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  1. #1
    Oct 2011
    Valley Springs, Ca.
    Tesoro Bandido
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    Hey all,
    I have a first Tesoro Bandido. Must be like late 80's. Just wondering if it is totally out dated? or is it still ok? I want a new Lobo but still have to save a bit. Can the Bandido be used on gold with some success ? I am just getting interested in detecting again so am pulling out the old Bandido. Really want to search for gold but a dedicated gold detector will have to wait for now.
    Thanks for any help.

  2. #2
    Oct 2008
    Nokta/Makro products, as well as others. Self built Mirage PI's. The Mirage is excellent in trashy sites, unlike many PI's.
    57 times
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    The original Bandido is one of the better old Tesoro detectors that many people still prefer for treasure hunting.
    Not a dedicated gold nugget hunting detector but an excellent coin and gold jewelry detector.
    You could sell it pretty fast depending upon condition $125-200. A Bandido II not umax, just went for $200 on ebay. And past owners of the orig. Bandido and Bandido II still prefer the orig.
    You could sell it and it would get you closer to a dedicated gold machine.
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  3. #3
    Oct 2011
    Valley Springs, Ca.
    Tesoro Bandido
    42 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    I have had it sense new so I think I will keep it and keep saving.

  4. #4
    Sep 2007
    Flat Rock, Kansas
    White's 5900 CB,XL Pro,IDX Pro,MX5,Tesoro's Bandido,INCA,OutLaw,Tiger Shark,Toltec ll,Toltec 100,Troy Shadow X2
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    Hey action, just put that Bandido in all metal and tune the ground balance to a neutral setting. This would be the way to hunt for gold specimens. The Bandido should handle almost any ground mineral because it has a ten turn ground balance adjustment, when the all -metal Threshold drifts just retune with the all-metal switch toggled upwards momentarily.

  5. #5

    Apr 2007
    1119 times
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    I guess you have the white box bandio if running good you can use it nugget hunting and check tesoro manuals or lost treasure for a field test . Ps if want get rid dont or not pm me 200.00

  6. #6
    Honorary Goonie

    Jul 2014
    Xp Deus, Tesoro Tiger Shark, Garrett AT Pro, Garrett Pro-Pointer
    1267 times
    Metal Detecting
    I used to have a late-80's Bandido, and like a supreme idiot, I sold it. Wish I still had it. That Bandido made some amazing finds for sure. As far as being outdated? No way.
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