First Detector Tips £150 - £250

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First Detector Tips £150 - £250

Post by Goldilocks » Fri Nov 01, 2019 1:06 pm

Hi all,

I've just joined and had a read through the really useful beginners posts.

I'm looking to buy my dad his first detector at around the £150 - £250 Mark and could use some advice!

Having searched through reviews I've narrowed down to the Fisher F22 or Garrett Ace 250/350i (could be way odd the mark) . However some of these reviews also try to flog you one or tother and am not sure how trustworthy they are!

He wouldn't be using it on beaches very often, so more looking for a general good all round option for a beginner that offers a bit of room for a growth in knowledge. Also would like to know opinions on if the 350i is worth the extra dosh than the 250?

Thanks very much,

Sam



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Re: First Detector Tips £150 - £250

Post by LloydF » Fri Nov 01, 2019 1:34 pm

I'm a bit biased being a Garrett man (so far) but I would highly recommend the Garretts, both the 250 and 300i are great starter machines! If your budget stretches to a 300i I would probably take that - main difference is the displayed numbers, giving you a good indication of what you're scanning (obviously it's not infallible but can certainly save you digging as much trash.)
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Post by cammann » Fri Nov 01, 2019 1:50 pm

Hi Goldilocks. If you could spend £299 you could get a Nokta Simplex from the MDF shop here. It appears to be a very good machine for the money. Seems to be almost the same as my Minelab equinox which costs twice as much!
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Post by cammann » Fri Nov 01, 2019 1:51 pm

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Post by Goldilocks » Fri Nov 01, 2019 1:56 pm

LloydF wrote:
Fri Nov 01, 2019 1:34 pm
I'm a bit biased being a Garrett man (so far) but I would highly recommend the Garretts, both the 250 and 300i are great starter machines! If your budget stretches to a 300i I would probably take that - main difference is the displayed numbers, giving you a good indication of what you're scanning (obviously it's not infallible but can certainly save you digging as much trash.)
Great thanks for the firsthand experience, agree the numbers sound very useful!

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Post by Goldilocks » Fri Nov 01, 2019 1:57 pm

cammann wrote:
Fri Nov 01, 2019 1:50 pm
Hi Goldilocks. If you could spend £299 you could get a Nokta Simplex from the MDF shop here. It appears to be a very good machine for the money. Seems to be almost the same as my Minelab equinox which costs twice as much!
Cheers! Never heard of that brand before so will do some 'digging'. Can be quite difficult to disntiguish differences as a noob.

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Post by Staggie » Fri Nov 01, 2019 2:17 pm

I can recommend the MDF shop too, got my device in 2 days to north of Scotland and the prices are better from what I have seen elswhere.

I started with an ACE 250 and never looked back, its a great machine, having said that I havent tried the others, but what I can say is that I dont have any regrets with it and now getting the AT Pro.... I would start with the Euro Ace, which is the ACE250 in euro guise and moderised.

If you get the "i" or euro versions of these machines they have depth in cm and they dont mentions the US coins and thats about it, the pinpointing is good, the stock coil is good in stubble especially and its relatively light, just getting on a bit. dont spend too much money to begin with and ensure he has places to go as you will need to have permissions otherwise he will soon bore with the garden or very dry beach areas.

just avoid temptation with the cheap chinease jobs on Amzn etc.

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Post by T.j » Fri Nov 01, 2019 3:46 pm

I've just bought a Garratt Ace 250 as my 1st "proper" detector and although I've not really put it through it's paces yet I did read a lot of reviews on a lot of similarly priced detectors before settling on the 250.

For me, features like the pinpoint function will be very useful along with ease of use for a beginner like me.

After reading all the reviews I came to the conclusion that it offered a lot of features for not a lot of money and Amazon offered me a pay in installments plan which helped as well.

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Post by cammann » Fri Nov 01, 2019 6:11 pm

I had the Garrett Ace 250 as my first detector and loved it. It really is a superb machine and despite costing a fraction of the price of a top end detector, its performance is surprisingly close to that of a machine costing 4x or 6 x the price.
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Post by Oxgirl36 » Fri Nov 01, 2019 6:18 pm

Goldilocks wrote:
Fri Nov 01, 2019 1:57 pm
cammann wrote:
Fri Nov 01, 2019 1:50 pm
Hi Goldilocks. If you could spend £299 you could get a Nokta Simplex from the MDF shop here. It appears to be a very good machine for the money. Seems to be almost the same as my Minelab equinox which costs twice as much!
Cheers! Never heard of that brand before so will do some 'digging'. Can be quite difficult to disntiguish differences as a noob.
It can indeed so take a look in the menu to the left l;/ and you’ll see there is a forum for each make, and ones for the more popular models too.

The Simplex should be a serious contender on any sub £300 detector budget ::g
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Re: First Detector Tips £150 - £250

Post by PinkFloyd » Fri Nov 01, 2019 7:37 pm

Buy the simplex at 299 ::g

Ask any seasoned detectorist if they would use the simplex or the Garrett , every single one will say the new simplex ::g
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Post by Saffron » Sat Nov 02, 2019 1:10 am

I started with the Ace 250, fantastic value for money IMHO, and lots on here will vouch for it and it has made masses of good finds over the years.

I have not used the 300i (it was introduced after I got my 250), but it has very good reviews. Even with the much more expensive Nox I dig any positive signals, so the limited signal ID of the 250 never worried me, but the 300i does give better identification of the target compared with the 250 (but you pay extra for this).

If you go for any of the Garretts they are all very well built and you will not be disappointed.

The Simplex has been mentioned, and if you are willing / able to spend a little bit more it is getting great reviews. I had the Makro (now merged with Nokta) Racer 2 and the brand has a very good reputation for well made and reliable machines. From what I have heard / seen its a lot of machine for the money, and just might turn out to be a game changer at the lower end of the market IF as good as claimed. But it is a bit more expensive.

I do not know the Fisher F22 so can not comment on it.

What I would say is stick to a well known and reliable brand such as the Garretts, Nokta / Makro, or even the Fisher and you will not go far wrong.

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Post by targets » Sat Nov 02, 2019 1:48 pm

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Post by Junior » Sun Nov 03, 2019 7:43 am

Little bit more but I'd say go for simplex.... I'm tempted...loads of vs vids on fool tube ...good luck ... ::g

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Post by Goldilocks » Sat Nov 09, 2019 1:42 pm

Thanks so much for all the help guys, I've gone ahead and ordered the Nokta Simplex from the store. It says pre-order so not sure when it will arrive, but very excited!

I think I'm going to get myself a second hand ace 250 so I don't feel too jealous handing the nokta over to dad.

Cheers!

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Post by sweepstick47 » Sat Nov 09, 2019 1:53 pm

Goldilocks wrote:
Fri Nov 01, 2019 1:57 pm
cammann wrote:
Fri Nov 01, 2019 1:50 pm
Hi Goldilocks. If you could spend £299 you could get a Nokta Simplex from the MDF shop here. It appears to be a very good machine for the money. Seems to be almost the same as my Minelab equinox which costs twice as much!
Cheers! Never heard of that brand before so will do some 'digging'. Can be quite difficult to disntiguish differences as a noob.


Here's a link to the Makro/Nokta forum ::g Makro/Nokta Detectors
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Post by JunkFinder » Sat Nov 09, 2019 6:00 pm

I see you have made your decision and I'm sure you and your Dad will be very happy.

However for anyone else reading this in the same position I feel I have to add my recommendation of the Cscope 3mxi pro. I've had quite a few detectors, I started with a garrett. I now have an equinox and a deus. But the one detector that really surprised me was the 6mxi. That thing is sooo underrated! It doesn't have all the bells and whistles other detectors have but the performance is up there with the best and it completely blows away the competition (which I won't name because my post will be deleted, but its the bright coloured one).

The 3mxi is basically the same as the 6mxi but with less features. That doesn't really matter though because once it's set I never bothered changing anything. That is the beauty of these machines you get deus like performance without any of the faff. It's probably the simplest detector out there! It might seem like a backwards step to buy something with less features but once you start hoovering up hammies you soon forget. 😉
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