Minelab X-Terra 505 Metal Detector
- Product Review (submitted on March 17, 2008):
I decided to buy the Minelab X-Terra 505 after a lot of reading and talking with a few actual owners. It fit my budget, I could see the display without my glasses, it was light and easy to swing, and really fast to set up and use. I took it out of the box, put it together in a few minutes, watched the DVD, then went straight out to my front yard. In less than an hour I found close to 2 dollars in nickels, dimes, quarters, and pennies. This was a greater accomplishment than many long nights at the park years earlier, with an inferior machine.
It had been over 20 years since my last detector, which on a good day I might find a few hundred pull tabs and a penny or two if I were lucky. I was a bit impatient back then, and had a bad detector as well. However, I would watch my brother come home with rings, relics, and lots of coins, but he had a very expensive machine that I will leave unnamed. This was always in the back of my mind over the years when I would drive by a park that was having a big company picnic or get together. I knew if I had a good detector I could come back later and at the very least come out with a pocket full of coins, and perhaps some lost jewelry.
A recent outing after Christmas yielded a pocket full of change from a grass lot that had been set up with a concession stand and Christmas tree sales. Of course there weren't any old coins, but then again I didn't even dig any signals, just the ones where the coin was hidden in the grass. The depth reading on the display really helps with determining that along with the numerical readout. If I hit a high pitched 42 I knew there was a quarter, most dimes give a 36, nickels are strange but most of the time gave me a 12, and pennies are around 30. If it showed any kind of depth I just moved on due to lack of time and desire that day, but still came out with several dollars in change in less than an hour of just walking around picking up money.