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 New member saying Hi and what should i buy?(Read 14607 times)
Re: New member saying Hi and what should i buy? Reply #25 on: April 05, 2013, 01:22
Lots of good replies to this post. I have modified the original header slightly and will make it a sticky. It may end up in another section one day.

Took me awhile to find my own thread.LOL..Thought it had been deleted or something.

Took myself up Gnangara way after work yesterday, just had to go give it a go, no finds alas, but i only had an hour or so before nightfall. Dug a few holes (and filled them back in) but alas only tin foil, bottle tops and ring pulls. Ah, i did find the base of a light globe which was the "highlight" get it!?

Will have a more serious go on Saturday, and Monday i have booked as Annual Leave Yippee..

And yes, lots of great advice, and many thanks to all who took the time to help me out.
  • Detector(s) owned/used: Garrett Ace 350



Re: New member saying Hi and what should i buy? Reply #26 on: August 03, 2013, 15:03
G'day all,
My name is Shane (aka Spike), and I'm also new to the site and the world of prospecting.
I presently live in Sydney, but will be moving to Exmouth WA in January 2014.
My family and I love travelling and camping, and plan on spending a considerable amount of time doing just that while exploring what WA has to offer. 
There's certainly some great advice in here, and I have already started researching most of what has been mentioned in this forum. I want to get the best MD that I can afford - and I have a budget of around $1000 - give or take. My thing is I want to make sure I get something that can deal with the high mineralisation in the ground in the area I'm moving to.
I'll be living near the coast, and will have a number of 'Mountain Ranges' and beaches to explore when work permits.
Additional to my budget, I'm thinking of getting my daughter (8yrs old) a beginners MD so she can search for coins etc so that she can be involved at the same time. Probably something easy and not bulky so she can enjoy and grow with the experience. (Looking at a couple of hundred dollars here).
With all this in mind, I'm really not sure which way to go? Would I be wasting my money if I bought a VLF MD, considering I'm in WA? Or should I look at a IP MD? (for myself)
I just wanted to introduce myself and put my story out there to see what type of feedback I would get.
Cheers 'Spike'
« Last Edit: August 16, 2013, 17:33 by 69Spike »
  • Detector(s) owned/used: Garrett Ace 250
“Not all those who wander are lost.” J.J.R. Tolkien



Re: New member saying Hi and what should i buy? Reply #27 on: August 17, 2013, 09:01
G'day Hopeful Hunter (s) and to everyone that was so helpful on this post. I'm a new member of a few weeks and can see the addiction already looming so clearly put to words above.

I was initially put onto this website by a very keen and helpful member from work (Thanks Old Mate). I spent as much time as my patience would allow looking and reading and dodging the sideways looks for spending too much time on the laptop. In the end  I saw a second hand F5 that was advertised and made contact with a very helpful member. I'm expecting it to arrive early next week and cant wait to even try it in the back yard and further afield.

Thanks everyone for all the great posts and assistance and like HH I'm hoping to post some coins and relics soon!

Regards,
Tline.
  • Detector(s) owned/used: NONE YET



Re: New member saying Hi and what should i buy? Reply #28 on: August 17, 2013, 16:48
G/Day Tline,

Good to see a post from you, the addiction to this hobby is very real, hope you enjoy it.

The worst part is waiting for your tools to turn up in the post  :)
  • Detector(s) owned/used: To many is never enough
  • Oldest find: Vicky (bun) penny 18??
Tally: To old to keep count now



Re: New member saying Hi and what should i buy? Reply #29 on: August 17, 2013, 19:16
Thanks FSH, Your absolutely right. Its a painstaking process trying to decide what to buy and what you want out of the detector and when you finally decide you just want to jump in boots and all.

The addiction has hit. Hope all new members are as hooked as I am.

Regards,
TLine
  • Detector(s) owned/used: NONE YET



Re: New member saying Hi and what should i buy? Reply #30 on: September 02, 2013, 21:33
hi to all,
ahh where to start.. looking to buy a Decent metal detector, but on apprentice wages budget is around $300
was looking at the garrett ace 150? but not sure 

im down on the morington peninsular, Victoria but spend a bit of time up around echuca and robinvale area ( top half on the murray )
but mostly down here, always wanted to try metal detecting just never knew where to start
been doing a bit of research on the How to side, bit lost on what to buy and if their any good haha :/

all advice welcome thanking you :)
  • Detector(s) owned/used: none Yet



Re: New member saying Hi and what should i buy? Reply #31 on: September 03, 2013, 06:59
I just purchased a new 250 for less than your budget from USA inc freight. Dollar has changed but worth a look and consider a better quality second hand unit.
  • Detector(s) owned/used: Owned,Two Mlb 5000. Sovs,GT and XS, Ace 250's.
  • Oldest find: Ancient gold and 1797 cartwheel penny.



Re: New member saying Hi and what should i buy? Reply #32 on: September 03, 2013, 11:29
Yep im also a new member, new to this hobby and guess what , my name is also Chris !  ok, is the Miner's Den the only place in NSW / ACT I can purchase a detector ? I am considering a CTX 3030 but its a bit expensive, ( $2,750 )  is there other brands that are just as good as the CTX but cheaper or other retails outlets
  • Detector(s) owned/used: N/A
  • Oldest find: N/A



Re: New member saying Hi and what should i buy? Reply #33 on: September 03, 2013, 11:55
Yep im also a new member, new to this hobby and guess what , my name is also Chris !  ok, is the Miner's Den the only place in NSW / ACT I can purchase a detector ? I am considering a CTX 3030 but its a bit expensive, ( $2,750 )  is there other brands that are just as good as the CTX but cheaper or other retails outlets

Hi Chris,

You may want to read this before you spend your money on a CTX http://forum.kimbucktwo.com/index.php/topic,20613.msg208527/topicseen.html#new , I guess it all comes down to what you want to do with it.  It does have some extra bells and whistles that other detectors don't have (gps tracking and uploading/downloading data to/from your pc).  From what I have heard though, land based shouldn't be any issues but personally from recent reports if you are looking at getting it fully wet I'd be looking at something else.
  • Detector(s) owned/used: ML Explorer SE - std DD coil & ML x-terra 70. Coils: std concentric, 10x5 18.75DD, 15" 18.75DD
  • Oldest find: 1912 threepence...make that an 1899 Penny..make that an 1861? German 4 Pfennige. A suss looking (but confirmed) 1830-1837 half crown
Every day is 'Clean Up Australia Day' when you go detecting.



Re: New member saying Hi and what should i buy? Reply #34 on: September 03, 2013, 11:58
hmmmm ok thanks GN01 its a mine field Ay ( Pardon the pun )  :)

Ps miners den or elsewhere ?
  • Detector(s) owned/used: N/A
  • Oldest find: N/A



Re: New member saying Hi and what should i buy? Reply #35 on: September 03, 2013, 12:08
Miners Den should have people there that know about the machines.  Yeah its a bit of a ford or holden, or 4wd tread pattern kind of debate when it comes to detecting.  First work out what you primarily want to do with it and where/what conditions you want to use it, once you know that then start short listing various brands and models based on specs and (real) user reviews.  There are a few members here from Canberra who may be able to point you in a direction to suit your needs.
  • Detector(s) owned/used: ML Explorer SE - std DD coil & ML x-terra 70. Coils: std concentric, 10x5 18.75DD, 15" 18.75DD
  • Oldest find: 1912 threepence...make that an 1899 Penny..make that an 1861? German 4 Pfennige. A suss looking (but confirmed) 1830-1837 half crown



Re: New member saying Hi and what should i buy? Reply #36 on: September 03, 2013, 12:26
OK

Not tying to be a newbie smart arse but:

I want to look for relics, coins etc and shallow depth gold nugs etc.

I want to look on old home sites, parks, beaches, shallow streams, and general public land etc and maybe even heritage sites

My budget is approx $2,000 all up. Not looking to search deep ground or deep water . Ideas or opinions ?   
  • Detector(s) owned/used: N/A
  • Oldest find: N/A



Re: New member saying Hi and what should i buy? Reply #37 on: September 03, 2013, 12:59
That's alright Chris, first step is identifying the purpose of use, nothing smartass about that part.  I will clarify one thing though...I'm guessing you mean 'historic' sites not 'heritage' .  Historic is fine (old sites) but listed 'heritage' sites are generally a no go zone (protected).

If you are not looking at getting the control box wet then you have a range of choices.  Many coils are waterproof which means that your depth limitation is basically the length of the lead up to the control box.  If you are happy to spend your full budget you can look at the CTX, otherwise there a several users here that have moderate to good success with the ML 705 goldpack which gives you 2 coils (mono is waterproof, the smaller DD is 'splashproof') that you can get for or under $1K allowing you to get some extras like a pinointer, digging tools, etc and  a decent amount leftover for travel.  There is also AT pro (check motackle online, once there search detector) around the same price which is waterproof (I think) that some members here also use.  That's just 2, check some of the sub boards on the forum from different manufacturers, there is a bit of a range of models, short list some do some research on the models that might interest you.
  • Detector(s) owned/used: ML Explorer SE - std DD coil & ML x-terra 70. Coils: std concentric, 10x5 18.75DD, 15" 18.75DD
  • Oldest find: 1912 threepence...make that an 1899 Penny..make that an 1861? German 4 Pfennige. A suss looking (but confirmed) 1830-1837 half crown



Re: New member saying Hi and what should i buy? Reply #38 on: September 03, 2013, 13:02
brilliant ! thanks mate....
  • Detector(s) owned/used: N/A
  • Oldest find: N/A



Re: New member saying Hi and what should i buy? Reply #39 on: September 03, 2013, 13:11
No worries, and I forgot to add...get a decent set of headphones, it will make all the difference.
  • Detector(s) owned/used: ML Explorer SE - std DD coil & ML x-terra 70. Coils: std concentric, 10x5 18.75DD, 15" 18.75DD
  • Oldest find: 1912 threepence...make that an 1899 Penny..make that an 1861? German 4 Pfennige. A suss looking (but confirmed) 1830-1837 half crown



Re: New member saying Hi and what should i buy? Reply #40 on: September 03, 2013, 19:39
I just purchased a new 250 for less than your budget from USA inc freight. Dollar has changed but worth a look and consider a better quality second hand unit.

just having a look found a 250 for $270au inc shipping from the us, and the 150 around $220
might save up and buy a 250 :) hopfully shouldnt take to long to save dam apprentice wages haha

thanking you :)
  • Detector(s) owned/used: none Yet



Re: New member saying Hi and what should i buy? Reply #41 on: November 20, 2015, 21:45
Hi, I have a Minelab 305 in very good condition, and you can have a Minelab Pin pointer with it for $360......interested? 

  • Detector(s) owned/used: Minelab X-Terra 305. Maxcon Gold GC1038
  • Oldest find: Roman Silver...(UK). 1903 Silver 3 Pence



Re: New member saying Hi and what should i buy? Reply #42 on: November 20, 2015, 22:30
Reply 40 was Sept 2013, lighthead should have saved something by now.
  • Detector(s) owned/used: Owned,Two Mlb 5000. Sovs,GT and XS, Ace 250's.
  • Oldest find: Ancient gold and 1797 cartwheel penny.



Re: New member saying Hi and what should i buy? Reply #43 on: October 24, 2017, 22:39
I bought myself a detector last xmas, a minelab excalibur and love it, but I love cruising the beach and even more in the ocean while my poor old husband has the mask, snorkel and digger. Best hobby I ever got.
  • Detector(s) owned/used: Minelab Excalibur
  • Oldest find: 1940





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