Minelab E-TRACPrice: $1500
Based on 67 reviews
Avg. Durability: 3.56
Avg. Ease of use: 3.33
Better Than An Explorer SE Pro?
My last Explorer, the SE Pro I used for over a 1000 hours last year. I hunt every day, weather permitting and it was the best Explorer in my opinion. The Pro coil was a contributing factor to forming my opinion.
I had also bought a Pro coil for the detector I had before the Se, an Explorer 11. It was and is an awesome accessory to any Explorer.
Anyway, I resisted purchasing an Etrac as my SE always produced deep coins from the hunted out parks I frequented. Last Dec. I traded two for one and bought an Etrac. The season was all but done here in NE Ohio and I played around with the menu in the house.
The week before Christmas, the ground thawed and I took my new toy to the park where I spend half of my time. This park still produces, but not much silver. I set the Etrac up with a wide open screen(no disc). I tried to mimic the Iron mask screen I used on all of my other Explorers. After an hour of hunting I had a bunch of deep rusty nails on one clad coin.
It was only 38 degrees and I was not real high on my first hunt with the Etrac. As I was hunting back to the car to leave, I remembered what my dealer and good friend told me. Use the factory coin program and disc out most of the sliver of black in the top right corner. I quickly did this and I also switched to manual sens of 21. I turned and headed back to the trashy area where I have found many coins from the late 1800's, including a 1885 V nickle.
I swear in less than 5 minutes I got a deep signal that would pop through in only one direction and nulled in the other directions. It did sound good so I dug. Found a rusty nail at 6 inches and rescanned the hole and got a 12-44 number. From 8 inches a silver dime.
In the next half hour I found 6 deep(8to 9 inches) wheats that were all close to trash. By this time I was freezing, but I had one more similar area of this park to try. It was at the bottom of a long hill that empties onto a old picnic area. I made one 75 to 100 foot pass along the bottom of this hill and started finding older coins immediately. First a mercury dime and 5 more wheats. I was truely amazed as I had hunted and rehunted these exact spots many time with my other Explorers and other top of line detectors.
It is scary to think that a green rookie could take this detector and make finds like this within hours of turning the Etrac on. The greatest task a new Etrac user will face is pinpointing with the dd coil and learning to creep the coil. If one does this, anyone can find deep coins in the factory modes with little or no programming.
R.L. Johnson from NE Ohio
Top of the line machine
George Streeter from Streeter's Electronics recommended this machine as the best out there as a general purpose land/relic machine and after using this machine and getting to know it, I see what he means. Go low and slow through the iron crap and you will see how it picks through it and nails the goodies. I usually run quickmask set anywhere from 19-23 ferrous with conductive tones. Yes, I have great sites available and have found literally HUNDREDS of old coins, coppers, wheats, silver, colonial buttons, 4 complete colonial shoe buckles and other relics, almost all with this E-Trac!
I do not work for Minelab nor am I endorsed by them or anybody else, just a regular guy that is addicted to this great hobby and gets out when I can. You do your part and the E-trac will do it's part and you will walk away, as I have, making some truly great finds.
The best I have used to date.
Jason Sevene from Swanzey,NH
Minelab Etrac-worth the price!
I went to a local park to “kick the tires” on the unit and immediately began pulling coins within minutes. The depth on this thing is awesome. The E-Trac was finding signals in areas that I had hit previously which my DFZ did not pick up. In short, I would recommend the unit to anyone.
Broc from Orange County, NY
Mpratt from Texas
I started out with the X-70 for
Eight months found lots of older coins
barber, Mercury's Indians, Rosies, Wheats,
Maybe 30 silver coins total in the 8 months
Well the E-trac was a easy transition very
straight forward. 74 silver coins in two
and a half months WOW The type of soil
is real mineralized here making it tough
on any detector. That's where this machine shines.
BIGJOHN070 from BOISE ID USA
With a little practice you will easily know a silver from a clad, and that is NO joke. I never thought it would be as distinct as it is, but it's night and day once you start to know your machine. I was considering a V3, but I am a coin shooter, and know the E-Trac is unmatched in this area.
Brian from Small Town USA
Grant from Central TN
Trent from Illinois
Eddie from Indiana
This is NOT a Plug and Play Machine
A few weeks later I saw a guy using one at a park. I was curious about how bad his results were. Interesting enough, he was digging deep and finding great targets. He said the key was learning the machine and listening carefully.
I went home and actually read the manual and did some practice runs in my backyard, burying coins at different depths to get a grasp of the sounds and graphs.
What a difference!
In the past three months I have pulled countless Mercury and Roosevelt dimes from worked out sites. The Wheaties are numbering over 100 found so far. I even pulled THREE standing Liberties from a field that I personally worked to death for a year.
The E-Trac is an incredible machine that hits coins 8 to 12 inches deep WHEN YOU KNOW the machine. If you want a great machine and are willing to learn how to maximize the results, then the E-Trac is for you. If you want a Plug and Play machine, then forget it.
Mark from Colorado