January 13, 2014

Teknetics Eurotek Pro Review

Teknetics Eurotek Pro Review
2014
Mark Ellington
www.detectorstuff.com

Intro -

You know, the Eurotek Pro kind of frustrates me! No, no...not because it has any problems . ...but, instead , because it performs so blasted well while being so inexpensive ! I mean, I have quite a few much higher priced detectors that can’t do what this little fella does. Sure, it doesn’t have a lot of the features found on high-enders like backlight, notches, etc. But what it does bring to the table is the best performance I’ve found in ferreting out non-ferrous targets that are surrounded by iron.

When you think about old coins and relics, are most existing lost goodies still undiscovered because they are beyond the depth range of modern metal detectors? or, instead, is it because they are “masked” by iron? I would venture to say most are hidden by old iron.

When you look for signs of human activity of decades and centuries past, you know the ground will be FULL of iron bits, particles and pieces. The thicker, the better as far as an active site goes...but the worse for detecting because iron effectively hides the good stuff if you use your metal detectors discrimination.

Recent detectors from Teknetics seem to be focused on enhancing the ability to sniff the good stuff out of the junk. The Eurotek Pro seems to have taken that concept and made it the primary function and purpose...and it works! The fast processor speeds of the Eurotek helps it “peek” between iron to notify the hunter that something good is lurking in the dirt.

Background and physical design -

The Eurotek Pro is the most recent release from FTP owned Teknetics. The primary Engineer on the Eurotek project was Jorge Saad (Tek Omega, Delta and Fisher F5 fame). There were also major contributions by several other First Texas Engineers including the legendary Dave Johnson. The primary Engineer on the mechanical package was John Griffin.

The Eurotek comes in a smaller box than I’m accustomed to... and requires slightly more assembly that other metal detectors I’ve received. Luckily, assembly is a very simple affair that only requires a phillips head screwdriver. 2 screws for the display housing and 2 for the arm cup.

The ETP was field tested worldwide during the engineering phase to sample a variety of soils and conditions.

There seems to be 3 primary Eurotek packages: First is the Eurotek Pro with 11” DD coil, next is the Eurotek Pro with the 8” concentric coil. There is also the Eurotek version that has a different coil connection design and slightly different features. The unit I tested with the Eurotek Pro with stock 8” coil.

The Eurotek Pro uses the same S-rod design seen on several other Tek detectors but the control housing is new. One thing I really like is how deep the housing is recessed onto the rod, giving you excellent thumb access to the controls and pinpoint button. The lower center of gravity also gives me the impression of stability during normal coil swings...less wrist fatigue over the duration of a hunt. Believe me...weight will not be a problem! The Eurotek is a true feather-weight scrapper!

Another great thing about the Teknetics line is that most of their coils are interchangeable, with the only real exception being the T2. In other words, if you have an Omega, Gamma, Delta, G2 etc. you can swap coils around with the Eurotek Pro. I tested my Eurotek Pro with the 8 inch concentric, 10 inch elliptical and 11 inch DD. They all worked GREAT on the ETP! I don’t have the 5 inch hockey puck coil or the new 10 inch DD closed coil but I see no reason they won’t kick some serious butt as well.

Observations, functions and hunting! -

The Eurotek line is truly an international design. One common foe facing detectorists world-wide is iron infested sites. Areas in Europe that have seen human activity for millennia can make our U.S. sites seem clean by comparison. The Eurotek was designed to let the hunter wade into these type sites and pick out the good stuff. Why? Well, more iron means more people. More people equals for opportunities for dropped coins, jewelry and relics!

When I first started hunting with the ETP and heard the VCO middle range audio, I was somewhat baffled! The iron audio is a low “grunt” and the high conductor audio is a nice audible high tone...nestled in the middle, however, is a variable tone known as “VCO” (Voltage Controlled Oscillator) VCO audio means the pitch changes depending on the strength of the signal...so if it’s something like a gold coin that is shallow (like 1 or 2 inches) the audio will be a high pitched squeal. If the target is deeper though, it will be a lower pitch. To me, this is a great feedback feature of the ETP...and a feature I’ve never seen combined with low and high tones on any other metal detector, regardless of price. Essentially, this range is your jewelry and gold alert!

(Interesting side-note... First Texas Products President and CEO Tom Walsh came up with the VCO tone idea for the ETP)

The Eurotek is powered by a single 9-volt battery that will give you many hours of hunting time.

Looking at the controls, they are, well, simple!

On/off
Menu
Pinpoint
Up/down adjust

The menu items are: Sensitivity, Volume and Discrimination. As ordinary as these sound, they are actually doing some unusual stuff!...

1. Sensitivity - This one is pretty straight forward. Default is 7. I usually run as “hot” as the site will allow. With the stock 10” coil, running 10 was no problem, even near electric cattle fences. With the 11” DD, I usually run around 9.

2. Discrimination - Okay, here’s where things begin to be different. Basically, everything that ID’s 1 - 69 can be eliminated by DISC. 70 and beyond can’t be eliminated, but DISC will change the tones...confused yet? 🙂 See the chart from the manual below:

3. Volume - Hey! Volume is simple! How loud do you want it...right? Well, sorta. Here’s how volume works on the ETP. The available range is 0 - 20. 0 (zero) cuts out all sound except for the overload signal. All display functions are still normal… 1 - 10 is the volume level for non-ferrous targets.

11 - 20 is the volume level for ferrous targets (iron). If you are hunting sites that are loaded with iron, you can adjust the iron volume by itself to keep it from being too bothersome. I personally like to hear iron so I know when to slow down and probe the site carefully...this makes the iron volume feature awesome! hear it, but it doesn’t have to aggravate you.

The ETP has a “fixed” ground balance that somehow handles ground changes just fine in my neck of the woods. When playground hunting, I usually have to ground balance when moving from chip bark to soil...if not, my detectors will usually start “falsing” (giving incorrect signals). The ETP will work fine in these transitions...even with the sensitivity maxed out.

Another difference most will notice is that there are no little ID icons on the display that guess what my target is. I thought this was a bad thing until I started thinking about all the “dimes” or “quarters” I’ve dug by icon on other detectors that actually end up being junk like screw caps or even rusty bottle caps. I also realized that I was “learning” the ID numbers and ranges rather quickly for coins...and I also spent more time investigating a “high tone” when coin hunting since there was no icon making a guess for me...this is a good thing. Solid locks (varying on a few numbers during coil sweeps) were almost always round objects like coins or rings. Bouncing ID’s were usually odd shaped objects.

One "icon" you will notice is the Iron ID feature.  It will flash in the upper left corner when the coil passes over iron...this is extremely handy when analyzing a spot where you hear a "good" signal in the midst of the iron.  It will help you recognize if you are hearing something normally hidden and also just how close the iron is to the object.

Some of this makes you wonder how many times a really deep coin didn’t quite hit in the right range to light up the coin icon...and was unknowingly left undug .
As previously mentioned,  the Eurotek is an international metal detector...icons for American coins will mean very little to coinage from other parts of the world. (be aware though...users who prefer “Inches” during pinpoint can change from the default CM by doing the following:

Change Pinpoint from Metric to Imperial

Detector OFF
press and hold PINPOINT
Turn the detector on (while still holding pinpoint)
Release then press and hold pinpoint to toggle between CM and IN (centimeters and inches)
It will keep this setting even after powering off and on.

Save your favorite settings!

After you have the ET set to your preferences, press and hold the MENU button for 8 seconds.  The settings will be saved!

In closing -

There's no doubt in my mind that many will overlook the Eurotek simply because it's so inexpensive.  Well, for those of us using the Eurotek, their loss is our gain!  I am sniffing the good stuff out of iron infested sites that the more expensive detectors are leaving in the ground.  I have quickly become a fan of this machine...simple, inexpensive and highly effective.

Points:

1. The Eurotek Pro, at only $219 MSRP may be the one of the fastest ROI (return on investment) detectors ever built! The thing is a coin, jewelry and relic bloodhound.

2. The ETP, when compared to other detectors in the price range, offers superior performance and features.

3. I like to fiddle with controls, menus, knobs and settings as much as the next guy! (maybe even more) However, sometimes, I just want to hunt!

4. Have you ever been metal detecting a site and wondered if you have something set wrong that’s keeping you from reaching the full potential of your machine? Concerned you’ll put your coil over that rare, elusive coin...but you won’t hear it because you goofed up a setting? If so, the Eurotek Pro should give you peace of mind and a sense of relief. It’s almost impossible to make it “not” work!

Have you discovered tips or tricks while using the Eurotek Pro?  Be sure to scroll to the bottom and leave them in the comments section!

Useful resources:

Manual

Teknetics Main Site

Teknetics Eurotek Manual

Findmall Teknetics Forum

Detectorstuff Teknetics Forum (not much here yet...help me get some conversations going!)

*Edit*  1/15/14 update:  Following up on a few questions folks have emailed me about the Eurotek.

  • Not quite as deep as the Omega in my soil (Central North Carolina)
  • Very, very "quiet" machine.  Not bothered by my usual suspects noise makers...electric cattle fences, overhead power lines

Informative videos by Mark Gilespie

Common ID's from the Eurotek Manual:

Target-ID Coin Reference. Below are known Target-IDs for some reference coins:
Merovingian Triens (gold, France) 42
Polish Zloty (Pre-WWII) 0.20 zl (1923 nickel) 44-99
Celtic Potin (copper+lead) 52
Polish Zloty 0.50PLN 54-56
USSR 50 kopeek, 1980, Nickel, D 24 mm. 56
Russian Scale Peter I, 1705, Silver, 0.25 gr. 56-57
Polish Zloty 1PLN 56-57
US Nickel 56-57
Polish Zloty PRL 100zl (CuNi) 58-59
Bulgarian 1 stotinkas, 1999 (CuAlNi) 58-64
Bulgarian 10 stotinkas, 1999 59-60
Bulgarian 50 stotinkas, 1999,2004,2005,2007 59-65
Roman Nummus (bronze) 60
1/4 of Stater (gold, France) 60
50cent Chambre du Commerce (France) 60
Bulgarian 2 stotinkas, 1999 (CuAlNi) 60-64
Polish Zloty 5PLN 61
2 Euro Coin 62-66
Polish Zloty '0.05PLN 63-64
British 20p 64-65
Polish Zloty 2PLN 64-65
USSR, 5 kopeek, 1961, Bronze, D 25 mm. 65
Russian Scale Mikhail Fedorovich, 1613-1645, Silver, 0.625 gr. 65
Bulgarian 5 stotinkas (old) (CuAlNi) 68-73
Bulgarian 1 lev 69-73
10 Euro Cent 70-74
1 Euro Coin 70-78
Medieval double sol coin (France) 75
20 Euro Cent 76-78
50 Euro Cent 76-80
Double Tournois (copper, France) 78
British £1 79-80
Polish Zloty PRL .20 zl (aluminum) 80
10 ct Napoleon III (bronze, France) 80
British £2 81
2 Franc Morlon (Aluminum, France) 82
US Dime 84-85
Polish Zloty (Pre-WWII) 2zl (1933 silver) 86-87
US Quarter 88-90
Russian, 50 kopeek Nikolay II,1896, Silver, D 27 mm. 93-94
US Silver Dollar 94-95
Russian, 2 kopeek, Alexander I, 1816, Copper, D 30 mm. 94-95
Russian, 1 ruble Nikolay II,1896, Silver, D 34 mm. 98
Russian, 5 kopeek, Ekaterina II, 1781, Copper, D 41 mm. 99

20 comments on “Teknetics Eurotek Pro Review”

  1. Thank you for the excellent report. As a user and dealer, I am always looking to see other's people point of view. You made some great points that I overlooked that are very helpful for me as a user, and for some great selling points. I am a Garrett and Teknetics dealer out of Seattle, and I believe that the Eurotek Pro is a better detector for it price point then the Ace 250/350.

    Thank you,

    Jeffery
    Treasuredude Detectors

    1. Thank you, Jeffery. I'm glad you enjoyed the review and found it helpful. Send me your info. and I'll get you listed in on my dealer page. I request a link in exchange, but it's certainly not required.

  2. Every word in the review is 100 percent true. I own ET Pro. Just one little (in my case maybe big) thing.
    My golden wedding ( real russian/red gold,not fake) ring and pull-tabs are exactly in the same range 56-57. Its very frustrating while hunting in trashy area. Is there a way how determine before digging it up? All tips and tricks will be highly appreciated. Thank You in advance.

    1. Arunas, that's a tough one. Unfortunately a lot of gold falls at the pull tab range. They are also a similar size, so "sizing" the target doesn't help like it does with larger targets that mimic good stuff.

  3. Thanks for the great review. Here's a tip I noticed while hunting with the ETP : when the volume is set a 10, you still use the ETP in all metal disc mode, but don't hear the iron. Well, occasionnally you will. I encoutered two distinct situations for it to happen :

    -You've detected a tiny non ferrous target that registers in the iron range because of the combination of it's shape and adverse ground effects. If it's nopt repeatable, try to find it by pinpointing.

    OR

    -Your coil passed a few inches near a non ferrous target. Just carefully investigate the surroundings of your last sweep.

    Great unit !

  4. I really enjoyed your great review. It is right on target as I own the ETP & also the Delta 4000. I found the VCO range a great help in isolating valuable targets as you did. The 3 distinct ranges make it so easy to hear the difference metals. The single fault I find with the unit is the wide open Pinpointer volume. It is so loud that my ears were hurting the next day. I can't imagine how the designers allowed this. I was considering returning the unit despite the fact that I really like it. Being a tech, I decided to fix the problem which was successfully accomplished with a 22ohm resistor in series with the positive (white) lead. I tried different values from 5-33ohms and settled on 22ohms. I could have also used a 25,50 or 100ohm potentiometer but didn't want to put a hole in the case. Now I love the ETP 100%.

  5. In my prior post I referenced installing a 22ohm resistor in series with the positive (white) lead to lower the volume of the unit, specifically the Pinpointer. The location of the white lead is at the speaker.
    Mike

  6. Thanks for the great feedback, Mike. I agree with you on the volume level...in my opinion all detectors should have a way to control the volume during pinpoint. Great job on the mod!

  7. Yours is the best and most comprehensive review of the ETP on the web. Thank you for this! It almost embarrasses me, but when I first started metal detecting I went all out (as usual for me) and bought a Minelab CTX3030. Due to time constraints, the weight, and my head simply being too full to take the time to learn this great machine, I simply didn't uses it as often as I should have ( especially what I paid for it) and decided to sell it. A couple of years on and I found that I still miss the occasional metal detecting hunt, but having learned my lesson I was not willing to pay the big bucks for something that may be rarely used. Here's where the ETP fits in nicely! While not as deep and missing many of the great features of the CTX 3030 , it still does a damned good job, especially for what I paid for it. It's affordable, probably the best MD in its price class, lightweight, easy to use, and fun. The best metal detector is the one that you are going to use, and the ETP is exactly this one for me!

    1. Thank you Rob. I agree with you ...the best metal detector is one that you will use. It's a natural tendency when hopping into a hobby to go for "the best". I haven't used a CTX but do swing an Etrac so I know how powerful they can be. The ETP is light, fast, reliable and very affordable. I agree with you about it being the best MD in its price class!...and maybe even a few classes above.

  8. Hi Mark,
    Do you have any experience with the Garrett Ace 350, which is the same as the Euro Ace? I wonder how it compares with the Euro Tek Pro.
    Many thanks,
    Philip

    1. Philip, I haven't used an Ace 350 but have heard great things about them. I can't honestly give you a comparison between the two. Thanks for the question, though.

  9. I am new to metal detecting and the ETP is my first and only detector. My question is related to the pinpoint mode. On mine it starts pinpointing and then it'll work for a bit, then it will flash to a retune and then flip out of pinpoint mode altogether and I'll need to press the pinpoint button again. Often this happens 3-10 times when trying to pinpoint something. Is this common for this unit, do I have a technique problem or might there be something wrong with the unit?

  10. I don't think that is a common problem. I've not noticed it when using mine. Retune happens, but only when pressing PP near metal.

  11. How about some ratings on canadian coins? We have different metal in ours and it's hard to find a model that will be accurate in picking the newer coins up.

    1. Hey James...welcome to the site. I'll look around and see if anyone has come up with and ID chart for Canadian coins. Generally, even for US coins, it's a trial and error process. Zinc pennies vs. copper, for example.

  12. Hey Mark, thanks for the review. It's really helpful for a newbie like me! Based on your review I'll be getting the Eurotek Pro!

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