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The group I detect with here in Eastern Oregon are mostly interested in gold hunting and we own and hunt with Minelabs, Gold  Bug 2's and a few others.  Many of my friends who are nearing retirement, have asked what I would recommend to hunt parks, schools, etc. for coins and I just don't know what to tell them, realizing that many wouldn't be able to afford some of the new machines.  Could some of you familiar with coin hunting give me a list of their favorites, including less pricey older models.  Thanks Guys.

Gary

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Hi my name is Ross and I am from Australia. I have been using a Nox 600 for around 12 months and find it light enough and good for coins and parks  here in Cairns. It sells for around $800 AUS It would probably be cheaper in the US

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I have and use an Equinox 800 , it seems to me to be the perfect all around detector....work for both gold and coins.

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I think the x terra 705 is the pick of deals at the moment , one very versatile machine and a very good price,  there’s life in the old girl yet.    

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The Teknetics Patriot (same as Fisher F70) is still on the market at $400, its introductory price for almost two years now.  This is an excellent coin and relic detector that has an all metal mode so can find natural gold (not the smallest gold since it operates at 13 kHz).  It comes with the F70/F75's top coil -- the 7" X 11" DD.  For those who have a budget that maxes out below $500, IMO it's got to be in the running if not the best choice.  It has the best ergonomics in the business which should be a factor, particularly for the older detectorists among us.  (I have an F75 -- its sister detector.)

 

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For a all round general purpose use detector,very light and possibly one of the easiest machines for setting up my vote would be the T2,had mine since 2006/7 and found me the most gold coins for sure.From the time of starting the machine up and then detecting is just seconds its that easy in terms of setting up.

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There are now killer deals due to price decreases in the last year in particular. There is a closely related recent thread here the Comparison Forum that I think will add additional ideas.

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And there may be something soon that will ‘Vanguish’ the opposition in that lower price range...

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Thanks to all of you who responded.  This will truly help with all the questions at morning coffee and at the Stone House Museum where both locals and travelers stop.   This Forum is really helpful.  I do appreciate the advice.

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If they really want something cheap even an Ace 300i would do the trick.  The Ace series are good little coin detectors and the later models that have Target ID's with a 99 number range so would do the job nicely.  An older Ace 350 or 250 would be fine but lacks the Target Id's, They just have 12 notches so they're deadly accurate but a lot of things fall into each notch so they have to be prepared to dig more junk but they'd be so cheap to pick up second hand.  I've seen the Ace 300i which has Target ID's sell for around $180 here second hand so in your money about $140.  Can pay for itself easily at that price ?

If they're after good value it's an option and they do the job fine.  If the money is available though they'd be better off with the detectors suggested above as the Ace doesn't have the fastest recovery speed for working in trashy areas and has no manual ground balance if you encounter bad soils but for schools and parks it should be fine.

It's a low budget value option.

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