Considering a new detector

Dean N

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I’ve recently decided to get back into metal detecting having not done any in over 20 years. I currently have a Fisher CZ6a and a Minelab Sovereign XS and with all the new advances am considering purchasing a new one. Both are good machines but as I’ve gotten a bit older I want something a bit lighter. My current detectors are a bit heavy to be trying to work for an extended period of time. An hour or two is fine but over that it can get tiring. I’m in the south central Pennsylvania area and I’ll likely be detecting local parks and the occasional trip to the beach. What brands/models would you recommend I look into in the $300 -$600 range? I would appreciate any advice you may want to send my way.

Dean
 

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Welcome Aboard! You didn't list your state (or country) in your profile. So, you might consider jumping over to Sub-Forum: Select Your Area.... and selecting location information (i.e., clubs, hunts, finds, legends, maps, etc.) directly related to your state (or country)...
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TORRERO

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Hello and welcome to the forum, as for a new detector, if I was looking for ease of use and all the bells and whistles I could get in that price range I would look at the Nokta Legend. A lot of detector for the money. I enjoy mine.
XP DEUS I or II But they are quite a bit more expensive than your price range, and the DEUS II can be heavier than the I,
The Nakta is probably just as good although I have never used one.
 

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Nokta Makro Simplex+ is a good machine. I would trust it or the Nokta Legend.
Nope, the Simplex isn't a good salt water beach detector.
 

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In your price range, the Legend is probably the best buy. The Minelab Equinox 700 would also be a good choice, but, a bit more money.
 

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You could also hip mount that Sovereign and get a carbon fiber shaft from Steve Detecting Rods to help lighten it up. The Sov is still an excellent beach detector.
 

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Personally, I use a Garrett AT MAX. I don't have any experience with anything else in your price range. However, I know the Nokta Legend is a more recent design and it is multi-frequency, unlike the Garrett. I'd give that a shot if I were you. However, you should 100% consider getting the Garret AT pro pinpointer. I think it's generally accepted as the best pinpointer out there.
 

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Personally, I use a Garrett AT MAX. I don't have any experience with anything else in your price range. However, I know the Nokta Legend is a more recent design and it is multi-frequency, unlike the Garrett. I'd give that a shot if I were you. However, you should 100% consider getting the Garret AT pro pinpointer. I think it's generally accepted as the best pinpointer out there.
I would rank the XP Mi6 better than the Garrett pin pointer.
 

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I’ve recently decided to get back into metal detecting having not done any in over 20 years. I currently have a Fisher CZ6a and a Minelab Sovereign XS and with all the new advances am considering purchasing a new one. Both are good machines but as I’ve gotten a bit older I want something a bit lighter. My current detectors are a bit heavy to be trying to work for an extended period of time. An hour or two is fine but over that it can get tiring. I’m in the south central Pennsylvania area and I’ll likely be detecting local parks and the occasional trip to the beach. What brands/models would you recommend I look into in the $300 -$600 range? I would appreciate any advice you may want to send my way.

Dean
I also needed a lighter detector being 79 with arthritis I highly recommend the quest x10 pro. I bought a Minelab vanquish 540 pro pack at the same time I bought quest a couple of years ago. The vanquish stays home for a backup and the quest is what I use. weighs less than 2 lbs and easy to swing all day. It is just as deep as the vanquish With the small coil.
 

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Dean N

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You could also hip mount that Sovereign and get a carbon fiber shaft from Steve Detecting Rods to help lighten it up. The Sov is still an excellent beach detector.
Thanks for the idea, they will definitely help with the weight and balance issues.
 

Bucket Lister

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I would rank the XP Mi6 better than the Garrett pin pointer.
Never heard of that one. I'll have to look into that.
Unless you have an XP detector, the MI-4 is probably the way to go. Save ~$30. 🤑

The MI-4 is a traditional pin pointer, designed to be used by all detectorists at an attractive price, the MI-4 has the same specifications as the MI-6, without the DEUS / ORX radio connection.


OTOH, if you decide on getting one of the XP detectors, I'd definitely look into the MI-6.

I have an MI-6 paired w/ a Dēus II and WSAII XL phones. The audio from the MI-6 comes through the headphones, so... it can be more discreet.
 

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I’ve recently decided to get back into metal detecting having not done any in over 20 years. I currently have a Fisher CZ6a and a Minelab Sovereign XS and with all the new advances am considering purchasing a new one. Both are good machines but as I’ve gotten a bit older I want something a bit lighter. My current detectors are a bit heavy to be trying to work for an extended period of time. An hour or two is fine but over that it can get tiring. I’m in the south central Pennsylvania area and I’ll likely be detecting local parks and the occasional trip to the beach. What brands/models would you recommend I look into in the $300 -$600 range? I would appreciate any advice you may want to send my way.

Dean
I'd say if your not in a hurry have a look at the resale market for the upper tier detectors.
There has been some sales that are in your price range for detectors that have been purchased hardly used.
The equipment on the forum is usually posted in this section by a Charter Member

 

Jorgeke

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I’ve recently decided to get back into metal detecting having not done any in over 20 years. I currently have a Fisher CZ6a and a Minelab Sovereign XS and with all the new advances am considering purchasing a new one. Both are good machines but as I’ve gotten a bit older I want something a bit lighter. My current detectors are a bit heavy to be trying to work for an extended period of time. An hour or two is fine but over that it can get tiring. I’m in the south central Pennsylvania area and I’ll likely be detecting local parks and the occasional trip to the beach. What brands/models would you recommend I look into in the $300 -$600 range? I would appreciate any advice you may want to send my way.

Dean
Dean, welcome

I think your option is Minelab Vankish 540, is water proof, is on your budget range, it is easy to use and good quality. My partners have been using and works very well.

Take a look in the web, good look 👍🏽😎
 

dave_e

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Dean, welcome

I think your option is Minelab Vankish 540, is water proof, is on your budget range, it is easy to use and good quality. My partners have been using and works very well.

Take a look in the web, good look 👍🏽😎
Pretty sure the Vanquish control box isn't waterproof, rather, weather resistant. They don't want you to submerge it.

The coil it waterproof though.
 

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