AM

Hmmm OLD vs NEW

OregonGregg 76 September 21, 2018 06:47AM

Re: Hmmm OLD vs NEW

WM6 70 September 21, 2018 10:06AM

Re: Hmmm OLD vs NEW

jmaryt 61 September 22, 2018 07:14AM

Re: Hmmm OLD vs NEW

OregonGregg 86 September 22, 2018 06:45AM

Re: Hmmm OLD vs NEW

WM6 66 September 23, 2018 04:33AM

Re: Hmmm OLD vs NEW

jmaryt 82 September 22, 2018 07:18AM

Re: Old Vs New .. Do YOU have some 'standards' by which you compare performance?

jmaryt 103 September 18, 2018 01:25AM

Standards by which to compare? Detector University . .

Rich (Utah) 118 September 17, 2018 05:58PM

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