Field Test Report MPX Digital
I recently had the honor of testing the MPX digital metal detector for Kellyco Metal Detector Superstore. One reason I was selected was due to the weather. Snow, sleet and cold had covered most of the U.S. while here in Florida we still had sunshine and mild weather.
Week 1 got me out of the house bright and early. Sun was just coming up over the horizon and I was hoping to be one of the first people detecting on a favorite beach of mine near an inlet that I had been quite successful earlier in the year. As everyone knows, beaches have two to three “zones” to metal detect. The high and dry sandy beach away from the water is always easiest due to the fact that there is little to no mineralization to tune out. The second zone would be at water’s edge where the sand has been saturated with salt water and does have a mineral content. And the third of course is in shallow water where your detector experiences not only mineralization, but added pressure on the coil.
Setting up the MPX detector was extremely easy. Coil connects to the lower rod, slide lower rod into upper rod, connect coil, turn on detector and I was in business. Slowly running the search coil over the sand produced a number of solid “hits.” My first recovery was a gold ring, followed by several (old) wheat pennies, followed by 2 silver rings. I found the MPX to be extremely well balanced and noted the difference between another detector I used to search the inlet beach earlier in the year that tired my arm out very quickly and I had to frequently stop to rest. With the MPX, I was able to hunt much longer and stop only when I wanted to (for water & snacks). I recommend lightweight detectors for a number of reasons, mainly to spend more time metal detecting.
Setting the detector in discrimination (to get rid of those troublesome pull-tabs). I found more old wheat pennies alerting me to the fact the MPX was going deeper into zones that my other detectors were not reaching. A solid sound proved that I was right when I dug a beautiful 1895 quarter! I have to add a note regarding this area. I had super loud “hit” and I recovered what seemed to be a beautiful Spanish Silver treasure coin. After my heart slowed down I examined the coin closely and it proved to be a copy, not real. I kept it as a souvenir and included it in my pictures which are a part of this report.
The second week I went to several parks around Daytona Beach, Deland and Orlando, Florida. Again the detector setup was quick and easy and tuning was simple. Since parks are notorious for being trashy, I ran my discriminator up to eliminate pull-tabs. Many detectors in pull-tab discrimination will lose targets including older thin dimes and small rings. I mention this because I did find several mercury dimes; one dated 1898 and one 1846 one cent coin. Once again the detector was proving to be extremely deep because among the many modern coins I was finding, I dug lots of wheat pennies, and 5 large One cent coins.
My last week of testing was Relic Hunting. Few detectors really do well for Relic Hunting, especially when they are good coin detectors. This would be a good test for the MPX. My research had discovered a small battle site from the Civil War not to far from where my farm was located. After setting up my detector I started my searching pattern and sure enough I started to get signals. I dug an old zipper (?) Thankfully followed by a Navy Uniform Button indicating I was in the right area. My next discovery was a gold tooth, showing that the MPX could also find gold! (I know the gold tooth was NOT from the Civil War) This area was mixed with modern metals as I found a round glass ball with silver holder from the U.S. Virgin Islands. Lot’s of metal that would stop other detectors did not even slow down the MPX because my next find was “Pay Dirt”, I unearthed a Civil War Bullet and about 10 inches under the bullet I recovered a U.S. Calvary Belt Buckle in pretty decent shape. Two things stand out in my mind as I was recovering the belt buckle. One was never fill in a hole unless you have run your search coil over it again because many times there is a second or third find below the dug item. And the second thought is to research any area before you hunt so you can have some idea of what items should prove the site to be worth searching.
The MPX Digital Detector is a fantastic beginner unit and is a great metal detector for pros as well. It is easy-to-use, easy-to-tune and has great depth.
On the average, coins were found as shallow as one inch and as deep as 11.5 inches. The Civil War U.S. Belt Buckle was found 14 inches deep.
Target separation is great. No false signals on the beach in high mineralized soil.
Target Separation: I would rate the MPX as a “Pro” model.
Target Identification right on the money, MPX pinpoints every time in the center of the coil, so I had less digging saving me lot’s of time.
The 10 Inch coil will get you more depth and covers more area in less time.
The MPX is certainly lightweight and can be used in both salt and fresh water.
Overall, for the money, the MPX Digital is as good as the higher priced detectors and you will have great results and lots of fun using this detector.
Thanks to Kellyco for letting me test this machine. I worked for Mr. “A.” and his Kellyco Staff for 3 years. I could not have found a better company to work for. They are honest and bend over backwards to get you the right detector at a price you can afford. Due to my health, I had to retire, but still keep active metal detecting and get to test metal detectors for them. I will honestly tell them (and you) exactly what I find, good or bad with each detector I test.