Any CXIII users here?

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Cx 111

I'm actually looking for some info' on buying a ten year old Master Hunter CX 111. Can you tell me ANYTHING about this machine?? Would it be a step up from an ACE 250 or not (being the age it is). Thanks!
 
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Newer, Lighter ACE250 vs. Older, Feature Packed CXIII

I'm actually looking for some info' on buying a ten year old Master Hunter CX 111. Can you tell me ANYTHING about this machine?? Would it be a step up from an ACE 250 or not (being the age it is). Thanks!
:cussing:I accidentally deleted the long version of this post before I sent it so here is the short version. (Can you imagine how long the other version was?)

I purchased an ACE 250 with the idea of selling my CXIII. I figured I could get $400 for the CXIII with the accessories. After using the ACE for a few weeks I decided that they both have their advantages and disadvantages and I should keep both.

I have found the ACE250 to be a deeper seeking machine under normal operating conditions, however my CXIII does not have the Power Master circuitry that was added in the late '90's. This circuitry gives the CXIII about 20% more depth than the original. If the unit you are considering has it, it will be printed on the control box.

The ACE250 is about 50% lighter than the CXIII, but I find that it is not as ergonomically balanced and the heavier CXIII is just as easy to swing for long periods of time. It also takes 4 AA Batteries vs. the 6 "C" cells on the CXIII. The 6 "C"'s will, however, last much longer before a change is needed.

Here is a comparison between the units.

1) Ground Balance: The ACE 250 is balanced at the factory. The CXIII has both automatic and manual ground balance adjustments. I have found the ACE250 to be sensitive to "hot rocks" where the CXIII ignores them.

2) Threshold: The Garrett CXIII features an adjustable threshold, while the ACE250 runs in silent mode. There have been numerous times that I have had to run my wedding band under the coil of the ACE to make sure it was operating properly.

3) Target ID: The CXIII features 24 zones the ACE has only 12. Although I dig all targets, more information is better. This is especially important in an area likely to produce large cents or colonial coppers which may read as a dime or quarter on the ACE, but are likely to read "8.5" or "9" on the CXIII, which are in between.

4) Discrimination: See above. 24 vs. 12 notches.

5) Pinpointing: I think the CXIII is far superior in this area. I have some difficulty pinpointing with the ACE although I am being told it just takes some getting used to. The CXIII also features VCO, which will aid pinpointing tremendously on deep targets.

6) Depth Reading: CXIII gives the depth in half inch increments, ACE gives it in 2 inch ranges.

7) Frequency: Preset for ACE250, adjustable for CXIIII. this is useful when on group hunts or in areas where there is electrical interference.

8) Bell Tone & Bi-Level Audio: CXIII allows you to toggle these features on and off. I like them both on, but some other users do not. The Ace does not allow you to override these features.

9) Last Mode: Allows the CXIII user to toggle quickly between two modes, such as "Coin" and "All Metal" mode without having to visually cycle through all of the modes like the user must do on the ACE250.

10) NON-MOTION ALL METAL MODE: The CXIII features a true non-motion, all metal mode which will give you incredible depth. This is especially useful for relic hunting or when searching for caches, however it is not useful in everyday hunting do to its extreme sensitivity to all metals, both ferrous and non-ferrous. I use this feature to help confirm that a deep, inconsistent signal is worth digging.

I think These are both great units and recommend owning both. The weight, depth and versatility of the ACE250 make it a great unit for a quick hunt or a long hike. The feature rich CXIII make it a great detector for relic or cache hunting, even under the most difficult ground conditions.

I hope this helps!
 
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Calibrating the garret cx3

hi there,I have the garret cx3 ...does anybody know the procedure to calibrate this detector(the very common problem with cx3 tone lock)..becuase it is going into tone lock...and apparently a simple calibration is needed ...It can be done by Garrett detectors...But I live in Australia and it is too expensive to have it shipped to Garrett in America there and back...I think maybe even garrett can post it on the net for us people in different countries around the world.....Please help.....Thank you kindly for replies :smile:
 

Buster

King of Spam
Staff member
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I am sure someone will answer this question..I use a Whites XLT and do not know the answer...You might PM Neil and see what he has to say about that also...Hope this helps some...Buster.......
 
#7
hi there,I have the garret cx3 ...does anybody know the procedure to calibrate this detector(the very common problem with cx3 tone lock)..becuase it is going into tone lock...and apparently a simple calibration is needed :smile:

I used to have a problem where the CXIII would go crazy and I had to restart it. I am not sure what you mean by "tone lock" but here is a suggestion that may solve the problem.

Try a "Warm Reboot". This will set the settings back to the factory settings. Hold down the power button for 10 seconds, until you hear "factory reset". If you still have a problem, you may try a "Cold Reboot". Remove the battery pack while the unit is still on, wait 30 seconds, reinstall the battery and start the unit back up. I have used this method on my White's DFX, and it works, but I don't know about Garretts. It is worth a try.
 

Ric-san

Well-Known Member
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Neil...thanks for the short version...as you stated, makes us all wonder what the 'long' version was like...great info though...!
 
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