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If you think the SAGA™ is just a Swing Arm, it's not.  It's a steering wheel for your detector.  Start at the 3-minute mark on the video, and watch what the unique design of the SAGA can make your detector do.  If you know of any device on the market that gives you this kind of control please let me know, because I know of nothing that even comes close.  If what you see intrigues you then watch the entire video.  You're going to find that the SAGA will make detecting much easier and less stressful on your body and give you control over your detector you have never had before. - Doc


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Well done again Doc.  You are always thinking on how to make things better and or easier.  Now what about the Doc's Digger you promised, the real skinny one?

PM me the Dealer Pricing.

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Gerry what do you mean by Doc's Digger?  I'm confused.


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