Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Something new in the detector world

OK, so it’s not that new, it’s been out about a year now but if you don’t keep up with the latest reading material it could be new to you.

I’m talking about the White’s PulseScan TDI pulse induction unit. At first glance this just looks like a standard detector but it is a true pulse induction machine. If you are like me, you get tired of the false readings you get with a two-box and the fact that they can be a pain in the butt to use and just carry around. With this new pulse induction unit from White’s you should get about the same amount of depth on the tea kettle and strongbox size objects that you would get with the two-box.

Keep in mind that I don’t own one of the new White’s TDI’s, not yet anyway, but I plan to purchase one very soon. I have been doing a lot of research on these machines and if you are a cache or relic hunter I think it would be worth your while to check it out yourself. Even though I don’t own one yet I feel strongly enough about the detector to tell our readers about it. The price of the machine, around $1500.00, will keep most of the amateur hunters from buying one but if you are serious about your equipment, I’ll bet you will want one of these.

All of the information I am putting in this article comes from what I have read and been told by people who have used this machine. One of the more promising, or maybe astonishing things about this new detector is that not all White’s dealers can sell them. White’s has determined that the detector is sufficiently different from all of it’s other detectors that any dealers selling them have to be trained and certified by White’s on this specific machine.

When I first read this it made me a little nervous, figuring I may not be smart enough to actually run this machine but after further review it appears that, contrary to popular belief, I may not be as dumb as I look! The detector, like any detector you are using, requires the operator to fully understand the machine and it’s controls. The learning curve on this one is a little higher than most but that is because you are dealing with a pulse induction machine.
This detector is not your father’s VLF machine. The new design has no fancy meter to tell you what you have found or supposedly how deep it is. The TDI has a “unique form of audio target ID” that makes the meter unnecessary. The detector comes with a rechargeable lithium Ion battery pack (actually 2) and a 12 inch Dual Scan coil. Besides not being cheap, it’s also not the lightest detector around, weighing in at five pounds. This isn’t all that much weight since the machine is balanced pretty well.

To keep me from having to write too much I am including the summary of White’s field test from their web site. You can read the entire report here:

“The PulseScan TDI was developed to provide serious detectorists a piece of equipment that was not simply a “re-hash” of existing technology in a new housing. Initially developed to meet the demands of gold prospectors searching for both extremely small and extremely deep nuggets, the TDI has evolved into a detector that has proven itself as an effective detector for relic hunting, beach hunting and, under the right conditions, even coin hunting.
The PulseScan TDI is not for everyone…if you are looking for a detector that offers professional-quality performance under even the most severe ground conditions for specific applications and are willing to invest the time needed to master it, the PulseScan TDI will give you an edge over the competition. While I have nowhere near the amount of field time those that have been working on developing the TDI over the past two years do, I find myself learning a new technique or trick each time I go out and, with each lesson learned, my results improve at the end of the day.
While at first glance the TDI seems to be fairly simple to operate, the subtle nuances that will make you successful under different conditions is the reason White’s has taken the position that a dealer needs to have been trained on how to operate the TDI in order to be able to then train the customer on its operation. As well-known detectorist and prospector Steve Hersbach says, “The bottom line - the worse the ground mineral conditions get, the better this machine will fare compared to a VLF unit.”

The PulseScan TDI lists for $1,599.95 which includes the 12” Dual Scan coil, two Lithium Ion rechargeable battery packs and the standard White’s two-year transferable warranty. A 7.5” Dual Scan coil is available and additional coils and accessories are in the works to further expand the versatility of the TDI.”

I hate to sound like a salesman but I’m actually pretty excited about this new detector and can’t wait to get one on a site or two that I am working.

If you want to buy one of these or talk to a White’s dealer that is a no BS kind of guy I would suggest that you contact John London. He is a TDI certified White’s dealer and will give you the best price around. I won’t say he’s an old man but he has been selling detectors for a very long time and really knows what he is talking about!

If you would like to contact John you can call him toll free at 1-866-881-5056 or you can e-mail him at

Again, I don’t want to sound like a commercial but I know that John will treat our readers right and I know that he is one of the most knowledgeable people around when it comes to detectors.

Good luck and good hunting!

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