I see some people who get a new metal detector, use it for a few months and then they have another one. Some people just seem to want to try everything and get their hands on them all. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this and please don’t think I am judging people who do this. Just like a relationship though, the longer you’re in it the more you learn someone and your metal detector is no different. You might have a great understanding of your metal detector after a month but if you look back a year later on that first month I am sure you will quickly see just how much better you got to know your metal detector.
I had a minelab E-trac for about 6 years. Not only did I learn a little more and understand it a little better each month but also each year. When you have several years with the same detector, it’s amazing just how well you will understand it. Have you ever met someone who’s been in the hobby for years and they are using a single tone, no visual display or depth gauge and they are making amazing finds? It’s not that the old technology has anything over current, rather they know their metal detector much better than someone who’s been using their detector for a relatively short time compared to that person who’s had years of experience running that same detector.
I remember the first few months I was really struggling with iron. Some days I would go out and the detector ran perfect. Other days I was digging a lot of iron that sounded like silver. It took me time to learn volume gain and how it affected the E-trac. I would say every month for at least the first few years I got better with iffy signals and that only comes with time.
At the time I was using the E-trac I was also a dealer. I could take people out for a few hours and teach them to use the E-trac. With so many people writing and doing videos on every metal detector possible it’s easier than ever to understand your metal detector but some things you can only learn by getting out detecting and getting the experience learning what your detector is telling you.
After sharing all that with you I also think there are times when it’s time to buy something else. No one more than me believes you should give your detector a chance and get a lot of time in on it before you even consider a different model but sometimes it happens. I have had two machines in my life that I absolutely didn’t like and one of those was the Teknetics T2.
If you own a T2, a fan of Teknetics please hear me out before you get upset. I know the T2 is a great metal detector. So many people out there love that metal detector and some incredible finds have been made with the T2 over the years. My problem was we just didn’t speak the same language. I tried, I wanted it to be my Visual display detector but we just didn’t get along. The person I traded it to was making good finds with it in a matter of minutes, it just wasn’t for me. If you go back through the blog I had planned on writing about it as I went along and doing a review. It never happened because I just never understood it well enough. Sometimes you have to move on and know when to move on.
Years ago when I first got into metal detecting I was using a very popular metal detector, again, many people were posting great finds with it. I had that machine for years and we never got along. I really wish I would have got rid of it years earlier and moved on because even after years of use I never connected with that metal detector. It’s not the detectors fault I just didn’t understand its language.
I might have gave up on the Teknetics T2 to soon but I would rather do that then go years trying to learn one like I had in the past. Even if it’s a popular machine that everyone else seems to learn it easily don’t let that keep you beating your head against a wall trying to understand a metal detector that you’re just not understanding. If you’ve watched videos, put several hours on it and done everything you know and you’re still having trouble, it’s time to move on!