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New and looking for a little advice

Post by wicki » Thu Dec 07, 2017 9:30 am

Hi all
I am looking to start this hobby in the new year I want an outdoor pursuit to include my partner who is very interested, so I have a few questions hoping you good people my point me in the right direction.

we want to buy a first detector
soil here is mostly heavy clay and sandy areas
we would also like to be able to detect in water up to 2/3 feet , this not a deal breaker but we have a lot of streams and rivers here.

can any one point us toward a suitable detector available here in france my partner is small 5' 3" so it needs to be small person friendly.

Thanks in advance.

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Re: New and looking for a little advice

Post by roamingrob » Thu Dec 07, 2017 10:01 am

Hi and welcome to the forum, first off Speak to a reputable dealer Our site sponsors Crawford
(on the left in the blue bit half way down ) Or Regton A visit to a the store is well worth it in my opinion. You dont just get sold anything you get advice and try out different type and makes
The after care is very important as any item can go wrong with these guy its sorted no problem.

There are many makes and people will say this one as they have used it. My self I am using the XP Deus a great detector, But for water work you would need the antenna extra. I have also used the Garet AT Pro all water proof detector, it also depends on how much you want to spend. !

I have some Video on this one have a look
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Hope this helps
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Re: New and looking for a little advice

Post by FUBAR » Thu Dec 07, 2017 10:41 am

Hi and welcome to the forum. The advice given is sound. Greetings from East Riding.

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Re: New and looking for a little advice

Post by Saffron » Thu Dec 07, 2017 12:09 pm

wicki wrote:
Thu Dec 07, 2017 9:30 am
Hi all
I am looking to start this hobby in the new year I want an outdoor pursuit to include my partner who is very interested, so I have a few questions hoping you good people my point me in the right direction.

we want to buy a first detector
soil here is mostly heavy clay and sandy areas
we would also like to be able to detect in water up to 2/3 feet , this not a deal breaker but we have a lot of streams and rivers here.

can any one point us toward a suitable detector available here in france my partner is small 5' 3" so it needs to be small person friendly.

Thanks in advance.
Hi and welcome to the forum.

There are a mass of good detectors out there, just stick to one of the well know brands and buy from a specialist dealer. I would agree with Bob if possible actually visit a store rather than online for your first machine. Especially as your partner is small as the weight and balance would be much more important than for a 6' well built chap.
[EDIT: Bob, I think we missed the "here in France" bit, so Regtons or Crawfords might be a bit of a trip for them :D ]

You give no idea of what kind of price range you are looking at, in the lower price range the Garrett series (Ace250, 300, 400) are fantastic value IMHO (like many on here I started with the 250 and found some nice stuff), then in the mid price range you have things like the Makro Racer, Rutus Alter71, Nokta Impact, Dues lite, while for more dosh you have the full Deus and can go up to nearly £2K for the CTX. I dare say other members could easily list good options in each price range, but just stick to recognised brand.

For clarification by "we would also like to be able to detect in water up to 2/3 feet" do I take it you mean 2 to 3 foot, if so I think that there is a bit difference between 2 and 3 feet. Nearly all coils are waterproof so detecting in very shallow water is never an issue. However most contol boxes are only water resistant, so (without getting a ruler and my detector out) I think at 2' the control box would be out of the water but at 3' it would be in the water so you would have to have a detector that was fully waterproof which will significantly reduce your options (and knock out most of the machines in the lower price ranges).
Without checking the machines above I am not sure which are fully waterproof but the Garet AT Pro which Bob mentioned is and that has a good reputation.
Others might disagree but myself I would not be happy detecting in water 2' deep with the control box just above the water if it was only water resistant as too big a risk of accidently getting it in the water.
However if by "2/3 feet" you mean 2 thirds of a foot, eg 8 inches, then as I said nearly all coils are waterproof so this should not be an issue.

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Re: New and looking for a little advice

Post by jcmaloney » Thu Dec 07, 2017 12:26 pm

Detecting in France normally requires the local Mayor`s permission as well as the landowners.

The law has also recently changed where you can only look for modern losses nothing historical pre WWII.

Even river detecting requires the landowners permission up to the median of the waterway. And 2 landowners permission if you cross the middle line.

Finding somewhere to pursue the hobby is the hardest part.

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Re: New and looking for a little advice

Post by wicki » Thu Dec 07, 2017 2:56 pm

Hi and thanks for the replys

The Garrets sound interesting I have been offered a Garrett 250 ace at 100 euro and a Tesoro compadre pro for 180 euro are these suitable machines.

Yes I am in France and know there are considerable hoops to be jumping, they do like to make rules here.

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Re: New and looking for a little advice

Post by roamingrob » Thu Dec 07, 2017 5:49 pm

Sorry wicki and thanks saffron I totally missed the France Bit rl; . Just to add do not buy of the net unless you know the person or dealer there are some very good copies out there that look like the real thing along with warranty card until you come to use it :-O
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Re: New and looking for a little advice

Post by tigerseeker » Thu Dec 07, 2017 9:58 pm

wicki wrote:
Thu Dec 07, 2017 2:56 pm
Hi and thanks for the replys

The Garrets sound interesting I have been offered a Garrett 250 ace at 100 euro and a Tesoro compadre pro for 180 euro are these suitable machines.

Yes I am in France and know there are considerable hoops to be jumping, they do like to make rules here.
Welcome wicki.

I only started this year and went for a Garrett Euroace and I love it. I also got a Garrett Pro-Pointer and at first thought it a waste of time but wouldn't be without it now! I would say the 250 ace at 100 euro is a great starter with my experience of Garrett but I can't comment on the water question! Good luck. ::g
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Re: New and looking for a little advice

Post by wicki » Sun Dec 10, 2017 3:10 pm

Hi again .

So decided to go for a new machine from the house of detection here in France(wanting a warranty) what has caught my interest are two machines sub 280 euro the first
the Quest q 20
https://www.maisondeladetection.com/det ... 76148.html

and the minelab go find 60
https://www.maisondeladetection.com/det ... 23151.html

there is little to chose price wise on these two and the portability is really appealing as I can pop them into a backpack and head out on my mountain bike killing two birds with one stone

Any opinions on these machines before I pull the trigger?

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