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  1. #1

    Nov 2020
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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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    Charter Member
    May 2010
    White Plains, New York
    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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    Equinox! Welcome to the forum!

  3. #3

    Nov 2016
    Whites, Garrett, Minelab
    2702 times
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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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    Always A Great Day In PA

    Sep 2020
    Bangor, PA
    AT Pro Equinox 600
    377 times
    Metal Detecting
    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.

  5. #5
    Charter Member
    Aug 2013
    Southern California
    Equinox / XP Deus
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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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    “Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.”
    – Albert Einstein

  6. #6
    Charter Member
    Mar 2011
    San Diego
    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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    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.
    "​Jus cuz it's wrote down, don't make it so"

  7. #7
    steve andermatt

    Apr 2013
    AT GOLD/Garrett /C.Scope cs4PI/Garrett(carrot) pro pointer/ 5x8 double d coil and sniper coil/Lesche digger/Lesche "T" handle shovel.
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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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    back of the boat

  8. #8

    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

  9. #9
    Jan 2014
    314 times
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    Get the 800, you won’t be disappointed

  10. #10
    Sep 2016
    Southern Arizona
    Minelab Equinox 800,XP ORX
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    I agree with the equinox, if you are a Vet, you can get 15% off

  11. #11
    Veteran 32F20

    Dec 2019
    Northern Virginia
    Whites 6000D Coinmaster, Bounty Hunter 202, Simplex with SP24 & Detech Ultimate coils, PulseDive
    240 times
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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 03:16 PM.

  12. #12

    Jun 2012
    Bounty Hunter QD-2, White's TDI-SL, My design of, PI detector, also BFO type detector, Garrett Ace Apex
    15 times
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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.

  13. #13

    Nov 2012
    432 times
    Welcome back. I would look for a multi frequency machine if you want one machine that will do it all, and one with a fast recovery. the equinox fits the bill. I have the 600, and its a good machine. I have only used it for coin shooting in sports fields, school yards, and homesites, but from reviews and the fast recovery I know it has, it would be a good relic machine too. But I agree with other posters, watch some videos and look at some other ones before deciding. What's good for one person may not suit another.

    Also, if you haven't gotten one, get a pinpointer. The Garrett Pro Pointer AT, the orange one nicknamed the carrot, is the one I would recommend. I wouldn't go hunting if I didn't have it.

    Good luck in your decision, and once again, welcome back.

  14. #14

    Nov 2020
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    If the Equinox 800 fits your budget, you can't beat this machine.
    Although there are one or two here that are referencing the Simplex +, these do not compare with the Equinox, which is why they are priced accordingly.
    Equinox allows to hunt in true Multi Frequency, whereas the Simplex cannot.
    The Garrett Apex can hunt in true Multi Frequency, but is not waterproof, and seems a bit chatty at the beach.
    Also, depending on how it is set up, it will sometimes cause separation issues when close to iron.
    Just my two cents worth.

  15. #15
    Dec 2020
    Brick Newjersey
    Simplex +
    10 times
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    just bought the simplex+ ...... very happy with it


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