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  1. #1

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    Wait for Equinox 800 or pick up a used XP Deus?

    Hello everyone,

    I'm jumping head first into this hobby, and I'd prefer to start out with something decent right out of the gate. I'd originally considered the AT Max, but I think the two in my title would be much better options to last for a long time.

    Back to my question, Equinox 800 is out of stock everywhere I can see besides some expensive ones on ebay, while my local classifieds have an XP Deus that is currently marked at $900 and is supposedly only a few months old. Would getting the Deus used be a better option, or is there a risk of a damaged detector that I should avoid?

    Thanks in advance!

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    Chronic Patriot/Metal Detecting,it`s My Lifestyle !

    Jul 2010
    "Kan-a-we-o-la" Head on a Pole N.Y. Seneca Territory of The Six Nations 1779.. now in Catlin N.Y.
    Deus, 11" Low Freq. , 9" X35 Coils, MI 6 Pointer Tesoro Tejon, Land or Sea Pointer, Garrett Pointer, King Of Spades 40" KS-D SA and 40" KS-S-SA Lesche 28" Ground Shark Treasure Wise Diggers
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    Welcome to Tnet !
    If you live where it`s warm a long time i`d wait ...but if your season is short or live up north ...time is a wasting !
    Helps if we know where you live.
    Gary
    Last edited by G.A.P.metal; Apr 30, 2018 at 11:54 AM.
    I`v been detecting for 49 years owned my own detector shop G.A.P. Metal Detectors here in N.Y.
    See my old adds in Western & Eastern Treasures and Lost Treasure Magazines through the 90s
    I hunt the Sullivan Trail here in N.Y.
    "Success is just Rented, Never Owned and the Rent is due Daily"
    "Its the Golden Rule who ever has the Gold Rules"
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqdSl2jFjlE

  3. #3
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    Sep 2015
    Southeast Grundy, Illinois
    EQ600, EQ800 and a Carrot
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    800 if you can wait.
    "See your doctor if your detector has a detection for more then four hours!"

  4. #4

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    Quote Originally Posted by G.A.P.metal View Post
    Welcome to Tnet !
    If you live where it`s warn a long time i`d wait ...but if your season is short or live up north ...time is a wasting !
    Helps if we know where you live.
    Gary
    I live in Northern Utah, and it's been getting very warm very fast here. Nearly the entire year would be possible for detecting, minus a few winter months.
    G.A.P.metal likes this.

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    Chronic Patriot/Metal Detecting,it`s My Lifestyle !

    Jul 2010
    "Kan-a-we-o-la" Head on a Pole N.Y. Seneca Territory of The Six Nations 1779.. now in Catlin N.Y.
    Deus, 11" Low Freq. , 9" X35 Coils, MI 6 Pointer Tesoro Tejon, Land or Sea Pointer, Garrett Pointer, King Of Spades 40" KS-D SA and 40" KS-S-SA Lesche 28" Ground Shark Treasure Wise Diggers
    5,907
    5439 times
    Relic Hunting
    Banner Finds (1)
    well i`d have a hard time waiting...hard to tell how long of a wait...hard decision...the Deus is a good machine !
    Last edited by G.A.P.metal; Apr 30, 2018 at 11:56 AM.
    I`v been detecting for 49 years owned my own detector shop G.A.P. Metal Detectors here in N.Y.
    See my old adds in Western & Eastern Treasures and Lost Treasure Magazines through the 90s
    I hunt the Sullivan Trail here in N.Y.
    "Success is just Rented, Never Owned and the Rent is due Daily"
    "Its the Golden Rule who ever has the Gold Rules"
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqdSl2jFjlE

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    Apr 2018
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    Agreed! I'd love one as fast as possible. If only I knew what the wait on the Equinox was...

    My only other concern is what type of Deus that one for sale is. From what I can see, they come in multiple packages? All I can see on the one available is that is does have the bigger display on it, but I don't know anything about the coil size or accessories.

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    Travis Mitchell

    Feb 2016
    Elizabethtown, IN
    XP Deus ORX, MX5, V3i, Equinox, Tesoro Vaq, F22
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    Northern Utah, If your not looking for Gold nuggets then just get the 600 its exactly what your looking for. I'd personally pass on the Deus the 600 can run head to head against it and when minelab releases the 6" coil I'm betting it will surpass the deus in Iron as well.

    The 600 is readily available. Best of Luck

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    Apr 2010
    Twin Cities, MN
    Minelab Equinox 800 Past: Tesoro Tiger Shark Tesoro Silver uMax AT Pro
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    I was in a similar dilemma. I was going to buy a decent used Deus locally for about $850, and then just sell it on fleabay when my 800 arrived. I then did a lot of reading, comparison, and emailed Minelab a few times and decided on getting the 600. I'm in MN so I really don't need gold mode, The advanced settings offered by the 800 I personally won't use, and I have my own waterproof earbuds (because I hate the big over the ear headphones) & I picked up a APTX LL bluetooth receiver (a poor mans wm08) for $30 online.
    And Multi-Iq is the same on both machines and that's what I really wanted, so I just went with the 600. Saved some money and bought a new pinpointer too haha.
    The added features and accessories when you look at the face value are "worth it" to upgrade to the 800, just not for me.
    "Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen." ~Winston Churchill

  9. #9

    Apr 2018
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    Thanks for the responses!

    I would enjoy looking for gold here and there, but that definitely wouldn't be my main use for it. I'm sure I'd mainly be sticking around parks and around old settlements wherever I could find them. I do know of some old abandoned mining towns, however, so a gold feature could come in handy.

    I asked the seller on the Deus, and he just barely sold it. Kind of a bummer, but I guess that narrows down my decision a little more. I'll definitely be looking at the 600 more now.

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    Travis Mitchell

    Feb 2016
    Elizabethtown, IN
    XP Deus ORX, MX5, V3i, Equinox, Tesoro Vaq, F22
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    582 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Quote Originally Posted by Yentlequible View Post
    Thanks for the responses!

    I would enjoy looking for gold here and there, but that definitely wouldn't be my main use for it. I'm sure I'd mainly be sticking around parks and around old settlements wherever I could find them. I do know of some old abandoned mining towns, however, so a gold feature could come in handy.

    I asked the seller on the Deus, and he just barely sold it. Kind of a bummer, but I guess that narrows down my decision a little more. I'll definitely be looking at the 600 more now.
    Just to be clear the 600 will find Gold for sure. Gold coins, jewelry, even nuggets it just does not have a dedicated prospecting mode. For Park hunting and settlements (looking for coins) the 600 in my opinion is the way to go. You do miss the blue tooth headphones and the custom user mode feature as well, but I ordered a 600 from Bart @ bigboyhobbies and had it in about 1 week so how soon do you want to hunt?

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    Quote Originally Posted by eman1000 View Post
    Just to be clear the 600 will find Gold for sure. Gold coins, jewelry, even nuggets it just does not have a dedicated prospecting mode. For Park hunting and settlements (looking for coins) the 600 in my opinion is the way to go. You do miss the blue tooth headphones and the custom user mode feature as well, but I ordered a 600 from Bart @ bigboyhobbies and had it in about 1 week so how soon do you want to hunt?
    I'm ready to hunt as soon as possible. I nearly bought the AT Max last week until I did more research. Bigboyshobbies is showing the 600 on backorder right now, unfortunately, as is Amazon... Must be a popular time to be purchasing.

  12. #12
    us
    Chronic Patriot/Metal Detecting,it`s My Lifestyle !

    Jul 2010
    "Kan-a-we-o-la" Head on a Pole N.Y. Seneca Territory of The Six Nations 1779.. now in Catlin N.Y.
    Deus, 11" Low Freq. , 9" X35 Coils, MI 6 Pointer Tesoro Tejon, Land or Sea Pointer, Garrett Pointer, King Of Spades 40" KS-D SA and 40" KS-S-SA Lesche 28" Ground Shark Treasure Wise Diggers
    5,907
    5439 times
    Relic Hunting
    Banner Finds (1)
    Minelab factory is having a hard time keeping up with the demand of the new Equinox Models .
    I`v been detecting for 49 years owned my own detector shop G.A.P. Metal Detectors here in N.Y.
    See my old adds in Western & Eastern Treasures and Lost Treasure Magazines through the 90s
    I hunt the Sullivan Trail here in N.Y.
    "Success is just Rented, Never Owned and the Rent is due Daily"
    "Its the Golden Rule who ever has the Gold Rules"
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqdSl2jFjlE

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    us
    Apr 2010
    Twin Cities, MN
    Minelab Equinox 800 Past: Tesoro Tiger Shark Tesoro Silver uMax AT Pro
    302
    116 times
    Metal Detecting
    Quote Originally Posted by Yentlequible View Post
    I'm ready to hunt as soon as possible. I nearly bought the AT Max last week until I did more research. Bigboyshobbies is showing the 600 on backorder right now, unfortunately, as is Amazon... Must be a popular time to be purchasing.
    If you call around and send some emails you can find a 600. That’s what i did with Keith from Fort Bedford Metal Detectors. Great guy! I see why Terry brags about him all the time.
    "Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen." ~Winston Churchill

  14. #14
    Wig you do salt water beaches get the 800. If not get the deus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MNDirtFishing View Post
    If you call around and send some emails you can find a 600. That’s what i did with Keith from Fort Bedford Metal Detectors. Great guy! I see why Terry brags about him all the time.
    Awesome, I'll start asking around for sure. Maybe I'll see if I have any local shops around here first.

    Quote Originally Posted by smokeythecat View Post
    Wig you do salt water beaches get the 800. If not get the deus.
    I probably won't be doing salt water unless I feel like driving to the coast. I do live near Salt Lake City, but I doubt there's much around this gross lake. I wouldn't mind having the option anyway, since you never know when you'll need it.

 

 
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