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    Need help picking a detector

    So i decided a few months back I wanted to get a detector. Ive saved my pennies and dimes and the time has finally come............ I think? I have about 600 saved so far give or take. I want to find the best detector I can in the sub 650$ price range. Is this possible? It will be my first detector but I also dont want something cheap and have to rebuy in a few months because I messed up the first time. This is why Ive stayed away from the bounty hunters and such. I wanna do it right the first time and get something that I can use for a few years before I feel like upgrading. So the Question is, Whats are the best products out there in my price range? Any help is greatly appreciated and I am sure this has been asked a million times. But with my budget what would you guys buy for the new detectorist?

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    Randy

    Feb 2015
    Fullerton CA
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    Buy a Garrett AT pro. It is a great detector and is easy to learn. You will use it for years to come. Look for a sale or buy from a reputable dealer on eBay and it is is or near your price range.
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    thanks for the welcome and reply the at pro is definitely on my list im thinking about the equinox 600 at pro and at gold mostly but then others keep coming up too makro racer 2 and fisher f22 so i dont really know what to think But something keeps pulling me towards garrett or minelab

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    be
    Oct 2016
    Belgium
    Minelab Equinox 800 Minelab Excallibur, Xp Deus, Tesoro Lobo Super Traq, Tesoro Bandido Umax, Teknetics Omega 8000
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    Buy an Minelab Equinox 600 and you never have to upgrade again. I have the Equinox 800 but i know that everything the 800 will find, the 600 will to. Trust me, i have had the AT Pro and the Equinox is much much better then the AT Pro.
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    Sep 2015
    Southeast Grundy, Illinois
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    At $650, the EQ6 is the way to go. Newest tech, and a steal at the price. Good Luck with your decision. (Former ATP owner)
    "See your doctor if your detector has a detection for more then four hours!"

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    Hawks88

    Aug 2012
    Niagara falls
    Equinox 600, fisher gold bug pro.
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    Welcome to tnet from Niagara Falls.

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    May 2009
    Southern Ontario
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    EQ 600 or a Tesoro Outlaw with the 3 coil bundle which I use and highly recommend.

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    us
    Apr 2004
    Southern Appalachia
    BH Pioneer 202, Whites CM2 BFO, Harbor Freight 9 function
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    Tesoro Mojave to learn the ropes of metal detecting. Then after you have spent 100 hours in the field detecting, you will know for certain what type of detecting you really enjoy and what unit best suits your favorite type of detecting. The Mojave is beginner friendly, a good all around machine, costs $270 new and comes with a lifetime warranty. If you determine that you don't enjoy detecting, the Mojave will be easy to sell and holds it's value well.

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    Rook

    Nov 2013
    Mississippi
    XP Deus, F75Ltd., AT PRO, Garrett pointer
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    A lot of it is the user. All machines listed here will do the trick. It really amounts to getting to know the machine in hand. Time in with the machine is 70% of the battle. Good luck in making your decision.

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    DEPLORABLE

    Jul 2015
    Port Allegheny, Pennsylvania
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    Coin Rescue Tech

    Jun 2014
    Northern O-H-I-O
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    You are going to get many touting the the machine they use. I believe all the big manufacturers make good machines in all 3 brackets (beginner - Mid Level - High end).

    You need to ask yourself a few questions.

    How heavy of a machine do you want to swing?

    What sounds do you want to hear (Garrett bell tones, Minelab (bwoop bwoop sounds), standard tones, or are you a VCO guy.

    What type coil do you like? I prefer DD coils over concentric.

    Do you want a detector that charges via a USB cord or do you want one that takes batteries?

    Do you need a totally waterproof machine?

    What target ID scale are you used to 1-99 or 1-44?

    Do you want a machine that can detect in more than one frequency?

    I personally started with an el cheapo TC-1023, knew I wanted to see target ID numbers in stead of the meter needle. I also wanted to go to a DD coil so I moved up to a Fisher F4. A few months later I wanted to go deeper so I bought a used F75LTD and have been swinging it ever since (almost 4 years now)

    I did have an XP Deus, it can detect in 4 separate freq's, and it's ultra light. Many of my hard core detecting friends use it or the CTX 3030, but the Deus only gave me a tad bit more depth, so I decided to stay with the machine I have the most experience with..


    Good luck on whatever you choose.

    By the way I bought most of my machines used and have never had an issue.
    Rescuing Coins 1 Beep at a time

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    Colonel

    Jan 2014
    Central Florida
    CTX 3030; EQX 800; Excal II
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    I totally agree where the EQX is concerned.

    I've tested just about every MD on the market and you just can't do any better for $649 than the EQX600. Multi Frequency vs single frequency as on the others and the EQX 600 gives you the option of going to single frequency if you desire. Factory sets for Park, Field and Beach environments and customizable in each as you grow more familiar with your machine. Good at saltwater beaches as well as freshwater beaches and land hunting. Single frequency machines have a real tendency to be unstable in saltwater. And did I mention, the EQX is waterproof? Yes it is. And since ours is an outdoor sport, you'll never have to worry about getting it wet or using it in the water...fresh or salt.

    Just the view from my foxhole....

    Forgot to mention...if you are military or prior military, Minelab gives you a 15% discount on their detectors.
    Last edited by ColonelDan; Aug 10, 2018 at 10:26 AM.
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    us
    Mar 2012
    Spring TX
    CTX3030/F75LTD/ Garrett AtPro/ XP Deus
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    These suggestions are right on track, every detector has a few different variables. You will want something with ground balance capabilities, multi frequency is a plus , and with waterproof, you can hunt more areas. The Equinox 600 or AT Series are all good performers with target ID. Give me a shout if you want to talk detector options.

    Wayne
    (832) 928-9135
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    Ed

    Jul 2018
    Eastern Connecticut
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    If you're new to the hobby you may want to consider getting a machine that is easy to learn and has a low initial cost. You may find that you don't really like the hobby and you've put out a lot of money for something that will collect dust. Even low end machines will find good stuff if you use them correctly.
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    Randy

    Feb 2015
    Fullerton CA
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    Quote Originally Posted by digger460 View Post
    At $650, the EQ6 is the way to go. Newest tech, and a steal at the price. Good Luck with your decision. (Former ATP owner)
    I have a Minelab and the ATP Love them both and prefer one of the other depending on the soils. I like the Minicab for water hunting but the ATP is no slouch in the water either.
    Last edited by trdking; Aug 11, 2018 at 07:53 PM.
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