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|Options||Teknetics G2||Whites DFX|
|Battery Type||9V||8 AA|
|Operating frequency||19 kHz.||3, 15 kHz.|
|Target ID||Numeric||191 Segment Numeric+Icons|
|Tone ID||4 Tones||1 or 191 Tones|
|Ability to change coils||Yes||Yes|
|Ground balance||Auto, Manual||Auto, Custom|
|Waterproof||Coil only||Coil only|
|Warranty||5 Years||2 Years|
|Number of Reviews|| 5
|Avg. User Rating||4.33||4.52|
|Avg. Durability Rating||4.00||4.24|
|Avg. Ease of Use Rating||4.00||3.71|
|Avg. Depth Rating|
Most helpful review for Teknetics G2G2 great detector
I been detecting for 30 years plus, used most detectors from low to high end, my main detector for field hunting was the T2, my back up detector was the G2. I took the time to learn the G2 well, working iron infested areas with great success finding old silver coins and some nice gold rings.
I find it to be a great detector in the trashiest of ground, working slowly and becoming familiar with its sounds and target ID. Is the KEY. There are detectors that go deeper, there are detectors that are built better, and there are detectors that have a great deal more electronics but, here's the facts, few if any metal detectors, are lighter, easier to set up, go's deeper on gold or silver coins with good discrimination, for around $700 dollars than G2.
If you take the time to learn it, you can compete with a lot high end detectors, when I get a good signal in iron infested ground I call my detector friends to scan there search coil with there $1500 dollar detectors over the target area and ask them what do you think? Lots of times they will say IRON !!!
I dig it sometimes there right but, many time there wrong. The other day I pulled a barber dime they checked, Iron they said, "wrong", later in the hunt a V nickel, after they checked, "Iron" wrong again, a three cent piece, three mercury dimes and silver halve dollar to which a $1500 detector didn't pick-up because it was on edge and in old cinder or coal dump area, so here's the deal, I know this isn't the best detector money can buy but, for me the G2 is-NOW- The first detector I grab on my field hunts, my love for this detector will only last as long as it produces, but for now coming from a treasure hunter who used a lot of detectors, I can't argue with success, for me the G2 is a keeper.
I make no recommendations, I'm just telling you my story. Thank you!
Fair man from Eastern US
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Most helpful review for Whites DFXNot a tough to learn as usually claimed.
I've owned the DFX for 2 years. I have several hundred hours logged with this detector and overall I'm fairly pleased with its performance. As stated in the title, the machine isn't that difficult to use. The settings are fairly self explanatory, though the toughest part of actually learning the DFX is finding clever ways to make the settings work together. Some settings impact others (ex sweep speed vs recovery speed vs filters used). This is a mixed blessing with this machine. One the one hand, you have the ability to truly customize, on the other hand it's easy to screw it up and come home empty handed. Also it takes a bit of tweaking at each site which can be time consuming as conditions change in the field. Experimentation is the best way to learn and gain experience. I've found that while there are very good books which can help you explore the DFX, it's really the conditions you personally face which will allow you to find your own best setting.
Depth: It's difficult to truly judge how deep a detector will detect, many things have to be taken into accout, but overall this machine will find 95% of the coins that are there to be found. My one dislike is that the DFX tends to break up fairly badly on deep targets, the Signagraph will also jump around. If the audio is somewhat repeatable with some bars to the right, dig the target. You might be surprised.
Pinpointing: The DFX is an outstanding pinpointer with a concentric coil provided you have ratchet pinpointing OFF. The VCO also helps to determine the depth accurately. Note that the VCO on and DC SENS up will make the detector squeal even though the target may be over 4 inches deep.
Signagraph: Helpful, but can be misleading in some instances. It wants to display iron along with a good target in highly mineralized soil. Overall, a good tool. Listen to it, use the graph as an assistant.
Discrimination: Very good, although setting discrimination with the menu can be a chore. Block edit is still confusing to get right. Small gripe but a grip nonetheless.
Dual frequency: I've found the DFX does a better job when 1 frequency is used in some conditions. Tailor the mode to the targets you intend to find. IE 3KHz coins and 15KHz in the jewelery department.
Battery life: For what this detector does, it's quite excellent.
Build and Customer Support: Second to none for both. My DFX has been used and abused. It's held up extremely well considering it's a computer on a stick. When severely abused, White's has always replaced or repaired no questions asked. Simply outstanding customer support.
GB offset - Makes significant difference on small deep targets. A setting not discussed, but a very powerful option.
Discrimination - Compared to other detectors I rank this one near the top.
Bells and whistles - if you get to know them, they can be a real advantage.
Build quality and balance.
Adjustable filter settings - you'll know what I'm talking about when you hit a trashy patch, notching the machine to 2 filters makes it quite snappy.
Backlight - Very useful
Key shortcuts - Quick adjustments
DC Phase - Good way to gauge mineralization
Susceptible to interference
Need more EEPROM slots for custom programs
Out of the box, performance is abysmal.
Inter-related settings can really increase need for ibuprofen. If in doubt, reload the program.
Very choppy on deeper targets compared to some other machines I've used.
That's about it. I hope you were able to get something out of the review. It's by no means a perfect machine, but it can come very close with a bit of practice and knowing how to tweak the controls properly. This thing is suitably deep for most hunts, this statement is also subjective.
Artur from Duluth, MN
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