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    Best wtaerproof detector under $1000

    I'm a newbie.
    I'm willing to spend $1000 for detector and accessories. My primary hunting ground will be on the beach searching for booty left by northerners.
    I will probably get wet with it.
    If there's anyone out there kind enough to indulge me with some advice it would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you
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    Hawks88

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    Welcome to tnet from Niagara Falls. I would definitely consider the equinox 600 or 800. Good luck.

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    Yup, and and good quality sand scoop......like a Stealth.
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    yes, the equinox 800 is on my radar. Watched a few videos. I'm hearing PI in that environment is the way to go. Like I said, I'm a newbie. What do you think?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Saltydawgobx View Post
    I'm hearing PI in that environment is the way to go.
    Your hearing wrong..

    Get the Nox, it's that simple. A PI is a good back up machine but not to be your first and only detector.

    Effort is Important, But knowing where, can make all the difference!





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    Or maybe a used CZ21.....
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    A Pulse Induction Machine is better IN salt water if you are going to be hip to shoulder deep ALL THE TIME. If you are going Hip, Knee, Ankle deep and in the wet and dry sand most of the time then Multi-Frequency is the absolute Bomb! Minelab Equinox 600; Whites Dual Field.

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    CASPER

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    Quote Originally Posted by OBN View Post
    Your hearing wrong..

    Get the Nox, it's that simple. A PI is a good back up machine but not to be your first and only detector.
    See - i believe new guys should try and find a used PI - you can usually find them cheaper than used czS or minelabs
    learn to dig it all - then move up
    I started out with a land machine in the 70s as a kid - no discrim. - dug it all
    Im a better hunter for it
    My first all water machine was a Pi and I followed lots of guys that used discrim. machines - i dug it all
    and cleaned up behind them
    I usually tell guys to find a hunter that has a few water machines and see if they can try one or 2
    if they cant find no one - then get a cheap one to see if they really like it
    i have a bunch of guys that saw my stuff - family friends and co-workers and ran out and bought
    new machines with out asking me - many wanted to go out and kill it and then rub my nose in it that
    its so easy and if i could get the gold they could - 12 guys later all gave it up after their first couple of outings
    and no treasures
    Motto = "I try to hit where others cant or others wont "

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    You guys are great. Thank you for your indulgence and input.
    The more i learn the more I'm beginning to realize there is no short answer.
    I would like to find the machine that will help begin my journey properly. I'm sure I will be adding others later.
    As I stated in beginning this thread I will be hunting the beach primarily.
    I need something that will work in up to head high water.
    Thank you to those who have offered their opinions already.
    Further input is greatly appreciated.
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    Which used PI do you recommend Casper?
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    PI machines don't have much in the way of discrimination at this point in time. That means you will be digging just about every target you hear. Depending on the trash/iron level in your hunting area, that can mean no problem, total frustration, or somewhere in between. If the trash/iron level is low, it's not that big a problem, and you'll do as well, if not better than a VLF multifrequency machine. At higher trash/iron levels, a machine that will discriminate will help eliminate unwanted targets.... mostly iron. Some people don't mind digging everything, others (like me) don't want to dig iron, and in some cases other low and mid conductors. Another consideration is whether you plan on doing any land detecting. A machine like an Equinox is a much better land machine than a PI. Beyond the discrimination advantage, it will also give you a depth reading, and have search modes to match your hunting needs and soil conditions. It's also lighter than most PI machines, and in most cases, easier to change coils and headphones. As much as I respect Casper's opinions, I have to disagree with using a PI as a first machine. Digging everything starting out is a two edged sword. I agree that it can make you a better detectorist, but, that assumes you continue on in the hobby. My viewpoint on newbies is that most quit the hobby because they don't have initial success.....mostly because they're digging tons of trash targets. I think using a machine with discrimination will help the good vs. trash target ration and keep your interest up until you get hooked on the hobby or decide it's not for you. Early success in a hunt (even now after doing this for almost 49 years) helps keep a positive outlook and keep the competitive juices flowing. Good luck with your choice and future success.
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    Will you be hunting mainly in Saltwater? Or do you live inland near plenty of fresh water lakes?
    Saltwater vs Fresh water can influence your choice of a detector and the overall price. VLF vs Multi Frequency vs PI.
    If you have a local metal detector club, you might contact them just to get your hands on a few different detectors to try before you buy, who knows, a member may have a used one they want to sell?
    I tried a few of models from detectorists kind enough to let me try one out at a local beach before I made the plunge dishing out cash on an open box detector online.
    Items I found helped me "color up" to buy a new waterproof detector bundle
    Good advice on picking up a newer/used model.
    After picking a detector, I would suggest a good sand scoop and a hand held pin pointer to add to your shopping list.
    Good luck and enjoy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Saltydawgobx View Post
    yes, the equinox 800 is on my radar. Watched a few videos. I'm hearing PI in that environment is the way to go. Like I said, I'm a newbie. What do you think?
    My opinion is you don't want a PI machine. I had one and didn't like it. I would get the equinox 600 or 800. l have the 800 and love it. I would either get GG amphibian headphones or a custom headphone from Tony Eisenhower which I have. I have gray ghost on my Excal's and love them. Thats my two cents worth.
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    If you don't look for it you won't find it!! So get out there and dig it.

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    CASPER

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    Quote Originally Posted by cudamark View Post
    PI machines don't have much in the way of discrimination at this point in time. That means you will be digging just about every target you hear. Depending on the trash/iron level in your hunting area, that can mean no problem, total frustration, or somewhere in between. If the trash/iron level is low, it's not that big a problem, and you'll do as well, if not better than a VLF multifrequency machine. At higher trash/iron levels, a machine that will discriminate will help eliminate unwanted targets.... mostly iron. Some people don't mind digging everything, others (like me) don't want to dig iron, and in some cases other low and mid conductors. Another consideration is whether you plan on doing any land detecting. A machine like an Equinox is a much better land machine than a PI. Beyond the discrimination advantage, it will also give you a depth reading, and have search modes to match your hunting needs and soil conditions. It's also lighter than most PI machines, and in most cases, easier to change coils and headphones. As much as I respect Casper's opinions, I have to disagree with using a PI as a first machine. Digging everything starting out is a two edged sword. I agree that it can make you a better detectorist, but, that assumes you continue on in the hobby. My viewpoint on newbies is that most quit the hobby because they don't have initial success.....mostly because they're digging tons of trash targets. I think using a machine with discrimination will help the good vs. trash target ration and keep your interest up until you get hooked on the hobby or decide it's not for you. Early success in a hunt (even now after doing this for almost 49 years) helps keep a positive outlook and keep the competitive juices flowing. Good luck with your choice and future success.
    It also depends if you are in it for just the silver & gold or if you are in it for the hobby
    I know plenty of guys that dont even want the silver - just gold
    dont get me wrong - I want gold too but Im in it for the hobby - I like the silver - the gold and the other neat stuff I pull out
    plus i take some pride in cleaning the junk out and making returns
    A Pi in the right hands can turn plenty of worked out spots into good spots too
    you use it right and you should get stuff deeper than othrs - up here in New england - the salt does a job on steel and iron
    so we mainly have to worry about the fresh iron drops - bottle caps and nails dont last long up here -
    where down in Fla. and other southern spots - caps and nails and other iron cake up and last forever
    I hit a spot in Fla. in my early yrs with my PI and I pulled over 100 caked bottle caps and yes I was ready to quit the hobby
    but if i lived down there - seeing as I pulled those out - i would just clean out all those oldies and just have to worry about the
    fresh ones - I can take you to over 20 spots up here where you wont find a cap older than 2 yrs old - in salt waters at least
    we had a rash of PI users - Im partially responsible for that (I was killing it in the late 90s - early 2000s with my PI pro and others
    started to buy them) an those guys helped me clean up alot of spots of older and deep trash - those guys found alot of old gold too
    - over the yrs ive had a few of them thank me for turning them on to PIs -
    I used a Whites PI pro - I used it differently than most others and believe i got more depth than some - Most of all the PI machines
    out there I beleive all do great - you can usually find a used one for under $500 and some times half that
    like I said - maybe try and find a guy that has one near you as a back up that will take you out or a dealer that has a used one
    and might take you you out - good luck
    Motto = "I try to hit where others cant or others wont "

 

 
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