I'm looking to buy my first machine and started with a budget of £150-£200 then good old budget creep set in and I ended up at £400-£500!
Due to where I live (Exeter) most of my detecting will be at the various local beaches, on the estuary or in the river at low tide. So I started to look at the Makro Racer 2...
I've been watching all the YouTube beach tests of various machines up to this price range and concluded that the Racer 2 performs well out of the box and is simple to configure for use in wet sand.
As such I think I am about to take the plunge and buy one, but I have a couple of questions before I do and I hope you vets can help please?
1. Am I missing something fundamental, or is the Racer 2 a good bet for the money/my budget?
2. Is the pro package at £550 worth the extra £130 over the standard at £420- considering I still need a pinpointer and all other gear - would I be better to stick to the standard package and spend the extra on other bits?
3. Am I spending too much on my first machine? Is it likely to hold its price if I end up not carrying on with the hobby for whatever reason? (I only ask as I don't want to buy a c.£180 machine and find I "buy twice" within a month)...
4. Do the standard rules apply as to all other hobbies when it comes to telling the wife how much it cost?
Thanks for reading!