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  1. #1
    Mar 2005
    Vinemont, Alabama
    Garrett Ace 250
    218 times
    Metal Detecting

    Garrett AT Pro or Minelab Equinox 600?

    Hey all, I'm wanting to upgrade detectors and was hoping for some advice. I've been using a Garrett Ace 250 for over 12 years now and have been in and out of the hobby. I'm wanting to get more serious into detecting and upgrade my machine but I'm not sure which to upgrade to.

    I will mainly be detecting older sites for coins and relics and going back over past sites to see what I missed with the Ace.

    The AT Pro and Equinox 600 are at my max price range at the moment. I've seen pros and cons for each machine and I'm mainly looking to find that deep, older stuff and to eliminate as much trash as possible.

    Amazon currently has the AT Pro Sports Pack for $488.70 and the cheapest Equinox I see is $649. If the Equinox is the better machine, is it worth that price difference?

    A follow up question for Equinox users....I've heard that Equinox is great at finding nickels. Is that true in your experience?

    Thanks so much for the help!
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  2. #2
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    Nov 2018
    The Thumb
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    Equinox is the winner hands down...
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  3. #3
    Mar 2017
    Western North Carolina
    Equinox 800, Garrett AT Pro Pointer
    394 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    I started with the AT Pro. Fine machine. I sold it and got a 800, also a fine machine.
    The difference is the 800 is great at the beach the AT is not.
    The At is easier to use. The 800 has many more settings to get used to.

    Those are just a few things that really pop out.

  4. #4

    Mar 2013
    minelab equinox minelab e trac
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  5. #5

    Jul 2014
    113 times
    I use both. If you ever plan salt beach detecting then the Nox is a must over the pro. However if salt is not in the picture then the the Nox does not have much of an edge. Neither machine in my opinion will eliminate trash. In fact the Nox might increase your trash take. The pro is a grab and go machine with excellent versatility. Its traditional battery use is in my opinion a plus. It is sturdy, reliable and with a small coil very effective in trashy areas and hard to get to spots. The Nox is a bit more sophisticated and maybe with a great deal of learning and tweaking of various settings it has a slight edge on depth. Wireless is also a factor if you want to use it but involves another set of variables. Just my thoughts and somethings to consider. Either will do the job.
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  6. #6
    Charter Member

    Jan 2020
    Lebanon pa
    Garrett AT pro
    33 times
    Metal Detecting
    I'm new at this and my AT Pro I'm happy with , I'm interested about intel of salt water with the AT Pro. Any info
    From you guy would be appreciated. Ground balance is nice easy to use as waterproof to a point

  7. #7

    Jul 2014
    113 times
    Quote Originally Posted by Castiel View Post
    I'm new at this and my AT Pro I'm happy with , I'm interested about intel of salt water with the AT Pro. Any info
    From you guy would be appreciated. Ground balance is nice easy to use as waterproof to a point
    I am very close to the beach and in my area of the north east the ATPro just can't cut it. In the wet salt the sensitivity needs to reduced to the point that effective detecting is very compromised, if not impossible. On dry sand it does work well, but I do mean dry, not low tide dry.

  8. #8

    Apr 2016
    South Western PA
    ACE 250 with DD coil Equinox 600
    10420 times
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    Have you checked out the Vanquish line? Looks like a pretty good deal and a simple step up from your ACE.
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  9. #9
    May 2010
    67 times
    The AT pro doesn't have a backlight so if you like hunting in low light conditions, you will have difficulty seeing the small display. They equinox has a backlight and a lot larger display which is easier to see in low light conditions.

    The AT pro doesn't have a rechargeable battery. You can buy a rechargeable battery which will add to the price. The equinox has a rechargeable battery and good battery life.

    You can also buy some aftermarket Bluetooth headphones for the equinox. The equinox has a built in transmitter so all you will need is a set of compatible headphones.

    You can also buy the z-lynk for the Garrett and make it wireless. It will be a bit more pricey but you can also get the wireless pin pointer with it and you can hear the pin pointer in your wireless headphones which also comes with the z-lynk kit. It runs around $250+

    By the time you go wireless with the AT pro and buy a rechargeable battery, you will be paying a lot more than an equinox 600 and some wireless headphones.

    If you like the Garrett detectors, the better way to go is with the AT max as it comes with the wireless Z-lynk. Plus the max has a backlight. Find a package deal that includes the wireless pin pointer. All you would need to do at some point is buy a rechargeable battery.

    After all is said and done, the equinox 600 will be the cheaper way to go and a better bargain.
    Last edited by halfstep; Feb 18, 2020 at 09:05 PM.

  10. #10

    Nov 2016
    Whites, Garrett, Minelab
    555 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    I had an AT Pro, used it for two years and then Purchased the Equinox 600 and with my military discount it came to about $550.00. I can't really name one thing that is better about the AT Pro. The Equinox 600 for me outperforms the AT Pro in all aspects. Just get your self a pair of low latency wireless headphones (I got them off amazon for like 35.00 and they automatically connect wirelessly to the EQ600, no adapters needed).
    Last edited by GoDeep; Feb 18, 2020 at 09:39 PM.
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  11. #11

    Feb 2020
    Invenio by Nokta-Makro
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    Cache Hunting
    Hey there, i have been looking everywhere and quite everybody says the equinox is better, i didn’t have any of them at hands but i would consider the what the majority’s experience with those machines.

    I wish you luck with your future detector

  12. #12
    Charter Member
    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 can't think of one thing that the At Pro does better than the Equinox, plus it's lighter.
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  13. #13
    Jul 2017
    The Old North State
    Equinox 600 Tesoro Cutlass Bounty Hunter Tracker II
    855 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    I had been away from detecting for many years and re-entered with a Equinox 600. I had a long learning curve but really like the machine now that I have a few hours of experience with it. If you are looking for deeply buried treasures, the EQ-600 is a depth monster. My "best" find at depth is a cadmium plated siding nail at about 14".
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  14. #14
    Jan 2018
    North Atlanta
    Equinox 800, 6" coil, ProFind-35 pinpointer, Simplex, sold: AT Pro with stock coil, Nel Thunder, Garrett 5" x 8" coil, Garrett Carrot.
    957 times
    Relic Hunting
    AT Pro is a very good machine, easy to learn and use. Proven over time to be a solid machine. Equinox will be harder to learn. Stay in the default modes and you will be fine and have an easier learning curve. As you really learn the settings and theory behind the settings then you can adjust them a little from the default setting. Usually that is all you need to do.

    To answer another reply about ocean beach hunting:

    AT pro is pretty worthless in salt water. Little better in ocean wet sand and really ok for dry beach. For ocean water (moving salt water) need PI machine or Equinox. I have used both on the ocean beach in the moving salt water.
    Last edited by pulltabfelix; Mar 08, 2020 at 08:55 AM.
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  15. #15
    Dec 2015
    AT Pro Infinium L/S Deep Tech Vista X Headhunter Pirate Pro
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    Metal Detecting
    If your just hunting dirt, fresh water and not great on modern Technology I go with the Pro. Get the 5x8 coil for trashy sites.
    If you like tinkering your machine for a little more performance, and hunting salt water, go with the Nox.
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