Minelab Pro-Find 35 Pinpointer User Report - Revised

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Minelab Pro-Find 35 Pinpointer User Report - Revised

Post by fred » Fri Mar 02, 2018 1:40 pm

A while ago I bought a new Minelab pinpointer and did a report based on a few trips out. I wasn’t convinced that it was working properly so I returned it and the new one certainly doesn’t bleep incessantly every time it is laid on it’s side. It may bleep brifly if the sensitivity is on maximum but it stops after a second or two. The first report can be found here.

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I stand by everything that I said about it then but I have made few corrections and added some further advice and observations. In effect I have rewritten the article.

Opening the Box: The Minelab Pro-Find 35 pinpointer comes in a cardboard box with a bayonet holster to hang it on a belt, a battery and an A3 sheet of instructions. The operating instructions consist of a picture identifying the parts and brief instructions in eight languages.

The first thing that I noticed was that the battery supplied with the probe had no sell by date. That shouldn’t be a problem but you never know how long some of these have been knocking around. As I tried to put the holder onto my army webbing belt it became obvious that the 2.5 inches long loop on the back wasn’t going to fit a 3 inch wide army belt. The probe sat too high in the Garrett pro holder that was already on my belt so it ended living in the front of my finds pouch, which is exactly where it’s predecessor spent most of it’s short life anyway.

In Use: Once in the field (literally) it felt chunky but seemed well enough built. This chunkiness may be a problem if you have small hands though. The on/off switch was difficult to locate with any certainty without looking or fumbling around as it is nearly opposite the same sized speaker recess and was virtually impossible with thick gloves on. The disadvantage of all this fumbling around is that dirt gets pushed into the speaker hole (see photo) and eventually all you get is the vibration not the noise. Locating the on/off switch became easier with practice, especially when I realised that it is in line with the light and with the white Minelab written on the nose. After I discovered this the speaker holes filled up with mud much more slowly!

The ability to pinpoint targets in air is about the same as other pinpointers, approximately 3 inches on a gold ring on maximum sensitivity . Later I discovered that it will pick up my kitchen oven at nearly 18 inches, a feat that some detectors might struggle with. The sensitivity is altered through a +/- toggle switch which moves up and down through five settings and the bleep changes when you reach maximum or minimum. The probe remembers the sensitivity level being used when you turned off and restarts at that level. Pressing the toggle switch while it is turned off doesn’t affect this setting. The sound is not as loud as some of it’s competitors but adequate until the hole bungs up with mud. Vibrate can be turned on and off by holding down the plus and minus keys with the on switch for about 5 seconds.

In use it is best to keep the probe set at about level 3. This makes it much more stable and it settles down when switched on almost instantly. If there is nothing down the hole or in the plug you can then up the sensitivity to maximum. Several times I had nothing down the hole until I upped the sensitivity and this gave me a very useful indication of both direction and distance. It works fine pinpointing on the excavated sand on the beach but it beeps when inserted into a hole in the wet sand and held near the sides. I seldom use probes down holes on beaches and I might yet be able to work out how to sort this out. Desensitising it like you do a Garret doesn’t seem to work. If you leave it switched on but laid flat (i.e. by the last hole that you dug) the probe will bleep after 3 minutes. I found out the hard way that doesn’t help whatsoever if you just drop it, however the bright colour certainly does. :D Unlike my other probe it doesn’t interfere at all with my CTX although it will pick it up from a foot or so away, same goes for my spade and finds pouch (presumably only when full though).

I mainly chose my new Minelab Pro-Find 35 pinpointer because of its ability to discriminate between ferrous and nonferrous signals. I haven’t used this feature enough yet to decide how reliable it is but it does seem to work, although you need to get your ears tuned in to the exact sounds that you are supposed to listen for. Once you have switched to the discriminate or all metal mode it stays there until you change it, even when you turn the probe on and off.
The LED light, which also flashes to warn of a low battery, may not be as powerful as on some probes but it seems adequate to me and it doesn’t mess up my night vision on the beach.

Conclusion: On balance I am still very pleased with my new Minelab probe. It does its job well and I will probably get better with it as I get more familiar with it. My only serious gripe at the moment is about the belt loop. The instructions could have been a bit more comprehensive but no doubt we will overcome the omissions through a mixture of experimentation and discussions on forums like this. Hope that this has helped if you are considering buying one. Fred
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Re: Minelab Pro-Find 35 Pinpointer User Report - Revised

Post by Dave8472 » Fri Mar 02, 2018 2:05 pm

Thanks Fred, I have moved the topic to the dedicated Minelab pointer forum ::g

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Re: Minelab Pro-Find 35 Pinpointer User Report - Revised

Post by Bargeman » Fri Mar 02, 2018 2:30 pm

Thanks Fred I was considering one of these and this has now cancelled that consideration, and I shall continue with my current orange probe. It may not be perfect, but it does work fine for me. in most cases::g



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Re: Minelab Pro-Find 35 Pinpointer User Report - Revised

Post by Steve_T » Fri Mar 02, 2018 2:42 pm

Thanks for an honest and full appraisal

Maybe a protective cover would stop the dirt in the speaker issue, they are available, and will keep it in good condition

As for the switch my non Minelab probe i used a protective cover and colored the switch with a bright colour so it was easier to find, should work for other / all makes

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Re: Minelab Pro-Find 35 Pinpointer User Report - Revised

Post by Buriedbytime&dust » Fri Mar 02, 2018 2:46 pm

Nice review, thanks for posting ::g

I've had one since they were released and have to say I've found the ferrous tone ID feature to be of limited value as it doesn't kick in until the pointer is almost touching the target.

It's interesting that you mention incessant bleeping when it's on its side. Mine does that, and won't shut up if you point it upwards (which obviously you're not going to do very often). Perhaps mine is a bit iffy, being one of the first batches, but I don't think I could feasibly return it now it's scratched to hell! I just assumed they were all like that :-L

Volume-wise I found it far too loud. I put a bit of Gorilla tape over the speaker and that sorted that issue. As a side-effect it also keeps the mud out of there ::g

The DIF technology works perfectly with both of my detectors and I'm assured it will not interfere with any other detector either.

All in all, it's not a bad bit of kit, but mine now lives in the glovebox of my car, as a back-up in case I forget the MI-6 or if it ever lets me down.

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Re: Minelab Pro-Find 35 Pinpointer User Report - Revised

Post by fred » Fri Mar 02, 2018 3:49 pm

Buriedbytime&dust wrote:
Fri Mar 02, 2018 2:46 pm
Nice review, thanks for posting ::g

I've had one since they were released and have to say I've found the ferrous tone ID feature to be of limited value as it doesn't kick in until the pointer is almost touching the target.

It's interesting that you mention incessant bleeping when it's on its side. Mine does that, and won't shut up if you point it upwards (which obviously you're not going to do very often). Perhaps mine is a bit iffy, being one of the first batches, but I don't think I could feasibly return it now it's scratched to hell! I just assumed they were all like that :-L

Volume-wise I found it far too loud. I put a bit of Gorilla tape over the speaker and that sorted that issue. As a side-effect it also keeps the mud out of there ::g

The DIF technology works perfectly with both of my detectors and I'm assured it will not interfere with any other detector either.

All in all, it's not a bad bit of kit, but mine now lives in the glovebox of my car, as a back-up in case I forget the MI-6 or if it ever lets me down.
The 'on it's side bleeping on mine' doesn't happen if the sensitivity is set about halfway. I am actually growing quite fond of it because being able to estimate distance of targets down the hole is surpringly useful (do I reach for the spade or just scrape gently with the screwdriver. Also the controls are quite easy to understand so I really can occasionally make use of some of the other features.

Overall I actually think that this probe is an improvement on my previous pinpointers but it will be a little while before I find out how robust it is. This time I have kept the box and the receipt though! :D
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Re: Minelab Pro-Find 35 Pinpointer User Report - Revised

Post by sxsi » Fri Mar 16, 2018 2:13 pm

Fred, if you disable the Ferrous tone ID, will it just pick up on the non ferrous stuff? So if i put a coin in a bucket of nails, it would only bleep at the coin?
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Re: Minelab Pro-Find 35 Pinpointer User Report - Revised

Post by fred » Fri Mar 16, 2018 3:42 pm

sxsi wrote:
Fri Mar 16, 2018 2:13 pm
Fred, if you disable the Ferrous tone ID, will it just pick up on the non ferrous stuff? So if i put a coin in a bucket of nails, it would only bleep at the coin?
No. It bleeps at everything but has a slightly different tone for ferrous and non ferrous. It works but for me the probe has to be reasonably close before the difference is that obvious. ::g It is still a good bit of kit and I am getting fonder of it the more that I use it. The ability to estimate depth is surprisingly useful. Never thought that I would ever have a probe with a learning curve though. :D
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