As a product specialist at MetalDetector.com, one of the best parts of my job is testing out the latest equipment. I first started metal detecting back in 1989 and have had the chance to use a wide variety of equipment over the years. After reading about the success of the XP DEUS abroad, I was eager to get my hands on one. At first glance, I was impressed by the comfortable and unique wireless design. For this post, I decided to give it a try with the standard search coil on a salt water beach and an old farm site. I have hunted both of these sites many times in the past and knew what to expect from each.
With a cool fall breeze in the air and my DEUS fully charged, I decided to put the unit to the test. My first stop was one of New England’s tough salt water beaches. I arrived at low tide which I knew would give me plenty of wet salt sand to hunt. I had no problem ground balancing the detector. I selected the wet beach mode and set my discrimination level at 22. I adjusted my sensitivity to 70 and the frequency to 17.8 kHz. It did not take long before I started finding coins. The detector ran smoothly and produced crisp clear signals on targets even at 8 inches plus. My first low tone was a pull tab down 10 inches! With a few hours under my belt, I had a good number of coins, a small silver toe ring and one Gold 10K hoop earring to show for my efforts. I was impressed with how many targets I dug on a beach that is well trafficked by treasure hunters.
For my second hunt I decided to take my wireless wonder to an old farm that I have hunted many times over the years. The site contains lots of iron nails as the original barn had been destroyed by a fire. The property is strewn with rubble and small bits of metal. I set the detector to the DEUS fast mode, the discrimination to 45, the sensitivity to 82 and the frequency to 12 kHz. The detector is so light weight that I could swing it all day. As I powered up the unit and started detecting, the signals were few and far between at first. Then I got my first target! The display identified my find as a 94. I was hoping that my first target would be old silver, but it turned out to be a 1969 Washington quarter. The target was about 7 inches down and gave a very loud repeatable signal. My second find gave a lower ID of 88 and was fainter. Anxious to dig it up, I wasted no time in retrieving a 1956 wheat penny at over 10 inches.
In summary, the DEUS is versatile and handles all types of ground conditions with ease. The features on this machine are unmatched and the performance in the field is exceptional. The wireless concept has me converted; I am hooked on the new DEUS. I hope that my hunting buddies are slow to discover this exciting new metal detector.
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