Minelab Xterra 705Price: $900
Based on 17 reviews
Avg. Durability: 5.00
Avg. Ease of use: 5.00
Best all around detector!
I was skeptical but the difference is night and day on the middle and lower frequencies vs other units I've had like the V3i, Omega, F2, Eurotek Pro, Delta. Light weight, many coils, many tones, simple but valuable options, and high build quality. What else do you need?
I no longer feel the itch to upgrade. Buried depth: 7" quarter, 24 sens, 6" 18.75khz coil 8" quarter, 24 sens, stock 7.5khz coil 10" quarter 24 sens, 10.5" 7.5khz coil 12" quarter 24 sens, 15" 3khz coil.
Ease of Use
Would you recommend this to a new user? Yes, absolutely!
Craig from Columbia
Can't beat the x-terra 705
It will do some pretty amazing things to find your good targets if you learn your detector and dig all those iffy signals you are not sure about until you learn what it is telling you. Any person that has bought one and then resold it to buy another detector because they say it is no better than a cheap detector is lacking in patience and they are expecting what no detector can do.
If you want a detector that will keep up with the top dogs with finding gold nuggets (VLF detectors) and also one that will keep up with the higher end coin detectors, then this 705 is the detector you want. It is a detector, that once you learn it well, you will never want to part with it. Its that good.
Reese Townes from Montana
I've been detecting since 1972 and was proud to own the 705.. .. however the "aha moment" never arrived. In discriminate mode it was no better than my Ace 250, depth or target ID.
Although my Ace has the 5x8 dd coil shouldn't a $729 detector beat a $279 unit? Some may say "run the 705 in all metal with 2 tones" Yea it will go deeper then but who wants to run all metal with bouncing tones and numbers? Very tiring on the eyes.
Sent the 705 back and will stay with my Ace 250 until I decide. Perhaps the Tesoro Outlaw?
Minelab club? I quit.
Rick from Osage City, Kansas
Review x terra 705
The general advice I received from the club was buy second-hand for your first machine and a really good starter machine is the Laser Hawkeye.
However, I liked the X Terra as I thought was a machine that I could grow into and it seemed quite modern in terms of its digital approach with pre-set discrimination patterns, numerical readings for types of metal and many automatic features such as ground balancing and noise cancel. Yes I'm a sucker for gadgets in cars as well.
I struggled between buying the 505 and the 705 and in the end I bought the 705.
What have I learnt?
It's not as simple machine as I thought and as I'm getting used to it. Also the numbers from targets can jump around, but if you get lost you can reset and just use the pre-set patterns. Nonetheless, the Minelab site is fabulous and you tube with Kevin Hoagland has fantastic tutorials.
Buy a good small shovel, I've broken several tools over the last 3 weeks! And in the end the Screwfix Roughneck Micro Shaft Round Point Shovel did the trick within budget.
Err it's a very, very muddy hobby, the mud gets everywhere and I am in danger scratching the control box. Must get a cover for it ASAP, but mustn't let wife know, she may not be too happy if I spend any more money! Why doesn't Minelab supply one as standard?
I have had the machine for three weeks and dug lots of holes in my garden, it's a learning curve and I now hate aluminium foil with a vengeance. Also, I never knew there was so much iron in the ground, its everywhere, even in stones! However, the discrimination patterns are brilliant on the 705 and once you set them the machine goes silent as you go over iron so you know its there if you feel like you want to dig you can.
On our first proper outing this weekend my son and I were kindly allowed by a local small-holder to detect on their land. ~ Initially we did everything with all metal, in the pig area, we didn't miss one lump of iron or iron ore and are a bit smellier to boot, but we had fun. Then as the afternoon caught up with us we became ruthless, set the discrimination pattern on 2 and bingo, Small hammered silver medieval coin, then an 18th Century crotal bell and then a corroded copper penny and they ranged from 3 to 8 inches down.
Once you do your research and learning it a brilliant machine, it clearly finds stuff. But one thing I have struggled with is pinpointing, I dig where it tells me to and the target may be a few inches away and I don't want to do damage to the people who have let me use their land. However, in hindsight with my limited budget I now know I needed a good pinpointer such as the Garret and with what I now know I might have gone for the 505 with a separate pinpointer.
However, everyone in the family knows what's on my Christmas list and after my first outing I have learned lots of stuff about crotal bells, I have also spent the weekend researching silver hammered coins and just emailed photos of my very proud find to the finds liaison officer. What a brilliant weekend, thank you Minelab.
Fenland Sapniel from Huntingdon, England
Just old dirt from Utah
The Three frequencies That are changed by the search coils and all of the different coils available provide even more specializing of the MD to the given conditions of whatever site you are detecting at any given time. The Coils are not Cheap, but then you are not buying them Daily. Minelabs Site and Tutorial videos are very helpful, as is the E-Book by Randy(Digger) Horton... Mine has never Chattered or shown a false target, if its shows a target there is one under the coil somewhere. The two mode pinpointing having a sizing Mode option is a big plus. The more I use and learn this MD the more I like it. I think you would have to pay a "Lot More" just to get a Little More MD than the Minelab 705!!!!
Vanstheman3 from Lake Dallas, Texas
With everything adjustable, and with it's automatic options, anyone can get going with it in short order. The free e-book written by Randy Horton, "Understanding Your X-Terra" is available on the MineLab website, and will help cut the learning curve an incredible amount.
The ability to change frequencies by swapping coils allows you to tailor your machine to the conditions and targets that you're seeking. The HF coil (18.75kHz) is excellent in highly mineralized soil, and will find small gold and fine jewelery easily. The LF coil (3kHz) is a coin and relic killer, that has produced Mercury head dimes (at) 10" for me in moderate soil conditions. Unless you go with the "Gold Pack", it comes stock with the MF coil (7.5kHz), which is a good all around coil, making it a good one for first visits to new sites where soil conditions are unknown.
It has All Metal, Coin and Relic, Prospector, and Beach modes. In coin and beach modes, you have the ability to discriminate, and in prospector mode, you have adjustable Iron Mask.
In all metal and coin modes, I usually run multi tones. In those modes, each of the 28 target segments have their own tone. Of course, you can also choose to run fewer tones if it suits you.
Ground balancing can be done either manually or automatically. And there is a tracking option, which is times faster and more accurate than manual adjustment. If your soil conditions vary within the area being hunted, the tracking feature is invaluable. However, in Beach mode it is not recommended
The 705 also has a Ground Balance Offset option, which you may find handy once you have learned the machine and have an understanding of what it can do for you.
Noise Cancel Channel can also be done manually or automatically. With five channels to choose from, detecting around EMI emitters or other detectors isn't usually a problem.
To this point, the only beef that I have, is that MineLab has yet to turn loose a 3kHz DD coil. When one becomes available, I'll be on it like stink!
To sum it all up....I'll ALWAYS have an X-Terra in the stable. It's too good to ever part with, regardless of whatever other specialty machine I may have.
Rick from Mid Michigan
A five star machine
The main reasons that it is very straight forward to operate and it is light!!! You can go for ten hours straight no problem.
I have used it for three months now and am extremely happy. Going through the setting couldn't be easier, and even in the field you can navigate throught the menu in seconds. It goes very deep, and the target ID is spot on.
They told me battery life is around ten hours - I disagree I get way more out of it. They seem to last forever. It has a backlit screen which is great in winter time when it gets dark only. Pity it's not dimmeable it's quite bright.
Pinpointing is quite accurate - although I must say the cibola was slightly better with pinpointing - but maybe it's just down to practice. Ground balancing is also very easy. Just find a spot with no signal and bob it up and down about a dozen times - it beeps to tell you you're done. You then activate ground tracking so it stays balanced.
The other great thing is the multi tone ID. I just use four - but it means I can leave it on all metal at all times. Iron gives a very low beep which is not at all annoying. There are lots of other features but I haven't had the need to use them. The only very minor gripe I have about this detector is that when you hold it, it feels slightly out of balance (compared to the cibola anyway) but like I said it's only a very minor issue and it could be just me!
I've got the stock coil 7. 5hz 9" and just ordered a high frequency coil. But the stock coil finds it all - including cut hammered coins. I think for me it's the perfect detector. There's probably better ones out there, but you'll need a college degree to operate them - this thing is easy, light, and not too pricey. Try it and I guarantee you won't be disappointed!!
John from EU
MineLab X-Terra 705
I have to say that this detector works very well.
It is one of the best that I have used, are there others that are good also? Yes of course. I am not going to say that this is the only one that detects well .
The detector is easy to learn and to use. Once you learn how to set it up you will be finding coins and relics at really good depth.
You have factory settings that do work well and will get you up and going in just a few minutes. And if you have detected before then you will have no problems getting started.
The way the machine is made you can tune it to just about what ever you want. The noise canceling works great, if your around other machines or power lines then this will take it out like it was never there.
And if you do this you can run the sensitivity up to or around 30. There is just too much to put here that you can tune on this machine. But you will be finding items that you will need a shovel to dig up as they will be that deep.
The auto ground balance works just as well or better than the manual balance. You can do either but there is no reason to do so.
After four months of use the one thing that really surprised me was finding a half dollar at 14 inches. Now I will say this is not the norm but if you are in good soil then you will have finds that will really surprise you at the depth you find them at.
Relics, well buckle size and up you will get at 20 inches or more. Bullets you will find at 10 and up depending on the soil you are hunting in and this was using the stock 7.5 Khz coil.
And if you get the gold coil you will find gold, and it does just like it says. We tested it in Alaska and did just fine.
You can spend a whole lot more money on other brands or models of detectors but you will not get a better detector by doing so.
I really like my Tesoro detectors and use them just as much but I am sold on the Minelab 705. They put a very powerful detector in a package that the ones of us that work for a living can afford!
The only downside that I do not like is having to buy the coils to get the frequency that you want. To me they should have made it to were you could change the frequency on the machine and use the same coils. Not having the coil set the frequency. And so far you can not use aftermarket coils as the coil has to have the chip in it to work with the control box.
As of now I see one company working on this issue and is getting ready to sell their coils.
But these are the only things that I have found that I did not care for.
I hope this review helps some here and I will add that you can find one now as they could not keep up with sales and that they have worked out all there issues with support.
I needed help on an item and they did all that could be done to get me fixed up and they did it quickly.
Rock Digger from Marshfield Mo. , U.S.A
X-Terra 705 10.5 DD 7.5 Coil combo Rocks
Digme from NY