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My all time favourite.
May 17, 2008
I've been in the privileged position where I've been able to own and test
some of the industries best detectors including the top models from minelab
and xp. I bought the T2 after reading a positive report on one of the metal
detecting forums in the uk...and I'm glad I did.
It's a very light
detector that I can use all day without getting tired and I can honestly
say that on my fields it has out performed any of my previous detectors.
I've never had any problems with interference, I think the secret is not to
"overcook" it on the sensitivity...it's sensitive even on a low setting. I
read a good piece of advice by another reviewer and that was to ignore all
your other detectors if you buy a t2 and just concentrate on learning the
t2 for a couple of weeks....it definitely worked for me.
Don't forget that this is a personal opinion and not everybody will
have the same success that I've had with the machine...every body has their
own opinion of the perfect detector.But as I said earlier, in my own
experience and on my fields the T2 has consistently out performed the top
minelabs and xp's and that makes it my perfect machine. Well done
May 05, 2008
Build quality is very poor, had it 2 days before it wont berserk. The coil
kept sounding off on stubble, looks a nice machine I will give it that,
sent back to dealer and got my money back, dealer got back in touch with
and confirmed it was faulty. Lucky escape, since I purchased a T2, I've
seen second-hand prices tumble here in the UK, I just wish more care had
been put into the build quality,for the T2 really looks the part, although
it looks to be put into the shadows by the F75.
I Sold My DFX
January 28, 2008
I have only used the T2 on the beach, and I have had great success. She
will not ground balance in the sand but I was still pulling quarters at 11
inches with 100% target ID. I am a Bounty Hunter Dealer and I would suggest
this machine. Grant it, it has less bells and whistles than the DFX, but
one must agree that this is an extremely powerful machine.
Steve in North Carolina / Coastline Metal Detectors from
Good and Less Good
January 23, 2008
Not a bad detector. Well balanced (like me!) but with a few weaknesses.
Frequent high 'pip' sounds at the end of sweeps. Target or not a target?
Surely Teknetics can eliminate those awful bottle tops or at least don't
let them register or silence them out. Sometimes the numbers bounce around
for them (as expected), other times they do not and appear in the coin
range, so a lot of digging anyway. How about an illuminated display for low
light and/or poor eyesight) and color coded? Cell phones, GPS modules and a
host of other gadgets have illuminated color displays these days. Example:
Red dot for ferrous, Yellow for unsure, and Green for non-ferrous (coin,
gold, silver etc).
Rubber covering on handle split on the second day of use and coil had to be
disconnected to free an unwanted overload.
Nicely balanced machine with long battery life. Be warned. If you undo the
arm rest and move it around to pack the unit for travel any sand trapped in
the armrest locking plates will seriously scratch the plastic stock.
Display window needs to be stronger and some sort of sand proofing is
needed for the battery compartment and the speaker window, otherwise well
First Texas Instruments
Stunning, simply stunning
November 06, 2007
Wow, the T2 is one superb machine. especially for here in the UK. Forget
all the worries and concerns expressed regarding interference. all the
reviews mentioning this were the very first one in the USA. The latest ones
coming through are fully sorted now.
Really simple to use and customisable to your own preferences,especially
First time out and the T2 came up with the goods time and time again,
including a decorated piece of Celtic in a field that prior to the T2
yielded very little with my previous detector, a very capable Tesoro
Vaquero.To beat the Vaquero so completely makes you realise just how good
the T2 really is.
Excellant iron discrimination and with the tones set at 2+ you get a low
pitched grunt for iron and everything non ferrous gives a crisp 'zing' as
the coil passes. Very deep seeking as well and sensitive to tiny, and I
mean tiny, targets.
Lightening fast revovery speed means it can miss out the nails and find the
good items in amongst iron infested ground.
Really needs a good pair of digital headphones to get the best from it as
then you can seperate out the sounds better.
A simply stunning machine and rapidly developing a very satisfied cult
following here in the UK.
The Donwside? It likes to fall over but I made a stand for mine for £5 and
now its sits perfectly
Monmouth Wales GB
NEWSFLASH!!! T2 puts Explorer SE to Shame on Pasture!
July 23, 2007
I have been using an Explorer SE for some time now on a local site which is
generally short pasture. Whilst results have been fairly good and some good
finds have been unearthed, I was a little concerned at the depth the SE was
detecting down to, even with a 10 x 14 Detech coil, little or no coins
beyond the 9 to 10" mark (despite all the claims!). So I decided to buy a
T2 as a second machine. Upon receiving it, I was a little disapointed with
the build quality, the collars feel cheap and nasty, Minelab are definetely
the daddy when it comes quality of materials and finish. So I put my 4 x AA
batteries in and off we go, I decided to walk the lanes that I have worn
out with my SE, there was no detrimental ground mineralisation and no too
much iron so I decide to use the All Metal mode and crank the sensitivity
up to the 85-90 mark (I dont mind a bit of chatter if it means more depth)
tone on 2+ and off we go, 1st dig, tiny silver Victorian 3 pence piece at
7" which gave a good solid 85 target ID, then many Georgian coppers between
8 and 13", typically reading 75 target ID, what it also detected were many,
many tiny targets which included a brass gramaphone needle at 7" - target
ID 55, I am absolutely blown away by its sensitivity, discrimination and
depth compared to the SE. The machine is as light as a feather and after
ten hours of detecting, there are still 3 bars of battery left (cheap
alkalines as well!) I now have the pleasure of doing all the previously
covered ground again, I'd be mad not to. Shame on you Minelab, Hurrah for
Teknetics! ps. I use industrial Minelabs for a living, so YES I was happily
surprised with my new T2.
Novantae Warrior from
T2 ONE WORD ,BRILLIANT
July 07, 2007
great machine looks good and it performs as good as it looks,very similar
to the goldmaxx power that i owned here in the uk,the T2 in my opinon is
the better machine more sharper crisper sounds and a added bonus of a lcd
screen ,i use discim at 25 ,sensitivity at 60 and tone id 2+ ,its so light
and gives out all that power on just 4 AAA batterys amazing machine,its as
deep on pasture as much as its deep on plough,crisp distinct sounds,and you
know the sound for a coin ,easy to ground balance push trigger forward on
clean ground pump coil up and down untill you here a steady hum off ya
go,it will find cut silver hammerds easy and real tiny objects no
problem,great detector and probaly one of the best if not one of the best
to hit the shores of the uk from the USA, one word ,BRILLIANT
Paul , from uk from
Raw Depth & Hyper Sensitive
June 12, 2007
Well I personally rate this machine very highly. Lightweight, very deep,
super sensitive. A more reliant & informative meter than some. Quick & easy
to set up. 2+ on tones-disc about 12-& sensitivity up to 70-75. (you will
not go far wrong on this setting.) It will chatter on bad ground, but just
drop sens` down a little. (I prefer a little chatter from iron, you are
getting more ground information to process the signals.) If I am hearing
plenty of iron signals, I know the area has been well occupied over the
years. Plus you have the meter to fall back on.! It will find tiny non
ferrous items,& have no problem with bigger hits on larger items. And the
all important depth is there too!!! ...yes its an awesome detector in my
Edward The Elder! from
Updated review of the Teknetics T2
April 06, 2007
After i bought the Fisher F75 which is a great detector i thought: "why is
that detector so good and the T2 so bad. I bought a second T2 (used with
the updates) und have to say it is all that what the other good reviews
say. My first one must have had a bad coil, because this second T2 works
perfect. The price of a used T2 is now about 400 to 450 $ and that is a
very low price for that good detector. I'll keep this T2 as a backup for my
Light, Easy, and Deep
March 17, 2007
I like to try all kinds of detectors and believe it or not, they all do
exactly what they say: Find metal. Some will find unwanted metal and most
will find the kind of metal that you bought a metal detector for:silver,
gold, copper, brass, or lead. The T2 might be the best all around detector
that I have ever used. Does it do everything great? No, but it does
everything good. When you factor in the ergonomics, adjustability, and
performance, you have a great detector.
I had heard that some of
the first off the line were having trouble with electrical interferance, I
stayed away. The factory came up with an upgrade that cost the owners money
and I think this was a poor business decision on First Texas's part, they
should have bit the bullet and payed for all the upgrades. I believe that
this soured many on buying a T2. Within months of coming out, they were
showing up on the classified forums for a cheap price. I bought one and it
was the bargain of all bargains in my time in the hobby.
some health issues with arthritis in my wrists and the T2 felt like a
Tesoro Umax in that regard. With just a knob and button, the adjustments
are SIMPLE, unlike some other programable detectors.
The GB is the quickest and easiest around. Pinpointing with a DD
coil is not like a concentric coil, but when you understand where the
hotspot is, it is simple. Battery life borders on unbelieveable, I changed
the first set(4) after 25 hours because I didn't believe the meter.
So after all these great features, how does the T2 do finding
coins? I coin hunt only, so the relic hunters have to pipe up with their
opinions, which they seem to do on the forums. It appears that the T2 is a
great relic hunter also. I have found silver coins every time out with the
T2. I am not a techno geek, but I understand the the tone menu, determines
how targets are analyzed. I have found the greatest depth and accuracy with
the 2+ mode. It has multitone mode that others might find better for them,
but I seemed to get less depth in this mode. The large VDI numbers are very
accurate and stable.
I have not found any gold yet, but the T2 is the deepest nickle
finding detector I have ever used. The Sovereigns and Cz's are good, but
the T2 is deeper on nickles and I assume gold.
I have not used the
T2 since Dec. of 06 because of winter, but the last couple of times out I
found a silver quarter at an honest 10 inches and it was not in sand. The
signal sputtered slightly, but the number was right on. I was finding the
regular wheat pennies at 8 inches and this is as deep as I have found them
with Explorers and CZ's.
I have a feeling that with the release of
the Fisher F75, there will be loads of T2 for sale cheap. Do yourself a
favor and jump on one of these bargains.
R.L. Johnson from