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    Phoenix, AZ
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    Beach detector under $500?

    Here's the setup: I already have a Tesoro Vaquero and a Teknetics Omega 8000. I've used both at the beach before an neither was any good near wet sand, let alone in the water. I have a few weeks of vacation at the beach this summer and I'd like to get a detector that would actually work with the saltwater this time. I already know about Minelabs being good for the beach, but I'm curious what your experiences have been and what you've had success with.

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    Feb 2016
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    I should add that I'm leaning towards an older used machine rather than something newer.

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    TerryrSoloman.com

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    Multi-frequency or Pulse induction are your only real choices. Best bet, Minelab Equinox 600

    Minelab Equinox 600 in Excellent Condition

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    Quote Originally Posted by Terry Soloman View Post
    Multi-frequency or Pulse induction are your only real choices. Best bet, Minelab Equinox 600

    Minelab Equinox 600 in Excellent Condition
    Yep!
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    Paul Martin

    Feb 2015
    Scarborough, England
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    Agree with the guys here, a Nox 600, not much more than your budget but a great beach machine.
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    I detect the beach (salt water) at least once a week. I have used many different detectors over the years. I would suggest a Tesoro Sand Shark. You can pick up a used one if you can find it for $300 or less. New the machine is under $600 and it performs just as well as the Whites Surf Master PI I had that was $900 new. The Sand Shark is probably the best detector for salt water at an affordable price.
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    Jul 2006
    Florida
    Minelab_Equinox_ 800 Minelab_CTX-3030 Minelab_Excal_1000 Minelab_Sovereign_GT Minelab_Safari Minelab_ETrac Whites_Beach_Hunter_ID Fisher_1235_X
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    Problem with buying Tesoro is there is no guarantee you will be able to get warranty work or detector worked on.
    Last edited by Treasure_Hunter; Mar 20, 2019 at 02:02 PM.
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    Deep1

    Dec 2018
    Carolina Lowcountry
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    I have a Garrett Sea Hunter Mark II.
    Made many nice finds.
    They are deep and made for saltwater.
    You'll be diggin everything.
    There's plenty of used ones on ebay for under $500.
    But if you want a good all around detector, then the nox 600 is the one.
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    If it's old, I'll dig it, dive on it, detect it or sometimes when I get lucky just bend over and pick it up.

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    Isn't there a used EQ600 on this site for less then $500 right now? There was yesterday.
    I'm landlocked but I'd go with the Equinox. Terry Soloman above got rid of his sandshark after he got the EQ600 and as per his words, replaced that machine and some others. That was before Tesoro went out of business.
    I don't know Terry but I have read many of his posts on here and it is obvious that he knows his chit!
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  10. #10
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    Jun 2011
    Jacksonville, FL
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    Quote Originally Posted by Treasure_Hunter View Post
    Problem with buying Tesoro is there is no guarantee you will be able to get warranty work or detector worked on.
    Yep and the Tesoro lifetime warranty was only to the original owner. They made me provide a copy of my receipt when I had them repair an issue with my coil plug a few years ago.
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  11. #11

    Feb 2017
    Santa Barbara,Ca
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    Quote Originally Posted by gmsaf View Post
    I should add that I'm leaning towards an older used machine rather than something newer.
    Keep an eye out for a Fisher Cz. Be it the 5 , 6 , 6a , or 3 . Multi frequency , has a "salt" mode. I have the cz6a. 12/14 inches deep in the wet sand or surf. Fishers dedicated saltwater machine the cz20/21 is the other cz's locked in salt mode and water proof. Any of the cz's can be found in your budget.

 

 

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