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What should I get for a metal detector?

Discussion in 'Underwater Treasures' started by Bent Benny, Aug 5, 2018.

  1. Bent Benny

    Bent Benny Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Criehaven Island, Maine
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    I really want to get into metal detecting while diving. I have no experience at all with metal detectors. I don't need anything that will go super deep, but something that can handle 30fsw is a must.

    What should I be looking for? Are there any detectors in particular that anyone reccomends? My budget can handle up to $1,000 USD, but I would really like to keep it below $700 if I can do that without buying junk.

    There is a uses minelab excalibur v1 with a 10" coil upgrade that I found for $600. Would this be ok for someone just starting out and is this a good deal?
     
  2. icechip

    icechip Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Maine
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  3. American Digger In Europe

    American Digger In Europe Angel Fish

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    I have an Excalibur II and a Sea Hunter MK II. The Excal is a MUCH better machine! Mine cost me $1,300.00. If the Excal you're talking about is in good shape, it's a GREAT DEAL!
     
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  4. Bent Benny

    Bent Benny Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Criehaven Island, Maine
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    It's not an excal II just an excal. It is great! I've already found a bunch of old Sterling rings and one gold wedding band. The one I got does have a few small issues though so I should probably send it out to get fixed this winter.
     
  5. Geobound

    Geobound Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: Ontario
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    How deep are you going with your detector?

    +1 on the Excal II.
     
  6. Bent Benny

    Bent Benny Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Criehaven Island, Maine
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    I've just been sticking in 15' or less for the most part. I haven't been using it much though. I used it a bunch for the first couple weeks but I've been trying to focus more on improving my diving ability so I haven't been bringing the excal with me.
     
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  7. Geobound

    Geobound Nassau Grouper

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    I use my CTX for 10' max, and have had decent luck. Are you diving alone at that depth, or have you found a buddy who likes to hunt as well?
     
  8. Bent Benny

    Bent Benny Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Criehaven Island, Maine
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    All by myself
     
  9. GaMatt72

    GaMatt72 Angel Fish

    # of Dives: None - Not Certified
    Location: Georgia
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    You can adapt the CTX to dive deeper. Look up Frogman Riviera on YouTube and check out his mods.
    But the Minelab Excalibur II is one of the best. Call a dealer and never pay retail.
     
  10. Geobound

    Geobound Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: Ontario
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    If I recall correctly he has also drowned a few machines, so I would be cautious about taking a $2500.00 machine where it wasn't designed to go. I'd rather spend the $1200.00 a purposeful machine like the Excal or the CZ21.
     

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