Teknetics T2Price: $800
Based on 47 reviews
Avg. Durability: 4.54
Avg. Ease of use: 4.38
Light, Easy, and Deep
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.
I have 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 Ohio
What's all the fuss about????
John N from Northern Washington State
Not impressed by the T-2
Understand that I beach and inland hunt so I look for a detector that I can do both. The Explorer XS is the deepest detector along with the Soverign Elite with the Soverign probably being my favorite because I can swing it as fast as I want. The XS is great when I feel in a slow mood.
The CZ-70 and the Coinstrike when my back is feeling weak. All these detectors cut through any soil
I have a Coinstrike, CZ-70, Explorer XS, Soverign Elite, for the top of the line detectors. A Garrett Sea Hunter for the surf and under water.
We also have a Predator III and a Ace 250. These detectors have blown my mind with their finds, one detector at a cost of $200.00 and the other $300.00.
Right now the CZ-3D, the Soverign GT or the Explorer SE would be the only units I'd even think of. It seems like the detector companies are going the wrong direction, no salt mode, no tones, and single frequency. I want a detector that does it all without having to buy many different coils.
Remember this. I have made great finds with the cheapest detectors listed here. Gold chains, fine gold braclets and fine gold rings read as foil on every decector I've see except a tweeked CZ-3D.
I take detectors people say aren't working for them and make great finds. So whatever detector you have, learn, learn, learn.
Rodney from Jax, Fl.
Do you want a Teknetic's T2 Detector?
Today the T2 goes deeper than other detectors, finds coins and targets even with Iron present, The T2 will double you finds. The T2 has a lighting responce time to targets and to ID them. Sound's like I work for them guys, but really I'm just a hobbyist.
Now there are electrical interference issues but you can solve them by turning the sesnsitivity down. The detector sets it'self up with a sensitivity setting of 60, even turned down to 30 you won't loose much depth...Try it and see, you won't! But the electrical noise gone!
For some all the chatter of the T2 is more than they can comprehend. BUt listen closely, most of the time all that chatter is because of Multiple targets in your ground, usually detectors don't lie, You just have to dig it to believe them.
The T2 is light, easy to use, the T2 swing is awesome, it's one you really can swing all day!
Remember give this detector a chance to prove it'self...Dig every target for a while and you'll learn how to speak it's langugage!
Hope this help you...it is a great detector! Top notch all the way!
If you have any questions feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with an information titled T2 Talk
Ted M. Abbott from Columbus, Ohio
The newer T2 really is a BIG winner
One thing about the T2 that you have to really get used to is it's inability to lock on to a solid TID number in high iron ground. It will, for instance, on a minnie, read 73 but it will jump from the low 60s to the high 70s with a random 73 every few numbers if you are in high iron... you dig those! In clean ground it will lock right on to 73. A nickle read's 57 but a pulltab reads 58-63. If it does not read 57, don't bother. The 3b setting is really great if you are in a yard full of crown steel bottle caps. In 2+ or 3 you will get a good tone but in 3b you will get a good tome and an iron "grunt" unless the cap is mashed flat, then it may sound good all the way. I dig a lot of "iffy" targets anyway so no matter. Just be aware that you MUST be ready to put in the hours of work with the T2 for it to reward you. You will find good targets from the get-go but you will find even better and deeper targets with experience. If for some reason I had to get rid of two of my detectors and could only keep one... I would keep the T2, no question.
Jbow from NW Georgia, USA
T2 is a very hot detector
The T2 is hotter on small items especially gold then the Xterra 70 with stock coil. The tones are preferrable to me then the Xterras. The depth is better then the Xterras as well. It's also better balanced eventhough it weighs a few ounces more.
Pro's = Light weight & well balanced, easy to setup, very hot and sensitive on small items & gold. Nice tones. I also like the earphone jack in the back. It is very well constructed and even the shipping box is of hi quality.
Con's = Yes, the T2 suffers from electrical interference just like most all hot detectors do.
It could stand to have a stronger audio. It needs to have the ability to save programs so you don't have to reset everything when you turn off the machine and turn it back on.
If you want a hot detector, which is good on small targets, Deep & sensitive, then give the new Bounty hunter/Teknitics a try, I think you will like it.
Mtdoramike from Anytown USA
Not worth the money........
In the city you have to set sensitivity to 25 out of 99 to make it work but than you have the depth of a 60$ China detector.
You may have read all the good stuff about this detector on the T2 Forum.....but read again....all the bad posts get deleted because a dealer runs that forum. I think First Texas (Bounty Hunter, Teknetics) should stop selling that detector until they solve the interference problem. For 800 $ the worst detector (performance) i have ever used.
If you read my other reviews here you will see that i use any brand that works but this T2 is sure NOT top of the line.
Andy,NM from New Mexico