EQ800 vs. CTX3030 Likes and Dislikes


Bronze Member
May 24, 2014
Detector(s) used
Minelab's CTX 3030, E-Trac & EQ800, Fisher F75LTD SE & F44, Whites MXT All PRO, Whites TRX Pointer & Shovel, Predator Tools Raptor hand digger & Ranger shovel. Grey Ghost Ultimate headphones.
Primary Interest:
Metal Detecting
My thoughts on the EQ800

I recently received the EQ800.
I have been detecting since 1977 and have had many detectors over the years.

Currently I have:
2 old BH wall hangers
Fisher F44
Fisher F75LTD SE (with all size coils)
Whites MXT All Pro (with all size coils)
Minelab Etrac (with all size coils)
Minelab CTX 3030 (with all size coils)
Minelab Equinox 800

What I really like about the 800:
Great screen (Really Great)
Easy to use
Clear target sounds
Pinpoints nice
Wireless headphones
Did I say fast... lol

Target ID's to close together (more of a beep and dig machine) Dig anything 12/13 and over 20. I may get better with time.
Nose heavy
Cheap camlocks

I miss from my CTX:
fe/co numbers
Target trace pinpoint
I can cherry pick with it like no other detector
Accurate target ID
CTX camlocks are the best ever

In iron trash sites = eq800
In cleaner parks and lawns = CTX

What a combo :) very happy here 😀

This is just my honest opinion guys.

Thanks Gary from Oregon


Gold Member
Mar 16, 2011
San Diego
🏆 Honorable Mentions:
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
I agree with almost all of your assessments. I would also add a plus for the CTX/Etrac as being a better machine for ID'ing bottle caps. The Nox loves those things! The CTX/Etrac can ID them 95% of the time vs. less than 50% for the Nox. I haven't had any problems with my cam locks on the Nox or CTX, whereas my Etrac and Explorer shafts are always working loose. The Nox is so light compared to the CTX/Etrac that I don't notice it being nose heavy. I suspect when I get the proposed 15" coil that it will be however. With a 6" coil, it should be well balanced. I agree that I would love to see the Fe/Co numbering system on the Nox.

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