Minelab X-Terra 305 Metal Detector
- Product Review (submitted on August 2, 2008):
I have had the X-Terra 30 for 2 years. Assembly and operation out of the box are extremely easy. Resetting locked out targets is a little tricky, done during power up. I like that no strap is necessary on the arm rest. It is very light. Target ID is somewhat useful. Quarters are always a 40, Dimes 36, nickels 8, pennies a 32 or 36. Tabs foil 8-12. I prefer to hunt for coins. A ring now and then is a real plus. I can squeak an hour in now and then or 10 minutes at a park on a trip and want to get a few finds. I don't dig deep, usually an inch or two. Being in Montana, I've ended up going shallower as there are so many stones and rocks. Ground is mineralized.
I've owned a White's 4900, Fisher 1266X, Whites IDX and now the X-Terra. The X-Terra works similarly to the IDX. Pinpointing is far too vague, with a really goofy tone and screen system. Soup can size. Electrical interference like power lines mess it up. There are not enough divisions on the discriminator. The higher models may cure that. I do better with it in the Midwest, which has great soil, but as with the 1266X, I feel I need some form of ground balancing. Sweep speed is not fast. Listen for a solid beep with no falsing or chatter. Raising the coil or re-hitting the pinpoint button while over the target helps reduce the target size. Most unusual find by 2 persistent kids of mine was a crochet hook. Also, I found a track medal which I returned. I am still searching for the perfect detector. This one seemed a little overpriced for its performance.