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Is Omega 8500 getting a bad Rap? How many MDs do you need?
Posted by: Byrdboys
Date: June 03, 2017 02:39AM
I love my 8500 defiantly a step up from my delta 4000 and Garrett 350. Sounds like a few of you got a bad patch. I bought mine for $300 from local guy on Craigslist. He said he bought it for his son but he never really got into it. It is dead on with Coins. Most of my finds have been silver. Barber dime, Rossie, few quarters. I had been over the same area many times with the delta and Garrett 350. Best find with the Garrett was Indian head and of course few dollars in clad. The 4000 was a great coin shooter found wheaties and clad, stealing silver ring and prayer charm. But I have really enjoyed the 8500, learning it is the key. Like anything I have read on most detectors that get in the $500 and up price younMUST spend a lot of time with your detector if your going to get the most out of it. When it said silver it has been right on! When it said quarter it on! Wheaties, copper, today's penny's ID 77 every time! I found a 1918 WWI Army Button this past Memorial Day weekend. Most of the finds just mentioned was found in notching out or discriminating everything 72 and under.. I have been on a silver kick lately. But one feature I really like is the ability to switch from the Notch mode to AM mode to really zero in on the possible find and clarify what is in the ground. The EMI has been great. Better than delta and Garrett 350. I have been trying a little more on the relic side with. The 8500 but still needing more hours to really judge it correctly. Yes sound is a little different for the older Generation I'm a newbie just been at it for 2 yrs and the tones don't really bother me I'm learning them. The Garrett tones I think may be easier on some ears. But I have noticed the style of headphones can make a big difference on all four of my detectors. My first detector was a Lone Star Bounty. On the 8500 I do use the Manuel GB a lot , I'like that ability. I'm using the 10" ecliptic coil that came with it. I've been wondering if the 11" DD or 5" would make that much of a difference? Really like the backlight! red is actually better on your night vision and eye strain, Especially great when viewing stars at night through my large telescope. I have ran the 8500 at 75 up to 90 in most places, sure I have to back it down sometimes but overall I have had NO trouble with it. My boys have ran the delta/ Garrett close by with no problems. I have the 3 Frequency choices pluse two of the depth settings have HZ filters. One 50hz the other at 60hz. One thing I haven't really tried yet is the variable Tone settings, you can set each iron low and nickel little higher silver higher etc. You still get the Iron sound at a low volume in the background. This will be I believe a great feature once I get more time in on the 8500. I think overall the 8500 has gotten a bad rap from different post I have read, maybe there was some bad production at first not sure but I'm really enjoying mine and look forward to some more great finds! Hope this helps someone to give the 8500 another chance or atlest for the money, agree that you get a lot of detector, bells and whistles, etc. I would like to get enough money to try out a FBS detector minelab etc. But may go the route of AT Pro just for the waterproof and up my Frequecy range. Omega 8500 7.8khz , AT Pro 15.8khz. I've been reasearching the Frequency question and if it really matters. Wow is that topic! A lot of opinions out there but overall really depends on what your looking for in the ground and what your willing to give up Depth, sensitivity, gain, etc. I mean why do you have 5, 7, or even 10 different metal detectors? For those who have been at this for a while. Like to hear your thoughts on that one. It May help me to justify another purchase or lest talk to my wife effectively! LOL!

Re: Is Omega 8500 getting a bad Rap? How many MDs do you need?
Posted by: Dan-Pa.
Date: June 03, 2017 01:59PM
Its a good unit but don't like the cheap radio shack built....afraid it was going to fall apart when I swung it...

Re: Is Omega 8500 getting a bad Rap? How many MDs do you need?
Posted by: dan b
Date: June 05, 2017 08:28AM
That was my perception too. It felt very flimsy, and didn't feel like it would last. On the other hand, I had a T2 and it was built like a tank. That's my concern with the new Patriot. Unless I can actually hold one and see if the build is sturdy I doubt I would buy one. I'm not a big fan of the membrane panel either. The abrasive dirt on my gloves would make that membrane panel look old in a big hurry, IMHO. I might be wrong, but I had an F70 I bought used, and it looked old and worn, but I don't think it was that old. For those that use FTP detectors, does that faceplate resist abrasive wear?



Current detectors:
:garrett: ATPro
Previously owned: :tesoro:, :garrett:, :fisher: , :teknetics:, :minelab:, and :whites:

Re: Is Omega 8500 getting a bad Rap? How many MDs do you need?
Posted by: Dan-Pa.
Date: June 05, 2017 10:09AM
Faceplate can be damaged quickly....Went to Wally World and picked up protective clear plastic made for I phones etc. and cut to fit and will never scratch the original faceplate...Internet also showed me to get bubbles out and good to go.....

Re: Is Omega 8500 getting a bad Rap? How many MDs do you need?
Posted by: RichW
Date: June 05, 2017 12:58PM
I've had my 8000 since the beginning of 09. No complaints, still going strong. One of my all time favorite machines and it has paid for itself many times.

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Re: Is Omega 8500 getting a bad Rap? How many MDs do you need?
Posted by: cladcanada
Date: June 05, 2017 02:31PM
i would not recommend the AT pro. poor build , horrible audio, very slow recovery speed

Re: Is Omega 8500 getting a bad Rap? How many MDs do you need?
Posted by: jim tn
Date: June 05, 2017 07:12PM
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cladcanada
i would not recommend the AT pro. poor build , horrible audio, very slow recovery speed

What? Serious...or kidding? HH jim tn

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Re: Is Omega 8500 getting a bad Rap? How many MDs do you need?
Posted by: Dang
Date: June 06, 2017 11:21AM
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cladcanada
i would not recommend the AT pro. poor build , horrible audio, very slow recovery speed
Thanks for the heads up! Canceling my kellyco order right now.

Re: Is Omega 8500 getting a bad Rap? How many MDs do you need?
Posted by: dan b
Date: June 06, 2017 04:18PM
I think he's kidding. I have an ATPRO and it's in my signature. I'm on the Teknetics forum and criticizing the build quality of a model I used to own. I must have hit a nerve. That's okay, we all are entitled to our opinions.



Current detectors:
:garrett: ATPro
Previously owned: :tesoro:, :garrett:, :fisher: , :teknetics:, :minelab:, and :whites:

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Re: Is Omega 8500 getting a bad Rap? How many MDs do you need?
Posted by: amberjack
Date: June 06, 2017 05:56PM
I would not recommend big blobs of writing if you want people to read your posts I know I didn't read it.. enter key a few times is your friend :buds:

just cant read blobs and I think its rude also...

AJ

Re: Is Omega 8500 getting a bad Rap? How many MDs do you need?
Posted by: D&P-OR
Date: June 06, 2017 06:18PM
It was quite a "blob" wasn't it AJ!:wink:
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amberjack
I would not recommend big blobs of writing if you want people to read your posts I know I didn't read it.. enter key a few times is your friend :buds:

just cant read blobs and I think its rude also...

AJ


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Re: Is Omega 8500 getting a bad Rap? How many MDs do you need?
Posted by: amberjack
Date: June 06, 2017 06:37PM
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D&P-OR
It was quite a "blob" wasn't it AJ!:wink:
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amberjack
I would not recommend big blobs of writing if you want people to read your posts I know I didn't read it.. enter key a few times is your friend :buds:

just cant read blobs and I think its rude also...

AJ

getting up there near in the top 10 I think :lmfao:

AJ

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Re: Is Omega 8500 getting a bad Rap? How many MDs do you need?
Posted by: cladcanada
Date: October 12, 2017 11:08AM
I have tried an AT pro a few times and my first detector was an ace 250 (sold it ) . i really did find the recovery speed very slow, and that horrid bell tone that seems to linger on is a deal breaker . If i had to swing a garrett i'd give up detecting . Our Canadian coins are plated steel (junk) so a target id only will not be usefull,

Re: Is Omega 8500 getting a bad Rap? How many MDs do you need?
Posted by: marcomo
Date: October 12, 2017 09:32PM
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cladcanada
I have tried an AT pro a few times and my first detector was an ace 250 (sold it ) . i really did find the recovery speed very slow, and that horrid bell tone that seems to linger on is a deal breaker . If i had to swing a garrett i'd give up detecting . Our Canadian coins are plated steel (junk) so a target id only will not be usefull,


Surprisingly, in your few times out with the AT Pro you obviously didn't try the Pro mode. In Pro mode the audio is modulated, not binary, and no bell tone. Also, in Pro mode the recovery speed is fairly good. Certainly not slow.

I've been using the AT Pro for over six years and I can tell you without question that the detector that you are describing is not the AT Pro in the Pro mode.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 10/12/2017 09:35PM by marcomo.

Re: Is Omega 8500 getting a bad Rap? How many MDs do you need?
Posted by: hikerboy
Date: October 16, 2017 05:54PM
Agreed! I lost my place twice and then gave up.

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