The Minelab CTX3030, excluding the extra features, like GPS, waterproof, and wireless capabilities, has set a new bar for deep coin/relic ID machines. I have been having great results in hard hunted yards that I have used my other detectors.(Minelab, XP, and others). The speed of the CTX3030 is definite improvement over the E-Trac. There is almost no lag time as before. No more waiting on a visual ID.
I wanted to address some of the early complaints, because now that it is out and in the hands of users, I think the people who were complaining about this “problem” and that “issue” are realizing that crow isn’t all that bad especially when there is so much to eat. Some complained about the price, some still do. This machine isn’t for everyone. With the improvements over the E-Trac, like swing speed, a vast improvement in target separation, and the ability to identify multiple targets at once(I have proved this several times in my videos) you get the picture that a price increase over the E-Trac was in order. When you add the waterproof feature, it alone almost makes up the difference in price.
Now some are going to beat this already dead horse, saying “I can find the same things you can with a much cheaper detector”, let’s be real here. If you do have a detector that can do all of this, at half the price, that’s fine. Hold on to it, because magic wands are about as common as talking mules…and I have only known one, ok two. This is a serious detector for serious detectorist’s. If you spend more time watching tv or sleeping than you do detecting, then this probably isn’t the machine for you. Some may not be able to afford this machine, I was one of them. I found out about the machine then immediately began selling silver and gold finds that I had made to get this machine in my hands.. If I am going to detect, and spend all my free time doing it, I want to minimize missing any good targets and lessening the time spend digging junk. If I have to sacrifice a little silver here and a little gold there to accomplish that, then so be it. Again it’s a Serious Detector for Serious Detectorist’s
Weight, was another issue that had been discussed. Yes, it is on the heavier side of most detectors, but with all that this detector does while scanning a target, “wouldn’t you expect it to weigh more?”. Minelab addressed the weight problem by making an effort to balance this detector to make it more comfortable to handle and use. With the way the CTX3030 is balanced, it rides so much better in the hand it is more evenly distributed down the arm. I personally HAVE NOT noticed the fatigue in my forearm, wrist, and shoulder like I did with the E-Trac. One thing that I have noticed, is if you let it rest in your fingers and not grip it tight, it is much more comfortable. I compare it to a hunting bow, by letting it rest loosely in your hand.
Programming the machine to how you want it to operate, is a benefit that is still being realized even now. The different Target Separation settings, along with choosing your personal tones, the size of the tone bins, and your exact level of discrimination, is something most detectors lack.
Yes some detectors have some of the CTX’s features, but NONE of them, put all of those together in one detector AND still make it easy to use like Minelab has here.
Some of my friends have asked me is it better than the XP Deus or any of my other detectors. Yes, for me, and here is why. I hunt yards, old home sites, and fields that haven’t been plowed. In other words soil that has not been disturbed. I feel the FBS uses the soil(undisturbed) to help gain depth and a better target identification. I have not tested this machine in freshly plowed soil, so I don’t know how it reacts to that scenario. Don’t get me wrong the Deus is a very accomplished machine. With the Deus, and many others, the Target ID is limited to about 7-8 inches. Now by sound the Deus and others can hit some, and I say some, of the deeper targets well enough for me to be conviced to dig. I don’t have to try eek out every little morsel of detecting power, make the detector almost unstable/chattery, or trying to hold my mouth right to get the depth AND a visual ID like I can with the CTX at a Auto +3 setting( usually around 20 sensitivity). The only thing is I have dug a bag full of trash on targets past the 8 inch level with the other detectors because not enough information is given to me solely on just the sound. Some say well you ain’t doing it right or you haven’t used it enough.. that’s fine. 2 weeks of hunting with the CTX and I was finding targets at 9 to 12inches, WITH a visual ID and tone that was spot on. The CTX not only has the tones but the Target ID to back it up. Thus, I can make a better judgement call on whether to dig or not to dig. It’s ability to separate coins and relics from iron is better than even the E-Trac, which was something I thought to be impossible.
Now its not perfect, no detector is. I have problems with bottle caps, tiny bits of aluminum, some pieces of tin, and the target ID depth is off when its under 3 inches.. I also don’t like not having the ability to be taken apart quickly so it will fit in a pack. Some larger targets don’t seem to overload the machine like I think the target should, an easy remedy is to lift the coil. I really struggle to find a definite problem to write about. The only other is while in any mode and using either Ferrous coin or ground coin, silver dollar coins and some half dollar coins have differences in target cross-hair and the target trace. Which might be the machine reading the ferrous properties of the larger coins.. It’s not so much a problem, but may be something that could be used to help ID larger coins against larger trash. Larger silver coins are not abundant so it really isn’t an issue. It will still find them cause I proved that this weekend. So moving on.
The ability to change up the CTX for different types of trash and soil is definitely another plus. I did not think the wireless feature would be that useful or even something that I would use. Now that I have, it has saved me time, by being able to leave my headphones on the entire time detecting. I really enjoy not having to take my headphones off or having to unplug them to set the detector down. No it’s not a necessity, but it is another “addition” to this detector that is increasing to its list of goods, pushing it further ahead.
I have noticed an increase in older coins. For instance, Indian Head cents, Buffalo nickles, and tokens. Most of those I found, were in yards that I had really hunted hard with my other detectors. I think that the CTX is more precise at identifying targets and is the main reason for this increase. Now I’m not saying the CTX3030 will find you more IH’s and Buff’s but it definitely cleans up signals that others struggled with. Here is some of my finds since I started using the CTX.. Now I didn’t photograph all of them, but this is a majority of the coin finds. I would estimate I have hunted between 30 and 50 hours. Usually my hunts are about 3 hours long and about 3 times a week. Two days were longer. So this collection of finds, most, I would say about 70%, were found in yards that I had previously hunted rather vigorously. Now I hope this information and review helps you. I again have opened the membership up where you can comment. If you would like, you can email me by the link on the left upper middle section of this website. I would be happy to answer your questions or hear your thoughts… Thanks
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