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Best types and makes of detectors

I am revamping this page with the tips and set up info from the best hunters. It is not an even playing field out there and setting your macine up correctly will pay huge dividends to your find rate.

There are no really bad detectors built these days amongst the well known makes, they will all find metal objects. Every guy thinks his machine is best and that is all that matters, confidence in your machine. The depth argument is a total waste of time as most finds are only normally only a couple of inches deep, air testing a machine and saying mine goes an inch deeper than yours make no difference. To me the test of a good detector is how much junk you don't have to dig in order to make the right find. My previous model a 1266 XB liked iron too much and I dug every plough part and rusty nail, the Coinstrike I now use however eliminates iron perfectly. Some of the new machines require a very long learning curve so it is not advisable to bring a brand new detector with you but stick to your old faithful if you can!!






These were the settings in use when I found my Saxon gold:
Coil: 9 inch concentric
Disc: Barely above iron
Sensitivity: Cranked up until unstable then backed off back to smooth operation
Threshold: 1:00
Tone: 3:00
Also utilized 5.75 inch concentric coil in areas such as fair sites



I also use the Tejon as one of my main machines and set it up so that my main disc is set up just at the L in Foil.I don't even use the 2nd mode nor the pinpoint feature anymore , but inexperienced users may want to. It slows me down. Ground balance slightly positive. I like Threshold at about 2 O -Clock. Tone is preference
Dig any repeatable signal . Yeah you'll get some junk but in the last two hunts I've found 15 hammies with the Tejon.
Good Luck

Can Rod

Tesoro DeLeon

Coil: 9" Concentric

Search Mode: Disc

Sens: As high as possible while maintaining a smooth operation

Discl Level: No more than Iron or a hair above

Regardless of reading, dig all signals, even broken ones.

Use of the larger (And also very sensitive) Tesoro 10x12" coil not recommended as it causes the machine to be very noisy and erratic.

My wife Marjo uses this machine in the U.K. and usually does very well with it.
Can Dan HH




Sensitivety - Depends on the ground. Have run it as low as 73 and as high as 99.

Disc - 6

Notch - leave at factory preset.

Number of tones - 2F

Processor - DE

I have heard that the "notch" setting has software issues. First time I used the machine, it sounded like band practice. What I was told is that if you try to notch something out, it's actually notching it in (or something like that) Best thing to do is leave it alone, it works fine. If you have changed it at all, or want to be safe, do a factory reset (turn machine off, then pull trigger and hold menu button while turning it on) It is amazing how the chatter disappears

Mass Bruce

The F-75 is gonna be a keeper in my arsenal.
Love its fast recovery, faster than any machine I've ever seen it seems to combine features I like in both my Garrett and the Tejon. Unfortunately I only had a chance to use it for a day as the crappiest weather the week we were there. Couldn't see the screen, so I figured I would hunt by sound only and therefore go with the Tejon.
Most my pals in the UK that are doing well with 'em are hunting with disc at 4
notch- factory
fast grab often
PF mode as its almost as sensitive like the JE mode, but more stable
Sensitivity as high as possible without falsing and chattering.
2 -3 tones

Can Rod

Explorer II




I believe a lot of people run the Explorer II differently. I will post how I like to run it here, so that others can see, and post how they like to run theirs.

I run it wide open, and I don't believe that is for everyone. It can suck your brains out, as you like to say.

Smart Screen always.
Ferrous mode
IM (iron mask) -16
Sensitivity-- Manual, as high as it will go and still run stable.
Gain. Set pretty high, I use 8.
Volume 10
Limits 9
Variability 7
Threshold tone and volume, set low.

Use Fast when hunting in trash, and Deep when the fields are quiet. Don't use the 2 at the same time.

This setting allows for good targets to be heard amongst the iron trash, as well as providing exceptional depth. I was pulling greenies out of the hooker field at 14 inches, which only sounded like blips of iron, until I removed a few inches of soil with my boot, and got a good signal.

Cal Jim


Minelab Sovereign…...
Disc : Zero (fully ccw)
Notch : Zero (fully ccw)
Mode: Discriminate
Volume : 3 o'clock
Threshold : Adjust to a slight hum
Sensitivity : Auto for the 1st timer, later adjust for max power without falsing.
The 10" stock coil seem to be the best. Some may prefer an 8" in trashy areas. I have used a SunRay 12" to cover large area's quickly.
If you’re using an Elite or GT, use the band selection switch to reduce interference.
On the GT, I would 1st run in the “fixed” ground track mode.

Cal Jim


Sounds pretty similar to Jims.

Not always wide open, sometimes 29
IM -15
always IM with deep on most of the time.
gain 8 or 9
volume 10

I'm in ferrous sounds.

NS Andy


Not much to add to Andy`s settings Those are a winner but I always hunt in Ferrous sounds

Tenn Mark



Garrett 2500 Settings-

Relics Mode
Sensitivity 10
Threshold- slight hum
I use belltone but not neccesary
The trick with Garrett is it'll lock as you image it at 90 degrees if the cursor bounces around more than a few segments its trash. dig everything that locks on above 3 as have found many hammies in the just above foil range.
Run with the 12.5 imaging coil if possible.

Can Rod

Hey there, forgot to mention on the 2500 a very important feature. Manually Groundbalancing and use of the true all metal mode turns the 2500 into a real animal. Only 5-10 % of folks use it but it becomes a different machine. Ground balance it by bobbing it as you hold the fast track button so you get a slight positive on the downward bob just above the ground. The machine is now about 20% deeper, and you can toggle back and forth between last mode as a coin check if you wish. This becomes a lot noiser but will still ID properly. Have dug greenies at over 14 inches using the 12.5 inch coil in allmetal. HH




White’s MXT (with 12” Super coil)

MODE: Relic
GAIN: 10 (+1, +2, +3, if conditions allow)
DISC: ~2
THRESHOLD: As desired
TRAC: Ground (some folks prefer Lock after ground balancing)

White’s DFX (with Eclipse DD coil)

There are dozens of settings that can be adjusted on the DFX. And many settings have a secondary effect on one or more other settings. If you try to set this machine up too hot, you will turn it into a doorstop.

We use the preset Relic program and change the following:

A.C. SENSITIVITY to 70 (slightly higher, if conditions allow)
V.C.O.: On
DISCRIMINATION: Accept –40 to +95

We also use Sun Ray probes on both of these machines and on our Explorer SE. A White’s Bullseye pinpointer also comes in handy at times for very small targets.

Mike & Sandie

Ground conditions in Colchester

The ground around Colchester is perfect for detecting as it has a low mineral content so sensitivity on Fisher detectors can be turned up to max at all times giving full depth.

Fisher Coinstrike settings

I run in discrimination mode to cut out all iron and with the Coinstrike I get no tone at all when hitting iron targets. (Don't like all metal mode as it is too noisy and I don't want to dig iron anyway). You can still pick up the larger iron/steel targets like a sword, horse shoe because you get a good signal in the middle but negative numbers around the edges, with the pinpoint mode you can trace the outline of the object and decide if it is a plough part or something worth digging

I do not notch out any group of finds i.e. tabs foil etc. on my detectector as the land has very little trash and a ring pull ID & tone can be a small roman coin or ring in reality.

A short guide to the 'hit' tones and ID's on English lands using a CS:

10 to 35 and a low tone like lead can be an early hammered silver ( silver contents vary greatly) and of course gold !!
22- 28 high tone solid lock is usually a 17th to 19th copper coin
32-38 high tone solid lock milled silver coins
A signal 12 - 55 low tone and no lock is usually a hot rock, coke etc
8 -20 good lock, button (pewter, brass, lead)

Detecting on the land is basically simple. You crank up your machine to max sensitivity and max volume and dig any metal above iron even if the target will not lock on. Roman coins are real bitches as they will rarely lock on and you will get a signal right the way through the range. There materials vary considerably from bronze to copper (some with 10% gold content) the silver coins are no better as again they can have almost no silver to full silver.

Always use max volume so that you hear the faint good signal as that is a target at real depth. The land is as flat as a pancake and compacted so depths of 12 to 16 inches are common.

Standby machines and equipment:

Garrett supplied the new GTI 2500 for guys to use and it has been very succcesful at finding Celtic gold coins, 3 last season. I have also now got 3 new Whites MXT's and 2 more Fisher Coinstrikes.

Fisher Hoardhunter

30 diggers, foot assisted trowels and spade type.

2 spare Gray Ghost head phones kindly supplied by Detectorpro

Find aprons, knee pads
240 V to 120 volt converters for charging batteries
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