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    Getting back into detecting - which machine?

    I metal detected in the 1990s and early 2000s. I had several detectors, my favorites were Fisher CZ6a and a Minelab Excalibur. I'm looking for a best all around detector, relic, beach, park, etc. Right now I'm leaning toward the Minelab Equinox 800. I would appreciate getting advice from those using the newer machines.

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    May 2010
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    Minelab GPZ 7000 -- Equinox 600 -- Vanquish 540 -- Minelab Pro Find 35 // Grave Digger Tools Nemesis shovel, Sidekick hand digger // Bunk's Hermit Pick // Sponsored By Fort Bedford Metal Detectors
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    TunaTonker

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    I have the Equinox 600, $550 shipped to my door plus i spent about $35 on wireless low latency headphones that wirelessly connect, nothing else needed, just turn them both on.

    Just keep in mind, it is not waterproof, despite their false advertising that it is. It's water resistant, nothing more, keep that in mind and you'll be good to go.

    Though i don't own one, testimonials abound on the excellence of Deus too.
    Resident De-Bunker. I'm blunt because I don't have time to indulge your fantasies. Treasure is found down here on Earth, not on Google Earth.

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    Sep 2020
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    Welcome to the fray. Do yourself a favor and spend an hour or two this weekend on YouTube. You can see most of the popular detectors in action and get some insight/training on the features and capabilities. You might even recognize some people from this forum lol. Enjoy it, don't rush into anything without doing the proper homework, and you'll be happy instead of second guessing your decision, which is my specialty apparently.
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    Southern California
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    Welcome to TreasureNet! If detecting on saltwater beaches, saltwater etc. I recommend the Minelab Equinox 600 or 800. Deep iron then The XP Deus. Best of luck out there.
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    Another vote here for the Equinox. I'd get the 800 if it's in your budget. It's just is more adjustable for changing conditions and has a nice gold mode for nuggets and tiny gold jewelry. Comes with wireless headphones too.
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    steve andermatt

    Apr 2013
    California
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    I have been looking at the Nokta Makro Simplex plus. It seems to cover all the bases and the price is right.
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    SpringCityDoc

    Apr 2020
    Granview, TN.
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    Minelab 800 is a very good machine from all the reviews Ive read. I have 2 Minelab 705s , the Teknetics T2 and just recently bought a Nokia Makro Simplex+ , And they probably didn't cost me much over what you will pay for one equinox 800. Each machine has its own use. But a Multi Frequency Detector is probably the detector most people will go too eventually. Goo Luck Hunting for your machine

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    Get the 800, you won’t be disappointed

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    Southern Arizona
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    I agree with the equinox, if you are a Vet, you can get 15% off

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    fixer

    Dec 2019
    Northern Virginia
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    Hi Back,
    If you go with the Simplex, go with the Headphones package. Then get the SP24 coil and run v2.77 software in Park1 mode, ... incredible, seriously incredible, hear me now, believe me later
    Last edited by Richard Guy; Nov 25, 2020 at 04:16 PM.

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    Jim

    Jun 2012
    Oregon
    Bounty Hunter QD-2, White's TDI-SL, My design of, PI detector, also BFO type detector, Garrett Ace Apex
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    Welcome, I have a Garrett Apex an it is a very good value for the price. The other detectors are also very good. Enjoy the hobby again.

 

 

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