Minelab E-TRAC Metal Detector Review

I may know what immediately comes to your mind when you hear the words Minelab E-TRAC metal detector; however it seems that most people who use this machine are highly impressed day two. Day one is a bit perplexing for some and some are hesitant on the first day. While this may sound a bit unique, this is one unique machine. Give it a day, watch the video and use the machine in the way that its design is intended and you may not ever want to use another detector again. Let’s get brutally honest with this no holds barred Minelab E-TRAC metal detector review.

Minelab E-Trac Coin Detector

Minelab E-Trac Coin Detector

Okay first things first. I know you want to rush out there and try out the Minelab without a second to spare. However, grab a drink, take a seat and watch the video first. This will jumpstart you to fully enjoying this detector and you can skip right over the part where you wonder what in the world you have for a machine. This is not for the newbie, it is a rather advanced machine. It generally pleases users who have long outgrown their basic detector and want a few bells and whistles.

Minelab E-Trac Control Box

Minelab E-Trac Control Box

This detector is modeled after the well-liked Explorer series but with a quicker processor and added features that allow you to modify it to your exact needs. While not everyone needs this type of power, if this sounds good to you, read on. As soon as you understand the Minelab’s unique features and allow them to work with you, you’re going to understand just how incredible this detector is. This baby gives out great deep signals and you may find yourself grabbing treasures that you didn’t intend on looking for. For example, on day two, since day one was my perplexed day, I set out to look for coins and ended up digging down two feet for a late 1800’s porcelain pendant. Not bad at all.

As soon as I stopped allowing this detector to intimidate me and we worked together in tandem, great things started to happen. Quite simply the Minelab E-TRAC metal detector is powerful and will go deeper than you expect. I’ve found coins in areas where I’ve searched for years before and we are talking a good seven inches deep of rough, hard ground.

I think that one of the best joys of having the Minelab E-TRAC metal detector is that everything old is new again. Every trail, every field, every forest that you’ve searched in the past is suddenly new territory. It’s like heading out on your very first day; however you get to do that while having all of your experience and knowledge. What could be better? The E-TRAC will, beyond doubt, find you enough trinkets and coins in previously searched areas to make you say that it was worth every penny.

Minelab E-Trac Smartfind Screen

Minelab E-Trac Smartfind Screen

I can’t really find many elements to improve on. Okay, one thing to possible switch up is the arm cuff, you may want to opt for something a bit more comfortable and sturdy than the plastic standard, but that is the only element I can think of. If you take a day or even a half of a day to watch the video and allow yourself to become accustomed to the Minelab E-TRAC, I don’t see how you couldn’t agree that this is as accurate as any device you’ve ever used and the depth is excellent. Final verdict for the Minelab E-TRAC metal detector review: if you are a seasoned pro and looking for something different that will open up new territory for you, check it out.

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4 Comments

  1. Minelab Tips
    Posted September 9, 2009 at 3:10 pm |

    Great review. I’ve been very interested in this detector myself. I have the Explorer SE Pro, and I think it’s a unbelievable detector. My question, what information can you pull via the USB? How is the software?

    It looks very similar to the SE… is it lighter? How is that coil compared to the stock coil with the SE?

    I’m sure this detector is awesome.

  2. admin
    Posted September 9, 2009 at 3:28 pm |

    Hi, Minelab E-Trac Xchange Software Review

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRJa5La08jE

  3. Sylvan
    Posted November 1, 2009 at 10:30 pm |

    Very interesting detector, So how deep does it detect for the size of a quater? Does it have a surface elimination mode when you are deep detecting? I like the idea of everywhere being a new site again… and the deeper the coin/relic the older it probably is.

  4. Bill Rogers
    Posted November 15, 2009 at 1:46 pm |

    Minelab E-Trac Control Box: very interesting, but could not find any specs on this machine, ie. Hz, mW, power output, etc.

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