Minelab Explorer XSPrice: $800
Based on 36 reviews
Avg. Durability: 3.80
Avg. Ease of use: 3.40
Minelab Explorer XS
Marcel from Ontario Canada
Excellent choice !!
The Explorer XS is a top notch contender if you swing it slow but for me thats perfect! The FBS technology is fantastic just need too take the time too learn it. But there are some small issues I have with it one being the 1/8 inch head phone jack ( fixed it put in a 1/4 inch jack) thats a bad idea ML. Also the lower rod should be made out of something a little stronger and the cam locks get week and don't hold upper shaft from slipping down, all these things can be fixed so thats a plus!
Also Minelab you need too get better customer service via E-Mail. Besides that I'm more than happy with mine and I would buy another Explorer XS tomorrow. Excellent, excellent performance!! Minelab you have my vote!!
Paul m Bellanceau from Auburn,Maine
Simple and Deep
Ray B. from UK
Minelab explorer xs
Kev ,cambridgeshire uk from Uk
Oldie but goldie...
Sergei from Russia, Novgorod
XS.really good machine, found a lot of good finds,
only had it a month, I find if you slow down it finds loads..very happy with it..
Andy from Uk
8 years on Explorer XS
I often hunt with other detectorists and they always want to know about my machine. If anyone has ever said a bad word about my machine it was BEFORE the hunt. After the hunt they usually want to know how much it cost, and where I bought it. If you go in with a half-way attitude this is not the machine for you. If you want the best machine out there, and are willing to learn. Buy the Minelab.
Steve from Oklahoma, and Colorado
Mike at a newengland beach
Let me tell you about my first summer out with this machine[about 3 months
and now 20 gold pieces latter 40 silver pieces of jewerly later and about 400.00 dollars in coins later I am mighty impressed not to be too modest about the 3 diamond rings worth in excess of 10,000$ and only twice did the detector go out on a drained battery pack WOW IS ALL I CAN SAY
Things I liked were
1] battery pack having a car charger and being nimh so you can charge all you want and not kill it.
2]28 freq!!!YOU WONT MISS LOL
4]built like a tank!!!!!!!!!
things I disliked
1] a little heavy
see you rookies at the beach!!!!!!!!!!!
Mike from New england
Close encounter`s but a long way out
Terrymet 2000 from N/e UK
Deep But Misses A Lot
It is able to reach great depths on coins if they are not too masked by iron. Iron near a deep coin greatly changes the tone of the coin and it can sound like iron or be totally blanked out.
The display can be dead accurate on coins out away from masking trash. But in real world hunting the display is basically worthless unless you're hunting a site mostly free of iron.
What most Explorer users are doing is looking for solid signals at least one way. If the signal locks on, has a decent sound, and repeats well, they dig the target. It's about 30% skill and 70% luck.
Falsing is a tremendous problem with the Explorer at high trash sites due to it's sensitivity. To make it stable one must set it lower on GAIN and Sensitity but this makes it no deeper than most other top of the line brands.
The Explorer is a very slow machine and if you move a bit too fast it will miss loads of good targets. Hunting at a nail's pace is a must.
But it is true that the Explorer has the potential of great depth and under the right conditions it will find what most of the others will miss.
It is my opinion that this machine is way over rated and over priced (as in a new SE). The XS is an older out of production machine but all the Explorers up to the SE get the same depth.
I'm selling my XS because while it is a good machine there are much better machines out there for what it will sell for.
Michigan Hunter from Southern Michigan