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How Many Have Switched
Posted by: RLOH
Date: October 23, 2018 10:00AM
I have tried just about every detector made and have always returned to an Explorer version of some kind(EX11,SE Pro, or Etrac) I find them heavy, but as soon as I start using them again, my silver and older coin count goes up. They just plain like silver and deep silver.

Last Sunday, I hit my favorite park with the SE Pro. I was not expecting much as a couple of deep wheaties seem to be the norm for me. At the bottom of one steep hill, I found a 33 merc that was nearly ten inches deep. I made three 50 foot passes and found three wheats and one more 41 merc. I have been over this spot too many times to remember and was shocked at these finds.

I tire quickly because of rheumatoid arthritis, counted my blessings and headed back to the truck. Near where I had parked was a small (100 foot by 30 foot) area where I have found over a 100 wheat pennies and ten silver coins. I have hit this area from all angles and considered it to be clean. I got a deep signal and was shocked to find a deep wheat. I started gridding and was moving extremely slow. I found 9 more wheats and all were deeper than 8 inches. I was astounded to say the least. Years ago, I had a similar experience in this exact same spot when using an Etrac.

I have had this SE Pro for about two months and made some of my better finds ever from spots that have not produced a coin older that the 1940's. I found several Indian Heads that were deep and completely not expected because of the age of the area I was hunting.

I have read many posts from people using the Equinox that have said "the old Explorer or SE is now in the closet" I know the Explorer is slow and cumbersome, but it is the "real deal" in my neck of the woods. If the Equinox can get Explorer like depth on coins, I will just have to try one. I have watched countless videos showing the speed and unmasking abilities of the Nox, but if it can consistantly get 8 inch plus depth I need for older coins, it just might be for me.

I am not trying to open an issue that has been bantered about for years and that issue is depth. In my area, if I can't routinely have a detector find coins from the 8 inch plus depth range, I will be a clad hunter. I have had fast, deep detectors such as the F series, Racers, Kruzers, and such find the occasional silver coin that is shallower than the norm, but hardly ever the deeper coins I find with an Explorer series detector. I am not saying these detectors won't hear these deeper coins, but they have trouble being accurate with tones and numbers. The Explorer series are the absolute king of being accurate on deep coins. I will say that ground conditions play a large part in a detectors accuracy, but in my ground, I have not found a detector better.

From what I am reading, the Nox might be the "better" detector. I would love to hear from the people who have made the switch.

Re: How Many Have Switched
Posted by: Ted S
Date: October 23, 2018 10:55AM
I made the switch. I have the 600 and my SE is now the backup detector.I never fully understood the Explorer but I did hit a few good finds with it. I am also 62 with a few major medical issues and the Equinox is light where it expands my detecting time and my arm doesn't feel like mush after two hours. I have hit a couple of deep coins with the 600 but I have not owned it long enough to be good at it. Good luck with your decision and HH! Ted

Re: How Many Have Switched
Posted by: Southwind
Date: October 23, 2018 11:28AM
I made the switch to the 800 and never looked back. I've owned the SE Pro, E-Trac and the CTX. Had probably 7 years on the E-Trac.

Love my 800 to death. I am now a 1 detector owned and user. I can now concentrate on mastering 1 machine.

The real treasure is in the hunt...

Re: How Many Have Switched
Posted by: BigTony
Date: October 23, 2018 11:44AM
I have not sold my EXP II but haven't used it since I won the Impact (Thanks to Find's Treasure contest) and of course got the NOX.

There might be some areas I might try this winter with the EXP II.


Re: How Many Have Switched
Posted by: Bigtom123
Date: October 26, 2018 05:02PM
Your gonna get a lot of different personally,I didn’t see the nox as much better than what’s currently in its price range..And I’m definitely not alone,used equinox machines have been in the classifieds a few weeks after they hit the street.Ive heard some say it was for this or that reason,but I’m thinking they had the same results I had..The equinox is a good machine,no doubt.But for coins it’s not on the same playing field as fbs technology.Youll miss the great visual ID and the best tones going if you give up the explorer..Just my opinion here,like every one else’s.

Re: How Many Have Switched
Posted by: BigTony
Date: October 27, 2018 06:54PM
I do miss the display screen for a few reasons.

I like the NOX for coins and small jewelry items. I still haven't figured out gold rings yet but it will come. Dang - I ran my EXP II for 8 or 9 years and was still learning how to tweak it.

My hearing is not good in either ear so those silver tones of the EXP II evade me. I am learning to use VDI and sounds and I can take it to the beach and find small jewelry too.

Stick with what you like and know, you will find more, IMO.

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