Metal Detector Reviews Total # Reviews = 14
Average Rating = 4.93 / 5
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45 of 45 people found this review helpful:
Apr 13, 2008
I love my Minelab X-Terra 50! With my X-Terra 50, I have found 22 gold and silver rings, jewelry and 25 silver coins in the past two years detecting with it. Of course I have found tons of clad coins with it also - 4723 coins to date to be exact equaling about $125 total!
The X-Terra 50 is very easy to learn. The most important thing is ground balancing every time you fire the detector up. Every so often a quick adjustment keeps it optimum treasure finding mode. The treasure id numbers are extremely accurate also- 36 is always a copper penny or a dime, 42 a quarter or sometimes a 50 cent piece, 9 or 12 is usually a nickel or if lucky enough a gold ring! The battery life is awesome.
I usually get at least 25 to 30 hours with four name brand quality AA batteries. Also the pinpoint mode works very well. I usually can dig a small plug and come up with the target every time especially on coin sized objects. I love the lightweight of the X-Terra 50 as well. Since I try to detect at least 2-3 hours every time I'm out, the lightweight of the detector keeps my back and arms very happy.
I have even tried a little water detecting with my X-Terra 50. I'm very careful to keep the computer dry usually covering it with a Ziploc bag duct taped around it. I've even found a couple rings and wheat pennies in the water so far with it.
Overall, for the features, ease of use, and nice price of the Minelab X-Terra 50 I would recommend it to all my detecting buddies. It is just a great little detector!
Twin Lake, Mi
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Apr 8, 2008
It’s spring at last here in the Midwest and I have been just itching to get out metal detecting with my Minelab X-Terra 50. All winter long I make little notes of places I want to "hit" once the snow melts and the time has finally arrived. One and 1/2 weeks ago I had a heart attack and was already out last weekend with my detector. That's the only thing I could think of while "resting". I am so thankful that this metal detector is as light as it is. Even in my recuperating condition, I could be out without getting exhausted.
I got the "bug" when I was a little girl and have always dreamed of finding a treasure. I have been detecting now for approximately 4 years and even though I can't get out in the winter months and work 40 - 46 hours a week, I find time to relax doing one of my favorite hobbies.
I basically enjoy searching for coins and relics and have found plenty of each. This is my second detector and it has increased my productivity quite a bit. It is so easy to use. Believe me, I am not a pro by any means, but the panel is pretty self explanatory. When I purchased the detector, I watched the CD that came with it at least 3 times then off I went. I would much rather learn by watching than reading, but the few times I have referred back to the owners manual, I found exactly what I was looking for with ease.
My family owns a couple hundred acres of wooded land and I have been very lucky to find an old logging camp that I have been digging for a couple years. Last summer I finally found an old license plate that gave me the year 1934. Oh the fun I have. I wish everyone had a hobby they enjoy as much as I do with metal detecting. We'd all be happy people.
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6 months to 2 years
Mar 17, 2008
I decided to buy the Minelab X-Terra 50 after a lot of reading and talking with a few actual owners. It fit my budget, I could see the display without my glasses, it was light and easy to swing, and really fast to set up and use. I took it out of the box, put it together in a few minutes, watched the DVD, then went straight out to my front yard. In less than an hour found close to 2 dollars in nickels, dimes, quarters, and pennies. This was a greater accomplishment than many long nights at the park years earlier, with an inferior machine.
It had been over 20 years since my last detector, which on a good day I might find a few hundred pull tabs and a penny or two if I were lucky. I was a bit impatient back then, and had a bad detector as well. However, I would watch my brother come home with rings, relics, and lots of coins, but he had a very expensive machine that I will leave unnamed.
This was always in the back of my mind over the years when I would drive by a park that was having a big company picnic or get together. I knew if I had a good detector I could come back later and at the very least come out with a pocket full of coins, and perhaps some lost jewelry.
A recent outing after Christmas yielded a pocket full of change from a grass lot that had been set up with a concession stand and Christmas tree sales. Of course there weren't any old coins, but then again I didn't even dig any signals, just the ones where the coin was hidden in the grass. The depth reading on the display really helps with determining that along with the numerical readout. If I hit a high pitched 42 I knew there was a quarter, most dimes give a 36, nickels are strange but most of the time gave me a 12, and pennies are around 30. If it showed any kind of depth I just moved on due to lack of time and desire that day, but still came out with several dollars in change in less than an hour of just walking around picking up money.
I have no complaints on performance, the machine is light, seems durable if taken care of, and last but not least, I find stuff. I'm planning a trip to the coast this summer, and while the wife is baking in the sun I hope to be uncovering that buried Rolex or diamond ring I just know is waiting for me in the sand. Happy Hunting!
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