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Are You Considering a Whites XLT metal detectors?

Well, are you ready to splash out on one of the best that money can buy (In my opinion)?

When I started seriously detecting I dived straight in and bought a machine which cost me a grand (brand new) despite mild protests from my wife. After a dozen trips or so I decided that I was hooked on the hobby and longed to upgrade to the Whites XLT after hearing so much about it and having joined a club who mostly use Whites machines.

Can you imagine how difficult it was to explain to my bemused wife in February this year that I needed to upgrade to another pricey detector? To be honest she was as ‘good as gold’ about the whole thing and although she failed to understand why a relative novice who had been detecting less than six months needed a top of the range machine,she agreed to the purchase.

Half the battle of detecting is knowing that you are waving the ultimate machine over potential targets. I still go home with junk in my finds pouch and precious little to show after six hours in the field but I know that I can’t blame my machine and that any bad returns are either down to a poor choice of site or poor technique on my part. I have found some incredibly small and deep targets.

Whites Spectrum XLT

Thinking about buying another detector and have the Whites Spectrum XLT in mind?  It is a  a great machine.

There’s a lot of talk currently about weather the Minelab Explorer is better or not.  The Whites XLT is not as complicated as some make out, but be careful which programmes you put in off the net.  Depending on where you live some maybe good for coin-shooting in America but not for small hammered in the UK.

My advice is buy Bob Bailey’s book if you get the XLT, and use one of his programmes.

I think the C.Scope Newforce R1 was brought in to challenge the XLT…which it didn’t seem to do judging by the lack of R1s I see. My mate has had and R1 for a year or so, but has got himself an XLT because he wasn’t finding hammered. But I reckon that’s down to his bad luck more than the R1. I like the build quality of the R1 they are much more waterproof than XLT but also a bit heavier. It’s strange you never see any posts from R1 owners anywhere, the only makes people seem talk about are Laser/Tesoro Whites and Minelab.

The XLT and R1 are a similar weight and size.

The R1 comes with an extra 6″ coil but no rechargable battery pack as standard. The XLT comes with a recharge & alkaline pack as standard.

Dont be scared off by the people saying “its too complicated”, its really not.

Whites XLT on the beach?

A few people have mentioned that XLTs are not good for detecting on the beach.

My suggestion is if you are getting lots of signals but there is nothing there then this is probably due to sea water storing electricity like a battery and you get a signal from it. I think that’s why they say they are not up to beach detecting.  You might have better luck if you try using it on the drier sand.

I don’t bother detecting on the beach with my Whites XLT, but I know quite a few who do detect on the beach with the XLT and I believe its fine.

I think its a case of setting your machine up right, I know Bob Baileys book has 2 beach programmes in it. Set your xlt up for mineralised search conditions, air and ground balance it on the very dry sand.  Try to stay on the dry sand but if you do detect on the wet sand don’t let your search coil come into contact with it.

Although PI detectors get much more depth (but little discrimination) these are designed just for the beach.  Other than that the Minelab explorer xs is the best all rounder I have used on the beach.