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The first thing you notice when picking up this machine is how light it is, then you look at the control panel and notice that this is an old style analogue machine, no digital display here, just plenty of knobs to play with, including iron volume
next as you hold the machine in a detecting manor, you feel a very slight wobble, from down near the coil but fear not, this is an intended wobble, and is caused by a small flexible section on the lower stem, this is a built in shock absorber, for when you accidentally hit a large flint or solid bean stalk, so protecting the lower bolt of coil ears. Very clever, and well designed.
The tones appear to be somewhere between the sooty and sweep Deus, and the slightly sweeter tones of the XP GMP. This machine sits in the middle of both price, and frequency, I think it was 15khz. so will give you plenty of depth, and these machines are known for their depth.
I have to say, although I don't hold much faith by air tests alone, in the shop the Vista Smart was picking up small coins at very impressive ranges, while also completely blanking out an old rusty large nail.
All in quite an impressive machine, that really does deserve a look. and I am sure we will see a few out and about in the fields and if I didn't already have a GMP, I would consider one
Well there you are, a sort of mini review, best I can do when confined to a salesroom floor
Rutus Alter 71
The price is good - (ridiculously cheap if you buy direct from Deeptech in Bulgaria, but of course then there's after-sales service to think about). The little 5.7 inch coil also looks great as an add-on for rummaging around in woods, etc. Seems that the coils are only 'water-resistant' rather than waterproof, so that also might be something to consider.
Garrett Pro Pointer
Worth a watch.
Garrett 400i + Nel Tornado coil
Jedi Master button finder
Cheers MudMax - Yep - was worth a watch - wish I could find land that's so easy to dig and all the targets are within 2" of the surface!
Garrett Pro Pointer
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