Is my Equinox 600 working as intended?
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  1. #1
    us
    Apr 2018
    Charleston, SC
    Minelab Equinox 600 Garrett ACE 400 Garrett GTA 1000 (recently deceased)
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    129 times
    Beach and Shallow Water Hunting

    Is my Equinox 600 working as intended?

    Went to a local beach this past weekend and went out in the surf to hunt for a bit. As soon as I the coil down on the bottom, I got an almost constant 2 reading and corresponding beep. I was in Beach 2. Performed a factory reset, went back to Beach 2 and got the same results, moved threshold up and down with the same results. Any ideas?

    Also, I'll be up on the beach and while swinging, I'll get a very strong signal that will repeat one or two times and then disappear.

    I've had this machine for about a year now and by no means am I an expert with it but I do have probably 200 hours of beach hunting with it under my belt and these problems are a little weird.
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  2. #2
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    us
    Aug 2013
    Southern California
    Equinox 800 / XP Deus
    8,786
    9742 times
    Just a guess but maybe a small piece of ferrous caught between the coil and coil cover.
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  3. #3
    Charter Member
    us
    Jul 2015
    Near Ground Zero for Insanity
    XP Deus with HF/x35 Coils and Mi6 Pinpointer/ML Equinox 600/800/ML GPX 4800/Garrett ATX/Fisher F75 DST/Tek Delta/Whites MXT/Nokta Simplex/Garrett Carrot
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    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Also, ML recommends using TRACKING GB in salt surf, but your problem seems different. If it isn't debris in the coil cover, it may be telling you that the coil is starting to go south. Keep an eye on it, if it does not resolve, gets worse, or starts showing up in other detecting situations, you should give ML repair a call.
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  4. #4
    us
    Mar 2015
    Bodymore, Metalland
    Minelab Excal, Safari, Garrett infinium, Whites prizm 4
    890
    1665 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Banner Finds (1)
    Sounds like the advise is clean under the coil cover n check your connections then send it in if need be. What sensitivity are you running? Hows the beach mineralization?

  5. #5
    Charter Member
    us
    Nov 2012
    Maryland
    XP Deus, Tesoro Cibola, Full sized shovel and a backhoe
    17,089
    31407 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Banner Finds (8)
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    Like Vferrari said, unless it is something mechanical, I'd first try it just plain outside, not the beach, or over a salt water bucket and if it keeps acting up put it in a nice cardboard casket and send it to Minelab to fix.
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  6. #6
    Charter Member
    us
    Rook

    Nov 2013
    XP Deus, F75Ltd., AT PRO, Garrett pointer
    21,847
    78569 times
    Cache Hunting
    No expert here but I've seen that some beach hunters remove the coil cover to hunt sand.
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  7. #7
    Charter Member
    us
    Mar 2011
    San Diego
    Equinox 800, Fisher Impulse AQ, E-Trac, 3 Excal 1000's, White's GM3 V-sat. White's TM808, VibraProbe, 15" NEL Attack, 5X10 Joey, Steath 920ix and 720i, TRX, etc....
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    Check your recovery speed too. Lower settings can be real chatty in the water for whatever reason. I realize your machine only has 3 settings, so, try 3 and see if it helps. With my 800, sometimes I need to put it on 7 to quiet it down.
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  8. #8

    Feb 2019
    Carson City NV
    Equinox 800, AT Pro
    286
    1307 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Honorable Mentions (1)
    Mine has problems in black sand. When the sand is a mix of black and clean sand I will pick up iron grunting.
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  9. #9
    us
    Jan 2010
    Coloma, Michigan
    Xterra 70 6" 7.5khz concentric 9" 7.5Khz concentric, 5x10 18.75Khz DD, 10.5 18.75Khz DD.
    348
    297 times
    Sensitivity to high. ?
    are you wearing shoes, metal eyelets.
    black sand and ? Raise your iron bias up.
    just guessing here.

    Doug
    Coloma, Michigan, South West lower Michigan.Just east of St,
    Joseph Mi, 12 miles

    Equinox 800 11, 6 coil
    Steve’s Carbon fiber shaft with counter weight.
    Xterra 70

 

 

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