Whites DFXPrice: $1000
Based on 96 reviews
Avg. Durability: 4.24
Avg. Ease of use: 3.71
A versatile machine
Peter Watson from Wales. U.k.
Excellent machine! Having a great time with it!!
We then decided to go to the beach and try. We camped a couple days at Tybee Island and found several coins (again all new but still fun) and some deeper then about 10". But the exciting thing was when we found a pair of earings ... they were about 4 feet apart and we had picked some trash and a couple pennys between them but we actually found both! They were studs with about a carat sized stone so we were excited. They turned out to be QZ's set in silver so they are not real valuable but they are pretty and my wife likes them. What I like is that finding them proves to me that we can find good stuff even as newbee's ;)
With this machine I can turn on and go with the pre-set programs and start having a good time right off the bat and at the same time, as we go, we can learn all the advanced features that will allow us to be able to use this detector in just about every detecting environment we come across.
Also there is a great and very helpful and active users forum at http://www.dfxonly.com (not affiliated with Whites ... just DFX users sharing experiences and tips) If you are thinking of buying one check out this forum, every one is real friendly and can probably answer any questions you might have from a users perspective.
Hope this helps. My wife and I are having a good time with this hobby. The DFX allows us to turn on and go and also allows me, being the tinkerer that I tend to be, to learn and fidget with all the different adjustment that makes this machine so flexable. Hope you have a good time with it too!
Danny & Maris from GA
White's DFX - Seasoned But Not An Expert User
Best of Luck!
Dwayne Newman from Columbus,OH
NO TO DFX
NO TO DFX from Virginia
A great detector with learning curve, that is easy to learn
I just purchased the whites DFX and I have to say I'm really impressed with it. The very first find was a quarter about 6 inches deep, it read quarter on the mach. and that's what it was, and has done the same for many other finds also. As far as depth, I found a old wheat at 12 plus inches.
I am really satisfied with all that this machine has done so far. I will admit some of the settings can get confusing, but the radio shack guy , like everyone else, needs to simply read and learn to understand the settings. I have, and it has become second nature to make quick changes for certain readings or ground changes
I find this to be one great detector. There are a lot of high dollar detectors on the market that are probably good quality machines. I decided on a White's DFX by all the reviews and field tests I read, and I had a Whites coinmaster that was a great machine, so that had a influence on my decision as well.
The bottom line is this no matter what machine you purchase, you must learn it all. Detectors today have got screen displays and preloaded programs and customs programs, so all i can say is "learn your machine" even though it sounds like the learning curve is way over your head. This machine makes detecting fun and more interesting and more challenging than ever. You will love it.
Wayne from Illinois
Good Luck if you decide to buy one.
Maynard from North Dakota
Paid for itself in 3 months
Vern2sjc from Orange County Calif
Mark Tims from NE Texas
Complicated, But Effective
I had an Explorer xs that I used for over 500 hours and made many outstanding finds with, so the computer menu was not going to intimidate me. I was wrong, making field adjustments with the dfx was timely, way too many adjustments, some I hadn't ever heard of. But, I turned the rig on and within two minutes of starting, I had a 44 year old 10k class ring. How did I do it? I really don't know. I was in the factory coin and jewelery program with the ac gain bumped up. 6 to 7 inches deep with a nail over it.
Second time out, I go to my neighbors 165 year old house that I have hunted up down and every which way. I tried the factory hi pro eeprom program and within five or ten minutes, I get an 80 vdi at 7 to eight inches. First target out of the ground is a square nail at 4 inches. I rescan the hole and targer is still there. I dig with my hand and out pops an Indian Head(1872 and the best dug IH ever) worth 200 to 300 dollars.
Third time out at a large park that I have hunted hard. Too much trash to hunt, so I hunt in the eeprom hi trash mode. I found 18 or 20 coins including a couple of wheaties and I am about ready to quit when I get a nickle reading at 6 inches on the side of a steep hill. A bent, beat up three legged Buffalo.
Three hunts, three outstanding finds. I just don't feel comfortable with this detector. I have not dug so many pull tabs that ID as coins since my early days of detecting. It gets you so frustrated and then it will reward you with a nice find. Maybe, it's me, but this detector is like a beautiful woman, it's hard to give up on. I do wish the adjustments could be made quicker and some of the adjustments that most people will never use or understand would be eliminated.
R.L. Johnson from NE Ohio
More hype than substance
Borrow, steal, or rent the machine you hope to purchase, before you do, and try it in a known coin garden. If the machine dosn't work in a planted garden, why would it work in the field?
In this case, the DFX has not been able to find 9 coins, 4 clad at eight inches, and 4 more at six. Quarters, nickels, dimes, and pennies in that order. Except with one wheatie for giggles at six.
The soil in my test garden is clayish, and clean of iron. So, if a $99 radio shack knows where the coins are (doesn't know what though), then the DFX should at ten times the price right??? Errrrr, uh,, nope!!!!!
The $99 Radio Shack doesn't need to be tweeked, or a favorite program loaded.. Time spent farting around with programs could better be spent finding old coins with a good machine. And no, I am not trying to sell Rad Shack stuff either. But, that model that was on clearance for the past year outperforms the DFX , and also the more expensive Rad Shack models, and a couple from Fisher as well in my garden .
Leave the DFX to those who also like the Whites Bullseye pinpointer.. Another cute little black box that doesn't work too well either. They should give one away to every sucker who buys a DFX. ALSO,, TELL WHITES TO KEEP THEIR 14" DD Eclipse coil. It doens't work, and is not stable.. SEE HOW MANY HAVE SOLD ALREADY ON EBAY??? Proof for you.. If the "new" coil and DFX are so great, why are they being sold in such numbers??? Caveat Emptor. Also, Whites should tripple the warranty cause it may take that long to learn how to use the DFX effectively
Screwed again from USA