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    us
    Apr 2015
    Somewhere in Central PA
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    At Max or Equinox 600?

    Hello everyone, I just want to make a good decision on a new detector. I have an at pro (for about 3 years) that I still have trust issues with since whenever I dig those "faint" signals without VDI readouts I always end up with absolutely nothing in the hole and I dig the same hole for 10-15 min wasting precious detecting time. It's either that or I get signals that tell me that they are somewhat deep, and they are much shallower. I've sent my at pro into Garrett for service and I am still not getting amazing depth like everyone says that they get with the pro on coins. So, I am thinking of either the AT Max or the Equinox.

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    us
    Mar 2019
    KY
    Fisher Research Labs F2
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    Based on my research (I have neither detector, but am considering both as my next one), the answer to your question is the Equinox 600. However, the Max will come with wireless headphones ready to go while you'll need to get the Equinox 800 for that feature out of the box.

    Keep in mind that the Max is basically a slight "bump" on existing technology while the Equinox is pretty much a "next generation" type of detector.

    Of course, there are other factors to consider, like batteries, your familiarity with Garrett products and ergonomics.
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    us
    Aug 2014
    Laconia, NH
    Currently: XP Deus v4.1 Minelab Equinox 800 Fisher Gold Bug 2 Previously: Garrett GTA 500 Garrett Ultra GTA 1000 Garrett GTAx 1250
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    In my experience, the Equinox will out-detect anything from the AT series. Keep in mind, though, that the user plays a large part in all this as well. But yes, the Equinox is the better machine. It is also a gold magnet. Scanning in multiple frequencies at once enables the machine to hit high conductors as well as low conductors equally and with impressive depth to boot.

    Whichever machine you settle on, I hope it suits you and your detecting style. Happy hunting, friend.

  4. #4
    us
    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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    If you do any salt water beach hunting, no contest, get the Nox.
    "jus cuz it's wrote down, don't make it so"

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    us
    Apr 2012
    Left coast
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    I didn’t like the max as much as my nox 600...
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    us
    Mar 2018
    Northern CA
    White's TDI SL, Minelab GPX5000 & GM1000, Garrett Pro Pointer
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    If I were going to purchase a coin/general purpose VLF I would get the NOX over the AT. The AT is a good detector but as stated above the NOX is the newest technology and so many great reviews on it tell me it is worth it. I would also consider saving up a little more and get the 800 rather than the 600. The resale on it down the road would be better in my opinion.
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    Jim

    Jun 2012
    Oregon
    Bounty Hunter QD-2, White's TDI-SL, Whites MX Sport
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    Both detectors are very good but, as I learned that a detector with sealed batteries, can't be replaced in the field can to lead to problem. My problem I sent a detector back to the company factory repair, it took forever to get it repaired and back in the field. Good luck on your decision.
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    us
    Nov 2012
    Maryland
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    The Equinox is the one with the sealed batteries, not sure about the Max but I don't it applies there, however, it should be all right since it's under warranty. I THINK the warranty is 5 years, someone correct if incorrect, at which time throw it away and get another machine of your choice. So the sealed batteries thing is not a big issue.

    Like I always say, try to test drive one of each before you buy one if you can.
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  9. #9
    us
    Apr 2015
    Somewhere in Central PA
    Garrett Ace 250 and Garrett AT Pro
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    Thanks everyone! I really appreciate it. All of you guys made my decision all that much easier. I would like to do some saltwater/freshwater beach detecting sometime, but I never got around to try my AT Pro on a beach yet. I think the Equinox just has that much more features over the Max that it should be a pretty easy decision on my part, but its gonna take a large learning curve for me to get the hang of it. Thankfully I am now in contact with a good dealer and user of the E-trac that can show me the ropes on minelab machines.

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    Richie

    Mar 2019
    Nisula, MI
    Heath , Bounty Hunter, White, Garrett GTX, Equinox 600
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    I have seen a couple of vids on battery replacement on the nox and not that difficult. I believe it took less than 5 min.

  11. #11
    us
    Mar 2015
    Alabama
    Minelab Equinox 800
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    Metal Detecting
    You will be much happier with the Equinox. Don't make the same mistake I did. I purchased the Max and used it for a couple of weeks and did not like it and sold it for half the price I paid (Order from someone with a 30 day money back guarantee). I now have have the Equinox 800 and love it. I have several finds from property that I missed with the Max and other detectors over the years. HH

  12. #12
    us
    Mar 2019
    KY
    Fisher Research Labs F2
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    90 times
    Metal Detecting
    Quote Originally Posted by IGO2UA View Post
    You will be much happier with the Equinox. Don't make the same mistake I did. I purchased the Max and used it for a couple of weeks and did not like it and sold it for half the price I paid (Order from someone with a 30 day money back guarantee). I now have have the Equinox 800 and love it. I have several finds from property that I missed with the Max and other detectors over the years. HH
    That's a recurring theme I've read online about the Equinox series of metal detectors, i.e. users have taken it to heavily pounded sites and found nice targets, like silver coins. Honestly, that's the biggest testament (in my opinion) to the Equinox's ability.

  13. #13
    us
    Apr 2015
    Somewhere in Central PA
    Garrett Ace 250 and Garrett AT Pro
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    94 times
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    Sounds like Minelab is giving Garrett a run for their money. Alright, I'll give Minelab a try. I am just hoping that I don't get frustrated and confused with it since the controls are a complete 180 from Garrett.
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    us
    Nov 2012
    Maryland
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    If you get EITHER machine, use a factory preset for the first few weeks, and try a test garden, even on a beach. Do not attempt to tweak it for a bit. Let the machine do the work. Getting new machines is fun!

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    Tommy

    Dec 2015
    Ann Arbor
    Equinox 800
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    Well put
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