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Enjoying my XLT and getting the most out of it.

July 06, 2019 06:55AM avatar
Twenty five years after Hombre and Monte I now have an XLT! Better late than never! Am delighted with my acquisition. Have receipts from a little over a year ago when Whites refurbished this unit. Operationally and visually the unit is as new. Wondering if we’ll see twenty five year old ETrac’s and CTX’s that will function as new in the future? Also can’t imagine what that would cost you if you did. XLT is a genuine bargain.
Having a very clean and great-working XLT is a very good thing. There isn't, and never has been, a 'perfect' metal detector made for general-purpose use. However, White's came very close with the XLT, and all of their upper-end models ever since fall short of the XLT in many ways, at least from all my experiences.

Now comes the work of matching the Bigfoot coil with the proper settings to take advantage of the potential rewards. We just had tens of thousands of people for a River Festival and several firework shows, so I figured something got left behind. Coin shooting has been disappointing recently so will try to focus on the jewelry and gold.
For me, I like to keep things 'simple' and with the XLT, like so many multi-function upper-cost models before (like with the Eagle series) and up to the present, we find a lot of adjustments that are not really necessary, not fully functional without other adjustments to counter what you just changed, and quite simply some have adjustment ranges that are so extreme that a user can easily end up with a really poor-performing detector.

With the XLT, and for the bulk of my detecting sites, I left most of the adjustments at their default setting and only made a few significant change. I didn't really mess up the performance, I enhanced some of it for the bulk of where I go, and then I make use of the most efficient search coils for the site environments I like to work and use a sower and methodical sweep speed fitting to the XLT's circuitry design.

As you mention, it is important to match or select the best coil(s) available for what we want to do. I am not a 950 coil fan and for more open areas with limited trash targets, I like the better weight and balance of the round 8" Concentric coils. But the bulk of my hunting is in trashier places, brushier environments, and others where I might encounter building rubble and such. My #1 preferred search coil on the XLT is the 6½" Concentric, like the Bullseye, 5.3 Black Max, or 'original' Blue Max 600.thumbs up I tried the Bigfoot when it came out, and periodically since then, but for me and my preferred sites, it just didn't work well for me at all. Too big, too awkward, and sometimes no depth where needed, plus I deal with very trashy conditions.

Have all the pieces to put my puzzle together now. The easy part is done. We will see if I have a winning combination or not
My "winning combination" is loaded on my back seat right now with a CoRe, Relic, Omega 8000, and two Tesoro's as I am headed out as soon as I get this posted. Planning on using the XLT w/6½" Concentric in several sites I have selected ... as long as the weedy growth isn't an access issue.

Best of success with your XLT.


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Detectors: Vanquish 540 / CoRe, Relic & Simplex + / Bandido II µMAX & Silver Sabre µMAX / XLT
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Kraemer 325 June 27, 2019 01:23PM

Bigfoot coil on VX3/V3I

UtahRich 216 June 29, 2019 02:53AM

Surprised to read of that Bigfoot working on a 'Spectra' series model.

Monte 237 June 29, 2019 04:37AM

Re: Surprised to read of that Bigfoot working on a 'Spectra' series model.

Kraemer 201 June 29, 2019 07:31AM

Looking for an XLT? Get that BigFoot coil mounted on the right detector!

Monte 270 June 29, 2019 10:49PM

Found an XLT and am waiting for it now!

Kraemer 196 July 01, 2019 09:32AM

I bought my XLT new in 1994 when they first went on sale.

Hombre 204 July 04, 2019 06:30PM


Kraemer 211 July 05, 2019 04:52PM

Enjoying my XLT and getting the most out of it.

Monte 206 July 06, 2019 06:55AM

I also got my 1st XLT in June of '94.

Monte 221 July 05, 2019 01:26AM

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