Do I need a 4th Tesoro?

Arctic Jack

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Sep 27, 2019
3
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England
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Laser Trident II (Vaquero), Lobo Supertraq, Compadre
Primary Interest:
Metal Detecting
I used to own a Teknetics T2 and enjoyed it but I eventually saw the light and became a huge Tesoro fan. I’m in the UK and currently own a Laser Trident II (UK Vaquero), a Lobo Supertraq and a Compadre.

My dilemma is - the Bandido has caught my eye, I‘ve seen a few people talking fondly about them and that has sparked something in me.

I see there are a few different editions:

1990 Bandido
1993 Bandido II
1996 uMax Bandito
1997 Bandido II uMax

The first two editions seem to get talked about more favourably but that’s as far as my knowledge goes.

I have two questions...

1. Which of the four editions should I be looking in to tracking down.

2. Will a Bandido bring anything to the table that my current Tesoro’s don’t?

Cheers!
 
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smokeythecat

Gold Member
Nov 22, 2012
19,662
37,445
Maryland
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XP Deus, Tesoro Cibola, Full sized shovel
Primary Interest:
All Treasure Hunting
If you have a Vaquero and Lobo, then it probably would not give you an advantage. But its always getting a new machine. At least most of the times.
 

pinenut

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Mar 15, 2016
1,023
1,345
where bigfoot roams
Detector(s) used
Various Tesoro - mostly Bandido II μMAX
Primary Interest:
Metal Detecting
I used to own a Teknetics T2 and enjoyed it but I eventually saw the light and became a huge Tesoro fan. I’m in the UK and currently own a Laser Trident II (UK Vaquero), a Lobo Supertraq and a Compadre.

My dilemma is - the Bandido has caught my eye, I‘ve seen a few people talking fondly about them and that has sparked something in me.

I see there are a few different editions:

1990 Bandido
1993 Bandido II
1996 uMax Bandito
1997 Bandido II uMax

The first two editions seem to get talked about more favourably but that’s as far as my knowledge goes.

I have two questions...

1. Which of the four editions should I be looking in to tracking down.

2. Will a Bandido bring anything to the table that my current Tesoro’s don’t?

Cheers!
Supposedly, the early Bandidos work well but I’ve never had one to try. I have used the Bandido II MicroMAX Tesoros and love ‘em. The only thing the Bandido II MicroMAX really does better than the Vaquero though, is pick things out of trashy areas - and I prefer the Bandido’s tone. The Vaquero is really an excellent Tesoro.
 

Picketwire

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Dec 10, 2017
53
40
SE Colorado
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Lazer Trident SI, fisher gold bug, tesoro outlaw, mojave, compadre, stingray, teknetics t2 and omega 8000, fisher f2, garrett ace 250, compass judge 2, whites TRX, fisher F-pulse, Garrett carrot and r
Primary Interest:
All Treasure Hunting
There is a formula for how many Tesoros a person needs. It is n+1 with n=how many you have now. The formula also works for many other situations but, according to my wife, it is not universally accepted.
 

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