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Etrac advice

Post by The caretaker » Mon Nov 12, 2018 6:49 pm

Bought a new etrac last week. Used it on Sunday for the first time I was using a safari before I boughtit. My question to you who are used to using the etrac is will I have more success using it in minelab preset coin mode or just turning the machine on doing a ground balance then press detect as I don't want to do any adjustments until I get to know the machine over time. On Sunday I just turned on done the ground balance then pressed detect I did find a Edward the 1st silver penny.
Your advice and comments would be appreciated. Thanks
It is hammered coins I am hoping to find

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Re: Etrac advice

Post by Allectus » Mon Nov 12, 2018 8:58 pm

You'll have more success binning the set modes...far too much discrim on those!

Multi-tone conductive is the way to go with everything maxed out(or very near) is the way to go(imo)

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Re: Etrac advice

Post by stargazer » Tue Nov 13, 2018 12:54 am

As Tony said................don't bother with the set programmes. Stick with 'conductive' and the less 'descrim' the better .
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Re: Etrac advice

Post by Blackadder43 » Tue Nov 13, 2018 12:58 am

Playing devils advocate
I could never get on with conductive sounds
I am old school and used to my iron sounding like a grunt and not like a squealing hammy
I always used 2 or 3 tone ferrous, which was basically switch on, 3 tones, next to nothing in discrim, ground balanced and as much sensitivity as your ears could handle
Oh and i always manually chose channel 2 for the noise cancel, according to one of the minelab techies it was/is the best channel

Either way i agree with the others and steer clear of any factory presets as they are loaded with discrim and set up for the American Tot lot searchers
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Re: Etrac advice

Post by Allectus » Tue Nov 13, 2018 8:13 am

Also, I remember really struggling with the ET to decipher what was what until I used Target Response 'Smooth'....What a revelation that was!

Using the smooth setting really sorted the wheat from the chaff by 'grabbing & holding' a non ferrous target amongst the 'noise'.

One of the most important settings imo! ::g

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Re: Etrac advice

Post by clint » Mon Jan 14, 2019 9:24 am

I would also what it's telling you in terms of sound rather than numbers. Close iron to a target will drag the Fe value down. Dropping the sens doesn't necessarily mean dropping the means you're just reading less of everything including background noise. Get a harness. Be prepared to dig....take your time...the etrac book by Sabisch is worth a read.
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Re: Etrac advice

Post by Wigeon » Mon Jan 14, 2019 2:36 pm

Some excellent advice already given above.

When I first got my Etrac over two years ago, I found it necessary to stick with the 'coins' programme for several weeks.

The Etrac can chirp like a canary on acid when used at full throttle with minimal discrimination. It can do one's head in until you get used to it and its controls.

Smooth response is a definite plus but once again took me a little while to get used to.

I took a careful, progressive approach that worked for me. A very good machine.
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