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All Metal is for ... well ... all metal. It takes more getting used to so as you are new to the T2 I'd stick with one of the programmed modes. The 2+ and above give an iron 'burp' which makes detecting easier when you start out. For my permissions I always use all metal (pasture and plough) as it's deeper but you need to be more engaged while searching. The T2 is not ideal for the beach but the manual does give some settings that are said to work.
Have a look at some of the Youtube vids on the T2 and you won't go far wrong for starters.
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don't take this the wrong way as we are all keen to help but all of your questions are answered with a quick Google or MDF forum search. "T2 beach" in Google pops up 3 videos of the T2 being used on wet sand. In general, on dry sand it will be fine. On wet sand you are going to need to get the settings right.
Just remember, the control box and battery box are NOT waterproof.
If you are going on to the beach, and in fact anywhere, please make sure you have considered what to do if you find any ordnance - have a look in the left hand column under Main and then ordnance.
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Not long back I remember someone finding a precious metal loss with a T2.
Just go for it and swing low and slow.
When you think you are going slow then go even more slowly.
Enjoy the best hobby ever.
Disc 3 if quiet 0
Sense 80-90 depending how junky
And I dig anything with the slightest hint of a beep and that's where your deep finds come,it could sound 95% iron but a hint of a beep I'd dig it even time,yes you will dig some iron but you will also dig some amazing finds at depth hope this helps tonks happy hunting ken
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Hi Oracle,Oracle wrote: ↑Fri Jan 25, 2019 12:36 pmT2 is a great machine, and one very easy to set up to get most desirable targets,
Don't ground balance
And remember to wind down the pinpointing to 10, it makes it much easier to locate the centre of target.
Running all metal will get you a little deeper, but the noise will do your head in .
Just curious why you say not to ground balance?
I use All Metal virtually all of the time and it runs really quiet with Sens >85 but good GB and Hum is important.
It's probably that your ground is different to mine but the T2 is definitely a productive and reasonably priced detector.
I spent some time checking signals picked up in All Metal by switching to any of the other programmes before digging and found so many of the deeper targets (8-10") were not registering either for tone or numbers that I virtually only use AM. I've previously had deep targets in programmed modes but I really wasn't happy with the number missed when checked.
Will check to see if GB helps or hinders.
edit: Its just dawned on me that you are ground balancing but for very mineralised ground. I'll have to test this out and see if it makes an appreciable difference.
Oracle, I've had both. It's the soft edge to the ends of the tone in AM that give them away. Mind you, a few bits get dug just in case but so far they have come out as expected and nothing else in the hole. But I will check and report back.Oracle wrote: ↑Sat Jan 26, 2019 6:10 pmIt’s coke that’s easy to identify , it’s tends to be around 43 on the t2 if I remember correctly, but wet or damp coke can come even in the 70’s , hot rock is a different animal
You’ll be amazed and pleasantly pleased by the difference not ground balancing makes , come back and share your views
I've done a couple of reasonable tests. Not ground balancing puts the T2 at 90 whereas my local ground balances about 65. In all metal I can't say I noticed any appreciable difference. All potential targets were checked at 90 degree sweeps and on both 90 and 65 the T2 was it's normal quiet and stable self. If I do find a location with hot rocks I'll give it another go.
I enquired about trading in a T2 and was told they had too many as a lot of people had changed to newer machines. Might be worth a couple of calls to see what's available second hand that shops might want to shift.