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Minelab X-Terra 305 Metal Detector

Minelab X-Terra 305 Metal Detector

Product Review (submitted on October 3, 2008):
I am very pleased with this metal detector. Though, as a relative newcomer to the hobby, I do not have much to compare it to. My detecting experience is limited to a machine my grandfather gave me many years back that I amateurishly used to play with (it was a very low end detector), and in anticipation of taking this hobby a little more seriously, I rented a White's Prizm IV for one weekend to make sure detecting was as exciting as I remembered. Admittedly, it was the Prizm rental that got me hooked for good on this hobby--my second beep was a silver 1948 dime! With that said, the X-Terra is better than the Prizm and based on my interpretation of reviews, it is about the best detector for the money in this range.

Here are some pros I've observed in the past two weeks:

Set-up was easy. The process of setting up also gave me a chance to review the quality of the individual pieces, which I give very high quality marks to. I was detecting in minutes (low leaning-curve), and had a several coins in my pocket in the first 15 minutes.

I am really thankful for the large numerical display. Because of the size of the numbers, I never have to stretch down for a closer look (like I did with the Prizm), and the numbers are almost always indicative of what's in the ground. If it's a 40, I feel confident there's a quarter down there. The only time I've noticed the numeric ID is not aligned with what would normally indicate a specific coin or metal is when the object is very deep or is extremely corroded. In the latter case, the detector is still doing its job perfectly--the conductivity of the metal has changed.

The target discrimination is great. I've hunted primarily in parks so far, and my X-Terra 30 will pick up coins next to trash with no problem. I've gone down for objects that were buried with trash based on the independent signature of the keeper object. I'm not sure of the technical term for this--it is very precise in outlining the object.
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