The Minelab Equinox 800 is a Piece of Junk

smokeythecat

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Yes, they work great until they break. Of the other various brands of detectors I have had I never had to send one back to the factory, never broke a coil, or the ears off one and each of my machines ends up looking like a worse for wear dog chew toy. And I throw them around like beach balls. Once I got a coil bad out of the box, but that was not from use. I don't think the Equinoxes would take what I put machines through. Even dropped one in the Chesapeake Bay a few years ago which was NOT waterproof and it didn't die. I had an Equinox briefly. Once.
 

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Yes, they work great until they break. Of the other various brands of detectors I have had (over the last 40 years) I never had to send one back to the factory, never broke a coil, or the ears off one and each of my machines ends up looking like a worse for wear dog chew toy. And I throw them around like beach balls. Once I got a coil bad out of the box, but that was not from use. I don't think the Equinoxes would take what I put machines through. Even dropped a machine of a different brand in the Chesapeake Bay a few years ago which was NOT waterproof and it didn't die. I had an Equinox briefly. Once. I just didn't like it. But they do find stuff, that's for sure.
 

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Problems solved with the issue of the Nox 700 and the 900.
 

pulltabfelix

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I laid my 800 in 13 inches of river water while I was recovering a quarter. Not in the water more than 1 min and the display leaked. Fixed under warranty, but never let the control head ever get underwater again.
 

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I laid my 800 in 13 inches of river water while I was recovering a quarter. Not in the water more than 1 min and the display leaked. Fixed under warranty, but never let the control head ever get underwater again.
Mine has been underwater with no issues.
 

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I think it's like buying a car. And yes I mean a real automobile. MOST times you get one that's fine, maybe needs a tweak or so, but essentially fine. That OTHER car, well it was made by gnomes on a Friday, last one of the shift, and that was the day after Thanksgiving and the gnomes really weren't in the mood to build a car that day. And they'd been drinking. A lot. Applies to ANYTHING we buy.

Now something that has a LOT of the same problem, on a car that's called a recall. My Chevy Equinox has a recall for wiper motors. I'll get around to it soon. Now that I'm thinking about it again. Will a new model car solve it? Maybe, maybe not, depends on the bean counters who are spending the bucks to make the car.
 

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I think it's like buying a car. And yes I mean a real automobile. MOST times you get one that's fine, maybe needs a tweak or so, but essentially fine. That OTHER car, well it was made by gnomes on a Friday, last one of the shift, and that was the day after Thanksgiving and the gnomes really weren't in the mood to build a car that day. And they'd been drinking. A lot. Applies to ANYTHING we buy.

Now something that has a LOT of the same problem, on a car that's called a recall. My Chevy Equinox has a recall for wiper motors. I'll get around to it soon. Now that I'm thinking about it again. Will a new model car solve it? Maybe, maybe not, depends on the bean counters who are spending the bucks to make the car.
If Chevrolet takes a lesson from the Minelab playbook, they'll give you the same crappy replacement wiper motor that will likely fail like the one you have now instead of making a better one that won't fail! Unless it's a safety issue.....then they'll be forced to make a better one.
 

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If Chevrolet takes a lesson from the Minelab playbook, they'll give you the same crappy replacement wiper motor that will likely fail like the one you have now instead of making a better one that won't fail! Unless it's a safety issue.....then they'll be forced to make a better one.
It is considered a safety issue. I have a 2nd vehicle to go if it rains. Or snows. Wait...I don't especially like driving in snow anymore.
 
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The guy that started this thread does not appear to be around any more. I wanted to tell him I know how he feels. My 12 year old grandson got in his dad's manual transmission jeep and ran it into the wall of their garage. What a stupid worthless jeep. It is no good! They should get rid of the jeep. Of course the fact my grandson had no idea how to drive it makes no difference.
Im here, just got busy on some stuff. I still have it, and it work's well.
 

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pulltabfelix

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Mine has been underwater with no issues.
I only think a small % leaked, but those get all the notice, especially when it is yours. After the warranty ran out, I was afraid to dunk it. But then it really didn't matter that much to me, I don't do hardly any water hunting deeper than my knees and the 800 is fine for that.
 

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I only think a small % leaked, but those get all the notice, especially when it is yours. After the warranty ran out, I was afraid to dunk it. But then it really didn't matter that much to me, I don't do hardly any water hunting deeper than my knees and the 800 is fine for that.
I never "dunked" either my 600 or 800 machines during their warranties. I also never worried about a rain storm, and I have have several good, wetting rains during many hunts. Mine are good as new as far as any leaking.

I wash my Noxs freely all the time, and I never saw any leaks. Not dunked but definitely washed,,,washed way more than any of my other detectors I own.

If I'd bought them for actual underwater use, I'd be pissed too.
 

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I sympathize as for the blue tooth connection on the Nox 800 since the version has to be right to work and loss signal can be a problem even w the newest version. I've had 2 Nox 800s in last 3 1/2 yrs and drowned the first one twice. I hunt mostly salt water and beach and early on w the wireless headphones I found that they would lose signal and I might not know it for several minutes particularly during Winter when targets are few and far between. My solution was wired headphones and once in a while wired ear buds. But the 800 has mostly replaced my CTX 3030 and Excal 1000 - much more expensive machines.
 

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I went on a hunt today and decided to give the Nox 800 a shot. After about an hour in the woods around an old cabin where I found a lot of old coins with my Tesoro Tejon, I got tired of digging a lot of garbage signals with this detector, so I made my way out to the road where I was given permission by a woman to search around her 100-year-old farmhouse.

Early into the hunt, I dug a wheat penny and an old token. Nature called, and I went off into the brush to take a leak. When I came back the wireless headphones would not reconnect to the metal detector under any circumstances. It ruined my entire hunt and I wanted to bash this thing into the side of a tree.

My wish is that I would of had my Tejon. The Minelab Equinox 800 is a real Piece of Junk.
If my headphones won't pair, I turn everything off, and then start up the headphones, then the 800. This usually does it.
 

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