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  1. #16
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    And when the warranties start to expire in about a year, no one knows the cost to repair so may be time to get another machine. The warranty goes from date of purchase, and if you've had a repair, the repaired part is considered part of the original purchase. Someone posted that here already. Most things are meant to be thrown away these days, even cars. My truck just turned 200,000 miles and I thought about getting a replacement, but with the throw away mentality, I'm keeping it until it rolls over on it's hood with all 4 wheels in the air and with it's dip stick hanging out.
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    Yes it does not look good for Minelab service again.
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  3. #18
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick K View Post
    They only need to order 3 parts. Control head, rod, coil - nothing is repaired - all replaced - how hard could it be - unless the failure rate is way beyond what they planned.
    They dont just order parts for the Nox, orders are made for all models, they are not just shipping Nox parts.

    Failure rate iui s not high, they are out of parts and waiting on shipment.
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    I have just noticed there seems to be "issues" with this detector... overall.

    My point is... that they are being sent in for repair /replacemnets AT ALL.

    Sheesh this is supposed to be a "step up" in the overall detector tech.

    This detector is a brand new release... To have problems in these amounts in muriple areas oveeall just seems to be out of the norm.

    Personally... I don't give two craps about "parts" or the availability thereof...

    I NEVER want to have to send a detector IN FOR repair to begin with... let alone less than a year of purchasing it.

    That's just lame to begin with... you should NEVER have to send a detector in within a year of owning it...

    a FEW lemon problems are expected... but not one after the other.

    Who wants a detector that you have to "baby"... or worry about failures.

    Who cares if it "hits great"... if it is in the end an overall POS.

    Minelab trying to produce a detector on the cheap... to sell for cheap... is in the end only birthing "cheap".

    I don't know about any of you... but I have better things to do with my time and money than to invest a grand into something that I have to box up and wait to be repaired to use again at some point.

    Things break... this happens... but with this detector I get the overall opinion... that it is not an "if"... but a "when".

    I want a REAL tool... not be treated like one.


    PS... "quality is long remembered after price is forgotten"
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  5. #20
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    Lol, I find it funny whever I read these "my Equinox broke" threads that they attract non-Equinox users that seem to be the most bent out of shape about Equinox reliability or Minelab in general, and usually go on and on trying to convince themselves and others, with minimal evidence either way of the true reliability of the detector, that Equinox/ML is apparent junk.

    About the only thing I can infer from the forums is that the Equinox appears to be a wildly popular detector based on number of posts, so I am not surprised that we are going to see posts about repair service. Anyway, I just find it odd that non-Equinox users tend to be more vocal about Equinox reliabiity and appear to be so committed to expending energy and bandwidth convincing everyone the Equinox is synomous with bad design, manufacturing, performance, or you name it.

    Whether or not the premise that the Equinox is unreliable is true, I have no idea. I can only form my own point of view based on other Equinox users I personally know (and that runs close to 50, I reckon) and the anecdotal info I get from the repair center directly from a person I know and trust and who also runs a trusted detector dealership that is a Tnet sponsor, and my own first-hand experience with Equinox (and I have literally abused my machines from salt water to thicket). Anyway, it appears that Equinox is no more or less reliable than any other unit in it's price range.

    Regardless, I find the emotional investment by the non-Equinox crowd amusing and always a great read. I hope you all feel better now that you have blown the lid off the Minelab Equinox reliability conspiracy.

    Hope PA gets his detector back in his hands soon so he can go grab some more great finds with his Equinox. It does indeed suck on paper straws that he is stuck in spare parts hell, unfortunately.
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    Failure rate of Equinix is no higher than that of the Excalibur and you have to baby the excal just as much or you will have problems, I own multiple excals and I love the excal too.
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  7. #22
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    I've had mine close to 2 years now without having to do a thing to it as far as repairs. Oh, I HAVE changed the protective film over the screen once. I can't tell you how many times I've dropped it on the ground and also concrete parking lots and sidewalks. It's been to England 3 times and had to endure the gorillas in baggage claim. It's been in the pounding surf as well as desert heat. If this is supposed to be babied, I would be guilty of child abuse! None of my local detecting buddies have had to send theirs in either, so, in our experience, Equinox seems to be holding up just fine, thank you.....
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    Well those are positive posts.

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    I have the CTX, and a modded Excal II through Kellyco during their difficult years = waited a long time for my Excal to come home after several months of modifications.

    Everything still works. and they work to my needs, and I LOVE that Excal, period

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    I use the snot out of my detectors and can't break them. I have not run over one with my truck yet, but I came close once.
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    I have the 800 great machine havent got to use it much I had the AT Pro I had a problem with headphones once and coil another time they shipped them to me with a return label to send them back they shipped the day I called without even having the old parts Great fast service. I havent dealt with Minelab service but hope I dont have to wait as long as the OP if I do need parts.
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  12. #27

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    Update: ML sent me the tracking, looks like I will receive my Nox back tomorrow.
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  13. #28
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    I have had quite a number of Minelabs over the years.. Sov [still own it in fact], Explorer, excals [plural] I still have my original sword.. and it still performs beautifully.

    My excal 11 is one of the original models [made in Ireland]..

    and to this day, I have never had an issue with any of the minelabs.. I use a Deus for most things these days due to the exceptional amount of trash I hunt in..[drowned towns]

    But I still keep the sov and the excals for other purposes.. And they serve me well.. Perhaps the quality control in Malaysia is not up to the Aussie or Irish standards. I do know of a few

    folks who have had issues with the nox; and a few who have not.. perhaps it is the luck of the draw... But one would think that with the number of complaints , perhaps Minelab might think of extending the warranties.

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    Yes, I think luck of the draw is close to reality. The ones you don't hear about are working just fine. PA-dirt, good to hear it's coming back now. Stinks when your primary machine breaks. Doesn't matter which one it is. Now I just need someone to go with...
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    Got out for a quick lunch hunt to try out the replacement gear. It’s uploaded with the most recent software and sounded a bit different. Did not seem to be able to “force a false hightone” like I could before. I got the occasional high tone VDI In the iron areas, but they were fleeting and not repeating. Did not dig any falsing iron, and was surprised when these 2 targets appeared in areas I had swung many times before. Looking forward to taking my “new” machine to a couple of my old hot spots!

 

 
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