Based on 1 reviews
Avg. Durability: 5.00
Avg. Ease of use: 2.00
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Does the job, just about...
The positives: The Audio is excellent, silver, copper, lead and unfortunately tin makes the 1220XD SCREEEEEAM! Whereas for Iron and scrap metal the tone is a DEEP low growl. - So telling the difference is simple.
The machine can be used as a simple switch on and go. Select Audio/Metre setting, set the sensitivity until you hear a faint hum (impossible to set it to more than half-way on most ground), set the discrimination (the first notch I found eliminated most of the trash but any more than that and silver rings and such like were often missed), and away you go.
The 1220xd can also be set up manually to notch out and double-discriminate targets. I found this quite difficult and time consuming to do, even after owning the machine for 2 years and if I'm honest I found very little difference in performance to the Auto Audio/Metre setting.
The build of the detector is solid and robust and the battery life excellent. My detector was fitted with the 10" polo coil which was super-sensitive to targets and pinpointing was exactly in the centre of the coil, so there was never any need to dig huge holes.
The Negatives: Depth, depth and depth... Unless the target is a large piece of lead or a beer can, the 1220xd would struggle with anything more than 5/6" deep. 90 percent of my finds were 5" or less. I am a member of a metal detecting club and most Sundays we go hunting around the English countryside. The performance of the 1220xd was embarrassing compared to 99.9 percent of the machines the other guys used. For my friends ACE 250 to make my machine look like a toy was too much! The weight of the machine was also an issue. After an hour or so of swinging my arm was ready to quit. The price of a new 1220xd in the UK is around £350 (approx $500). This is a similar price to the Xterra 705, Makro Racer and Minelab Safari... All of which are FAR superior to the 1220xd in every way! So my opinion and summary of the 1220xd is, If a friend has offered you this machine for FREE take it, sell it on Ebay and buy another machine.
Looking back now I can't believe that I stuck with the 1220xd for 2 years. - I now use a Golden Mask 4 ($150 cheaper than the 1220xd) and I'm finding lots of coins on a field that I covered every square inch with the C-Scope a few times! Just my opinion of course. Hope it saves a few of you from buying a bad egg.
Max Depth: 5 inches on US quarter
Ease of Use
Would you recommend this to a new user? No, not really.
Stu from Devon, England.