XP Deus – My story from the Netherlands

I have been searching for over 43 years, the last 33 years has been with a metal detector. I used my first detector for 18 months it was a C-Scope VLF-TR 990. After the C-Scope I searched for over 25 years with a Tesoro.
At first with the Golden Sabre then a modified Bandido II, then from the late ‘90’s mainly Tesoro Lobo’s and Tejón’s. Whereas most people search on fields, I search dumps and slopes, these are large spoil heaps where ground has been removed due to construction and deposited elsewhere, very often this soil is from medieval cities.

When the XP Deus came on the market I decided to wait and see what new users were saying. For me it was important to know how the Deus reacted amongst iron.
There is always a lot of iron on the dumps, some Iron can be good, such as small iron keys, arrowheads and ancient weapons, just to name a few.
On the other hand sometimes its important to discriminate the very small iron, in order to get to the better ferrous and non-ferrous artefacts.

Mart 15th cnt battle axe

I started using the Deus WS5 with the 9” coil, after 18 months I was convinced that the Deus had the best potential for finding small artefacts on iron polluted grounds. The first time I tested the Deus was near a railway and I was impressed with its performance.
Having searched for over 25 years using analogue detectors with one type of signal tone, a digital detector was a whole new experience, especially when you experience full tones.

The next field was one of my favourite test areas, there was over 300 years of trash dumped from the city of Delft and now for the last 80 years it has been a park. Over the years I has given up many coins, buckle’s, musket balls and all kinds of artefacts. The plan was to start with the ‘basic’ program, and from there experiment with some of the settings.
I quickly learned the correct Deus search/sweep techniques, once mastered it inspired confidence.

Mart searching the slopes with his XP Deus metal detector in the Netherlands

In 2016 I discovered a slope near my house with spoil from the old city moat that was excavated for a tunnel.
The XP Deus metal detector was incredible, I located some very deep targets, even brass strips stuck to pieces of iron gave positive signals. We were on a tight schedule as the excavators were due to remove the soil at any day.
It became a party, every day we searched the slopes, and every day we found great artefacts. I heard about the new HF coils and was convinced this type of coil would offer an advantage.

The first coil to test was the HF 9”. It was incredible to see what everyone (including myself) had missed. I got so many good signals between the holes from others, and many artefacts fell prey to the Deus. Not large artefacts, but small ones such as buttons, strap ends….all kinds of small Medieval pieces of metal.
I used the new HF coil for a few months and I was convinced that it really made a difference. When the elliptical coil became available, I was one of the first in Holland to test it.

On paper this coil was the answer to my prayers; however, I soon became a little disappointed. Compared to my other coils I missed the depth with the elliptical coil on the slopes. I did not test the elliptical on other sites, so I have no comparison how this coil worked elsewhere. I am sure it will prove it’s worth on some of my heavier sites.

Mart searching with his XP Deus metal detector

My most recent purchase was the X35 coil, for me the reason to buy one was to test the added 4Khz boost mode and I can honestly say that it works. When I dig holes in the slopes, I scan the sides with the X35 so I know nothing is missed.
I like to use Gary’s ‘Ultimate’ program with a few of my own modifications.

Mart digging the banks

Now after a few years searching with the XP Deus, I can say it’s a fantastic machine, for me I don’t think there is a better tool for searching the slopes, I have a fantastic collection of coins and artefacts, so I guess that proves it.
Mart Hoffmann (Netherlands)