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Looking for the Best Metal Detector?
There is no such thing as the perfect metal detector but a few come pretty close.
Some may perform flawlessly at a freshwater beach but fail near salt water beaches or when moving between the wet and dry sand areas.
Others may perform best in damp or wet soil conditions, and still others seem to prefer a dry soil to achieve maximum depth.
Mineralized soil and sand is one issue that plagues many detectors and hunting in these conditions without the proper gear will lead to frustration.
Salt water beach and gold nugget hunting are a few examples and will require some research on your part to find a suitable machine. Don't be alarmed as there are many forums and resources on the web to help you make an informed decision.
Top Of The Line Or Entry Model ?
There are two schools of thought on this subject and only you can make this decision. If you bounce from one hobby to another then I recommend a quality entry level machine to start. If however you are like me and love to tinker and are serious about this hobby then I would suggest a higher priced option with more user controls.
With all of the customizable features on most of the newer models, you will more than likely be able to work around many of these issues by changing sensitivity settings, hunting modes, etc...
Of course using all of these added features to their fullest requires a bit of time to master but worth the effort. Never fear though, because the majority of these feature packed detectors also have a simple turn on and go mode to get you up and running fast.
As you gain more experience you can tiptoe into the other features and try different modes, sensitivity settings, discriminate values and notching if you choose.
The best metal detector you can buy is the one you have confidence in prior to purchase and then learning your new machine by using it... a lot. But trust me, this is a lot more fun than work.
For peace of mind, do yourself a favor and stick with the major brands as they offer great warranties, accessories and repair or upgrade service should you need it.
You'll also be able to find both new and used accessories and coils from third party vendors, Ebay, Craigslist, and forum members available for most major brands which in many cases will not be available for the no name brands.