Best detector under 550.00

Hotled

Jr. Member
May 22, 2017
28
24
North Texas
Detector(s) used
Fisher F75
Whites MX Sport
Makro Multi Kruzer
Primary Interest:
All Treasure Hunting
I have had quite a few detectors.
I usually do coin shooting searching farm house etc...so relics/ coin .

I currently have a Tesoro that I love but want something different.
 
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cudamark

Gold Member
Mar 16, 2011
12,320
12,201
San Diego
🏆 Honorable Mentions:
3
Detector(s) used
XP Deus 2, Equinox 800, Fisher Impulse AQ, E-Trac, 3 Excal 1000's, White's TM808, VibraProbe, 15" NEL Attack, 5X10 Joey, Steath 920ix and 720i, TRX, etc....
Primary Interest:
All Treasure Hunting
You budget minded folks may want to look at the NoMak Legend. A lot of machine for the money. If you're going to hunt salt water, forget the single frequency and selective multi frequency machines. You want REAL multifrequency if you want any kind of decent depth in the wet sand or water.
 

Waynea

Greenie
Apr 24, 2022
14
23
The Garrett Apex is a multi-freq machine under 500. I live near the Garrett factory and have tested it. Seems like a good detector to me
 

oldkoot

Hero Member
Jan 18, 2017
645
936
in the Tucson AZ area now
Detector(s) used
Mine-Lab X-Terra 705 with three coils
Garrett 24K
Simplex Plus 11 inch coil and 9.5 x 5 inch coil
2-Nokta/Macro Legend Pro Pack
anxiously awaiting the new Garrett Axiom

Garrett AT pro Donated
Primary Interest:
All Treasure Hunting
used and under $500 that's a whole different can of worms. If you can pickup an AT PRO for under $500 that would be a good deal or a T2 SE or Omega 8000 - They are $550 new though
I personally have never used any of these machines but I believe they all are considered very good. There are probably half a dozen other machines as well that are a little older F70/75, Racer 2, Whites XLT, & MX Sport. I still see Fisher 1266x, CZ3D, and Nautilus machine in the $500 dollar range and there efficient but very old dinosaur machines that still sell.

I guess it depends on what you want, but I think there is a big divide at least in terms of price between what you get with the Vanquish and Simplex and the Deus/Equinox series when purchasing new.

Too many choices..lol
why in the crap would anyone spend $500 on a used AT pro when you can purchase a new Legend or something similar for that the simplex with the 9.5x5 inch coil runs circles around the ATP trust me I have both and there is no way I would pay $500 for a used ATP
 

cudamark

Gold Member
Mar 16, 2011
12,320
12,201
San Diego
🏆 Honorable Mentions:
3
Detector(s) used
XP Deus 2, Equinox 800, Fisher Impulse AQ, E-Trac, 3 Excal 1000's, White's TM808, VibraProbe, 15" NEL Attack, 5X10 Joey, Steath 920ix and 720i, TRX, etc....
Primary Interest:
All Treasure Hunting
The Garrett Apex is a multi-freq machine under 500. I live near the Garrett factory and have tested it. Seems like a good detector to me
Good.......ok, sure.......but not as good as a Legend or Equinox for just a little more money.
 

Scrounge Wanderer

Hero Member
Jan 1, 2022
733
2,342
NOVA
Detector(s) used
Nokta Makro Anfibio Multi
Human Eyeball
Primary Interest:
Relic Hunting
I have had quite a few detectors.
I usually do coin shooting searching farm house etc...so relics/ coin .

I currently have a Tesoro that I love but want something different.
Maybe a Nokta Legend (on sale) or a Minelab Equinox 600 good machines for around that range
 

Scrounge Wanderer

Hero Member
Jan 1, 2022
733
2,342
NOVA
Detector(s) used
Nokta Makro Anfibio Multi
Human Eyeball
Primary Interest:
Relic Hunting
The Garrett Apex is a multi-freq machine under 500. I live near the Garrett factory and have tested it. Seems like a good detector to me
I have heard from pretty reliable sources that the Apex does have a falsing problem in the wet part of saltwater beaches (and that's where the rings live mainly..lol), just something to consider if going to beach hunt with it
 

nuggetshooter323

Hero Member
Jul 22, 2005
757
471
Colorado Springs
Detector(s) used
The Legend, Anfibio Gold Kruzer, XP Deus ORX, Tesoro Tejon Whites GMT, Falcon MD20, XP MI-6
Fisher F-Pulse, Pulse Dive, Vibra Probe.
Primary Interest:
Prospecting
I have had quite a few detectors.
I usually do coin shooting searching farm house etc...so relics/ coin .

I currently have a Tesoro that I love but want something different.
Special pricing right now on the Legend is under $600. Since I've had mine this year I've never found so many coins and so much jewelry and relics. I'm going to buy the 13" coils for my Legend and Deus with part of my coin take.
 

oldkoot

Hero Member
Jan 18, 2017
645
936
in the Tucson AZ area now
Detector(s) used
Mine-Lab X-Terra 705 with three coils
Garrett 24K
Simplex Plus 11 inch coil and 9.5 x 5 inch coil
2-Nokta/Macro Legend Pro Pack
anxiously awaiting the new Garrett Axiom

Garrett AT pro Donated
Primary Interest:
All Treasure Hunting
Special pricing right now on the Legend is under $600. Since I've had mine this year I've never found so many coins and so much jewelry and relics. I'm going to buy the 13" coils for my Legend and Deus with part of my coin take.
let us know how you like the 13 inch coil for the Legend
 

Scrounge Wanderer

Hero Member
Jan 1, 2022
733
2,342
NOVA
Detector(s) used
Nokta Makro Anfibio Multi
Human Eyeball
Primary Interest:
Relic Hunting
Special pricing right now on the Legend is under $600. Since I've had mine this year I've never found so many coins and so much jewelry and relics. I'm going to buy the 13" coils for my Legend and Deus with part of my coin take.
next detector I want, hopefully next gold/silver scrap run I can dole out some greenbacks...thanks for the input tho always nice to hear
 

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