The Teknetics T2 a blast from the past or a look into the
Teknetics T2 a blast from the past or a look into the
The big question: is the T2 a Bounty Hunter ?
Bounty Hunter have always catered for the budget end of the metal detector market, as a result quality has never been to good. Since the
company came under new ownership in 1999 it re-engineered the
products and adopted modern manufacturing methods including the employment of some top metal detector designers and engineers.
First Texas Products, located in El Paso, Texas, are manufactures Bounty Hunter and other metal detectors, including Teknetics and have recently
acquired the Fisher name, who have now released their own model
called the Fisher F75 based on the T2 platform.
designers claim their machine is a new high-performance multi-purpose professional grade
metal detector. It utilizes the latest advances in electronic
The T2 is easier to use
than many other comparable metal detectors. Its combination of light
weight and balance provides comfort unmatched by any other detector
in its price range. Its most popular uses can include coin shooting,
relic hunting, and gold prospecting. The fast response speed will
hopefully make the T2 ideal for searching European ancient sites.
USER INTERFACE: Menu-driven....the entire menu is
always visible. Where you are in the menu is always indicated.
PINPOINT FEATURE: pin point is trigger-actuated,
fully static (non-motion) with variable pitch.
GROUND CANCELLATION: trigger control fast grab, or manual.
VISUAL TARGET I.D: 0-99 plus eight target
MINERALIZATION READOUT: ground cancellation phase
0-99, and mineral concentration bar graph.
OPERATING PRINCIPLE: VLF induction balance.
SEARCH COIL: 11" open frame Bi-Axial
OPERATING FREQUENCY: 13 kHz with frequency shift
WEIGHT 3.6lbs with batteries
Will the Teknetics T2 compete with today's top metal detectors ??
Some time back I had a play with the T2 at a Wanderers dig
but never spent any time with it, just some quick air tests which
proved to be quite impressive, Dan the owner was still learning the
machine but was more than pleased with his results, at that point I
didn't have the urge to go out and buy one.
Now I have a Teknetics T2 my original concerns about build quality have been put to rest , the T2 is a well sorted machine with an easy to use fast scrolling menu. I feel the on /off switch position,
the coil plug and the thin screen cover could have been better, but the £450 price tag
represents very good value for money.
When switched on indoors the T2 became rather unstable, switching
frequency and slightly lowering the sensitivity settled the machine down
enough for initial bench testing.
(Accessed by pushing the trigger forward and depressing the menu
The T2 has 7 frequencies to choose from, you can slightly shift
either way from the default setting of 4 in order to maintain a
smoother operation and alow higher sensitivity settings.
The T2 coil is a 2D widescan, one would assume the final tuning is
found below the replaced cover
The battery compartment (top cover removed) and the ON / OFF- VOLUME
First of all I conducted 3 standard tests to determine if the
Teknetics T2 would match or better the machines which I already own
Initial tests compared against my current machines
Locate a coin next to rusty nail with a clean audio response =
Locate a small Roman coin through my test tub of badly mineralised
soil = YES
Locate a deep coin with a Precise audio response on my
test bed = YES
My first trip out with the Teknetics T2 Jan 13th
Owing to my short detecting trips I will conduct this review using
trip by trip updates and a final summary once I get to know the
As some of you know I have been recovering from an accident which
has stopped me from detecting, today was the first time out since
October 2006. Not wanting to throw myself back into a full day just
yet I allowed an hour or so to get acquainted with the T2 and post
my initial thoughts.
As usual the weather was bad and the driving rain hit me from all
angles my new Realtree Storm Kloth coat did a good job of keeping
most of it out.
The stubble has been left to rot which is perfect for
detecting, because of my limited time I chose a local field rather than
a productive field, having carried out my indoor tests I didn't
expect the T2 to be any better than the favourite machines I am
The Technetics T2 was really easy to set up,
sesitivity...discrimination....tones, this took about 5 seconds to
complete. I preferred 2+ which gave a low tone for Iron and a
higher tone for non ferrous. Then push the trigger forward and let
the fast grab ground balance the machine whilst slowly lowering the
coil to the ground a couple of times.
The T2 can be as sensitive or as quiet as you like, using a minimal
discrimination setting the low Iron sound will give a clear audio picture of how
contaminated or clean a particular search area is.
I searched a very busy
patch to see how the T2 would separate the good targets from bad.
Some signals gave a low tone then a high tone every 2 or 3 passes of
the coil, on one occasion it turned out to be a tiny rose farthing
(see pic), in other cases it was Iron. So again tone ID is not as
black and white as we would all wish, I am sure with some more hours
under my belt and better weather the T2 could be honed for better
performance than my original set up, I have been told DP mode would
offered better target seperation.
The meter could reliably identify coin sized targets to around 8"deep
on this iron contaminated soil...
Occasionally some deep sounding targets failed to register on the meter , I guess this is because the audio circuit is much stronger
and can locate deeper.
I had some interesting targets and at respectable depths, so far my
initial thoughts on the T2 are somewhat mixed but after only 2 hours
with a new machine I am in no position to make any form of
Its not a magic wand by any standards but it's well worth a second look,
personally I don't think it will out gun the Tejon or Gold Maxx on
badly iron contaminated sites, especially with the large elliptical
coil (I may eat my words)...However I think the new breed of
Teknetics poses a very big threat to those manufacturers offering
higher priced machines.
Latest news second time out and the Teknetics T2 finds Celtic Gold !!
Another quick visit this afternoon to the same field as before (Sat
20th Jan) I tried using the DP (Delta Pitch) mode and a little more discrimination
to work in amongst the Iron.
Delta Pitch mode takes a snap shot as the coil passes the target
sometimes you will get a different tone every pass, but this "snap
shot" is enough to snag a possible non ferrous target that may
require further investigation
This fantastic Celtic 1/4 stator came up with a lovely sounding
TASCIOVANUS GOLD QUARTER STATER
Perhaps just luck walking over the coin at the
right time, all I can say is :
The Teknetics T2 has almost paid for itself before the
battery indicator dropped 1 bar....
how often can you say that !!
Tone DP mode
Riverbank search 22nd Jan
I met up today with Mike Aka Buzzerman to
spend a couple of hours searching alongside a local riverbank. This
small field next to the Thames was very popular during Victorian
times and has been a popular site with local detectorists for many
years. Most detectable targets had already been found and the site
has been recently hammered to death by Explorers with 15" WOT
combinations and the Gold Maxxes using 11" coils. The last time we
detected here was testing the Nexus, Victorian coins were at depths
of around 14" which were to deep for conventional machines.
Mick also uses a T2 and has had silver every time out...this was my
first opportunity to open the T2 up and see what it could "clack out" on deep pasture ?
My riverbank pasture settings for coin shooting which I found to work well
Site conditions : short pasture, very little Iron, soft wet soil,
Mick was hunting in all metal and using the meter to identify good
Almost straight away we were both into a target, mine was a clear
sound with a high 70's reading, I took a large spadeful of earth out
thinking the target would be within the spoil...but no it was still
down there in the hole..another spadeful still didn't reveal
anything, the probe finally detected a mint Victorian penny in the
bottom of the hole at 11" deep. I looked over and Mick had dug the same
sized hole and unearthed another penny.
My first coin of the day a 1896 Victorian penny
The coins came thick and fast all at fantastic depths, I had a total
of 20 coins in 2 hours including 2 silver, Mick had about the same
amount plus he had his traditional silver at last knockings.
The T2 is one of the deepest machines I have used on pasture, it's
discrimination can be wound up to 35-40 which will reject most Iron and
still maintain very acceptable depths.
It was one of those days when you could have gone on and found
another 20 or 30 coins but that's another days sport
The T2 has earned my
respect as a deep pasture machine that's for sure.
Ok big deal we spent our time digging Vicky pennies, lets not forget
20 coins each in 2 hours on a small field which has been heavily detected
since the 1970's.
I found the DP mode was not as deep as the 1, 1+ or 2+ modes they
sound much cleaner, I would
not recommend using DP mode (Delta Pitch) for deep pasture, it
would be better suited for searching for shallow targets in amongst Iron with a lower
There was some intermittent interference during the search but I found it
to be my mobile phone roaming for a signal and not the other T2.
One thing that occurred to me while out today was how versatile the T2 is, how many detectors on today's market would suit all skill levels from a complete first timer up to a seasoned relic hunter....I guarantee a complete novice will get instant results using a T2 ...... take it to a club dig with the
top boys and you will easily stand your corner.
Iron contaminated Roman site
Today we had a chance to visit a moderately Iron contaminated
ancient site, nowadays good targets are rare and it appears that
only high frequency machines make the finds.
It took a little time to settle with the T2 in fact over an hour, I
tried different settings but eventually found a compromise that
worked well, the DP audio mode drove me nuts, so I settled for the 2+
this gave a low tone for Iron and a higher tone for non
ferrous...basically a Gold Maxx with a meter.
I must say the T2 was
every bit as responsive as Barry's Gold Maxx in fact I am convinced the T2 had the better performance
on the day, especially comparing our
finds at the end of the search.
I found a variety of targets including 3 Roman coins 1
cartwheel penny, 1 massive Roman lead weight, a Fibula and about 20
buttons, where as Barry had a good collection of smaller targets
including a Roman coin and buttons.
My settings for searching ancient sites which I found to work well
Site conditions : rotted stubble, moderate Iron, soft soil,
The T2 has no preference to target size, it will find the full range
of targets which may interest potential buyers, on a final note I
demonstrated the T2 without headphones to Bazza before getting into
the car, we got a signal with a 55 reading and dug it out,
originally we thought it was a blob of rubbish, when Baz rubbed his
finger over it a cross could be seen...no idea what it is.
Mystery coin found with my T2
I have been asked by some overseas readers to post photo's of the
finds compared to a US coin, thanks for your e mails guys..here are
you can see how small some of our UK coins are.
Here is some audio tone information for those who do not
own a T2
1 is a standard bleep like most
1+ is very much like the above
with an added VCO simlar to the Lobo, this gives a good
audio indication of target size and depth, a high
squeal is a large shallow target.
2+ will give 2 tones a low tone for
Iron and a mid tone for non ferrous, very much like the
XP Gold Maxx and Whites MXT.
3 is as above but a third higher tone
is added for higher conductivity targets
3B simlar to 3 but has a built in
bottle cap rejection, some say it can be used when
detecting with steel toe capped boots.
4 is very much like 3 but a fourth
tone is added for the numeric range of 73-79 this is
where most victorian coins fall in, tone 4 can be a
little busy on the ears.
Delta pitch will produce an audio tone
for every target number, low numbers will give a low
pitch and high numbers high pitch. If the meter jumps
around so will the audio. Coins can give a very sweet
Teknetics T2 my views
I think the designers of the T2 have hit the bullseye with this one.
This machine has never failed to produce, with every trip it has
impressed me even more, some people have had mixed views after
purchasing one but you can't please everybody. I am sure as they
spend more time with this machine their confidence will grow, stem
locking collars crack but you cant blame Teknetics for that as they
are from outside suppliers .
I would describe the T2 as a combination of 3 metal detectors, the
sensitivity and recovery speed reminds me of the Compass Gold
scanner combined with some very nice features found in the Tesoro
Lobo, XP Gold Maxx and the Whites MXT.
In just over 1 month approx 6 outings the T2 has found over 100
coins 50 of which have been very small roman and medieval coins, 1
Gold Celtic, and a Saxon
coin...plus a bucket full of the usual junk.
Yesterday I learned a little more about the T2 and it's audio response while
searching a badly contaminated settlement site.
I hope this
information can help others....
My standard settings Audio 2+*
Sens 75* Disc 10*
My" I'm not hung-over" and want find everything settings Audio 1* Sens 50-70* Disc 18-21*
Iron contaminated site information searching with the T2
some say you need to swing the T2 fast to obtain maximum depth,
this is only practical if the ground conditions are clean or if you
are cold searching a new field.
Swing the T2 slow and methodically if you want to find small
amongst Iron !!!
Audio 1 or 1+ is the deepest and has the fastest reovery, slightly reject iron and keep an eye on the meter for flashes of positive numbers but watch out for readings bouncing between 80 and 30 this may be large iron. This setting can be a head banger if youre not in the right frame of mind but it will pick out those tiny Roman coins in amongst nails like you wouldn't believe.
You will need to work slow and investigate low and
high tones together, OK some will be iron.. big deal, some won't.
The T2 is hyper sensitive.... contaminated soil can add the Iron
buzz to a faint target such as small coin or artefact.
The meter is not very accurate in amongst iron so don't rely on it
to much but do look for consistent good numbers tying to break
Avoid using DP in these conditions although it gives a great
tone on silver... 2+ is by far
the best for UK sites.
Be brave and dig targets that are not 100% iron tone, even when
the target is in the spoil you may still get an iron buzz when using tone ID.
Fast Grab GEB If you cant ground balance due to bad iron turn
the machine off then on and use in the default setting which is set
for the worse conditions you will encounter (ferrite).
Some coins and artefacts found while testing the T2
T2 top tips so far
When searching always leave the cursor over the tone position...this
way if you do accidentally knock the control you will move the tone
setting and not the important features (disc and Sensitivity).
Place a clear PDA screen cover over the T2 screen, the Belkin palm
tungsten T3 series is a good size available from Staples and good
An aftermarket stand is a must,
the T2 has a habit of falling on it's side when placed on the floor.
Your T2 will be very unstable if operated indoors.
Latest T2 News
We have been testing the new BOOSTIFICATION mod on the T2, this modification boosts the T2's audio and also sharpens up the tones so they sound much clearer, combined with Sprite or other suitable headphones a 2" in air depth improvement on a 20p has been noticed compared to a standard T2.
The Mod may be available soon it WILL affect your warranties.
Note: This T2 modification involves soldering to the circuit board, it is not a simple aftermarket plug in signal booster like some believe, we have tried plug in units they will will not give the same performance.
Searching in fresh stubble
Well stubble season is upon us, I have had several letters commenting on how the T2 can "sound off" when searching through fresh stubble, I have also found this to be a problem. The best solution I can give is to run the sensitivity at 60...discrimination between 25-35 and 1 on the tone. This will settle the machine down enough to make the best out of a bad job. Also a
Velcro arm strap will help with fatigue.
Loose cable close to the search coil will also cause the machine to sound off...keep it wrapped around the stem only allowing enough slack for the coil to swivel.
Logitech blue tooth headphones
Don't be tempted to buy these headphones for a metal detecting, they
have a long signal delay although sound quality is very good.
I have tested a pair on the T2 and they get a big thumbs
down... the signal you hear is long after the coil has passed the
I read your review on the T2 and it made my mind up to buy one as I have been looking at quite a few different makes and models. I made use of your settings on a very busy site and it worked very well! As a first time novice I found the T2 easy to set up and use I went out with a seasoned veteran using a very expensive ******* detector and guess what! I found the silver coin 1920 with a
Georges cross one florin with King Georges head etc a belt buckle 1200 a market
weight 800 years old and a timble with a person name on it and a badly corroded penny loads of lead and I used the settings Sens; 70 Disc; 15 and tone 2+, I found more targets than the ******* I can easily recommend this machine to everyone. In my friends hands the T2 became a terminator!!! Combined with his skill and years of experience he found more in twenty minutes than I did in an hour! He even mumbled "good buy"
T2 review Spanish version
For Spanish readers this link will take you to a translated spanish T2 review
Spanish Teknetics T2 review
I would like to thank Josep Garcia for his kind help
T2 Review By Andy
I bought the Teknetics T2 after many hours on the net looking at various makes models and prices. Properly confused and very weary a friend suggested I buy the T2 and I came across several websites (www.Garysdetecting.co.uk was one) blowing its horn. Then I looked at 2nd hand T2 machines thinking if they are good there won’t be any for sale, and I was right I could not find a single one. So I dipped in my reserves and bought one.
After several outings I am convinced I bought the best machine money can buy. With the right settings the T2 should be illegal! And here they are Sensitivity 70 Discrimination 5 and tone 2+ With this setting you will find more goodies than most other detectors and you can use it everywhere stubble pastures and ploughed levelled ground (Not for beach use) You will be able to hold your own everywhere just listen for the sounds. A high pitch sound is a good target a low grunt is iron. If you hear a high pitched sound and a grunt almost at the same time remember the T2 reset time is a part of a second, Dig it. When in doubt DIG but the T2 wont lie to you I dug many of the “dodgy” signals and found winners and yes some large pieces of iron because the electric conductivity is higher.
But when the signal bounces, meaning move between high and low signals never giving the same reading on the meter then it is iron or rubbish dig a few convince yourself. Trust the T2’s signals and listen carefully practice, bury a few different metals like silver copper and a gold ring and swing over it several times a day! Leave them buried so the ground can settle pour water over it; it helps to settle the ground. Then before you go out swing the T2 over your targets and listen and remember the sounds! Then you are ready to go and find the goodies! Do this; I know boring routine, as many times as you can till you know the sounds in your ears.
When you do this keep your eyes closed and just listen ignore the meter because the meter can be wrong! It’s like golf! Golf is Muscle memory so is detecting Sound memory once you know the sounds and what they represent then you will be good at finding the goodies! I had many great finds in 5 months following this routine. Buy one you will not be sorry! Oh yeah I do not work for Teknetics I do not know anyone that do and I am the most horrible customer anyone can have I just love to complain! Its deep it’s very fast and it will make you look good! The T2 is the best machine out there for all terrains and will give you hours of fun
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