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  1. #46

    Jul 2018
    Eastern Connecticut
    Garrett ATPro
    1152 times
    Metal Detecting
    My all time favorite was the White's Eagle II that I bought in 1989 and used until 2014. I found tons of good things with it and it never had any repairs. I decided to treat myself to a new machine in 2014 and bought White's M6 and that machine has also found a ton of stuff. In October 2018 I won a Garrett AT Pro at a seeded hunt and have been using it on my hunts. So far I like it, but the jury is still out if I'll like it more than the White's machines.
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  2. #47
    Mar 2011
    San Diego
    Equinox 800, Treasure Probe IV, 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....
    6207 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Honorable Mentions (3)
    Like others who have detected for decades, my favorites have changed over the years. Each "upgrade" improved my quantity and quality of finds, and usually ergonomics and enjoyment of using it. My first machine, a cheap BFO unit, found me lots of silver and made me more money than my job back when I was a teenager making $1.65hr doing it. Once I got a real good machine years later (White's Eagle 2 SL90) I didn't think anything could do better than that, until I tried to hunt salt water beaches with it. Enter the Excalibur. What a difference! It opened up a whole new world of detecting and became my favorite for that venue. That was my first Minelab and got me thinking.....what kind of land machines do they have? Once I got the Etrac, it became my favorite and the Eagle stayed in the closet. Now with the Nox, with it's speed, light weight, and versatility, it's becoming my best friend. There were many other machines in between the ones I mentioned, but, these ones stick in my mind the most.
    "jus cuz it's wrote down, don't make it so"

  3. #48
    Bill Jones

    May 2007
    Lewiston, Idaho
    Multiple Tesoros and Whites
    687 times
    Metal Detecting
    Like your reference to "Tesoro Experience". After many hours I finally reached a point where I can often predict a coin find just from the nuances of the single beep. Don't think a description would help a newby, but once you experience it, the light comes on and you realize "aha, that's what it's all about."
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  4. #49
    Aug 2015
    Raleigh, NC
    NOX 800
    81 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Same answer as for camera; The one I have with me at the time

  5. #50
    History hunter

    Jul 2018
    Teknetics T2 SE Tesoro Vaquero Tesoro Eldorado Tesoro Compadre
    184 times
    Relic Hunting
    My vaquero is responsible for more displaced dirt than any other.
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  6. #51

    Nov 2012
    275 times
    My etrac. I love finding old coins, and it has produced for me for years. I only have 2 detectors currently, the etrac and fisher F70. Good detector also, love the fast recovery.

    I know you said favorite lol but I like both and depending on what I'm hunting for, then that is my favorite detector at that moment. I'm not brand loyal, whatever works for the given situation is what I will use. But since i like to dig old coins the best, the etrac is my favorite. F70 finds them too, but i use it for relic hunting, and it is really good when fast recovery is needed.
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  7. #52
    Only boaring people get board

    Nov 2018
    The Thumb
    Quest Pro Garrett AT Pro Whites ID5 classic pro
    311 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    my AT pro has bounced of rocks so many times im scared to try anything else, being waterproof and super roughed oh and MADE IN THE USA im stuck with this beast for awhile and happy with that...

  8. #53
    May 2009
    Wichita, Kansas
    Whites XLT Tek 9000, Tek G2, Tek Delta, Garrett 2500, Tesoro Sidewinder, Fisher CZ-6, Fisher ID Edge ,Original Silver Sabre
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
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Size:  123.7 KBMy all time favorite detector was my old Teknetics 9000B. It still works but could use a tuneup since it has lost depth over the years. I met it's creator George Payne at a hunt in Tulsa and he took it back to the factory and had it converted to a hipmount. 14 AA batteries can get heavy during a long hunt. I found over 200 silver coins with it in the first year. Of course silver hadn't been discontinued for very long back then.

  9. #54
    Jan 2017
    Western ny
    equinox 800, Whites mx sport, Garrot carrot, bounty hunter time ranger
    4133 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    My favorite has been the whites mx sport. Truly underrated machine. But the equinox 800 is growing on me.

  10. #55
    Mar 2012
    Minelab Etrac
    196 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    First detector had was a fisher f5. I tried to like it but we Just couldn’t bond. Got rid of it less than a wk. Then I bought a whites mxt. That detector was deep and found some good finds with it. I sold that one like an idiot. I bought a minelab Etrac. It took me awhile to learn the language. But once I did it was on like a chicken bone. This will make my third Etrac I’ve bought. I sell them before the warranty runs out. But I’m keeping this one and thinking of buying another mxt. In general I think the best detector is the one you know how to use. All of them will find coins or relics. You Just have to have you’re coil over it.
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