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  1. #16

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    Wow everyone thank you so much! It seems to me that the Equinox 800 is the way to go for my needs. I could not have known this without the help of this great community so again thank you, thank you!!
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    Wow Shooting Star this info is outstanding! I really appreciate your help! My son is a welder and says he can make me a shovel just give him a photo and he can make one. Now I just need to start watching those Youtube videos before I buy it. Thank you again!! Maybe I can join you depending on where you live and check it out. I'm in North Orange County, La Habra.
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    CAUTION! Although I have bought from Kellyco.... with the huge extra package, look the included knife over CLOSELY. The inferior blade they include in the package WILL close on your fingers if tested vigorously. Yes. NOT a dependable item, in fact dangerous in my opinion. The locking blade will fail and hurt you. I told them so but..... Anyway, 800 sounds like what you need. Buy from one of the vendors here. TTC
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    Quote Originally Posted by RustyGold View Post
    I’m a SoCal beach hunter and no other detector that would be perfect for your other than the Minelab Equinox.
    I’d get the 800 over the 600 for the extra features.
    The Equinox detectors are very lightweight and can handle the wet/damp sand and saltwater. Perfect for our SoCal beaches.
    You will need a sand scoop and I recommend the Stealth 720i with a long CF handle. The scoop is a high quality Stainless Steel and add to it the Carbon Fiber handle and you will have an extremely lightweight scoop for the beach and water.

    Rusty
    Agreed. Get the 800 over the 600. It's within your budget.

    Rusty, I haven't done beaches yet, but eyeing the Stealth scoops. Can't decide between the 720i or 920i. Which coil do you use for beach hunting?
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  5. #20
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    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....
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    I like the 920ix with the carbon fiber shaft the best. I also have a reinforced 720i for digging in rocks. I'm in favor of the biggest coil I can find for beach hunting, except for high trash areas......like around fire rings.....or when you need to hunt close to big iron, like rebarred concrete, trash barrels, and playground equipment. Coverage is the name of the game at most SoCal beaches. You'll run out of time and energy before you run out of beach to hunt, so, cover as much as you can in the time you have.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shooting Star View Post
    Agreed. Get the 800 over the 600. It's within your budget.

    Rusty, I haven't done beaches yet, but eyeing the Stealth scoops. Can't decide between the 720i or 920i. Which coil do you use for beach hunting?
    Shooting Star,
    Cudamark is a respected hunter so his response is a good suggestion. However, having used both and being primarily a beach and damp sand hunter I preferred the 720i over the 920i. I could get a little deeper and narrower when digging my targets where the 920i was a little too much for me. Technique and strength plays a role in this equation. If you’re in shape or your technique is good either one is a great choice.
    Stealth Scoops are now being made in SoCal so being local makes a great asset for any kind of issue you may have in the future.
    As always,
    Best of Luck!
    Rusty
    Coils used: 11” and 12 x 15”
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  7. #22
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    Mar 2019
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    @Simpleton - I sent you a PM.

    @cudamark - so basically you're saying get both the 720i and 920i. lol.

    @RustyGold - I read the 920i works well with the 11-inch coil since it's wide, but it is also shallower than the 720i. I do like the look of the 720i better & it digs deeper, just not as wide as the 920i. They are both almost identical in weight. I think I'm leaning now towards the 720i.
    Last edited by Shooting Star; Mar 25, 2019 at 06:28 PM.
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    Mineland Equinox 800

  8. #23
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    I think you’ll love it and after the first 40 holes you’ll know why it was a good choice.
    Remember to cover your holes which is super important for the hobby/sport.
    Good luck!
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  9. #24
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    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....
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    I find the 920 to be better in the surf. Being wider, I find it easier to get the target in one scoop. (and less likely to damage the target regardless of where you use it). With being pushed around by waves and the hole filling it constantly, that can be important. The weight difference between the two isn't much in their stock form. The handle choice makes more difference in that respect. I guess if you're really good at pin pointing in the surf, and are digging deep targets, the 720 would probably be better. Once I got the 920, the 720 rarely gets used unless I need it in the cobble/shells/rocks.
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  10. #25
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    Quote Originally Posted by cudamark View Post
    I find the 920 to be better in the surf. Being wider, I find it easier to get the target in one scoop. (and less likely to damage the target regardless of where you use it). With being pushed around by waves and the hole filling it constantly, that can be important. The weight difference between the two isn't much in their stock form. The handle choice makes more difference in that respect. I guess if you're really good at pin pointing in the surf, and are digging deep targets, the 720 would probably be better. Once I got the 920, the 720 rarely gets used unless I need it in the cobble/shells/rocks.
    Perfectly good reason to purchase the 920i. Once in the water wider is better for that seemingly moving target. The increased width of the 920 helps to get the target on the first or second scoop (or third lol)!


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  11. #26

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    Buy a minelab equinox 600 imo

    Quote Originally Posted by Simpleton View Post
    I used to go metal detecting many years ago when I was younger. Now I decided I wanted to get back into it as a new hobby. I would like to use it mostly for the beach and also parks and other places. I also have a place in the desert where I could also use it. I don't want a cheap unit as I would like a better one that would last me a long time. I have found a deal on a Whites Spectra V3i Metal Detector but have read it may be overkill for a newby. What unit is a good one for my needs? Is new or used better? Thank you for your help.
    Equinox 600 great for parks and great choice for water machine ,it’s light weight . I use mine in the ocean and on the beach and some parks , their is a equinox 800 but my opinion that one is good for prospecting. Nox 600 is about 650$

  12. #27
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    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....
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    Quote Originally Posted by langsy View Post
    Equinox 600 great for parks and great choice for water machine ,it’s light weight . I use mine in the ocean and on the beach and some parks , their is a equinox 800 but my opinion that one is good for prospecting. Nox 600 is about 650$
    If you can afford the extra initial cost, the 800 is better buy. It's more adjustable, comes with wireless headphones, and a wireless adapter for other wired headphones. If you don't need or want the wireless items, you can sell them to offset the difference in price and still have a more adjustable machine.
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