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  1. #31

    Jul 2013
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    That sovereign looks a little lonely next to all those Excals.
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  2. #32
    Charter Member
    us
    Mar 2013
    North Eastern NC
    Equinox 800 and Excalibur
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    I have the original Excalibur and equinox 800. The equinox performance has made me relegate the old Excalibur to the back up machine. Not saying anything bad about the Excalibur, I still think it's great. I just think the equinox is a step forward as the technology advances.

  3. #33
    us
    Nov 2009
    Mid Atlantic Coast DE.
    f75se,CTX3030, Equinox 800, Deus ,Excal blue 800 & 1000,,Surf pi Df
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    Beach and Shallow Water Hunting
    I love the Nox with the 15, on the beach wet- and some dry , Love my blue's Excaliburs with pp and skullies , ill be using them through spring , now if i had Joe's energy lol , id do better , last hunt of 2019 was with the DF , waiting with OBN on the AQ , if i can't do better with it , im done , i am hoping 2020 will be good , Earl PS Congrats Joe on #1 for 2020
    Last edited by Earlafindit; Jan 09, 2020 at 12:35 AM.
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  4. #34

    Sep 2012
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    I use the excal in the wet sand all winter long it's deeper in my opinion. The Nox is great in the summer when I might want to go from the dry to the wet.
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  5. #35
    us
    Feb 2014
    Ohio and Florida
    CTX3030 w 11" and 17" DD coils, Minelab Excalibur II w 10" coil, Equinox 800 w 11" and 15" coils, Troy Shadow x2 w 7" coil, Pro Find 35 Pointer Vibra-Tector 730 w 4" coil
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    Beach and Shallow Water Hunting
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    Excal for 10 yrs, CTX 3030 w 17" coil for 3 yrs and now Equinox 800 w 15" coil for past 6 months. I hear Ya, but for dry sand and for surf up to Nox housing, I'll have to go w the Nox 800 w 15" coil.

    2020
    Gold - 13
    Silver 13
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    Metal Detecting Goal in Life is to Find Wife a 2ct Diamond Ring (so she'll be quiet about all my metal detecting).

  6. #36
    Charter Member
    us
    ZO6 Guy

    Jan 2014
    Los Angeles
    Minelab Excal II, Garrett AT Pro, CTX3030
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    Banner Finds (1)
    Still have mine. Love it.
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  7. #37
    us
    Jul 2013
    Delray Beach, Florida
    Ace 350 Tesoro Sand Shark Excalibur Equinox 800
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    Beach and Shallow Water Hunting
    Quote Originally Posted by rsc View Post
    Has everyone except OBN and me abandoned their Excals for Noxes?
    Yes the nox is lighter and maybe deeper, But NOT as good in the water in my opinion.
    Opinions anyone? Tks Gayle
    I agree. I use my Nox for dry or wet but when I plan a water hunt the Excal is the way to go!
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  8. #38

    Aug 2013
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    Sold my Equinox 800 after a years use, have two excal's my gold count went up. Iam mostly a water hunter. The Nox is in England now on a field of dreams.
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  9. #39
    us
    Mar 2016
    Inverness FL.
    Excal II
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    Bought the Wife a 600. But , I'll stick to my excal.
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  10. #40
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    "Dew" Meeker

    Mar 2006
    Gulf Coast, Fl
    MDT, Nox, Blue Xcals and CTX
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    The advantage to the Nox IMO come more out of the water where various modes, freq, and weighted averages come into play. Since we are using Beach 2 in the water....... we are using reduced power (ive been told as much as half), multi freq ONLY, a salt setting AND in most cases less sensitivity and higher recovery speeds. So .... you may seem smaller gold coming from the wet and dry.... but all things are equal in the water. We tested a 3 gram gold ring in the wet sand with the Nox........it hit it at about 12".... in the water 10".... think the Xcal will hit that in PP...... i do. First year with the Nox i found 6 gold chaines....... the smallest being .3 gram.... which i found with the Xcal not the Nox. When air testing over 150 pieces of gold there were only 2 targets the Xcal didnt hit the Nox did..... a hollow open gold earring and an extremely small cross....... now consider all that i said about using Beach 2. Ive got hundreds of hours with my Nox in the salt water completely covered...... no issues. But its obvious some have had. BUT..... do you want me to give you a list of things that go wrong with the Xcal...... which by the way has a 1 year warranty..... at about 1/3 the price of a mod Xcal. I like the balance of the Xcal to on a long shaft....... and you cant beat it for simplicity. It was having everything hard wired and repairs that was killing me...... NOT how well it worked.
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  11. #41
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    Harold in N.C

    Jul 2007
    N.C
    I use the excel 1000 have been since they came out.
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    I'm Always an Excalibur man, had them for years.
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  12. #42
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    ARC

    Aug 2014
    Bahia Del Espiritu Santo - "The Bay of the Holy Spirit” - La Florida
    JW 8X V.2 - ML X2 - VP 580
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    Quote Originally Posted by FLORIDA KEYS PIRATE View Post
    Bought the Wife a 600. But , I'll stick to my excal.
    This is what I have been thinking... but I will still have to learn it... so I can set it FOR her...

    For she wants nothing to do with learning the machines... she only wants me to hand it to her "ready to go". :/

    Which can suck at times... for when I see her heading my way... I know one of 2 things...

    So then I have to "read" her face...

    If she has wide eyed look with semi smile... she found something good enough to come show me / brag / rag.

    IF she looks frustrated... something with unit or gear is wrong and she needs me to stop what I am doing and fix her.

    heh
    Have permission... Fill holes... Dispose of trash. - The Random Chat Thread - http://www.treasurenet.com/forums/ev...en-24-7-a.html

  13. #43
    us
    Mar 2016
    Inverness FL.
    Excal II
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    470 times
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    That's exactly how it goes with us. LOL.
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  14. #44

    May 2009
    Now in the Mediterranean on a yacht.
    2 x Excalibur ll, Excal 1000,
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    Quote Originally Posted by rsc View Post
    Has everyone except OBN and me abandoned their Excals for Noxes?
    Yes the nox is lighter and maybe deeper, But NOT as good in the water in my opinion.
    Opinions anyone? Tks Gayle
    I am still using them...I have three and I mainly hunt in the water. Thanks to OBN and other good folks posting on how to repair them I am able to keep them working without having to send them in to minelab for repairs. I know the NOX have a three year warranty... I still need to get it to Ireland.
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  15. #45
    us
    Jul 2013
    Midwest
    Equinox 800, CTX 3030, Tesoro Silver Umax,
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    I have the Equinox 800, I hunt in all metal, Fe2 and recovery speed 4,5, and I get great depth. I hunted dry but mostly in the water and had no issues. Here is a picture of my finds while on vacation in the Bahamas.. minus the diamond ring I found for a couple. I hunted mostly water and dug everything. I am still thinking about getting an Excal II. Do you think Minelab will come out with another version? Any modifications or updates?

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