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« on: August 08, 2011, 02:00:29 pm »
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I was looking around and found a .pdf of several Maplin MD designs and their capabilities, see attachments for a copy.
What interested me was the given performance of the "top of the range version", or L24BK as it is known.

Firstly its very, very cheap compared to its spec, a 10p coin being quite small at 25cm!!! I don't have a 10p to hand, but probably its well less than
2cm across, quite thin and made of a silvery (Nickel?) metal.

Has anyone here used a L24BK? Bought one? Heard anything either positive or negative? It looks quite reasonable from the comparison chart performance wise.....LCD display, 8 metal modes etc etc etc....

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It costs only 89.99.......maybe about 100 (around US$160) at todays exchange rate (I did not check though!!).

I have added some pictures and the comparison .pdf document that lists the features of all the various Maplin MDs. I was looking mainly at the top version.

Thanks for your time.

Andy

PS. I had a quick look around here to see if it has already been mentioned, I did not find anything relevant, but I also did not spend a lot of time looking. My apologies to all if there has been ull coverage of this model previously.


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« Reply #1 on: August 08, 2011, 02:13:57 pm »
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Looks and sounds like junk to me

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« Reply #2 on: August 08, 2011, 02:24:03 pm »
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This machine is most likely made in China at very littel cost. YOu get what you pay for in this case so do not expect much. Personally I think it is much better to buy a good beginner machine or preowned one Spending twice the money of this unit will get you a real deal.

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« Reply #3 on: August 08, 2011, 02:51:06 pm »
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Yep I agree with Christian but it will get you out in the field , I see they have started selling MXTs too
but if this is your first detector it will let you see if you like detecting without doing all ya cash

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Posted on: August 08, 2011, 02:48:49 PM
A 10p is 25mm across and their quote must be an Air test thats 1" in imperial measurements

hope this helps

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« Reply #4 on: August 09, 2011, 01:34:38 am »
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As of now, it seems that nobody has actually used one in practice.....

I will give it a bit longer to see what further infos are available, but I am a sceptic myself as to just how good it is....I also agree, it may be a Chinese copy of some older design......maybe pepped up a bit......

Maplin is a reputable company of many years standing, that I have used many, many times without ever having any problem with any of there products that they sell, they just worked.....

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« Reply #5 on: August 09, 2011, 09:34:52 am »
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I've seen this machine sold by another company.

Recon it to the Radio Shack Microna detector sold under many names.

For the Price I would go with a Bounty Hunter.

BA gave the Bone Yard a Bounty hunter Camo and in discrim it sucks.

In All Metal it's quite a machine.  I've found that backing of a ear ring silver down to 5".......

You would not be able to get that machine serviced.

You going to send it back to China?



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« Reply #6 on: August 09, 2011, 11:07:08 am »
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Quote:Posted by homefire
I've seen this machine sold by another company.

Recon it to the Radio Shack Microna detector sold under many names.

For the Price I would go with a Bounty Hunter.

BA gave the Bone Yard a Bounty hunter Camo and in discrim it sucks.

In All Metal it's quite a machine.  I've found that backing of a ear ring silver down to 5".......

You would not be able to get that machine serviced.

You going to send it back to China?





I agree, you are more likely to get better performance with a BH and be able to get it serviced as well!

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« Reply #7 on: August 09, 2011, 11:14:56 am »
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the chinese are copying many detectors with names close to the originals. I have no clue as to their performance, I would stick with the proven performance of our made in the USA detectors like BH if your looking for a cheaper detector. Ive seen used BH MD's online that look new for half the price of new. Alot of people get them as gifts or buy them and find out detecting isnt for them so they get rid of them. Also starting with a BH is how many people get into this hobby, you can upgrade later if you like, but many part time hunters keep their BH and find great stuff with them.

Posted on: August 09, 2011, 01:12:30 PM
also.....the chinese are making all kinds of ridiculous claims about their detectors.....if its too good to be true......it probably is.

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« Reply #8 on: August 09, 2011, 01:47:30 pm »
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These guys are right, a friend used an older one and all he dug was Iron, although he was new to detecting
go with a bounty Hunter and trade up as you want to learn more,

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