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    First beach detector advice

    I will be spending winters on the Gulf coast of Florida starting this year. I need advice on picking a beach detector. My only previous experience is with a Tesoro Silver uMax. Never done salt water and don't know what to look for in a beach detector. Budget would be under $750. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks
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    Sounds like the Equinox 600 to me.
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    If you prefer beep and dig detectors the Minelab Excalibur series are a great detector and can be found in your price range used.

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    Quote Originally Posted by toddbbq View Post
    If you prefer beep and dig detectors the Minelab Excalibur series are a great detector and can be found in your price range used.
    Ditto what he said
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    Quote Originally Posted by DeepseekerADS View Post
    Sounds like the Equinox 600 to me.
    Yup, best bang for the buck out there.
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    Apr 2015
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    Ok, a lot of agreement on the Equinox 600. But why the 600 over say a Sea Hunter 2 or a Sand Shark. Just trying to understand the differences.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Honeyman View Post
    Ok, a lot of agreement on the Equinox 600. But why the 600 over say a Sea Hunter 2 or a Sand Shark. Just trying to understand the differences.
    Think 600 has multiple frequencies
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    Mar 2011
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    Quote Originally Posted by Honeyman View Post
    Ok, a lot of agreement on the Equinox 600. But why the 600 over say a Sea Hunter 2 or a Sand Shark. Just trying to understand the differences.
    Yes, Multifrequency makes it stable in salt water when you want discrimination. If you want to dig every staple, nail, nut, bolt, or other iron target at the beach, by all means, buy a Sand Shark or Sea Hunter. The added benefit of the Nox is that it's also an excellent land machine. It has more adjustments, a depth meter, and a display. You won't find that on those other two PI machines (nor do you need them they're a beep and dig machine). You can also go wireless headphones on land hunting with the Nox. If you buy the 800, it comes with wireless, along with a lot more adjustability. There are a lot more advantages using the Nox than I've mentioned.....easily replaceable coils, headphones, weight. etc.....just ask if you need more info to decide.
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    Also the light weight of the Equinox is hard to beat. Any Excal for 750 will usually need something. Plus the Excal goes silent after swinging over iron and then takes a bit to reset itself possibly missing good adjacent targets.


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    Old school.
    Fisher CZ's. 3 ,5 , 6a , or 20/21.
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    Ecxal or sov gt , nox 600 or 800

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    Apr 2015
    Cleveland OH
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    I've been wrestling with this decision for a while now. Thanks for all the input. I had finally decided to go with a pi detector. I was just about to order a Sand Shark from One of our sponsers when I heard that Tesoro closed it's doors. Since their lifetime warranty was a big factor in my decision I will not be getting one.

    What are your thoughts on the Garrett Sea Hunter? Does anyone have any experience with one?
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