Minelab X-Terra 70Price: $800
Avg. Score: 4.56
Based on 32 reviews
Based on 32 reviews
Avg. Durability: 4.33
Avg. Ease of use: 3.83
Best single frequency detector i have ever used.......
May 29, 2006I haven't been a minelab fan in the past because i didn't like the weight and balance of minelab detectors but the X-Terra 70 changed that.
I like power, lightweight and features and that is what the X-Terra 70 all has.
I don't know any other single frequency detector that has all these features:
- Great depth
- Notch system
- Large easy to read display
- Runs on just 4 AA Batteries (Buy a charger for just 10$ !!!!)
- Easy to travel with because you can disconnect the control box from the upper rod.
- manual and full automatic ground balance with ground tracking
- Noise cancel
- Beach mode for saltwater beaches
- Prospecting mode
- Able to change the frequency by changing the coil. (3 KHz, 7.5 KHz, 18.75 KHz)
- Very lightweight design
This detector has more power than you may ever need. I ran sensitivity at 15 (30 is max.) at a beach and was still getting coins at 8"+ depth.
That means there is still power left for better ground conditions.
You don't necessarily need the other frequency coils because the standard coil (7.5 KHz) works already great for most targets.
Only thing that i don't like is the 800 $ price for the detector. But in this case you really get what you paying for.....the best single frequency detector.
One more thing: Minelab please make a SMALL COIL for it !!!!
Andy,NM from New Mexico
Great detector, but a bit over priced
May 23, 2006One thing you will notice with the Xterra series of detectors is the light weight, which is welcomed, but I think they may have lost a bit of quality in order to make the unit lighter. Also the plain brown box that the unit comes in dosn't help with that feeling either. Now, once you put the unit together and do some airtests, you quickly realize that it's a very capable machine.
Now, it's not in the same league as the Explorer and not even the Quattro as far as depth goes. You would expect it to be close at a $799.00 retail price though. I would rate the depth of the 70 around the same as the CZ5, GTi series and Tesoro Cortes, which is about 8". Now, you might realize a little more depth in all metal, but from what tests I did, I didn't see it.
For a coin shooter, which can handle the beach, I would say it will hold it's own.
Pro's = Light weight at 2.9LBS, ability to change frequencies by changing coils, Good target ID, has a Beach ground balance mode plus prospecting mode, which I never used.
Con's = Quality seems to be lacking a little for what you pay for this unit. The tones seem to be a little weak sounding, not as strong as the Fishers. Depth isn't as good as I would have expected for the amount of money this unit costs. This unit should retail more along the lines of $500.00-$600.00 maybe. I don't care for the headphone setup on the side of the control box at all. I think this detector should probably be called the money pit because in order to change frequencies, you have to buy additional coils, that doesn't include if you want a DD coil, or small coil or larger coil. You might wind up with 10 or more coils for this machine when it's all said and done and wind up having as much invested in coils as you do the machine itself.
Overall, this machine is a great detector for coin hunting in parks, schools and private yards and the occassional beach trip as long as you mainly use the 7.5kz coil, but I'm not sure the depth would be there for any real prospecting.
But this is only an assumption on my part. The main drawback to this detector is price and having to invest in a bunch of additional coil.
Mike from Anytown USA