The Minelab X-Terra 305 is the entry model metal detector by Minelab, although if you attach a decent DD coil on the end of it you will find that it is better than almost any other entry model out there. Minelab metal detectors are notoriously expensive, but they are also extremely well respected in the industry and have a wide range of different coils that can be used for different conditions.
Minelab X-Terra 305 Appearance
The X-Terra 305 is red in color and with black trims and a black arm rest/attachment. It is supposed to be waterproof to 1 meter, but I haven’t read that anywhere within the instruction manual, so I’m not game to try it out.
The display is VERY clear and is honestly one of the best things about this device. There is just no missing what is going on, and the controls are very simple yet effective for a Minelab device.
Dimensions & Warranty
One of the best things about buying a Minelab metal detector is that they offer a 3 year manufacturers warranty.
- Length: 56″(1.42m)
- Weight: 1.3kgs
- Warranty: 3 Years
X-Terra 305 Price
The Minelab X-Terra 305 can be bought for around $400
- The standard search coil
Does not include:
I like to look at Amazon ratings to determine what everyone else thinks of a metal detector to give a fair comparison to my own thoughts and opinions. I find that people on Amazon generally give some really insightful comments/feedback and they tend to rate detectors fairly accurately.
Minelab X-Terra 305 Amazon Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
X-Terra 305 Top Features
- True Digital VFLEX technology – Change frequency by changing coils
- Compatible 7kHz and 18.75kHz coils
- Ground Balance with manual adjustment of 0-20
- Two preset patterns
- Choice of one, two or three tone ID’s
- Threshold adjustment, with a range of -5 to 25
- Noise Cancel function
- Rapid recovery Pinpoint with variable tone and graphical indicator.
- Target Volume adjust (0-10)
- Depth indicator
- LCD display
- Batteries: 4 x AA batteries
Videos of the Minelab X-Terra 305
The video below shows all the standard functions accessible via the display panel. If you have used a Minelab metal detector before then this is nothing new to you, but if you haven’t, and you want to get started with Minelab detectors – then watching this video might be a good idea.
My Final Verdict with the 305
This is a good metal detector for people either just starting out with metal detecting as a hobby or even people who want to get started with their first Minelab. I personally don’t like the standard coil that it comes with, but the beauty of Minelab metal detectors is that there are plenty of different coils available to you for all sorts of different conditions.
Overall for the price I think it is a little expensive for a first timer (so if you are a first timer, perhaps try the Garrett Ace 150 or the Bounty Hunter TK4), but if you have been detecting for a while and are sure you like the hobby, then this is going to serve you well. Particularly if you have aspirations of getting into the higher end Minelab gear sometime in the future.