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Minelab X-Terra 305 Metal Detector

Minelab X-Terra 305 Metal Detector

Product Review (submitted on April 14, 2008):
I have been metal detecting for over thirty years and have used machines from most manufacturers.

I would recommend the X-Terra 30 machine for just about any level of MD'er as it makes a great unit for the beginner or a veteran who doesn't need all the bells and whistles. While I believe almost every major maker of machines has very good and probably comparable models available on their higher end units, most drop off on performance considerably on their mid and lower end machines.

The X-Terra has all of the performance of the top of the line machine but doesn’t have all the modes available to this. This might seem like a big drawback unless you're basically using it for coinshooting or jewelry hunting like I do and most other MD'ers probably spend most of their time doing. If you are gold prospecting or spending a lot of time in or around salt water, it might be better to step up to the X-Terra 70 or to buy a machine that specializes just in that.

Most of the machines I have used over the years have had some strengths and some weak points but I don't think I have ever used a machine that does everything overall as this one. It does a great job of masking out unwanted iron and it is extremely rare to be bothered by hot rocks, both of which are fairly common here in Ohio. It is fairly simple to use if you just make sure you get a repeatable signal and it sees through trash fairly well.

I had planned on buying a different machine from a major manufacture that was on sale but after talking to a sales representative, who was familiar with this area, he suggested this and what a great call that was. After trying it out on some coins that are buried in my yard and seeing that the number scale and depth reading seemed very accurate, I went out to an old farm house with a friend for a real test. I found a Standing Liberty quarter, a gold ring, and a few Wheaties at a good depth while my friend was limited in his finds.
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