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    Nov 2017
    Arizona
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    Equinox 800 travel version

    After trying several of the available equinox folding and/or collapsing shaft options out there I still wasn't satisfied with the reduction in size. I like to travel by motorcycle, and frequently take a detector along with me. From a weight and versatility standpoint the Equinox 800 is a spectacular machine for the task, but traveling with it wasn't always as easy I would like.

    This whole project started with a 4 section collapsible carbon fiber tube shaft, a folding control housing mount, and an Anderson arm cuff all from ebay. The real trick was making a mold and casing a new coil mounting head that fit the inside diameter of the new carbon fiber lower tube. It took me two molds, and 4 attempts, but I was finally able to solve all the problems and get a good casting in a heavy duty polyurethane that is very nearly a perfect replica of the factory mounting head.

    That done I was able to glue the new head into the shaft, drill the holes and fit the new folding handle, and then mount the arm cuff with the help of a quickie 3D printed spacer.

    The result is an equinox 800 that with the 6" coil mounted can fold down to a package that is just 22" long and very compact. While it would be nice to lose another 3-4" in length to fit inside a day pack for hiking into remote sites, this is a great leap forward for me over the stock shaft and mounting handle. When extended the machine comes out to between 55" and 56" long.

    The new setup is no better, and no worse than the stock shaft in terms of flex and rigidity, and the detector works just fine with the modifications. Thus far I have been very pleased with its compactness and portability.

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    very nice!, welcome to Tnet . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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    Sep 2017
    SW Washington
    Nox 800, CTX 3030, XP DEUS, Excalibur II Garrett AT Max, Whites DFX, Vanquish 540
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    Very nice setup! Thanx for sharing

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    I’m impressed, very nice

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    Jul 2012
    Poconos, Nw.NJ & Delaware Valley
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    I’m going to mod my 2nd equinox on carbon fiber telescoping monopole too with 6” coil only. With modded armrest ( cut down and heat bent narrower). I’ve considered using a handle folder but don’t want the extra setup step and it’s going to be small and compact enough to fit in a tennis racket bag. yours is a fine specimen good job. A lot of detecting power in a small package.
    My other equinox ( both 600’s ) is 11” coil only and is carbon fiber folded. 24” long. I can fit both in a single backpack if I want to

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    us
    Jul 2012
    Poconos, Nw.NJ & Delaware Valley
    Fisher f75 Teknetics Omega 8000 (Coming soon) Minelab Equinox 800 Have owned Minela b Safari and X terra 705
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    All -- esp.Colonial

    Equinox 800 travel version

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    Jan 2010
    Coloma, Michigan
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    Be interesting to try but I’m guessing it’s way more than I can spend.
    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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