Before I get to the Teknetics T2se, let me begin by starting with a little bit of metal detecting indulgence;

Here is my “cynical” take, on my hobby…

What a strange world we live in, I dig holes for a living, I dig holes for myself by opening my mouth -[I never seem to stop doing that]- I dig holes for anything and everything then I go and dig holes for a hobby, I never complain when I’m at work about the weather, come the sun, rain, wind, hail, sleet or snow nothing leaves my lips, I solder on like a “right little trooper” but when its playtime… oh that’s a different matter…IMG_7328

I suppose even when it’s playtime I never really complain, no matter what the vagaries of the English weather throws at you, especially when you get a run of scorching hot weather its nice to be out in the sunshine, doing something that is enjoyable, but & this is the “but” when the blessed ground is “so” rock hard & trying to dig a tiny bit at a time only succeeds in jarring the bones, and testing the limits of your patience, then and only then do I question my sanity….IMG_7334
Trying to get into this solid ground using the fork or heavens for-bid you’re trying to use a spade, then sometimes its a case of – “mind the speed the digging tool your using comes back towards your head” – as the spade & very often the fork, comes back at you, after bouncing off the rock hard and unforgiving ground…

 

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before we set off

Because of this solid ground, sometimes that good signal turns to deep dread, but then, as you start to peck away at this devils crust, the dread disappears & without a thought, your brain has switched into “a good signal mode” and the seven dwarfs theme tune is now playing in the back  of your mind, then after digging down an inch at a time, & when finally, a cracked and parched field gives you a glimmer of hope as you prise that lump of hard granite, that’s pretending to be soil out of the ground then the signal disappears, aghhhhh – noooo your mind screams a thousand curses, as you, then spend another few frantic minutes looking for it, there-there it is, still in the hole, now your scared that one mistake will make that signal disappear again, your digging now slows down as you purposely hunt that bloody signal, you go down slowly, your slow pace is on purpose now, you have a reason for slowing down, and not because the ground is so hard, as you travel further down to find that elusive signal, its moved again as its a broken signal now, don’t panic, gently-gently – polie-polie, then gingerly removing a handful of soil, its there, got it, its out of the hole, and in your hand, elation dwindles faster than the winning numbers on a lottery ticket, another gun cap… ah well check the hole & onto the next one…
So what happens when the ground is sodden wet, well that’s a different story… you revert back to the “best of the best”  I believe most dedicated Metal Detecting, digging equipment would not pass this kind of product testing… the three stages of testing consist of… 1… this is the easy one near the handle… with the second stage in the middle of the handle & the shaft is still not flexing… whilst the third passes with flying colours after having sixteen “plus” stone hanging on the end, with the feet off the floor – I’m super impressed….


If you read the T2 manual, before you start, this will help you understand the detector better, and give a clear picture of its ease of operation with plenty of helpful tips….


So when did a hankering for a new detector begin…

Or more to the point how did it begin, well sometime in 2015, is the answer to that, I mentioned to the females of my clan, that I was considering purchasing a new metal detector, as my existing detector was deep on open flat ground and I had no problems with trusting the machine, although never deep as a metal detector goes! or so I was reliably informed, but my Tesoro Eldorado had served and still serves me well, the depth I am reliably informed is what I need to find the good stuff…

Well so be it, depth and the good stuff, might meld together, but this is not the real reason i was looking around to purchase a new deeper detector, the main and only reason for it to be deep as it was intended mainly for grass areas, notably pastures, and other bits of rough ground, but it also had to be stable in iron infested sites, the Eldorado just loves to play in these areas whilst repaying my patience with little trinkets and gifts, such as this Hawks Beak, as I was digging this little beauty out I was picking out bits of rusted flakes and an iron nail, but to say I could have guessed what this was “never in a million years” springs to mind, with two “silvered brass studs” for attaching to the material, which alerted me to its presence, along with other bits of Roman that day…

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So where does all this lead to the Teknektics  T2, well as I said before, I was mulling over the idea of a deeper machine for the areas i thought my existing detector struggled with, I was still not a hundred per cent certain on the metal detector I wanted, do I go for the G2, Fisher F75, or even the Teknectics T2se…

That was all decided for me on my reaching of a certain age birthday, after opening my birthday presents I was then driven off to have breakfast at a well-known carvery, upon my return somehow [sneaky women] a new pile of prezzies appeared and there was a T2se amongst the new gifts, well dogs and two tails spring to mind, after the grand opening, I was left to my own devices to go and play with my new toy…

maud 2As you can see on the right there is Maud, a sweetheart brooch, my first day out with the T2se, and after an hour this popped out, this field has not been ploughed for ten or more years and has been detected to death, and appeared to be a worked out-field, so when this and some other bits and pieces came up i was quietly pleased, I do feel sad for the person who loses a personal item, but in the same breath I’m pleased that I have rescued it, and saved it from certain destruction, either by plough or even worse the curse of the builders….

More rust showing through the “tone” holes
side view of a very nice crotal bell…

The T2 reacts with a positive tone even on the smallest sliver of silver & therefore loves the hammered coins, these are found at a very good depth & I would say the T2 would easily hold its own with any multi-frequency machine, the T2 loves wandering around the iron fields where the Romans have lived, worked or played, whereas many machines, especially the multi tones fail… so far I have always kept the Tesoro’s for roman sites, but  the T2 is proving its worth, with ease of use and still coming up with the goodies…

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Settings…. what settings do I use, note the words “do I use” I am not that pompous to assume this is the best settings “but”… read on, and find out “why & what” I think I have discovered, “well” you see settings are never pre-set you always have to alter a setting for a particular field, with the T2’s “fast grab” or manual ground balance, out of the two I prefer to manual ground balance {mgb} ~ you see I have always been a firm believer in “less is more” especially where the discrimination level is set too, after about eighteen months I have arrived at these settings not just by burying things in the garden [i do have my own test bed-(or I did, but more on that later) With me playing around & carrying out some homegrown testing, with a little bit of guesswork thrown into the mix earlier on, plus oodles of hours out in the different fields, the numbers I use out there in the field has produced some impressive finds with decent depth…

Before we get into the numbers and what I use, a cautionary tale on a rule of thumb must be applied here, an old saying amongst the older generation of metal detectorists is “more is less”… why ? well, any metal detector needs to be able to see its target if your sensitivity is set to high, then the mineralization in the ground either blocks out the conductivity of non-ferrous metals, or the mineralization blurs the strength of the signal, so I always keep my sensitivity down…

Here are some Numbers depending on the ground condition, i use anything from 75 upwards to maybe 90+ if I can get away with it on the sensitivity,  5 discrimination and 2+ on the setting…

Or alternatively, and I find this better on the more contaminated sites because you get less target masking – sensitivity – 65 / 80 – discrimination – 8-12 & again the setting on 2+, or if you want to experiment and dig the occasional larger piece of iron, try the 1+ by selecting the 1+ instead of 2+, in  effect you are removing the low tone, but if you have patience try it, as it does seem to produce some smaller items, buried amongst the iron, also don’t forget no matter what the setting you are using, some of the deeper targets will or might give an audio but nothing on the display, the thing I find strange if the target is reading iron, then it is iron, no matter what the tone sounds like… just remember dig everything over number 40, but if the target is erratic and jumps all over the place, its a certain bet it is iron at depth, especially if it corresponds with a low grunt, but if it is accompanied with a high tone then it is worth investigating…it is also worth remembering that a low grunt at one end of a sweep with a high tone at the other end is worth an investigation, as the target separation might be compromised, by an iron ferrous overload, with a non-ferrous target amongst the iron… any high numbers means you dig even if they are all over the place…

I have been playing around with the tones and i am trying to get used to “tone 3” as you get the grunt for iron, but you get two further tones, which are better for the ear, without consistently checking the screen to see where the target is registering, as the other 2 tones are for high and low conductive targets…

You would you be missing targets if you only dug the highs tones & ignored the low tones, now if your reading is over the forty mark with a good sounding signal, or even if the signal is broken or just plain iffy dig it, as the T2 has an extraordinary ability of picking out the good from the bad, so dig those mixed signals, on small or deep targets that are at the edge of the detectors range these signals are very faint, or one way signals, dig out the top of the soil and see if the signal improves, if it does keep digging….


below is a hint of my welcome pack… it was as stated elsewhere my milestone birthday gift was this T2se, one of the first things I noticed was that my existing detecting bag was not big enough, so I popped on to facebook, and joined the Teknetics T2 forum, which led me to ask the question about a bag big enough to carry my new best friend, the response I had from a guy on there absolutely knocked me off my feet, stunned was an understatement, the man in question was Tim Mallory, and it turned out Tim was C.E.O. of First Texas… What the… in – ongoing correspondences this is one hell of a nice guy, and not just because of the parcel I received…T2
Well after two weeks a box arrived, all the way from America, to say i was amazed when i opened it is an understatement, the contents within the box absolutely floored me, there was the backpack for the T2se alright, but also there was a T-Shirt, 2 tekneticks rubber badges, a tekneticks baseball cap, an incredibly strong folding shovel, and

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Here you can learn your skillset, which is so easy to do…& even easier when someone shows you, a quick and easy setup shown in this and other videos…

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=metal+deTectors+at+unearthed+youtube+t2+uk&&view=detail&mid=40AB4853BFB60982C44940AB4853BFB60982C449&FORM= VRDGAR

Now check out the Manual…

http://www.whiteriverprep.com/vintage/tek/tekT2R4.html


see how the Americans deal with the depth capability’s…

Teknetics T2 SE Depth and VDI test with Civil War relics.