White's Spectra VX3 Metal Detector - 800-0331
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- HD Color Display - with adjustable backlight
- Target ID- with coins
- 8 Turn-on-and-go Hunting Programs
- On-Board Quick Reference Guide
- Model Number: 800-0331
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White's Electronics VX3 combines the premier performance of the Spectra V3i with the turn-on-and-go simplicity of the Coinmaster line of metal detector. This top-of-the-line metal detector is as easy to use as an ATM with 8 preset hunting programs. You'll be ready to discover coins, jewelry, gold, silver and relics. Take it to the shore with a specialized beach mode.
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Then I was told that I simply had to have the latest of that line – a $2500 monster of a machine that would find anything and everything. So I bit the bullet and ordered it. The balance was better, but still not right so I then purchased the swingy thing to alleviate some of the pressure on my elbow. That was fine as long as the weather wasn't warm, but the machine just didn't work nearly as well as so many users claimed.
I had asked a local dealer about the Whites machines, after doing some research on the V3i, but the response seemed a bit more directed toward benefiting his pockets than it was providing me with a machine that would work as I wished. Frustrated, I decided to bite the bullet and ordered the V3i (with cordless headphones) online.
I sold the other two machines and still have the V3i today. Here's why:
The balance is perfect. While the machine itself is roughly the same weight as the far more expensive competitor, the Whites V3i is balanced so well that the weight isn't noticeable and I can hunt for hours at a time without using the swingy thing. That makes it much more comfortable on those hot summer days; which makes the hunt itself far more enjoyable.
The screen is amazing. It is by far the best screen of any machine currently available.
The ability to analyze targets helps me spend time digging wanted items, as opposed to digging trash.
Three frequencies help me dig all wanted items – including those items that are lower on the VDI scale (nickels, gold, etc..). (The V3i loves nickels and gold)
The cordless headphones are amazing. Light, cool, comfortable, and you don't have to worry about entangling your headphone cords on brush. You'll wonder why you ever put up with corded headphones after trying the Whites cordless headphones.
The V3i can be customized to your liking and to the current conditions – seemingly to infinity. Want to use just one frequency? You can do it with this machine. Want to give different tones so you hear wanted items more easily? You can do that. Need to work around electrical interference? You can do that. You can also adjust the machine for ground conditions. You can set the V3i to cherry pick certain items if you wish, or you can set it to accept everything (all metal accepted) while giving tones only for wanted items.
The V3i also accepts a wide variety of coils – making it easy to customize the machine for your specific hunting areas.
I love the Whites V3i. It is my favorite machine and the best machine I've ever used (I've owned 10 “medium” to “high end” machines). The V3i – in my experience – is just as deep as any of the other “really deep” machines and can be configured to give you the absolute best opportunity to find the stuff that you want to find.
I'd mention Whites legendary service, but I haven't had to make use of it (I own 3 Whites machines) even one time. If I buy another machine, it will be a Whites machine. Whites has earned my business by providing me with excellent machines that work as advertised. I have no doubt that you'll be as pleased as I am, if you give Whites a try.
If you're new to the hobby I recommend buying a Coinmaster (pro, GT), or similar detector first. There's no sense in spending $1400 to discover after a few hours that you don't like "dirt fishing". And that is pretty much what metal detecting is. It takes a lot of patience and you must have realistic expectations.
A coinmaster GT is @$350 and will provide all the power you need to decide if you want to continue in the hobby. If you don't like it after several outings the Coinmaster GT sells for over $300 on Ebay used, so you can probably recoup most of your money.
I've owned a Coinmaster Gt for a few years and I've found hundreds of coins (none particularly valuable). I've also found old various cast iron items, a civil war item(again not very valuable) and a ton of bottle caps, pulled tabs and other junk.
Part of the enjoyment for me is trying to determine what the target is before I dig, based on the information the detector is providing. If I believe it's a bottle cap, and it turns out to be, I actually get a sense of accomplishment. If you don't understand this, metal detecting may get boring very fast for you.
I've spent enough time with the Coinmaster GT to know that I truly enjoy the hobby.
But the Coinmaster GT has limitations. For example, it has only two coils available. This is fine because the GT is specifically designed for coins, and only 2 types of coils are needed for that purpose: a concentric coil for depth, and a "DD" coil to search in areas with a large amount of surface/subsurface trash (aluminum foil, pull tabs, etc.).
I bought the V3i because I want to do more than simply search for coins. There's an old, broken down barn on our property and I've found a lot of old cast iron items (plow tips, wagon parts, wrenches, etc)
I still consider myself a beginner so I will not share my limited experience.
Instead, I recommend you read the "V3i Tips Manual" which can be obtained from the White's website (go there and do a search for it). It is a collection of insights provided by very experienced, advanced users and is a must read for the V3i. I read this and the V3i owner's manual several times before ordering the V3i. So when the V3i arrived I was already familiar with the basics (turn on, ground balance, program selection, etc.).
Also, it's worth waiting for the V3i to go on sale or special before you buy. For example, I received a free "Ultimate Coil" with mine, which usually cost $175.00.
In conclusion, I have had only very positive experiences with White's detectors and customer service and highly recommend you consider purchasing the Coinmaster Gt to begin, and the V3i when it's time to upgrade.
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