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  1. #16
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    Title? old fart

    Jun 2014
    mid western ARK
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    good comparison and that is what we all hope to be able to do, can be a real eye opener sometimes
    LUKE 15 : 8 "OR WHAT WOMAN, IF SHE HAS TEN SILVER COINS AND LOSES ONE COIN,DOES NOT LIGHT A LAMP AND SWEEP THE HOUSE AND SEARCH CAREFULLY UNTIL SHE FINDS IT?" 15 : 9 "AND WHEN SHE HAS FOUND IT, SHE CALLS TOGETHER HER FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS, SAYING, "REJOICE WITH ME, FOR I HAVE FOUND THE COIN WHICH I HAD LOST!"

  2. #17

    Apr 2015
    CZ-21, Minelab Equinox, Garrett AT Pro
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    Quote Originally Posted by GoDeep View Post
    Did I read right, your 17" coil equipped CTX was hitting similar depth to your 11" coiled EQ800?
    THIS!
    Minelab Equinox 800,Fisher CZ-21, Excalibur II

    ... waiting to see that elusive dowser on the beach with a bucket of gold rings ...

  3. #18
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    us
    Jan 2011
    Norman, OK
    Minelab CTX 3030, Minelab Equinox 800
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    Quote Originally Posted by GoDeep View Post
    Did I read right, your 17" coil equipped CTX was hitting similar depth to your 11" coiled EQ800?
    Yes, sir...

    Steve

  4. #19
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    Jan 2011
    Norman, OK
    Minelab CTX 3030, Minelab Equinox 800
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    dirtlooter-- thanks!

    flgliderpilot -- I know, it's a little hard to believe.

    Here's what I can say. Results may be different in other dirt, in other areas. BUT -- most of what I read confirms what I experience, which is that the Equinox is indeed as deep as the CTX. While I've only been running the CTX for about 6 months, I ran an Explorer SE Pro for 7 years before. The CTX and Explorer are similar, in terms of depth capability in my dirt (11" coil to 11" coil). VERY little, if any difference. My deepest dime/penny dig with the Explorer in our red/irony Oklahoma dirt was 9"; that's the limit here (at least for me). With the CTX and 17" coil, I've managed a 10" deep wheat (though in a site with less severe dirt, in northeastern Oklahoma), and I might be able to go a tad deeper. But here, in the central Oklahoma red dirt, that 9" deep wheat yesterday was pushing it. So was a similar-depth wheat I managed a couple of weeks ago.

    So, given all of this, I was really, really impressed to do a side-by-side, and actually listen to both machines, on a 9" wheat, and see the Equinox giving what both my partner and I would agree was a slightly, tiny bit "better" of a read on that target. Now, I have dug a few 8" coins with the Equinox, and they were not "iffy," so it's not that I didn't think it was capable. It's just that having both machines in hand, over three deep targets, and listening to the responses from both machines...

    Impressive, is all I can say. It was fortuitous that it was a pocket spill of deep coins, which allowed us a little mini "laboratory" to do some machine comparing; test gardens are helpful, but in the field is where it's at, and to me, this answered a lot of questions for both myself and my hunting buddy.

    Steve
    Last edited by sgoss66; May 07, 2018 at 12:24 AM.
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  5. #20
    us
    Title? old fart

    Jun 2014
    mid western ARK
    XP Deus with 9"LF and 9" HF Coils and 600 Equinox with stock and 6" coils
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    hey I totally understand the red clay, I have it all here. mostly the clay and clay mixtures but occasionally you find an area of actual dirt. the rocks here are terrible, had a guy doze my 5 acres so I could build my house back in the 82, the sheer number of rocks looked like a fresh potato harvest. when the clay gets hard, it is chisel hard LOL. I think most of our dirt washed down to Louisiana from all of the old clear cutting years ago. sounds like the Nox will be a lighter machine for you too.
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    LUKE 15 : 8 "OR WHAT WOMAN, IF SHE HAS TEN SILVER COINS AND LOSES ONE COIN,DOES NOT LIGHT A LAMP AND SWEEP THE HOUSE AND SEARCH CAREFULLY UNTIL SHE FINDS IT?" 15 : 9 "AND WHEN SHE HAS FOUND IT, SHE CALLS TOGETHER HER FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS, SAYING, "REJOICE WITH ME, FOR I HAVE FOUND THE COIN WHICH I HAD LOST!"

  6. #21
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    TunaTonker

    Nov 2016
    Whites, Garrett, Minelab
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    Quote Originally Posted by sgoss66 View Post
    Yes, sir...

    Steve
    That is just simply awesome! I finally have the money to buy one, so i'm looking around now! Can't wait to put this bad boy in my hands!
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  7. #22
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    us
    Jan 2011
    Norman, OK
    Minelab CTX 3030, Minelab Equinox 800
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    1063 times
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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtlooter View Post
    hey I totally understand the red clay, I have it all here. mostly the clay and clay mixtures but occasionally you find an area of actual dirt. the rocks here are terrible, had a guy doze my 5 acres so I could build my house back in the 82, the sheer number of rocks looked like a fresh potato harvest. when the clay gets hard, it is chisel hard LOL. I think most of our dirt washed down to Louisiana from all of the old clear cutting years ago. sounds like the Nox will be a lighter machine for you too.
    Dirtlooter -- then you know all about machines (single freq) struggling to give accurate ID on deeper coins...the iron in red dirt wreaks havoc on ID capability on a single frequency unit! And yes, you are probably right; all your good soil is now in the Gulf of Mexico! I'm not sure Oklahoma ever HAD good soil; most of the time the only decent dirt around here is in the river bottoms...

    Quote Originally Posted by GoDeep View Post
    That is just simply awesome! I finally have the money to buy one, so i'm looking around now! Can't wait to put this bad boy in my hands!
    Glad to hear it! Take your time learning the language, GoDeep, and I think the machine will begin to impress you!

    Steve
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  8. #23
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    Feb 2017
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    I need to get my tornado equipped F75 out of the truck with me on the next hunt to compare signals. Keep thinking about doing this but never do. Very nice write up!
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  9. #24
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    us
    Jan 2011
    Norman, OK
    Minelab CTX 3030, Minelab Equinox 800
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    HighVDI -- might be something to do when I'm home visiting...comparing signals is easier to do with two sets of hands, than one!

    Steve
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  10. #25
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    Jan 2018
    North Atlanta
    Equinox 800, 6" coil, stock coil, 15" coil, ProFind-35 pinpointer, Simplex, Vanquish 540. sold: AT Pro with stock coil, Nel Thunder, Garrett 5" x 8" coil, Garrett Carrot, Simplex.
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    well we saw Apple slay Nokia in the past 10 years. Anyone using a Nokia phone? There are inflection points in all industries from time to time and maybe this will really shake up some other metal detecting companies especially Garrett. Probably a lot of pressure on Garrett engineers now from their sales people.
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  11. #26
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    us
    Jan 2011
    Norman, OK
    Minelab CTX 3030, Minelab Equinox 800
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    felix -- that, to me, is one really great "side benefit" of the Equinox. By Minelab releasing such a capable, skilled, feature-filled detector at such a super price, it forces all other manufacturers to really "step up their game," which -- in the end -- really benefits us all!

    Steve
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  12. #27
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    Jan 2005
    Choctaw Beach Florida
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    Good stuff
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    God and country.

 

 
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