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    I'm in the same boat- had a Compass RM7A when I was in junior high- loved it, 'understood' it. Bought a White's M6 maybe ten years ago and never had the same feel with it. The M6 failed and I'd like to replace (Santa is coming). Casual user, Seattle area, parks, play fields, old cabin sites in the mountains, etc. Narrowed the choice down to Minelab Equinox 800 or the Garrett AT Max. Thoughts?

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    Sounds like a Simplex to me. Punches way above its class for the $ , a strong vote for it ... no bs

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    Not to hijack the tread but what about the Makro Anfibio multi compared to the 800?

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    Equinox 800, Fisher Impulse AQ, 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 lorennerol View Post
    I'm in the same boat- had a Compass RM7A when I was in junior high- loved it, 'understood' it. Bought a White's M6 maybe ten years ago and never had the same feel with it. The M6 failed and I'd like to replace (Santa is coming). Casual user, Seattle area, parks, play fields, old cabin sites in the mountains, etc. Narrowed the choice down to Minelab Equinox 800 or the Garrett AT Max. Thoughts?
    IMO, there is nothing the Garrett AT series, Simplex, Anfibio, etc can do, that the Equinox can't do better. Now, if you want to factor in price to the equation, the others do a credible job too. In most situations, in mild ground, without major EMI, not very deep targets, you probably won't be able to tell the difference. It's when things aren't ideal that the better machine (Equinox) will shine. If you can afford the better machine, buy it.
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    Does Minelab use blister-type mylar buttons? We had a washer and dryer with them and all of them cracked and broke. Any issues like that with Minelab gear? The Garrett appears to have more traditional rubber buttons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lorennerol View Post
    Does Minelab use blister-type mylar buttons? We had a washer and dryer with them and all of them cracked and broke. Any issues like that with Minelab gear? The Garrett appears to have more traditional rubber buttons.
    I have an etrac that is 8 years old, and still has no issues with cracked or broke buttons. I have a rain cover on it, and I recommend them for any detector they are made for. Keeps your display from getting poked by a stick or scratched, or if it isn't a waterproof machine, keeps the water out.

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    One more vote for the Equinox 800. I've got maybe 300 hours on it now between last year and this, and it's helped me find some amazing things.
    I've detected in some areas where any detector would have had trouble with EMI, and its ability to allow me to change/choose individual frequencies when Multi-IQ is to noisy has been very helpful.
    I have the 6" coil along with the stock coil, and for smaller areas (backyards in town, heavy iron around an old homesite) the 6" coil is amazing. I literally don't have to pinpoint with it (because it's already such a small coil).
    And the final comment is that the detection speed is very, very fast (meaning there's no perceptible lag between being over the target and the machine making a beep). The only detector that seems to be even sharper is the XP Deus apparently.
    Plus the 50-tones audio is excellent and helpful if you can adjust to using it (some people like the 5 tones or even 2 tone option. The good part is that the Equinox 800 gives you all those choices).

    The one thing that seems funky to some "old timers" is the VDI scale of -9 to +40, but it's pretty easy to adjust to (from someone who came from a Whites MXT Pro with its 0-100 scale).

    Good luck!

    - Brian

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    Sold. I asked Santa for an Equinox 800 kit. Thank you!

 

 
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