Worth buying a Minelab Explorer SE Pro or should I go for newer?
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  1. #1
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    Saul

    May 2019
    West Sussex, UK
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    Worth buying a Minelab Explorer SE Pro or should I go for newer?

    Been kicking this around for a few days now and I really need to make a decision so hoping some of you guys can chip in here?

    I do almost all my searching on the beach and up to now have been using a Makro Racer and Nokta Impact. Both are pretty good and their beach mode works quite well even on the wet sand. I can't help feeling though that I would be better of with a multi-frequency detector and as I can't stump up the cash for an Equinox right now I thought perhaps an older Minelab like the Explorer would do the job.

    Before anyone says it..I don't want a Pi machine. I dig enough trash already and that's with disc on. It would be a nightmare digging everything!

    All the videos I have seen of the Explorer show it to be quite slow in reactivity and the display seems to lag behind the signal. Would that be fair comment? Also the display seems very dull but maybe that is just because we are talking about 9/10 year old tech?

    So any thoughts on this would be welcome. Pro's, con's etc. I just need a good beach machine so will the Explorer SE Pro do the job?

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    us
    Sep 2011
    Denver, Colorado
    Garrett AT Pro, AT Gold, ATX, MH7 (oldie!) Minelab Explorer SE Pro, EQ800
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    I have one and you do have to go slow. I'm landlocked so no idea if a good beach machine. A new EQ800 can be had for around $750. I would think the 600 would be a lot less.
    Maybe time to sell a few finds and come up with the funds?

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    Saul

    May 2019
    West Sussex, UK
    Whites DFX300mm, Quest X5, Nokta Impact, Makro Racer.
    18
    1 times
    Beach and Shallow Water Hunting
    Quote Originally Posted by xr7ator View Post
    I have one and you do have to go slow. I'm landlocked so no idea if a good beach machine. A new EQ800 can be had for around $750. I would think the 600 would be a lot less.
    Maybe time to sell a few finds and come up with the funds?
    Thanks

    A New Equinox 600 here in the UK is 679/$823. The 800 is 879/$1066! A used Explorer SE Pro on the other hand is 350/$420 so at the moment the used Explorer is within my budget but a new Nox is definitely not. Could sell some finds but will take time and in any case the valuable stuff is the rings and my wife would probably not want to part with them. Can't say I blame her. They are rather nice

    Will chew it over some more and see if I can make up my mind by tomorrow. Need to just make a decision and move on.

  4. #4
    Would your exquinox dealer take one of your other machines as trade & cash for it?

  5. #5
    us
    Sep 2005
    Puget Sound
    Minelab CTX 3030, Whites DFX
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    Metal Detecting
    Quote Originally Posted by yammy View Post
    Thanks

    A New Equinox 600 here in the UK is 679/$823. The 800 is 879/$1066! A used Explorer SE Pro on the other hand is 350/$420 so at the moment the used Explorer is within my budget but a new Nox is definitely not. Could sell some finds but will take time and in any case the valuable stuff is the rings and my wife would probably not want to part with them. Can't say I blame her. They are rather nice

    Will chew it over some more and see if I can make up my mind by tomorrow. Need to just make a decision and move on.
    I've heard Minelab provides a military discount. Any chance you have a friend or relative in the military who could purchase a machine on your behalf?

  6. #6
    gb
    Aug 2019
    UK Essex
    Whites IDX, DFX Garrett 400i Nox 600
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    Beach and Shallow Water Hunting
    Quote Originally Posted by yammy View Post
    Thanks

    A New Equinox 600 here in the UK is 679/$823. The 800 is 879/$1066! A used Explorer SE Pro on the other hand is 350/$420 so at the moment the used Explorer is within my budget but a new Nox is definitely not. Could sell some finds but will take time and in any case the valuable stuff is the rings and my wife would probably not want to part with them. Can't say I blame her. They are rather nice



    Will chew it over some more and see if I can make up my mind by tomorrow. Need to just make a decision and move on.
    Hi Saul, do you not get on with the dfx on the beach whilst saving for a nox.
    Regards Neil
    Last edited by stillair1; Aug 23, 2019 at 12:36 PM.

  7. #7
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    us
    Only boaring people get board

    Nov 2018
    The Thumb
    Mine Lab Equinox 800, Mine Lab Pro Find 35, Garrett ATpro, Garrett Pro Pointer 2, Whites ID5 Classic
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    The Vanquish should be out soon, that would be worth waiting for if price is a issue, other wise you cant beat the NOX
    I'll sleep when I'm dead

  8. #8
    us
    Mar 2014
    New Glarus,WI
    CTX,800,Explorer2,IDXPro-M,Compadre
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    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    The numeric display does lag if you have sensitivity too high or you’re in very heavy trash. The key is in the audio with ANY machine really, but the Explorers in particular. It also has a “Smartfind” screen which will teach you ALOT...if you want to spend the time an Explorer needs to be understood in an effective way. There’s another fellow in the UK who does some videos and he went from a Garret something to an Explorer and was absolutely dumbstruck at how deep it goes in the rock pools and on the beach. Forget the hand trowel with this one, and the Equinox as well if that’s where you land. They BOTH go to a US dime at 9” without even blinking with the standard coil. The Equinox seems to like lower conductors better as well, so you have much to think about! Truth be told, they both need attention to get the best out of them and you won’t go wrong with either one. I’m incredibly fortunate to have 3 generations of Minelabs and they are all at their best when the operator spends time with them.

 

 

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