Want a good detector on a budget... Any deals on Minelab Vanquish 340, 440 or 540?
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  1. #1

    Sep 2021
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting

    Want a good detector on a budget... Any deals on Minelab Vanquish 340, 440 or 540?

    I'm interested in getting my first detector. I had a Bounty Hunter Tracker IV with a bunch of basic accessories (pinpointer, sifter, trowel, bag) in my Amazon cart and was about ready to make the purchase, but then I read about how poorly most detectors work on wet sand on the beach. I intend to use it in my local area (PA, USA), but I want to get this before we go to the ocean (first time in years), so wet sand usability would be a huge plus.

    Given my original budget was only $100 for just the detector, spending $370 on the Vanquish 540 is quite a leap (though I'd love the bluetooth and backlit screen). As is spending $280 on the 440. The $199 340 looks to have many of the same benefits of the 440 when it comes to detecting in less ideal situations (wet sand), but it also is lacking in some key areas and it doesn't come with headphones or even a rain cover, so it really doesn't feel like much better of a value.

    I think if I could just find some sale prices this would be an easier choice... but not much has turned up. I see Kellyco has a reddit coupon code, but after shipping they still cost more than Amazon. I'd even go used, but there is zero second hand market for this stuff near me.

    I'm not sure what to do here, but I am on a bit of a time crunch. I've had so much other stuff going on it only just dawned on me as we're nearing our vacation that I'd love to go detecting at the beach (and yes, I've checked to be sure it's legal where we're going).

  2. #2
    Feb 2005
    Three Rivers
    Minelab Etrac ,Xp Deus, Ctx 3030, Vanquish 440 X 2, Equinox 600, Equinox 800
    2573 times
    Banner Finds (2)
    Honorable Mentions (1)
    We have all the top of the line detectors the main ones.

    The Nox's are getting the most exercise these days.

    However the vanquish line up we have two 440's. They are the best machines we have ever used in the 200 to 300 range.

    Easy to use deep seeking and they can sniff out some silver.

    Buy a 440 you will be impressed for the price. Feel confident out there while swinging it.

    Can't go wrong with them. Heard the simplex is pretty good also.


  3. #3
    Apr 2009
    Cumberland Va
    4045 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Banner Finds (1)
    all you get is a toy for a 100 bucks . check out the simplex .

  4. #4
    Apr 2014
    Multi Kruzer, Anfibio multi, Apex, ORX, Deus, Compadre
    480 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Call the forum sponsors. It will be worth your time.

  5. #5
    Charter Member
    Sep 2020
    2734 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    And welcome to the forum!

  6. #6
    Sep 2021
    Minelab Vanquish 540 Minelab Quattro Whites Surfmaster PI Pro
    6 times
    Metal Detecting
    The $370 Vanquish 540 has Bluetooth, but doesn't include Bluetooth headphones unless you've found a place that includes them in a "deal". You'll have to spend about $499 to get the 540 Pro Pack to get the BT headphones included, along with the extra 8" coil.

    Since you mentioned Amazon... If you have an Amazon card, they usually offer 6 months 0% interest for items in that price range. If you spend $600+, it's 12 months @ 0%.

  7. #7
    Jul 2012
    Poconos, Nw.NJ & Delaware Valley
    XP Orx, XP Deus Lite , Teknetics T2, Fisher f19
    1622 times
    Relic Hunting
    Search on eBay Serious Detecting Puts up regular auctions on used detectors. Possible to get a great deal



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