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  1. #1

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    Best Light Weight Metal Detector

    So, my detector has died. It's time for a new one. I do not detect as often as I would like, but I love doing it and I prefer a top quality detector. I have a bad back, so...if there is a really good one that might be lightweight, that would be great. My preferences are simplicity of use, lightweight, possible water/beach usage and high quality.

    Suggestions?

    Thanks in advance!

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    My first choice would be the Equinox. If that's a bit more than you want to spend, you might look at the Vanquish and Simplex. The Deus is probably the lightest of the high end machines, but, it's not a particularly good machine in wet salt water/sand and it not waterproof without an extra kit. It's also a rather expensive choice. The Equinox is a much better buy and except for heavy iron, just as good or better than the Deus and only slightly heavier.
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    Apr 2013
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    You might look into a harness for when you are detecting to redistribute the weight of your detector.I don't have a link to any but maybe someone else will chime in with a suggestion of a good harness.That would be best if you have a bad back.
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    Treasureman$)

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    Wisconsin
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    I think you will get a vast range of responses on detector recommendations.. but personally I enjoy using whites Mx sport.I would venture to guess that a nox 600 or 800 would be lighter. I’d like to try one out myself. Sorry to hear about your back. My L5 is bulged myself. I know the feeling! Happy hunting!
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    The XP Orx is the lightest detector. If youíre not doing much salt water detecting itís so comfortable on the wrist and shoulder. I hunted 8 hrs in and out of the water the other day and my arm wasnít fatigued at all. Iíve had mine for a few months now and itís very reliable and a well built detector.
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    I'd also go with the XP Orx or XP Deus. It's under 2 pounds. Also works good as a cane! No foodling! The Equinox series is a pound heavier and nose heavy so a lot of people add at least another half pound as a counter weight to it. It hurt my arm to use it. Being an old toad myself, I found the Deus and my Tesoro Cibola the weight class champs. Tesoro makes machines that are very hard to break, but they are now out of business.

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    Was thinking of a NOX myself, after using the 5 pounder Whites for years. My Dual Field is a bear on front end loading. I've rebalenced my CZ-21 so even heavy its not hard to handle. Now have a shoulder that is becoming a pain ........Like Smokey said about front weight on the NOX. I may take another look at the Deus.
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    I'm suggesting looking at the Minelab Simplex, price, weight, etc. Watch some youtube videos with that machine..
    .....or, the Garrett ACe Apex, for the value - can't vouch for their performance...I aint selling...
    Stick With It - It's not *IF* you'll find the good stuff , but WHEN!

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    Quote Originally Posted by eyemustdigtreasure View Post
    I'm suggesting looking at the Minelab Simplex, price, weight, etc. Watch some youtube videos with that machine..
    .....or, the Garrett ACe Apex, for the value - can't vouch for their performance...I aint selling...
    Minelab does not make the Simplex, Nokta does [a Turkish outfit]
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    Quote Originally Posted by smokeythecat View Post
    I'd also go with the XP Orx or XP Deus. It's under 2 pounds. Also works good as a cane! No foodling! The Equinox series is a pound heavier and nose heavy so a lot of people add at least another half pound as a counter weight to it. It hurt my arm to use it. Being an old toad myself, I found the Deus and my Tesoro Cibola the weight class champs. Tesoro makes machines that are very hard to break, but they are now out of business.
    The Equinox is just over a half pound heavier than the Deus (.63 lb.). With the stock 11" coil it's only slightly nose heavy. with the 6" coil, it's not at all, and even lighter. With the 12 X 15" coil, you might want a sling or a counterbalanced shaft that Steve's Detecting Rods makes. The Equinox is also a much better salt water beach machine.
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    Steve makes great after market shafts, but there's probably another $100 spent...
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    Garrett Ace 400 and if you feel you are a more proficient operator upgrade to an AT Max.
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    You want a light detector look at XP Deus or ORX. They work in salt and you can get an adapter kit for water use. The Deus is really a joy to swing. I don't think any other top detector can claim that. Not trying to put anyone down but others have bought other detector and when they switched to XP they were much happier. Extra weight is not the only comfort issue. Many are out of balance. And talk to the dealers to get the best unadvertised price. Very similar price.
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    Ouija Board and map dowsing , one and the same. Just tape a map onto the Ouija Board and you have map dowsing.
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