Minelab E-TRACPrice: $1500
Based on 68 reviews
Avg. Durability: 3.50
Avg. Ease of use: 3.20
You have to be R2 D2 to decipher all the sounds coming at you from the Etrac when you lower the discrimination. I know how to setup the detector, been metal detecting for 40 years and I'm an electronics tech, its what I do for a living.
A $297.00 detector with VID, 3 tones for iron, nickels and silver, depth meter, DD 11" coil for singling out targets, super light. 95 percent of what your going to find will be less than 10", much less. Not near the chatter of the Etrac, a joy to use. The Etrac wont do anything more than the 300 dollar detector (for 98 percent of detectorists) I have and its much easier to use and lighter, when in coin mode I can hit 8 and 10 inch coins and discriminate out junk. Detector technology has not changed any in the past 20 years.
Still the same old core technology with some bells and whistles added with color LCD's and fancy bar graphs. But there is no technology that can single out a coin with a nail on top of it and it not sound like junk.
I don't care if you spend a million dollars on one, its still going to be a broken tone with a big ol QUESTION MARK by it and you have to dig it see what it is anyway. I'll spend the extra $1250.00 on a detector when it can tell me there is NAIL and a Merc dime in the same hole, until that day comes, save the money and buy something cheaper.
Just hunt with no discrimination and dig everything and save 1300 bucks. That's what I like about the Ace 350, simple and when you get a good repeatable bell tone. ITS A COIN, and it tells you what kind it is and how deep. Anything else is a questionable dig which is EXACTLY what the Etrac did. I sold it for 1200 bucks bought the Ace 350 and pocketed 900 and I'm enjoying the ease of use and finding more with the simple Ace.
I thought the more I spent the more I would find and it would be easier. WRONG! Don't believe the hype. I'm sure Ill get bashed for my input but facts are facts no matter how you slice it.
Daniel Holland from Houston, TX
TTF MODE rocks
I discovered that the depth in TTF mode is about 5 inches more then using discrimination.
I went to a union camp here in NC that had long since been hunted out but they had some dirt moved around and I dug over 100 bullets, 20 buttons and several other relics and lots of camp lead all in about 16 hours of hunt time. Some of the bullets had to be 14-15 inches down. TTF mode is deep here in NC soil.
I have heard the Etrac has problems in some soils but here in my NC soil it rates a 5.
T Nunley from Seymour Johnson AFB NC
E-trac deep silver
I have dug silver coins with rust stains from a nail and with nails in the same hole, my best coin was a 1889 o silver dollar. This machine really locks on silver and with your settings it will give different sound then a regular clad coin.
My only complaint is the id numbers are hard to see some times in the sun or with sunglasses on, tone id is the key with this machine. If your looking to buy a E-Trac go for it you wont be sorry. You will find what all the other machines have missed, in my opinion I would use no other brand Minelabs are the best.
Mike from Ohio
Detector Truths !
BUT, what does this tell us?
Well- basically just one thing. It just means that each detector has it's own specific way of detecting. i. e one will detect a coin on it's side better than the other and the other will detect a different coin or object better or worse than the other detector. It does not mean that one is better than the other - it just means that each detector has different strengths and/or weaknesses. The trick is, to get a detector that you are comfortable with, stick with it, learn and master it and then really you will find everything that you possibly can - providing you walk over it. It really is that simple. Is a $1500 dollar detector better than a $200 detector? Yes - and no. Is a $200 dollar detector better than a $1500 dollar detector? Yes - and No. Get it?
Mike from UK
Sergaqlex from Russia
I got the etrac and the first time I used it I was
Not impressed at all and was very mad and wanted to sell it this thing was acting crazy. (I was at a crappy place).
Then day 2 I was so impressed with this detector
I found 2 gold rings, a cross charm, and 2 silver rings, and about $6.00 in change. I had it listed on the Internet for sale and had to call about 5 people back and tell them that I changed my mind about selling it, this machine really impressed me today and almost paid its self off with the gold rings found today.
So if your thinking of buying one and have the money to afford one I would say its got my approval. It is kind of tricky and takes time to learn it but when you learn it is great .
I had a minelab explorer 2 for a couple month and is very similar but better.
Joey from Michigan
E-Trac coin hunter
What's great about the E-Trac is its precise discrimination which allows you to hunt for discrete targets. At the moment I have mine set to detect 1and 2 pound coins 50p and 20 pence coins. There is a lot of blanking and I am sure I am missing a lot of targets because of this, but without the very high level of discrimination what you hear is a blizzard of signals.
I am fairly new to detecting, so I don't know if there are better detectors out there. All I can say is that I am very pleased with my E-Trac.
Tork from Uk
My opinion is this machine is all hype without any bite and mine is on its way to retirement cause I've been skimmed too many times
Whites V3I is in my near future! !!
Jackie Brown from Madison Tn
Jon from USA
E Track peformance
The only negatives I have with the machine is the difficulty to see the LCD screen in full sunlight and the fact it will not pick up small link chains at any depth unless there is a decent clasp attached. Wonderful machine but I feel slightly overpriced.
Jackson from Australia