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  1. #61
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    Serious question here, as I'm not sure of what the issue here is...

    Why does it MATTER, if Minelab repairs a control box by opening it up, or replaces it instead?

    About a year and a half ago, I had a problem with my Explorer SE Pro. I sent it to Minelab, and their repair facility opened it up, diagnosed the problem, and determined that it was a faulty "main control board," and that a new one would be roughly $350. I opted not to have it repaired, but that is not the point. My point is, what I wanted at the time, was for my SE Pro to be returned back to working order. At the time, it would not have mattered one bit if they had told me "here are your options -- we can open it up, make the repair, and send it back to you, for $350 -- OR -- we can give you a whole new control box, and install it back on the shaft for you, for $350." In fact, I would have opted for the NEW control box for $350, instead of the repair!

    I am not sure why it would be an issue for the end user, if
    90% of the time (or 100% of the time, for that matter),
    Minelab "repairs" an Equinox control-box fault by REPLACING the control box, versus opening it up and having an expert electronics tech replace control boards, or control-board components. Isn't the user's goal to end up with a properly working unit, after sending it to Minelab? I guess I fail to see why anyone is concerned with HOW they received back a properly working unit -- whether "repair" or "replace." Am I missing something?

    Working on electronic control boards is delicate work, that requires an expert tech, and even then, the repairs often can't be done. At some point, the units can be PRODUCED more cheaply than they can be REPAIRED. That's the nature of the time in which we live, and the complexity of the electronics we are using. I guess I don't understand why anyone would care, if the fact were that it is more cost-effective to REPLACE a control box, than REPAIR it. I guess don't know what all the fuss is about...

    Steve
    Last edited by sgoss66; Apr 21, 2019 at 02:06 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sgoss66 View Post
    Serious question here, as I'm not sure of what the issue here is...

    Why does it MATTER, if Minelab repairs a control box by opening it up, or replaces it instead?

    About a year and a half ago, I had a problem with my Explorer SE Pro. I sent it to Minelab, and their repair facility opened it up, diagnosed the problem, and determined that it was a faulty "main control board," and that a new one would be roughly $350. I opted not to have it repaired, but that is not the point. My point is, what I wanted at the time, was for my SE Pro to be returned back to working order. At the time, it would not have mattered one bit if they had told me "here are your options -- we can open it up, make the repair, and send it back to you, for $350 -- OR -- we can give you a whole new control box, and install it back on the shaft for you, for $350." In fact, I would have opted for the NEW control box for $350, instead of the repair!

    I am not sure why it would be an issue for the end user, if
    90% of the time (or 100% of the time, for that matter),
    Minelab "repairs" an Equinox control-box fault by REPLACING the control box, versus opening it up and having an expert electronics tech replace control boards, or control-board components. Isn't the user's goal to end up with a properly working unit, after sending it to Minelab? I guess I fail to see why anyone is concerned with HOW they received back a properly working unit -- whether "repair" or "replace." Am I missing something?

    Working on electronic control boards is delicate work, that requires an expert tech, and even then, the repairs often can't be done. At some point, the units can be PRODUCED more cheaply than they can be REPAIRED. That's the nature of the time in which we live, and the complexity of the electronics we are using. I guess I don't understand why anyone would care, if the fact were that it is more cost-effective to REPLACE a control box, than REPAIR it. I guess don't know what all the fuss is about...

    Steve
    My thoughts exactly.

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    The philosophy of repair vs. replace is interesting but theoretical. The cost is the question. Throwing away a $100 toaster oven because it can’t be economically repaired is one thing, throwing away a $600 - $900 detector because control box replacement is the only way to fix a dead push pad control or bad screen is another. If control box replacement is the only option, the cost of the new box is the key issue on any problem not covered by warranty.

    So, what does everybody think is a reasonable price for replacement of an out of warranty control head?

  4. #64
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    Since it is another 2 years before the first produced Equinox warranties expires it is all nothing more than premature speculation.
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    Treasure Hunter and Vferrari are correct. A couple years from now you'll send it in, they'll email you an estimate to REPLACE the control box, and then you decide what you're going to do. A real no brainer. I guarantee the service centers (including TV and cell phone service centers, DO NOT do microcircuitry work. That takes an important investment in equipment and personnel. They're not doing that. You will have an option of paying to replace it or buy another machine of your choice. It's just the way it is. Some cars are falling into this category also, in a moderate wreck the insurance company chooses to buy you out and junk the car, even though the car COULD be repaired. Right now its speculation, but don't worry about it. Time to dig...
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    Non warranty repairs can occur long before expiration - dropped, slammed in car door, backed over - the list goes on. So it is not speculation. Besides the consideration of eventual failure and the cost of remedying it are something anyone who is going to part with many hundreds of dollars on a new tool ought to consider.

    Just ask my neighbor and hunting companion how he felt when he found out a replacement control box for his Deus was $500 (his dropped off at the beach and was lost in the sand.)

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    Rick K, I have known folks to run over theirs with trucks. Probably you'd have to just suck it up and get another machine of your choice. There is never a free lunch with any manufacturer. And the control box will not be repaired at a service center. It takes folks with extreme knowledge in electronics and with the proper tools to do it. I think most brands fall under this type scenario however.

  8. #68
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick K View Post
    The philosophy of repair vs. replace is interesting but theoretical. The cost is the question. Throwing away a $100 toaster oven because it canít be economically repaired is one thing, throwing away a $600 - $900 detector because control box replacement is the only way to fix a dead push pad control or bad screen is another. If control box replacement is the only option, the cost of the new box is the key issue on any problem not covered by warranty.

    So, what does everybody think is a reasonable price for replacement of an out of warranty control head?
    Typically, they would replace just the control head (~$350), coil (~$200), rod/shaft (~$100), headphones (~$100), or other failed accessories (e.g., WM08 for ~$200). Prices based on reasonable "actual" cost of the hardware based on markdowns from the inflated ML accessory pricing.
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  9. #69
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    The issue is that the Nox control unit is completely glued together - non-destructive disassembly has been demonstrated to not be possible. Sure, work on the main circuit board may not be cost effective because of surface mount components, etc, but with the Nox NONE of the components in the control unit can be serviced. I don’t know offhand of any other detector assembled that way. A push pad, screen or any other discrete sub-assembly could otherwise be removed and replaced. Not now apparently.

  10. #70
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    Technology is advancing so fast, by the time the warranty has expired, I will likely have moved on to the next best thing which will likely cost less than the cost of repairing an out of warranty Equinox. Not losing sleep on something I won't have to worry about for another 2 years.
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  11. #71
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    V is right. Just get something else, whatever that "something" is. I would not buy a 2018 model in 2021.

  12. #72
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    Does anyone have the contact information for the Illinois repair center, please?
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  13. #73
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    The repair center is in Pennsylvania, actually. Minelab Americas Support call center is in Illinois - Direct Lines are:

    1.Jamie@630-401-8150

    2. Tracy@630-401-8159
    Last edited by vferrari; Apr 21, 2019 at 08:10 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vferrari View Post
    The repair center is in Pennsylvania, actually. Minelab Americas Support call center is in Illinois - Direct Lines are:

    1.Jamie@630-401-8150

    2. Tracy@630-401-8159
    Thanks, V, really appreciate it!
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