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    Best beach detector?

    I am looking to get into metal detecting. I have read some books and websites. I am still uncertain about the featuers I should get based on what I plan on metal detecting for.

    Mainly I intend to detect on ocean beaches for rings and coins (anything else that can be found on a beach).
    I would also like to do some detecting on land.

    I am looking for a detector with the following characteristics:
    Waterproof (completely submersible)
    Able to detect a few feet below the surface
    Ability to handle multiple frequencies

    I have searched the sites for Garrett and other reputable companies but I just canít find anything that has these exact characteristics unless I overlooked something.
    With all of this in mind, what detectors would you recommend?

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    welcome to tnet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I am sure someone will chime in. lotsa new detectors with those specs and some excellent old ones as well
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    Equinox 800. I have the Excalibur and it is an awesome beach and underwater machine. But I wanted to do as you said, both water and land. I picked up the 800 and couldn't be happier.
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    I have the 800 and 2 Excalibur. I'll take the Excal all day long. It's a no brainier.
    If you don't look for it you won't find it!! So get out there and dig it.

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    Excal. Deeper water is its forte.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bodkin View Post
    Equinox 800. I have the Excalibur and it is an awesome beach and underwater machine. But I wanted to do as you said, both water and land. I picked up the 800 and couldn't be happier.
    The Excal is also a great dry and wet sand machine. Only draw back is you don't get the VDI numbers with an Excal.
    If you don't look for it you won't find it!! So get out there and dig it.

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    Equinox 800. I’ve owned and used two Excals. Great for diving but the 800 smacks it on the sand both dry and damp and is pleasure to use anywhere on land. Plus less investment dollars for a faster machine that doesn’t null out before it recovers in time to find that good target next to iron.


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    Colonel

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    I've hunted Florida beaches for more than a few years using the Excal 2, CTX and the EQX 800 extensively and exclusively. Given your criteria:
    Waterproof (completely submersible): All three-Check
    Able to detect a few feet below the surface: All three - Check
    Ability to handle multiple frequencies: All three - Check

    My personal preference given that all three hit your mark however is for the EQX:

    ~ Faster processor than the other two which provides greater separation capability...separation being the ability to pick out the good targets when lying close to ferrous material. You'll come to love that advantage
    ~ Much more sensitive to small targets than the other two...I can and have picked up small linked chains with my EQX that the Excal and CTX would have passed right over...there's just no comparison and you'll come to love that advantage.
    ~ Simpler to use for the first timer but can be tailored easily to meet virtually any situation...you'll come to love that advantage.
    ~ Much lighter than the other two...by several pounds. After multiple hours on the beach, you'll come to love that advantage.
    ~ $800 for the EQX vs $1500 for the Excal and $2500 for the CTX...prices for new detectors...used ones can be had for significantly less. You'll really love that advantage.

    Just a view thoughts from my foxhole...it's 2018 technology in the EQX vs 2008 and 2012 technology = faster, lighter, smaller and cheaper. Advantage; EQX.

    I could go into the EQX multi IQ system vs the BBS system of the Excal and the FBS system of the CTX but I think the main advantages based on your stated criteria goes to the EQX.
    ~The Challenge: Big Beach; Little Coil; Tiny Targets~

    ~"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication"~ Leonardo da Vinci

    ~Pre-determined settings serve only to get you in the ballpark. Itís up to you to pick the best seat~

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    My top picks would be the Equinox, CTX, and Excalibur, in that order, for the type of detecting you plan on doing.
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    Unless you plan to SCUBA, Minelab Equinox is the BIG BANG for the money, and outclasses some that are more expensive. Best of luck and Big Gold!

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    I think I posted this some where else,

    Me, I would recommend the Nox for it does all the work for you and fast.
    Where as the Excalibur requires a very skilled person to match or better the Nox's performance.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bodkin View Post
    Equinox 800. I have the Excalibur and it is an awesome beach and underwater machine. But I wanted to do as you said, both water and land. I picked up the 800 and couldn't be happier.
    Interesting because that is what I was really thinking about. I want to hear as many opinions as possible before I drop several hundred dollars on a detector.

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    Thank you all for the feedback. I plan on getting certified again in scuba in about 2 weeks. I would like to take my detector offshore a little bit. And eventually maybe even pretty deep.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ColonelDan View Post
    I've hunted Florida beaches for more than a few years using the Excal 2, CTX and the EQX 800 extensively and exclusively. Given your criteria:
    Waterproof (completely submersible): All three-Check
    Able to detect a few feet below the surface: All three - Check
    Ability to handle multiple frequencies: All three - Check

    My personal preference given that all three hit your mark however is for the EQX:

    ~ Faster processor than the other two which provides greater separation capability...separation being the ability to pick out the good targets when lying close to ferrous material. You'll come to love that advantage
    ~ Much more sensitive to small targets than the other two...I can and have picked up small linked chains with my EQX that the Excal and CTX would have passed right over...there's just no comparison and you'll come to love that advantage.
    ~ Simpler to use for the first timer but can be tailored easily to meet virtually any situation...you'll come to love that advantage.
    ~ Much lighter than the other two...by several pounds. After multiple hours on the beach, you'll come to love that advantage.
    ~ $800 for the EQX vs $1500 for the Excal and $2500 for the CTX...prices for new detectors...used ones can be had for significantly less. You'll really love that advantage.

    Just a view thoughts from my foxhole...it's 2018 technology in the EQX vs 2008 and 2012 technology = faster, lighter, smaller and cheaper. Advantage; EQX.

    I could go into the EQX multi IQ system vs the BBS system of the Excal and the FBS system of the CTX but I think the main advantages based on your stated criteria goes to the EQX.
    I would like to hunt Florida beaches too. How much luck have you had there? Have you found any Spanish coins?

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    Jan 2014
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    OBXmetalDet, Spanish coins are still being found but the conditions have to be right...storm erosion creates the best conditions. Our beaches along the treasure coast haven’t been stripped of their sand in quite awhile.
    ~The Challenge: Big Beach; Little Coil; Tiny Targets~

    ~"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication"~ Leonardo da Vinci

    ~Pre-determined settings serve only to get you in the ballpark. Itís up to you to pick the best seat~

 

 
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