Easy to use budget machine

Dconcb

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A gift for the father in law who recently threw his new smart tv off the balcony. Because he couldn’t figure it out!
First thought was simplex, maybe too complicated.
Then vanquish 440, less buttons, beach friendly.
Maybe the fisher f22?
What do y’all have to say?
Thanks in advance
 
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DizzyDigger

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I would have him start with the simplest machine, and let him learn
about the more technical aspects as he goes along.
 

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That's simple, the Simplex. Wireless, rechargeable, updateable, waterproof all for 254.00 on Amazon! Turn it on, pick a mode and detect, as easy as that! Kids nowadays would take to even the most advanced detectors way faster than us old geezers...
 
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Dconcb

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That's simple, the Simplex. Wireless, rechargeable, updateable, waterproof all for 254.00 on Amazon! Turn it on, pick a mode and detect, as easy as that! Kids nowadays would take to even the most advanced detectors way faster than us old geezers...
It’s in the Amazon cart, but then I got worried. Maybe less buttons would be easier? This is for a guy who used to program computers in the 80s. But I guess gets frustrated easier nowadays.
Thanks for the reassurance
 
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Dconcb

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I would have him start with the simplest machine, and let him learn
about the more technical aspects as he goes along.
I was asking, what’s the simplest? That is worth it’s weight, in your opinion?
 

DizzyDigger

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I was asking, what’s the simplest? That is worth it’s weight, in your opinion?

I can tell you what I would do in the same situation, and that is I'd give
Bart at Big Boys Hobbies a call. All the vendors are good, it's just that
I've had good dealings with Bart in the past, and know that he won't steer you wrong.

 

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I know they're no longer made and getting a bit more difficult to find, but you might want to consider a Tesoro Compadre (or a somewhat similar model). They're light weight, ergonomic, very simple to use, and loads of fun. Mine is mostly a loaner unit now - I let the neighbor's kids use it when they want to tag along with me.

I think the other machines (suggested) are all viable options as well.

The Garrett ACE series might be something to look into. Outside the Apex (possibly another consideration) I have no experience with the ACE machines, but my understanding is that they're very simple machines.

I second the suggestion to give Bart a call. He is a great guy and he will help steer you in the right direction.
 

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My first thought is Compadre if you can even find one. Then maybe a Fisher F22 or F44 if it starts raining. Even the Ace 200 or 300. He sounds like he is like me. I came close to shooting a TV back in 2013, right before I quit watching TV altogether. Keep it simple. None of my machines look like the inside of the Millennium Falcon and they mostly go deeper and get me to the next hole faster. Maybe a Vanquish.
 

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If he's going to hunt a salt water beach, I would recommend the Equinox or wait just a bit until the Legend hits the shelves. Single frequency machines can be frustrating to use in salt conditions, so, your FIL might end up throwing anything else you give him in the surf! :laughing7:
 

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The F22 is very simple and has nice iron audio but overpriced. I would take a look at a Quest X5 or X10 they are less than $200. The correct answer is the Tesoro Compadre or umax if you can get your hands on one. (Good Luck though!) Deeptech makes very similar machines but I couldn't sell them here for under $400 with all the cheap alternatives and mulit-freq machines.

Also although I have personally never used one the Ace 250 and Fisher F5 series are simple machines if you can find one used for under $200.
 
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Dconcb

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I can tell you what I would do in the same situation, and that is I'd give
Bart at Big Boys Hobbies a call. All the vendors are good, it's just that
I've had good dealings with Bart in the past, and know that he won't steer you wrong.

BART is great, I got my last machine there. And I’ve got my legend pre-order in from him as well! Maybe I’ll give him a shout thanks
 
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Dconcb

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I know he’s going to want to saltwater hunt, which is kind of why I’m torn between the Simplex and the vanquish. I use a fisher f44 and I could see him getting frustrated with the manual ground balance at the beach.
Tesoro any good at a salt beach?
I’ve personally always wanted one myself! Thanks for all the suggestions.
He’s not an idiot by Any means! He’s actually extremely smart and can rebuild just about anything mechanically. But he does seem to be getting frustrated with electronics in his older years
 

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I know he’s going to want to saltwater hunt, which is kind of why I’m torn between the Simplex and the vanquish. I use a fisher f44 and I could see him getting frustrated with the manual ground balance at the beach.
Tesoro any good at a salt beach?
I’ve personally always wanted one myself! Thanks for all the suggestions.
He’s not an idiot by Any means! He’s actually extremely smart and can rebuild just about anything mechanically. But he does seem to be getting frustrated with electronics in his older years
saltwater and beach I would go the Vanquish route - Bart @ Big boy Hobbies. Tesoro not the route you want to go for salt beach also not water resistant or proof.
 

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I know he’s going to want to saltwater hunt, which is kind of why I’m torn between the Simplex and the vanquish. I use a fisher f44 and I could see him getting frustrated with the manual ground balance at the beach.
Tesoro any good at a salt beach?
I’ve personally always wanted one myself! Thanks for all the suggestions.
He’s not an idiot by Any means! He’s actually extremely smart and can rebuild just about anything mechanically. But he does seem to be getting frustrated with electronics in his older years
Simplex is just a single frequency, so, not a good wet/water salt water beach detector. The Vanquish will work fine, but, it's not waterproof. I wouldn't recommend buying a detector from a company that is now out of business.
 

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C-Scope is makeing a few very simple few-button machines that works quite well too. I think it's CS1MX and CS770XD, and one more i can't remember.....- with some guy's signature on it.
 

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Decided on the vanquish 540. Seems simple enough to get the hang of. And beach reviews seem good.
:icon_thumright: Just don't drop it in the water.
 

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I’m 62, new at detecting, and I’m learning on the 540 Vanquish. Now, just because I’m older, don’t assume that these little machines are one button simple. There is a learning curve, to be sure. But nice little prizes can be found. Here’s my first silver! A 1944 Indian Rupee on a central Iowa camp ground of all places. Once he gets bit by the silver bug, he won’t stop.
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