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    salt water advise

    Hi my name is mike new here been detecting for about 4 or 5 years looking to up grade and buy a detector I can use in salt water.was looking at the Garrett at pro but from what I read on here not the best choice for salt water.Do you have any recommendations for a good detector for salt water.mainly going to be in the surf.looking in the price range 600 to 1000.00.thank for any advice.
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    My only salt water advice is, you can gargle with it but don't drink it.

    Others will likely follow this post with actual, helpful advice but it might be hard to arrive at a consensus. Everyone has their favorite. Good luck!
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    The nox is good in the salt but the build quality leaves something to be desired so don't expect it to last. The warranty is good and with 3d printing I think I'll get 3 yrs shooting for $2400 worth of finds before I have to replace it again. I'm close at 2.5 yrs it paid for itsself and every piece is either failed or failing so its going to be close.
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    no consensus needed just to get a few recommendations so I can do a little research on my own.Just need to pointed I the right direction

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    Quote Originally Posted by mjb View Post
    Hi my name is mike new here been detecting for about 4 or 5 years looking to up grade and buy a detector I can use in salt water.was looking at the Garrett at pro but from what I read on here not the best choice for salt water.Do you have any recommendations for a good detector for salt water.mainly going to be in the surf.looking in the price range 600 to 1000.00.thank for any advice.

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    The Minelab Equinox is what a lot of people are using right now.
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    I've used my AT Pro on SoCal beaches for the last 5 winters. Works exceptionally well above the high tide line, but get down to the wet sand or even in the water, and it's not very good. I've not found a way to balance it so that it works that well, I'm not saying that you can't use it in the water, but it's not the best for it.
    I have found rings in the wet sand, just saying that if you want a good beach detector, there are probably much better options (but you'll have to pay).
    Jeff

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    Quote Originally Posted by mjb View Post
    Hi my name is mike new here been detecting for about 4 or 5 years looking to up grade and buy a detector I can use in salt water.was looking at the Garrett at pro but from what I read on here not the best choice for salt water.Do you have any recommendations for a good detector for salt water.mainly going to be in the surf.looking in the price range 600 to 1000.00.thank for any advice.
    HI Mike
    I think you need to tell us more information? You mentioned "surf". How active is the water? Are you interested in digging everything you hear?

    I can say this! If you are looking to hunt with an Equinox in moving Salt Water, FORGET IT. I would actually pick a Minelab GT Sovereign over the Equinox.

    Just to qualify if you look at Terry S's post above and you see that wave wash that is white with air in it. THAT is exactly the kind of stuff that KILLS the Equinox. Also any rapid moving Salt Water.

    So please tell us more about your location??/ Black Sand

    Dave
    Last edited by midalake; Feb 10, 2021 at 09:11 PM.

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    The equinox is the one to have for all around hunting. I've had mine underwater in saltwater with no problems.
    The AT series are not friends with salt beaches.
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    I live close to ocean city Maryland.average day there the surf is 1 to 2 foot waves.i would mainly be digging jewelry no iron .mainly wading in the water but would want something completely water proof.Would be in white water as well as calmer water I see the value in spending a little more to get something that's going to work well.so price is important but not really.Terry that vid was awesome watched it about 4 times thanks
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    no black sand

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    Quote Originally Posted by mjb View Post
    I live close to ocean city Maryland.average day there the surf is 1 to 2 foot waves.i would mainly be digging jewelry no iron .mainly wading in the water but would want something completely water proof.Would be in white water as well as calmer water I see the value in spending a little more to get something that's going to work well.so price is important but not really.Terry that vid was awesome watched it about 4 times thanks
    Well the Equinox has diminished to non-existent abilities in moving Salt Water. I am currently in possession of my friends Tarsacci MDT 8000. Hunted with it for two days. In those two days I already know this unit is WAY better than the Equinox in moving Salt Water. I was able to make that determination with over 2 years on the Equinox.

    However I had had to stop using it because the headphone are inferior at the beach.[they are not the factory phones] I would never be able to learn the machine. Also handicapping myself on faint signals. Sadly I can not get a better set where I am at right now.

    This machine is already a beach killer! With the 12" coil coming out it could be even better. However there is no guarantee that the larger coil will work better in Salt Water.

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    OC MD can be some rough hunting, water wise and gold wise. I hunted there for about 6 years, (2008 to 2014). My opinion I like the NOX but If your going in low, on the slope and in the white wash the NOX will not take the beatings. The only machines that can handle that area would be the CZ21, Excalibur, or the Garrett Sea Hunter. Move up the slope from that rough area the NOX would be my choice. During the summer there is just as much treasure in that upper area as there is the lower, you just have to be there a lot to find the gold. The handful of hunters I know that hunt there several hours a week may average 5 gold a year, years ago when I hunted there was a lot more to be found. Just not the same any more... One reason I moved on.

    Best of Luck!

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