I have rated the Bounty Hunter TK4 Tracker IV as one of the better metal detectors for beginners to get introduced to the world of metal detecting and treasure hunting. I am a little conflicted though as I feel that both the Garrett ACE 150 and the Fisher F2 metal detectors are better overall machines for someone who might want to get started with metal detecting. So you are probably wondering why I would rate the TK4 Tracker in first place?
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Many people will tell you that the Minelab GPX5000 is in a league of it’s own. It is a great metal detector and is well suited to professional treasure hunters as it is easily customizable and is excellent at detecting in almost any type of condition. The main drawbacks for the GPX5000 is that it costs over $5,000 and all the customization options can be difficult for newcomers to come to grips with. Overall I rated it 2nd in my best metal detector reviews simply because the Garrett ATX is so much cheaper than the Minelab GPX5000 and for most people it will find just as many gold targets.
The thing I like most about the Minelab E-TRAC is the tone outputs that it outputs. On numerous occasions I have been able to identify a target simply by the tone that is outputted. Some people actually find all the different tones hard to handle and rate it as difficult to understand and therefore a poor detector. I don’t really agree with that statement and think that with enough time you will learn to love the different tones and you will become a far more proficient treasure hunter as a result.
The Garrett Ace 150 metal detector gets 2nd place in our best metal detectors list for the beginner category. It is more expensive than the Bounty Hunter TK4, but it also offers a few additional features and even has a great starter pack containing DVDs which are included in the Ace 150 bundle.