Metal detectors are useful in many cases but not so much where long distant treasure hunting is concerned. I will only use this 6.5 pound monster just to pinpoint when I am right on top of it.
Thinking I purchased all I needed to start to go out into the field throughout my home state, I found that I need a metal detector for exact pin-pointing until my skills using the L-Rod for confirmation point is 99% accurate. Like I promised myself; there is no way absolutely no way; am I getting a top of a line metal detector. Detectors come in all shapes and sizes and all capabilities.
But all these wonderful things the detectors are able to accomplish the metal must exist in the field directly under the coil and if it were not there to begin with; your expensive machine just makes a lot of noise to let you know it is only as good as the metal it finds. It requires a lot of swinging of the machines back and forth.
My device weighs 6.4 pounds; after about one hour my arm is worn out! This is why I am only using the machine to confirm the TFR-2's findings! I have to get a support harness to support the machine on long sweeps.
I studied all the metal detectors on the market for many years! There is nothing I don't know about what they all can do. Every Whites machine along with Teknetics and Fisher and lastly Garrett's machines or Minelabs and all there accessories pretty much do the same things for the hunter. Anything above the basics is just bells and whistles.
GTI 2500 Garrett Pro Detector, turn it on and your ready to find coins; it doesn't need to be changed from the factory settings! Unpack it, put it together and get too it!
I do have my favorite one to date it is Garrett Company in the U.S. The company has been around for nearly twenty or so years! I wanted to keep in the middle pricing range because like I said, I am only using this machine to confirm what the TFR-2 already knows that the silver and gold are in this location! Once I feel comfortable with 99% retrieval rates using the TFR-2 or the TFR-1, then I will put away the detector or sale it.
This is my device I chose for the pinpointing target while in learning stages of using the Rods from John.
There is no way you are going to know for sure if the machine you purchase can match the testimonies on the written website or what the company tells you what you will experience using a metal detector. The odds against you would be your own flawed techniques. If they lack practice it will show up in their hunts by the end of each day with little or nothing to show for it. When using specialized equipment whether metal detector or long range locator, it's how long you are willing to train with the equipment to get your monies worth out of it.
I was lucky throughout the years to be able to use Whites top of the line Metal Detectors and Technetiks 8500 coin computer in the early 80's etc. I also know the pros and the cons of each of them when tendering in different areas of the countries. Some grounds are more mineralized then others. The best places I love to go for is; the tourist areas around the local beaches and sand dunes and old school yards along with big trees around old churches.
Using the detector with the TFR1-2 models is an awesome arsenal in treasure locating. What is a treasure? Another man's junk is another mans treasure! It all depends what your looking for and the value is what you give to it!
Beach and salt area requires a different type of machine altogether. Best to ask KellyCo about the machine your interested in and in which geographical area you want to be hunting in! Some machines work better in salt water and sand and black sand and others do not. They do have a machine that can do it all, that is go under water and use on dry ground for the low end pricing of $1500.00!
TFR-2 Rod with the Weight Discrimination control box and a neutralizer switch, clearing the last used specimens in the chamber to ready it for a new specimen or target.
The company will help you decide, which middle of the ground detector will work for you! All the metal detectors are computerized and have pre-set functions so, you can go right out of the box and start metal detecting. My TFR-2 is absolutely mind boggling (Long Range Locator)! I can pick up precious metals within a few seconds and that comes right out of the box as well! No wires for the TFR-1 only "you" are the power generator between mother earth and your device.
I still don't have a 100% surety that I can operate the L-Rods that is used with John's invention; the Ghost Eliminator device. These rods are to help me find dead center of the target. This is where practice and patience goes hand in hand. This is the first time I ever used L-Rods and they work great for me, it's just with my thoughts of what I want to find, may not be strong enough or too strong and it might pull me further from the desired target in question.
I haven't ran into that problem with ghost targets yet, hopefully next week if it is not raining out, we will be using the TFR-1-2 models with the Garrett Metal Detector and the Ghost Eliminator.
Until I get adequate practice with pinpointing with the two L-Rods, I will have to use my metal detector's pinpointing capabilities, once I know what spot the treasure is at, then I will take the L-Rods and engage my "eliminator" to see what was found by the detector and the rods, it is either a ghost target or a real target. Remember even ghost targets can fool the metal detectors (Hot Rocks).
If the two brass rods don't come apart after about a minute then we have a real target, this will only be used if I am using the TFR-2-1 rods out in the field. Now, you can use your metal detector to determine how deep it is and what it is for convenience sake or use your rods to get the same information. This damn machine GTI 2500 weighs 6.4 pounds! It's the heaviest I ever used in my lifetime for a metal detector.
Fairly simple operation that goes on here! We want to be brought to where there is silver or gold or whatever minerals you are looking for ahead of time; so you don't waste your valuable time on your weekends. Since I have to do evening hunts due to UV index high radiation in the high afternoon, what my wife and I are going to do; is set up the detector for clad coin hunting only during the high UV. So we don't waste an whole day waiting up to that point to use the TFR-2 Long Range Device.
This machine (GTI-2500) can give you a size indication of your target and how deep it is. This machine is maximized at 12 inches depth reach! Keeping in mind the Rods can go 4-8 feet in depth or more!
My Garrett GTI 2500 Treasure Vision Metal detector is coming in this Friday (Update) already have it and it does some pretty amazing things. It's the middle of the line as far as costs are. What gets your wallet is; all the accessories you would basically need to be prepared for out of town hunt for a whole day. Note To Self: I have it right now and it is all setup and ready to go when my wife feels better probably by next week or so!
So, I spent $2400.00 for the basic accessories and the middle of the line of metal detectors. This is not including the TFR-1-2 Gold and Silver locator pricing, along with John's other accessories. Here we are talking around $4000 Total in equipment cost. Not much money when you talk of hobbies that have the capacity to make the hunter a little cash. A professional user of just a detector over a Fri-Sat-Sun weekend should be able to find a minimum of 2-3 hundred clad coins! No joking! That's around 15,000+ clad coins in one year!
Pretty simple! I have all my digging tools and all the weights in grams for different samples; like for individual clad coins or just use my "Direct Voltage" on the TFR-2 that will pick up whatever
is in my chamber of any weight and size and will lead me right to the closest of targets no matter if the second furtherest target is
just 3 yards away from the first! The TFR's home in and lock on
to the closest target. If the target is 2000 feet away and if that is the closest, then both TFR rods will lock on to it.
This rod (TFR-1) does more than just use your body for grounding! It comes with a discriminator that is 98% right on for weight of your unknown target that is underground! A one dollar bill is equal too about .99 grams, if you set that on your discriminator and a dollar sample in your chamber your rod will only be attracted just to that weight of the paper dollar!
I wanted to tell you about the TFR-1, which uses my body as an energy portal and ground, all I have to do is just think about what I want to find and the rod immediately begins to turn and scan the area in front of me and sometimes turns me all the way around to latch on to this signal! It is so easy to follow it to the target! I have been practicing with things in the house the last few weeks.
Even my wife is impressed with the TFR-1 and TFR-2. She wants me to bring the TFR-1 in the field to test its reliability on my thought awareness and connection with the rods ability to locate what I was thinking about or what I place inside the chamber of the TFR-1 (note: if you don't think of anything the rod is programmed to find gold or silver). Remembering this doesn't run off batteries whatsoever! The only way to know these rods really work, is to practice and go out into the field and use it everyday and work yourself up to professional status!
"Professional Status" meaning- You ability to go out there and scan an area and get a hit if there is silver or gold out there in the first place. Then walk by following the tip of your antenna to where it is taking you too! Then you successfully found your target long distance. It's not impossible to conceive such a notion! Yeah! I had my sub-surface doubts but all that was done away with on my first try with these rods! They do work as advertised!
Once you are over your target area "X" spot, then turn on both switches of the ghost eliminator box to "on" position and used your pair of L-Rods and stand about a foot or so from your suspected target and walk until the rods crossover the target "X".
This can all but take around 2 minutes narrowing your target area with these TFR units. Now you want to pinpoint your targets exact location first with the brass rods to eliminate any possible ghosting and then using your newly acquired metal detector, you can do this by pressing a button to put it in "All Metals" mode and whichever point is the loudest is the target is where "X" marks the spot!
Ghost Eliminator and target pinpointing! Wear around your neck during your hunting.
Your next step is to have both buttons in the "On" position and take a pair of your L-Rods step back from your target spot about two feet and then hold the rods parallel to the ground and walk slowly over the target area and when the two brass rods crossover each other it only confirms what the TFR rods has already shown you. Hold that position for one minute if the target is anything other than gold or silver that your hunting, the rods will come apart on their own.
When the rods come apart it is telling you that what you have as a target is either a ghost signal of once was or just some clad coins such as quarters dimes and nickels etc. In this case, move on to another possible target hit. When the L-Rods (brass ones) come apart it will eliminate the ghosting signal for good! So you don't lock on to it again.
You saved yourselves from a lot of digging for nothing. There will be times your copper rods or TFR-Rods may not respond to the target the TFR-1-2 pointed out, this is ok. The way around this is use your metal detector to find the exact spot!
But even then if the target is out of reach of the metal detector, use your TFR and walk a 45 degree angle from the target when the rod swings around back to the target, then measure the distance from your foot to the known target. Here is where you know how many inches it truly is!
It never hurts in any endeavor for a backup plan!
This is why I am using the metal detector as a secondary backup system because not all things work like they are suppose to at any given time. When using things like L-Rods it can be disconcerting at times, you may feel mentally weak that day or had a bad day or your mind is on something else etc. That's when the metal detector will allow you to ease up!
In practice, I was off the target by 6 inches with my L-Rods (brass) rods! This could be because of the other signals inside our home and generally this needs to be accomplished outside in the ground with a small field testing area to keep you tuned in so to speak. So being stuck in the house for two months doesn't do the this hobby justice for now; nor does it prove or disprove the L-Rods work or that they are off a bit.
Only field testing and going out there and confirming a few finds with the metal detector; that we will know for sure what kind of target and how deep it really is! You see, it's that first find of the year that makes it worth all the investment and hard practicing for two months! This hobby is "progressive"! There are some single coins worth many hundreds and thousands and even up to million dollars in Numismatic value alone!