Finding the metal detector of your dreams is never easy. That’s because the perfect metal detector doesn’t exist. They all come with their own set of pros and cons, and the most you can do is find the one that will work best for your particular needs.
If you’re sold on the idea of getting a pulse induction metal detector because you want to go detecting in the saltwater and you know VLF metal detectors don’t do a good job in those conditions, you might be overwhelmed by the options out there.
Hopefully, this list can help you find the machine that will meet all your demands so you’ll be out searching for treasure in no time.
White’s Surfmaster Dual Field PI
You should make sure you have some scuba gear on hand when you use this machine in the water – it can be submerged up to 100 feet. That makes it an excellent choice for people who want to find some sunken treasure and don’t mind going down pretty far to do it.
If you would rather hunt on wet sand than in the water, this detector weighs about 4.75 pounds. That makes it a bit heavier than many VLF machines would be, but still light enough that you’ll be able to do a fair amount of hunting before getting overly tired. For a pulse induction detector, this one is pretty light because they tend to be heavier than VLFs are.
Tesoro Sand Shark Metal Detector
Tesoro detectors may not look like top-of-the-line machines but looks can be deceiving in this case. Although the Sand Shark doesn’t have a display screen, it does have a 10-inch search coil and two different operating modes – VCO and normal.
When you use the normal mode, it is just like any other metal detector that beeps when it sweeps over metal. But in the VCO mode, the closer you get to a metal object, the louder and higher pitched the signal gets.
You can take this machine to a maximum depth of 200 feet underwater. It is a bit heftier than the Surfmaster if you’re using it on land – it weighs 5.4 pounds. Another great thing about this machine is that it carries a lifetime warranty with it.
The Garrett ATX is a good all-terrain pick. You can use it underwater, but only up to 10 feet. If you’re wanting to spend some time hunting for shipwrecks where you might find treasure, you’ll want to pick one of the other two options on this list because they can go much deeper underwater.
This detector has a Fast Track ground balance feature that will counteract the mineralized soil conditions to give you true signals.
This detector is fairly simple to use, even for intermediate detectorists because it offers maximum detection on all types of metal simultaneously. You don’t have to change modes to more effectively search for one type of metal at the expense of shortchanging another type. It’ll search for everything all at once and let you know if it finds something.
It also has a waterproof speaker that can work even without headphones. That’s nice for detectorists who prefer to go without headphones once in a while. The ATX also has a volume control which can help you hear those faint signals you won’t want to pass up on.
Enjoy Your Hunt
Any of these machines would make a great addition to your detecting collection. You’ll feel like a kid when your new detector arrives, and before long you’ll be outside in the elements searching for the find of your life.