Very happy with the BeachHunter 300
Tony_ in Perth, Australia – Rating of 4.5/5
Well if first impressions count for anything then I am very happy with the BeachHunter 300. I have only had it a short time but it has passed my testing so far. I am a 99% water hunter so I did my research on a detector that would complement my current machines of one PI and a TR unit. Anyhow, back to the BeachHunter and my initial observations;
1. The BeachHunter feels really solid. I like the build quality. Everything is tight and wobble free
2. Nice and simple operation, great for beginners and experienced users alike
3. The overall performance (in and out of water) is excellent. By “excellent”, I mean getting good targets at depth through “clean” audio hits. The audio is decisive and doesn’t leave any doubt as to whether it needs digging or not.
4. I like the ID lights. Red = Don’t dig, Yellow and Green/Blue = Dig
5. All Metal punches plenty deep enough for me. It is quite a bit deeper than DISC. Use the ID lights in AM to confirm your target !!
6. The coil is a great size (12”). No buoyancy problems to speak of although I have added a small rubber coil weight
7. DISC is accurate if you have the Sensitivity and ground balance properly set. Resist the temptation to advance the SENS setting too much as it will be counter-productive
8. I had no problems with falsing. Again, set the SENS for your environment. Sure I can make the detector false……just by having the GB out of whack and/or dialling in too much SENS. Your ears (and the lights) will tell you
9. Ground Balancing is easy, although it is only a “1 turn control”, it can cater for some reasonable amounts of black sand. If your local hunt area has serious black sand problems then research should tell you that the BeachHunter is probably not for you.
10. Make sure the holes on the metal clip on the battery door are fully seated on BOTH plastic lugs on the detector body. This will ensure a proper watertight seal.
11. Audio is a tad loud through the headphones. I have added some small sections of rubber into the earpads to cut down on the volume output
12. My AM/DISC toggle switch isn’t too loose and doesn’t snap back from AM to the centre position that easily.
13. Do take the time to regularly submerge the (or any) unit in a tub of water (especially after swapping out batteries). Look for any small rising bubbles. I do this before every water hunt. It only takes a few minutes and assures you whether the detector is fit for its intended job
14. The new model BeachHunter 300 appears to have solved the problems that the earlier model BeachHunter had. The problems were confined to a faulty black gasket and a coil prone to floating/pushing upwards when submerged…(the new models have the red/orange coloured gasket)
15. That is about it for now. Yes, it’s early days, but for now, I anticipate that the BeachHunter 300 will be with me for some time to come. Do your research on what machine you are after and what features you are after. I know I have made the right choice.
HH, Tony_ Perth, Australia