188 of 198 people found this review helpful:
Mar 25, 2008
I’m the kind of guy that researches everything to death before I buy. After carefully consideration, I decided on a Whites MXT for my first metal detector and decided on Kellyco for the place of purchase.
I wanted a machine that was simple enough to use right out of the box, but sophisticated enough to grow with me as I gained experience, the MXT was a perfect choice. Within an hour of receiving my MXT I was digging up coins in my own backyard, I found 86 cents using factory settings. Whites suggests that you dig every signal when you first get started that was great advice, as I dug an aluminum 1942 French Franc who would have guessed that here in Georgia!
The MXT has a screen that shows you the likelihood that you’ve found a pull-tab, screw- cap, penny, dime, quarter and so on. And once you’ve found a target, there’s a trigger to pull and the MXT will show you how deep to dig it doesn’t get much easier than that.
Next I took my MXT to a popular riverbed. I was able to simply turn a dial to discriminate the pull-tabs and other junk that I didn’t want to dig. I found a few coins and a civil war button, that’s when I decided to flip the hunting mode switch from coin to relic: now instead of identifying pennies and dollars, the MXT will display bullet, button, buckle and other relics that might be buried.
I live near a civil war confederate fort called Sand Fort; it’s not so much of a fort as it is a hill. I was disappointed that all I had found was an old rusted flat nail and a couple of common iron pieces, but on my way back to my car, I got a hit on a 1990 14K gold class ring!
In addition to the coin and relic modes, there is also a prospecting mode for hunting things like gold nuggets I haven’t tried it yet, but I’m sure it’ll be just as reliable as the other two modes.
With the ability to discriminate over 7 levels, to know the likelihood of an object before you dig, and both ease and sophistication in a lightweight machine, how could anyone go wrong with Whites MXT.
Now one last word about where to purchase, like I said, I research everything to death. I looked at all the internet sights, I looked at the auction sites, I looked at the retail stores. I even called Kellyco three times to ask questions and opinions. Not only do they have the friendliest folks, they also have the best deals. Consider the customer service, trade-up option, free shipping and the free accessories and I assure you you’ll not find a better or more reputable place to purchase a metal detector no matter what brand or model.
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Apr 2, 2008
My name is Jason and I live in Southwestern Virginia. I just recently purchased an MXT by White's. I have to admit I sincerely believe the MXT by White's could be the most versatile and user-friendly detector on the market today! I myself love to hunt civil war relics, but whether you're a relic hunter, coin shooter, prospector or just a part time hobbyist, the MXT is your machine. Although very basic and simple to operate, this machine is an excellent and fantastic choice for the novice and expert alike, simplicity at its best.
Once you've purchased your MXT and once you're home you are only minutes away from being able to detect. Honestly, I took my MXT out of the box, opened the manual and read for about 10 minutes. I then assembled my detector and out the door I went. Once I reached my distention, I set the toggle switch to 'relic', (one of three factory preset positions), set the ground balance switch to 'ground', adjusted the dual control and the gain to the preset positions and adjusted my threshold to a comfortable level and I was on my way, all in about 15 to 20 seconds tops. I made about five or six swings and BAM a solid tone and a VDI reading of fifty on the display. It was then time to use my favorite feature of the MXT, 'Pin-Point'! Friend, make no mistake about it, pull the trigger and move the coil back and forth over your target and wait on the loudest signal with the shallowest depth reading and you can bet the farm your target is in the center circle of the coil! I cut my plug and out pops a 3-ringer. With a smile on my face I was off to find the next goodie. From that point on I knew I was going to love my MXT!
I have been metal detecting for about five years and used several machines ranging from $250 up to $1400 all which were name brands. After using my MXT I have absolutely no question that it is a top of the line machine in all aspects. My over all conclusion is, the MXT is lightweight, perfectly balanced, simple to use and operate, has easy to read target VDI, good target depth and superb pinpointing! There is not doubt the MXT is an excellent buy for the beginner or the seasoned veteran. The MXT with out question has out preformed and exceeded my expectations and I will be using the machine for years to come!
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Apr 25, 2008
I have used a Whites MXT since I started relic hunting. This machine has it all at the touch of your finger tips. The “in field easy adjustments” make this the best turn on and go machine by far.
My story starts out when I forts got into relic hunting. I have always closed a history marker that stated a small skirmish took place at a train station stop that has since long been gone. The maker states that Nathan Bedford Forrest fought a small group of troops to bust the tracks and take there weapons. I never really thought much of this area or the fact that Forrest himself was there. I was always too focused on the larger battles and troop movement.
So several years go by and I'm on a dry run of luck with new hunting grounds. Also, with the birth of my new son time has become limited. So one cool afternoon in March I headed over to the station area just to take a look and see if I could find anything. I survived the land and the area before I started, and felt the nearby hill over looking the tracks might be a good area to look first. I began a small grid area that produced nothing. Things were really starting to look bad and my confidants were running out fast. I picked out a route back to the truck and started hunt fast that way. When "bam!" I dug a melted lead section from a three ringer. I sat there for a minute stunned and thought wow there really might be something here. So the hunt slowed down and the grid was laid out again. Form that point forward and about two hours later, I had six bullets, one button, and several chewed bullets along with carved ones.
My heart was racing, and I couldn't believe all this time this camp had been in my own back yard. Well, not my back yard but dang close enough. I continue to hunt this site with bullets and other relics dug on each trip. I guess the moral of this story is to never write off any spot. They all hold that chance for that lifetime find. For me, this spot has allowed me to stay close to home and still spend time with my son and wife, and still enjoy my hobby.
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6 months to 2 years
Mar 17, 2008
I have owned my White's MXT for about three years yet because of my busy schedule I have not been out as many times as I would have liked. What attracted myself to this detector is its versatility out in the field. Its very easy to set up and you can switch from three modes of detection coin shooting, relic hunting and prospecting.
This comes in handy when trying to interpret your VDI number as you can switch modes on a located target to gain more useful information before you dig. The ground balancing is sweet on this machine and easy to check as you do your search. The pinpointing works well as does checking for depth of your target. For myself knowing the depth really cuts down on time spent trying to locate targets. I did purchase a hand held pinpointer as this also on saves time digging in holes.
I still have a lot of learning to do to master this detector fully, but anyone reading the owners manual can go out and get started. There are books on the MXT that will give you the tips and techniques to better understand it . Places I like to hunt are old farm houses, county roads and parks that have been long abandoned. I have yet to hunt nuggets with this detector as these areas are far from where I live but hopefully soon.
I do want to stress the use of a good pair of headphones with a limiter switch and volume control as the MXT doesn't have its own. The coil that I plan to get is the 4x6 DD for nugget shooting as I have heard works well in trashy areas.
I have one other detector but is not as nice as my mxt. Some of my finds are coins, small rings and a very old musket ball for a pistol. I highly recommend this detector!
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