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I understand some of the differences between recent models (different standard coil means different name) but what I'm asking about is changes over the 15+ years this detector has been made.  I may find a great deal on a used one sometime and would like to know how much different that particular model might be compared to a brand new one (other than the obvious issues such as warranty).

Adendum:  As usual I should have looked at Steve's nugget detector review page where there is quite a bit under the MXT pages.  Still not quite sure the info there (including link to Jeff Foster's table of differences) covers all the changes.  For example, are there only two temporal models, old one being simply 'MXT' and new one simply 'MXT Pro'?  And when did changes in operating characteristics occur (good to know since White's models have a sticker inside the battery compartment with date of manufacture)?

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Great links David - thanks!

Jeff's table of differences covers it - there are really only two MXTs. The others were coil and paint job variants.

If the unit has no Ground Grab button it is the newer MXT Pro. Anything without the Ground Grab button is the older MXT.

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Good to know.  Thanks to both David and Steve for responding.

The world of metal detectors is rich in traditions, conventions, and naming/renaming practices.  For example, there are two Fisher Gold Bugs (1990's and 2010's versions), which are very different detectors.  Then again, there is the Fisher F19 -- different name but just the (new) Gold Bug with a few added features.  How many White's Goldmaster (and Coinmaster) models have been made, some similar and some quite different?  This is another example of knowledge being valuable.  The older MXT's on Ebay tend to sell for quite a bit less (typically $100 or more) than the newer ones.  Are the few differences worth the added cost?

You're probably tired of hearing that I lost 35 years between my early days of detecting and my current stretch.  Thankfully I have all of you here to fill in the knowledge gap.  Thanks!

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You are welcome.

I like doing research.  Every time I do I learn some thing.

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The two MXT models have the exact same performance. The only difference is some shuffling of control functions. Any actual performance difference would be related to different stock coil options, but the guts are the same.

I like that ground grab button though. The older MXT you had to flip to tracking, then flip back to lock to get a new ground balance.

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I have an older MXT....

Really couldn't care less about the ground grab since you can still accomplish that by the simple flip of a switch back and forth.

Nor do I care about a backlight..... When I hunt at night which is seldom anymore I used a headlamp that illuminated the screen just fine when I needed it.

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I have owned the last 3 versions of the MXT, the first one I bought was the MXT 300 which came with the Racing Matt Black paint job and the 12"/300 coil and I used that big coil where others were using small coils because of the junk but I got the deep Gold and Silver in the first week of owning it, That started the fire and I have owned every model since,

There are many great machines out there but once you have used an MXT and you pick one up again a while down the track you get that "Oh Yeah" feeling and you know all is right with the World, It is just a nice machine to use that finds it all if it is within it's reach, There is no best machine but the MXT will put a smile on the oldest of faces and it will cover 99% of a persons needs.

J.

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Greetings Auminesweeper.  The MXT has got me interested. Being an Aussie like me, how have you found it searching for gold in the heavily mineralised grounds such as in the golden triangle of Victoria? Should I be looking at a ML GPX 4500, which is dearer, or will this MXT do the trick. Another option was the ML Equinox that "everyone" seems to be talking about. 

Being a raw beginner I have started off very small with an Aldi detector, buried my wife's ring in 6 inches of dirt and detected it. Valuing my life I 1st put it into a plastic bag, just in case.

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I think you might find a good Minelab SDC2300 would be a good choice for you Stah, They're a good price on Gumtree second hand and handle that highly mineralised ground you talk of.  That Aldi detector won't be so good for the job of finding Gold, Aldi had them on sale last time I was in Australia, they seem like they'd be an OK coin detector in parks for the money.  I wish myself for a 4500 but it will be some time off yet but the SDC would be a cheaper alternative, not as good as you can't change coils and well, just not as good overall as the 4500 but still a good detector.   Kiwijw has done good comparisons on the sdc2300 and 4500 in this thread http://www.detectorprospector.com/forum/topic/5071-having-a-hard-time-detecting-that-first-nugget/

I too am quite new at detecting, I kept buying Coin detectors as I had no knowledge at all on metal detecting and didn't do my research before buying and when I did do my research it wasn't good enough, I started with a Go-Find 40, quickly replaced that (within 2 weeks) with a Garrett Euroace and was believing by buying a Nel Tornado coil for it that says it finds sub gram stuff I was going to find nuggets with it, then I bought a Teknetics T2 after reading it was the choice of detector in the African gold fields, then ended up buying a couple of Gold Bug pro's for the wife and I as I read Steve's great review on it, I am happy with it, it's good at finding over a gram nuggets for a detector in its price range and works well as a general all around detector and its quite easy to use and understand, only problem is falling back to my lack of research again that there are very few nuggets over a gram where I search for gold, so then I discovered the Gold Monster 1000, very good at finding the tiny gold around here and have success with it and really like it but I believe it's not so good on the highly mineralized soils, which is why my limited knowledge indicates a PI detector is the way to go for you, the sdc2300 is the cheaper alternative but the 4500 would be great for you.  All of my detectors are VLF which I believe isn't as good in highly mineralised ground as a PI.

I would say others will chime in with much better advice than me, but that's my beginners understanding of it.

 

 

 

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