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Minelab Equinox 800 Metal Detector

Minelab Equinox 800 Metal Detector

Product Review (submitted on August 21, 2019):
I have been using the whites mx sport for the past 4 years, and found tons of stuff. Then I just purchased the nox 800 about 2 months ago, and wow...what a difference. Dont get me wrong, the mx sport is a great detector. I have found nearly $700 in pocket change with that thing in 4 years, not to mention lots of other items. But I felt I wanted to upgrade a bit to something that has lots of options for settings. And the nox 800 does just that. I highly recommend to read the owners manual thoroughly. There are tons of options concerning tones..volumes....discrimination...ground types..etc. With that in mind, this machine does take some getting used to. You just need to fool with the settings and try out different things till you find out which works best for your style and what you are searching for. I took along my mx sport the first couple times out, to compare signals. I found that from 1 -4 inches deep, the signals were pretty much the same. But, about 5 inches and deeper, the mx started to get a bit erratic, jumping around. The 800 kept the same signal most of the time. Now..I went to a old farm property about 4 times with my mx sport. Found nice things...my oldest coin yet, a 1794 liberty cap large cent!! But the first time I took the nox 800 there, I could not believe how many targets I picked up that my mx sport missed. I picked up...2 "V" nickles, 1 buffalo nickle, 2 standing liberty quarters , 12 wheat pennies, and a silver Washington quarter, and 1 indian head penny. The Equinox 800 is VERY sensitive. And if you get this machine, prepare to dig deeper. Most of the targets I have dug up are 6 - 8 inches and even 10 inches or more at times. I had a laugh one day when it picked up some thing that surprised me. It was close to 10 inches down...I saw a little bit if red plastic, curious, I put my pin pointer on it, and beeep.... I pulled it out of the ground,, and guess what? I was a small piece of wire about 1/4 of an inch long covered in red plastic.. It was a piece of an old twisty tie that you used on a loaf of bread..haha! Thats how sensitive this machine is. In closing...this is a great detector that I plan on using for many years to come. I will still use my mx sport at times to compare signals and to have a back up if the battery dies in the nox 800. Minelab did a find job creating this device. Good luck to everyone who purchases this item !!
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