Minelab X-Terra 70Price: $800
Based on 32 reviews
Avg. Durability: 4.33
Avg. Ease of use: 3.83
Confirming Irwin above
P. van der Heiden from Daytona Beach
X-Terra 70 works
With the 6" coil it will hit on a tiny speck of gold, but only if it is not in an area with a lot of background noise with hot rocks or rusty metal flakes all over. Nuggets large enough to be worth keeping are just not out there anymore from my experience.
This detector will cover all the bases, coins, relics, tiny nuggets, whatever, and with all the different tones, prospecting mode, and various other modes and settings you can almost see underground with this thing.
Ed from Vancouver BC
Now, let me give my honest review of the Xterra 70/705. 1st off for relic hunting, make sure that you get the 10.5 7.5kHz coil for open field hunting, the stock 9" concentric coil just does not cut it.
The next choice would be the 6"dd 18.75 coil for the real trashy spots around homesteads and in yards.
The Xterra is a really simple platform to set up and use. Just noise cancel when ever you get to a new site. I always use all metal, 2 tones, sens as high as you can and auto tracking. The new 705 has a auto track offset that lets you set the GB either + or- but I have rarely used this feature.
Balance and weight with the 10.5 coil can be bothersome to some, but can be fixed with a $20 Whites straight rod part instead of the "S" middle rod. The straight rod completely changes the balance to make the 10.5 coil lighter.
I have had 4, yes 4 Xterra 70's. I traded them off for other machines that I thought might beat the performance of the Xterra. I returned to the Xterra 705 and decided that for the price and performance, it just cant be beat. I have no problem digging targets at 12" with the Xterra and the 10.5 coil combo.
It is such a more smoother running machine at high gain than anyother that I've tried. It is a shame that Minelab is so far behind on orders for this great relic machine.
Morelic55 from Nixa,MO USA
Xterra 705 rocks
Its definitely the best all-round machine available on the market, had big success on the beach, discrimination is great, very often I know even which coin it is, in Australia, esp 2 dollar coins are small and give a nice 30 on he display, also 8, 22, 24 and 28, sometimes 32 are coins ....
Pinpoint mode is great, also prospect mode, try xterra with 6`` coil in creeks and you'll find smallest gold nuggets!
Auto ground balance / tracking, beach mode is awesome, the machine is very light and I outperformed many people with etrac and other detectors on the beach because of my short handle sandscoop, takes me just a few seconds to get coin after coin and I simply search the spots where most people sit, swing coil very slow and also walk very slow, AND dig very fast.
Search mostly in prospect mode and switch to coin mode just to discriminate, on trash area I use coin mode with pattern 2 or 3.
In parks machine works great, only on black sand sometimes its a little bit difficult, just use beach mode and tracking .... or pulse induction machine if there´s not too much trash.
Together with whites surfmaster dual field I rock the beach, also go to creeks in golden triangle sometimes, 6´´ coil is awesome, also elliptical coil but this one only finds bigger nuggets - 3 grams or more and not to deep.
Erwin from Melbourne
Minelab exterra 70
Kev from Cambs uk
Great Machine if you take the time to learn it
Bill W from N Alabama
This machine does it all, and very well at that!
My only complaint is the earphone jack is located on the side and is a bit of a pain sometimes because your earphone cable can snag when you set the detector on the ground to dig targets, but I can live with that.This machine is very capable, and really shines in high trash areas. It has built in modes to choose from when you first start but you can edit and save settings when you become more experienced. I bought the eliptical DD coil for gold hunting and it is VERY sensitive! I would definetly buy this again in retrospect. In fact, it does so well with the gold I dont have any plans to upgrade!
Ross. M. from Reno Nevada USQ
The display is large and easy to see. The pin point feature is dead on and it's easy on the arms to swing for several hours.
One side note here.. READ your manual. Watch the DVD and PRACTICE with your machine daily.
The more you practice with the X-70, the more you will understand what it is telling you.
Once you understand the display and understand the different tone(s) you are hearing, you'll find yourself knowing what a good target is vs. a bad target.
Again.. the key word here is "Practice". It will pay off in the long run as it already has for me.
MR from USA
Hold the phone !
M. A. from PA
One of The Best Multi-Purpose Detectors Made!
Steve Houston from Sweet Home OR