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Whites Coinmaster Pro Metal Detector Review
The Whites Coinmaster Pro is my very first ever metal detector, and I am so happy with it I just had to write this review.
I've always wanted a metal detector, and I researched as far possible into my buying options, to see what was available and at what price.
As a beginner in the hobby of metal detecting, I was wary of paying over the odds for a machine that I may not have understood how to use. I still don't know the truth of what is the best value for money in terms of simplicity of use in the higher end machines, because I didn't choose to buy any of them.
There is nothing worse than paying top dollars for a metal detector, or any other machine that you are not familiar with, only to find it is too complicated for you to use.
The general consensus was the Whites Coinmaster Pro is an excellent starter detector, at a reasonable price, and with enough controls to make the whole idea of treasure hunting fun and easy.
Did they tell the truth?
Yes they did. I absolutely adore my metal detector! From the very first outing with it (in the garden), I found coins and other other metals I never knew were there.
The controls are really easy to use, and extremely accurate. The metal detector itself is lightweight and easy to carry. I couldn't have asked for more.
Specs of the Coinmaster
- Discriminates between metals.
- Has a built-in pinpointer.
- Tells you the depth of the object.
- Has a sensor control.
- Has a smart notch button.
- Has a tone ID button.
- Is lightweight.
- Has a headphone input connection.
- Automatic ground balancing (and it works!)
- Has a low battery warning.
White's Coinmaster Pro is the best entry level metal detector
Don't be put off by the term 'entry level'.
The White's Coinmaster Pro does everything you need it to do. It detects metals.
It is a discriminating metal detector.
This means that you can set it to not tell you about worthless nails, screws, bottle tops and ring-pulls.
You want to know when it has found coins, or rings, or something interesting.
Actually I think every beep is interesting!
You just don't know what is hidden below the ground until you unearth it.
But, I set the discriminator to disregard the useless stuff anyway, and set the beep tone to differentiate.
Unfortunately, ring pulls from earlier decades still show up as something worthwhile digging up, as do earlier tin cans and a variety of other useless metals. It's something to do with the aluminium content which has changed in recent years.
The Whites Coinmaster Pro also tells you the depth of the hidden metallic treasure, which is a great help.
If it's on the surface, or just below it out of sight, it says '0' depth, so you know to scrape the surface.
The readings on the machine can tell you how deep to dig, up to 6". Any greater than that and it tells you the hidden treasure is 8" or more deep.
I have found the depth readings to be accurate.
Suitable for children and adults
The Whites Coinmaster Pro is suitable for adults of over 6 feet tall, down to children of less than 4 ft tall.
There are three length adjusters built in, so you can easily set the detector to suit the height of the person using it.
I didn't realise that when it was just of the box, and connected the two ends together any which way, and set to work.
I have since learned that your arm, when holding the detector, should be straight and not bent like mine was.
I shortened the length so that my arm would be straight out when holding it.
I am 5' 1" tall, and even at its longest, I feel comfortable with it.
I have read reviews from people that are over 6' tall, who also find it a perfect fit.
I won't lie to you, spending any time with your arm outstretched while swinging a metal detector from side to side, is tiring.
Especially if, like me, you are unused to exercise.
What a work-out my body is getting with this!
The White's Coinmaster Pro is exceptionally lightweight, which is just as well else I wouldn't have been able to use it in my current physical state.
Where to go metal detecting
Whether on the beach, in a field or even in your own yard, there are sure to be hidden treasures underground.
The Whites Coinmaster Pro is water-resistant but is not advisable for using underwater, although the coil is fine in shallow water.
Metal detecting in the rain is not much fun either, because digging in mud is so much more difficult than cutting dry turf.
Every time I go out metal detecting, I find something, usually coins.
Here are today's finds - I kept the nut because they always come in useful!
On the local beach I find a lot of screws and plates belonging to boats.
It seems all metal detectors find beaches problematic, as the salts found on beaches skews their discriminating abilities.
The White's Coinmaster Pro easily handles these conditions with its built-in ground balancing.
Why cheap metal detectors are a bad idea
You can buy starter metal detectors for under $100. I cannot honestly say if they are good or bad as I haven't used them, but generally reviews are mixed.
While some people think they are great, it seems that even more people say they are simply not functional enough, and miss many coins and jewelry that better metal detectors pick up easily.
If this is your first time out metal detecting, you want a machine that will find you something - anything - so long as it is metallic.
Finding coins is so much more exciting than digging up old screws, nails and broken bits of metal.
If your metal detector cannot discriminate between the metals, or frequently misses hidden treasures, you will soon become bored and assign the metal detector to the back of a cupboard, and you will be missing out on what could be an exciting hobby that will whet your interest for years to come.
A good quality metal detector that suits your needs
If you, like me, are new to metal detecting, it is important to find a balance when buying a metal detector.
You have to weigh up the abilities of the detector itself, against the cost, and against the possibility that you find you absolutely hate metal detecting despite having just spent all that money on one.
If you buy a decent detector to start off with, the chances are that it will find hidden treasures and coins right away, which renews interest every time.
Every garden has coins underground.
Even if you bought the house new, the builders who worked on it before you moved in may have dropped the odd coin, or perhaps they were dropped long before, when the land where your house now sits was a field.
Our yard is centuries old. The earliest coin I have found so far dates from the early 1900s, but who knows what still lies there waiting to be found.
If I had found nothing, the chances are that my detector would now be languishing in the back of a cupboard.
Instead, it is in use almost daily, and I have found a new lease in life.
What is more, I cannot at this point in time see the point in changing my metal detector for a more expensive model.
The White's Coinmaster Pro metal detector seems to do everything I want it to do.
What else will you need?
A shovel is an excellent idea.
There is nothing worse than hearing those wonderful beeps that tells you there is something that could be a coin, or a valuable, underground, only to come out without a shovel to dig it up.
A sand scoop.
If you have ever tried finding a coin or a ring in sand, you will know how difficult it is.
Even with a metal detector pointing you in the general area, sand has a habit of mixing with other sand very quickly, making isolation of the 'beeping' sand difficult.
Use a sand scoop with holes in it. The metal detector will tell you that the metal object is among the sand in the scoop, then just shake it so that the sand falls out, leaving the object behind.
How to use a Whites Coinmaster Pro
You will need 2 heavy duty 9v batteries to power it. Many sellers include the batteries with the metal detector, but if not, they are not expensive to buy.
These batteries are supposed to last for 20 hours, but mine seem to have lasted much longer so far. Then again, I usually only go out for an hour or two at a time, so maybe I have not yet been detecting for as long as 20 hours.
Update to this, change the batteries fairly regularly, as the Coinmaster works best with fresh batteries.
Place the batteries in their slot, and press on the On button.
You will then see this screen.
Whites Coinmaster Pro is American made, so the coins are shown in US cents, no matter where in the world you are.
I bought mine in the UK.
Here is a close up of the screen.
You will see the various metals and coins shown along the top of the screen, and the machine picks one when it finds a metal.
You can set the discriminator up or down to disregard certain undesirable metals like nails, foils and ring pulls.
As some kinds of rings are also in this group, you can press the Smart Notch button to include them back in.
You will see a Tone ID button. It is useful to press this, as you then hear 3 different tones depending on the type of metal found.
When you are walking and swinging, you don't want to have to look at the screen all the time. Instead, just look at it when the tone tells you that something interesting may be there.
At the bottom left of the screen is a depth indicator. This is an extremely useful function.
To the right is the sensor which you can easily adjust up and down as conditions require. The higher the setting, the greater not just the depths, but the horizontal distance at which the detector will beep to let you know it has found metals.
To the side of the control box is an input for headphones, so that you may metal detect without disturbing others.
You will no doubt play about with the controls, as I have done, to find the levels best for you or your environment.
To use the Coinmaster Pro, you just swing it gently from side to side in front of you as you walk. Try to keep the coil about 2" above the ground at all times, and be very careful at the end of each swing not to raise it higher, else you may miss some exciting hidden treasure.
The coil has a powerful magnet inside it that is motion activated.
What you want is to hear a high-pitched beep as you swing in one direction, with an accompanying beep when swung the other way.
Repeat the swinging action slowly until you have located the rough area where the metal is.
Then press the pinpoint button, and you will hear a loud, steady tone over the exact point where the metal is.
If you look at the photo here of the coil, you will see an outer circle and an inner circle.
The metal will be right under that middle circle.
Before you dig, you might want to mark your spot, then repeat your search at a 45° angle from your first position. This ensures you don't have a wasted dig, but it could also mean that the coin (if it is a coin) a lying at an awkward angle and can only be detected from the first position.
Whites Coinmaster Pro Instructional Video from the makers
Choose a Whites Coinmaster Pro
I hope you have enjoyed this review, and If you would like to take up metal detecting as hobby, or would like to gift a metal detector to someone else, you can't go far wrong with a Whites Coinmaster Pro.
Retailing at less than $300, it comes from one of the top names in the metal detecting world, and you are almost guaranteed to find something interesting every trip out.
Just remember to check the local laws and regulations in your area before you go out digging things up, and acquire permissions where necessary.
Welcome the wonderful world of the metal detectorist.
Below is a photo of everything I have found so far, and remember I am still on my first set of 9v batteries!