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    us
    Mar 2014
    South Bend
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    Question about fresh water detecting

    I know about the beach settings on the equinox, but are those implied for salt water or for fresh water also when used in lakes,rivers or streams? If not how would you adjust the setting to detect in water?
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    Jul 2015
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    They are for salt water, they enable balancing to salt conditions which screw up the "normal" modes which balance to ferrous ground conditions. If you are fresh water hunting you are better off using Park or Field 1 modes (if focused on silver) and the Park 2/Field 2 modes is focused on mid-conductors like gold or small, non-coin targets The beach modes will work in freshwater, but the beach modes are set up to reduce transmit power if they encounter black sand mineralization, which you could encounter in some freshwater environs, so go with Park 1 or Park 2 (or the field modes) if you can get them to run stable.
    "The future ain't what it used to be..."

  3. #3
    ca
    Dec 2015
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    I use fresh water mode for fresh water hunting. I just add a little dark rum or maybe even some vodka...I add just enough till I can hear the surf.

    its always happy hunting in freshwater.....
    Reading a manual can make you look real smart
    Not reading a manual...can just make you look not so smart.
    Telling people you can't read on a forum....just makes you look stupid.

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    Jul 2016
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    Quote Originally Posted by vferrari View Post
    They are for salt water, they enable balancing to salt conditions which screw up the "normal" modes which balance to ferrous ground conditions. If you are fresh water hunting you are better off using Park or Field 1 modes (if focused on silver) and the Park 2/Field 2 modes is focused on mid-conductors like gold or small, non-coin targets The beach modes will work in freshwater, but the beach modes are set up to reduce transmit power if they encounter black sand mineralization, which you could encounter in some freshwater environs, so go with Park 1 or Park 2 (or the field modes) if you can get them to run stable.
    Thanks. This is very helpful.

  5. #5
    us
    Mar 2014
    South Bend
    ML Equinox 800, and Excalibur II
    210
    91 times
    Beach and Shallow Water Hunting
    Thanks for the input vferrari. Lake Michigan is one of the many lakes I detect and it does have high amounts of ferrous material due to the steel mills in Indiana and the lake tends to disperse it everywhere as the magnet in my scoop gets covered regardless of how far away I detect from the mills. So would I be correct to go into beach2 in those conditions?

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    us
    Jan 2007
    Cape Cod, Massachuestts
    Garrett (Infinium, ATPro, ATX), Minelab Excalibur, Troy (X2 X5), Tesoro Conquistador, Whites (Surfmaster PI, Quantum), JW Fisher 8X, DetectorPro Underwater 8", Minelab Equinox 800, Pro-Find 35
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    Beach 1 is stable in the fresh water. Still learning the basics and at 100 hours or so it may be time to fiddle with the fine controls.
    Biggest annoyance are the small bits from aluminum twist off caps and other small bit of metallic trash.
    Beach 2 for salt water, yellow & white gold, silver all give good repeatable signals. Waiting for Platinum to chime in.
    Gold 1&2 are unusable, Park and Field are too "sensitive" or maybe "noisy" for my liking. Maybe some tweaking ... but until the Beach 1 for fresh water for me.

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    us
    Mar 2014
    South Bend
    ML Equinox 800, and Excalibur II
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    91 times
    Beach and Shallow Water Hunting
    TY WaterWalker

  8. #8
    us
    Feb 2006
    NWMI
    X-Terra 705, Equinox 800, Musketeer, Tek G2, Omega and a Fisher ID Edge
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    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    I hunt the inland lakes in the Northern Lower and Park 2 is my primary hunt mode. When I'm in an area with multitudes of tiny single digit reading targets that waste hunt time I switch to Park 1 with it's slightly lower sensitivity to the bits. It's not a cure all but helps in most cases. Park 1 still retains good sensitivity to low/mid conductors. You can waste a lot of time in park 2 chasing those bits that fall through the scoop.
    Also, there can be conditions where TID 1 gives almost constant signals (possibly charcoal bits from beach fires?) in that case, raise T1 in accept reject to 1 to give them the iron tone.

    Stainless wire mesh welded in scoop for the small stuff.
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    Last edited by TomNWMI; Jun 23, 2018 at 03:27 AM.
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