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Need to upgrade?
Posted by: Jim647
Date: July 05, 2017 04:41PM
I have one detector, Tesoro Silver Sabre II, which I've had for a long long time. only reasons I have for getting a new one is my son was using it and pulled the battery wires out trying to change the batteries, they can be a little difficult at times. Anyhow, I like the simple machines like the Compadre which I have been planning on getting but now the Mojave comes into play. My question is will the Mojave hit just as hard on small targets as the Compadre? Both seem to be simple machines and only use one battery instead of two. Thanks for any suggestions on the two.

Re: Need to upgrade?
Posted by: BarryL
Date: July 05, 2017 05:19PM
my opinion go with the Mojave , can use different coils and yes it will hit on small target's . The Compadre is a great little detector as well but the Mojave would be the better deal

Re: Need to upgrade?
Posted by: D&P-OR
Date: July 05, 2017 05:34PM
Between those two---the Compadre.

Re: Need to upgrade?
Posted by: Jim647
Date: July 06, 2017 10:56AM
Thanks for the suggestions. That's pretty much what I'm getting with everything I've been reading on the two. Seems to be running 50/50 between them. Leaning toward the Mojave. I have a 5.75 coil for my SS II that will work on it.

Re: Need to upgrade?
Posted by: Stoof-tabsallday
Date: July 06, 2017 01:51PM
If you ever run into bad ground the Mojave will have a leg up.
I never had an issue with my compadres but here in Michigan our ground isn't very bad

Stefan (Michigan)

Nokta Fors Relic 7x11", 5.5x10"DD, 5", 5.5x10 Concentric

Makro Racer 2 - 7x11", 5.5x10", 5" DD

:tesoro: Mojave
:tesoro: Deleon - Troy shadow super 7",
:tesoro: Compadre 8
:tesoro: Compadre 5.75
:tesoro: Bandido II Micromax
:tesoro: Outlaw
:tesoro: Cibola- GB/all metal toggle mod
:tesoro: Vaquero
:tesoro: Cutlass Micromax 8

Lots of coils

*Not listed in any special order*

Garrett carrot, lesche shovel, Killer B Wasps, my bare hands

Re: Need to upgrade?
Posted by: REVIER
Date: July 06, 2017 02:15PM
No bigger Compadre fan than me out there.
Bought a 7" coil version from Skiwhiz in 2010 and went on to find more than 10X's what it cost me in clad, silver and gold since then...and I only use it part time for fun when I want a change from using my Fishers.
Still, that added up to many hundreds of hours and I learned it well and passed on all kinds of knowledge about how I use it to many.
If you have ever heard anyone mention the term "Church of the Compadre" it was me that started that and coined that term in a funny little post I wrote about it years ago that started it all.
The resulting thread is responsible for many Compadre sales to new users that stumbled on it and read posts from many rabid owners that added to it.
I bless the day this thing came into my life because it is responsible for uncountable hours of shear pleasure, fun, shocks and surprises.

That all being said a few weeks ago I got a Mojave just on a whim hoping that it might do just a tiny bit better in my oh so difficult devil dirt and even though I am not done testing all the abilities of this thing quite yet in every situation I am likely to come across I have used it enough to start thinking I might not be pulling out the Compadre much anymore.
It seems to be deeper in my soil than the Compadre and not just a little but by a lot, it's abilities to notice good targets in heavy iron does not just match the Compadre but might be even better and that extreme hypersensitivity to chains and really small targets also seems to be part of this package.

I used the Compadre for many hours in this bad dirt but also a lot in much better dirt out west where it performed more than admirably.
It did everything I ever asked of it and more and could reach the 6-7" depth level which was fine because most of my deepest targets never laid a whole lot deeper than 5-6".
Here I can't make it much further than 3" with that one in the bad stuff around here but the Mojave has shocked me and gotten to the 5-6" area on a few in that same bad dirt and it might get even deeper than that.
I would have been happy with just one more inch than the Compadre so that is why I am shocked...and thrilled.
Let me add I also have used a Vaquero for hundreds of hours here too, I found plenty but with all its extra power and features the performance, which was insanely great out west, here was never much to write home about for me...and I had 3 coils for the thing.
I am having just as much if not more fun if not more using the Mojave around here and my finds volume and quality is startling with just the few hours I have on it.
I traded away that Vaq to get the Mojave as a matter of fact and it is looking like this was the very definition of a win-win deal for both of us.

In great soil it might not matter so much, they both would probably be on more of an even playing field and will probably perform similarly to each other but if you hunt in mineralized red clay soil like I do or in sites with insane amounts of iron which I also deal with that extra $90 cost for the Mojave would be well spent in my opinion.
That would be considering just what they can do and find in less than perfect conditions and sites, add in the ability to change coils on the Mojave and that is just a bonus.

The Mojave is not just a hyped up 12kHz 180 ED Compadre nor is it a Silver either with the sensitivity knob but some sort of strange and wonderful hybrid of both, with maybe a little of the DNA of other Tesoro models thrown in.
Or so it seems to me.

Many Compadre owners bought one and still sing its praises so that must count for something.

"What if doing the Hokey Pokey really IS what it's all about?”
F70, F2, Compadre, Mojave, Judge2 - 2018....Mostly just some clad so far...more to come!

Edited 4 time(s). Last edit at 07/06/2017 02:37PM by REVIER.

Re: Need to upgrade?
Posted by: Jim647
Date: July 06, 2017 05:30PM
Thanks Stefan, I was considering the high/low switch as a positive. Thanks for the write up Revier, that's what I was looking for. That really compares both for me. In fact I have been reading your posts for a long time concerning the Compadre which was why I was going to get one. Now I will be ordering a Mojave tonight or tomorrow. Guess I'll have to see about sending the SS II in for repairs and use it for a backup. Thanks again to everyone.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 07/06/2017 05:31PM by Jim647.

Re: Need to upgrade?
Posted by: Jim647
Date: July 08, 2017 11:20AM
Well for good or bad I ordered the Mojave and it should be here Wednesday. Hopefully it will work out well. I'm not great at detecting but have fun when I get the chance to go. Thanks again to all for the suggestions.

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