A few of the questions I am asked on a daily basis is ''How deep does it go''? - '' What's it like near iron?'' ,does it reject coke? Does it work on a beach e.t.c
Which detector is the best?.
Most detectors fit in to the ''mid range area'' where
they are all very similar.
However some excel in certain ways , others are not too good.
Years ago some of you may remember i created a test bed and tested dozens of detectors, it was very popular back then, since then everyone seems to have test on youtube and the like.
I have now added to and improved my old test bed and will start the testing again.
There are many more detectors on the market nowadays and there is almost too much choice!
There are many coils for sale now to suite most models and i will also be testing as many coils as possible so you can see what difference (if any) changing a coil makes
I do not think there is one detector out here that does everything perfectly, that's probably why a lot of us have several detectors
All detectors are set up to be stable and reject nails , small iron, and Coke (if possible) which is what suits most people.
Quite a few detectors would give better results if I ran them ''over sensitive'' or in ' All metal'' making them very unstable but I would not normally do this in the field.
Most of the targets have been buried for at least 15 Years
Most detectors will go a bit deeper if the ground has been undisturbed for 100's or 1000's of years.
But of course these conditions cannot be reproduced.
Some makes of detector work better on some fields than on others, whilst some makes of detector work anywhere without picking and choosing.
Some detectors may not be very deep but are very fast responding so they would be better in iron infested sites.
But I have found if you have a detector that is not the fastest at responding you just simply slow down.
Depth is not the 'be all and end all' - but it helps, the more powerful the detector the more it normally finds.
I will also not be holding back on my thoughts on every detector and the pro's and cons of each.
Beginners don't let any of my comments put you off any detector, all the tests are extreme, 90% of detectors will find 90% of what you walk over
Test bed pictures
Individual detector tests below with my comments and quick score guide
Minelab Explorer 11, Minelab Advantage, Minelab CTX 3030, Minelab Safari, Minelab E-trac
Minelab Explorer SE, Minelab Equinox 800, Minelab Gold Monster, Minelab Vanquish 540
Minelab Sovereign GT, Minelab Sovereign Elite, Minelab Musketeer Colt, Minelab X Terra 705
Minelab Musketeer XS, Minelab X Terra 70, Minelab X Terra 50, Minelab Sovereign XS2
Minelab GPX 5000, Minelab Sovereign (Original)
Whites MX Sports, Whites XLT, Whites 6000 XL, Whites Beach Hunter TDI
Whites DFX, Whites Surf 11. Whites MXT
Garrett AT Max, Garrett Euro Ace, Garrett Ace 400i, Garrett Ace 250,
Garrett Treasure Ace 300,
Garrett AT Pro, Garrett ATGold, Garrett Ace 300i, Garrett Ace Apex
Makro/Nokta Anfibio, Nokta Velox One, Makro Multi Kruzer, Nokta Simplex,
Nokta Impact, Makro Racer 1, Makro Racer 2, Makro/Nokta Kruzer, Nokta Fors Core Relic,
Makro Gold Racer
Goldenmask 4 Pro 18khz, Thracian, Goldenmask 4S, Goldenmask 5+ SE,
Goldenmask One 24 khz, Goldenmask 1+ UK, Goldenmask 4 18khz (Big Box),
Goldenmask 1+ 8khz
Teknetics G2. Teknetics T2 Green 6.5 Version, Teknetics T2 SE,
Teknetics G2+, Teknetics Patriot, Teknetics Eurotek Pro
Tesoro Lobo Supertraq, Laser Rapier Plus, Laser Trident 1, Laser Trident 1 Extreme,
Laser Rapier11, Tesoro Mojave, Laser Trident 11 Si, Laser B1 Hi Power, Laser Hawkeye
XP 150, XP Gmaxx 11, XP ORX, XP Goldmaxx Original, XP Goldmaxx Power, XP Deus,
Fisher CZ21, Fisher Goldbug, Fisher F44, Fisher 1266 X, Fisher 1265 X, Fisher CZ 6, Fisher F22, Fisher Goldbug Pro,
Fisher F75 Gold V9, Fisher F70
C-Scope 2MX, C-Scope 6MXI, C-Scope Newforce R1, C-Scope CS 5 MXP,
C-Scope CS 3MX
Deeptech Vista Warrior,Deeptech Vista Mini Max, Deeptech Vista Gold,
Deeptech Vista Gold Gain, Deeptech Vista Smart
Troy X5, Troy X3
Red Heat MK 11
Quest Pro, Quest Q20
Nexus K11, Nexus Standard MP
Detector Pro Pirate
Viking VK 20, Viking 5
Detech EDS Gold Catcher, Detech Chaser, Detech Reacher 28 Khz