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Best water detector:shrug:
Posted by: C.J.M.
Date: February 01, 2019 03:04PM
Have seen many detectors come and go was wondering some of you guys have been at it for a long time.So if you were to choose an all-around top water submersible or non submersible basic detector which one were you choose:confused:Thank you guys.cjm

Re: Best water detector:shrug:
Posted by: Dancer
Date: February 01, 2019 05:19PM
Depends mostly on the makeup of the beaches you hunt. Lots of machines can handle fresh / mild salt water. Hot / Black sand is another animal.
I've heard.

Re: Best water detector:shrug:
Posted by: Mkus
Date: February 02, 2019 04:52AM
I like my Equinox on the beach from a seasoned guy who hunts beaches and seeing his gold finds I was sold
Its lightweight waterproof and finds gold I hit two gold rings this week with mine is it the best machine?
Well for me it does what I want ..
Mark



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I second Dancers response
Posted by: therover
Date: February 02, 2019 11:53AM
Depends on the water, depends on the beach.

Re: Best water detector:shrug:
Posted by: Fishers Ghost
Date: February 02, 2019 03:02PM
If you want discrimination and waterproof and to be able to work the dry and wet sand and also scuba then go Excalibre. If you don't need discrimination then go for a Water proof TDI.
If you want to be able to find small deep gold chains and jewellery then try a Fisher Gold Bug DP with the 11 inch DD. This detector will ground balance salt sand to the water line and still detect deep.

The Equinox 800 is all the rage these days but I do not know how well it performs on the small chains and very small gold jewellery.

Just an opinion not gospel.

Re: Best water detector:shrug:
Posted by: Nauti Neil
Date: February 03, 2019 02:03PM
I hunted saltwater beaches exclusively for 7 years and used many detectors including minelabs.My personal choice and the one i had huge success with was a whites beachunter 300.If i was to return to beach hunting now i would get a...............whites beachunter 300.

Re: I second Dancers response
Posted by: mike k.
Date: February 03, 2019 09:30PM
YOU HAVE TO GET BACK TO BASICS excalibur 1 OR excalibur 2 STILL IN A LEAGUE OF THEYRE OWN .

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Re: Best water detector:shrug:
Posted by: dewcon4414
Date: February 04, 2019 05:40AM
Personally, im finding the Nox very hard to beat. I think its proving to excellent choice as an ALL-AROUND machine at a crazy good price..... and WARRANTY. How many can hunt a trashy park with an Xcal (twice the price, repairs, and slow recovery).... then go to the gold fields with a CTX (3 times the price and it may leak)? No mods needed that just jack up that price. ML has been excellent with their repairs as well. In the water.... everything changes.... it can be chatty which makes it a bit more work because of its sensitivity..... but it will find smaller gold even in the water and it seems to like high K gold as well. It offers blue tooth as well. I got 6 gold chains last year with it.... not all small. So i dont know if it was just an unusual year. But if you are buying it to just find gold chains.....dont. Along with sensitivity comes the requirement to dig even MORE tiny targets... you get enough with this machine. Its a good travel machine and there have been very few repairs because of water leaks. A water machine really depends on you and your style of hunting..... and of course your beaches. Anyone looking for an Xcal of CTX .... contact me.



MDT 8000, EQ 800, CTX, Blue Xcals
Dew Meeker

Re: Best water detector:shrug:
Posted by: Mkus
Date: February 04, 2019 06:12AM
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dewcon4414
Personally, im finding the Nox very hard to beat. I think its proving to excellent choice as an ALL-AROUND machine at a crazy good price..... and WARRANTY. How many can hunt a trashy park with an Xcal (twice the price, repairs, and slow recovery).... then go to the gold fields with a CTX (3 times the price and it may leak)? No mods needed that just jack up that price. ML has been excellent with their repairs as well. In the water.... everything changes.... it can be chatty which makes it a bit more work because of its sensitivity..... but it will find smaller gold even in the water and it seems to like high K gold as well. It offers blue tooth as well. I got 6 gold chains last year with it.... not all small. So i dont know if it was just an unusual year. But if you are buying it to just find gold chains.....dont. Along with sensitivity comes the requirement to dig even MORE tiny targets... you get enough with this machine. Its a good travel machine and there have been very few repairs because of water leaks. A water machine really depends on you and your style of hunting..... and of course your beaches. Anyone looking for an Xcal of CTX .... contact me.
Exactly it does everything well I want a machine I can go from beach to field that works well and heck yeah its a great all around machine Its like owning 3 machines in one IMHO..

Re: Best water detector:shrug:
Posted by: pasttom
Date: February 11, 2019 11:22AM
I've gotta go with the Equinox vote. I have 3 Excals and a CTX gathering dust. I've had TDIs and a couple Headhunter PIs as well as several Explorers and CZs, but the Equinox is much better on the beach and it is strong on the grass and dirt IMHO. I have a Tarsacci MDT 8000 that is as good or better on the beach. It is lighter and a touch deeper, but also $1500 plus. The price difference would give you an 800, custom waterproof headphones and both the 6 and 15 inch coils (which I have as well as a custom cf shaft). Even so, I'd rate them pretty even. Neither is rated/suitable for scuba diving, but as I don't dive, that's not an issue for me.



Pastor Tom
A Tarsacci MDT 8000, an Equinox 800 (w/ all 3 coils) and a dozen obsolete units for sale
Excavations by my Corgi, Sadie

Re: Best water detector:shrug:
Posted by: OldBeechnut
Date: February 11, 2019 08:33PM
I'm hardcore excalibur pirate but if your looking for a good machine at a good price I don't think there is a better one out there then the Nox. The 3 year warranty is a winner also. One note, when it gets down to the nitty gritty, it boils down to the hunter themselves, how well they know the machine and the beach's they are hunting.

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Re: Best water detector:shrug:
Posted by: *Fred*
Date: February 13, 2019 10:07AM
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Nauti Neil
I hunted saltwater beaches exclusively for 7 years and used many detectors including minelabs.My personal choice and the one i had huge success with was a whites beachunter 300.If i was to return to beach hunting now i would get a...............whites beachunter 300.

Same for me ! After 10 years the beachhunter is still number one. I've used 2 exca, 1 sov Gt, deus, TDI, surf pi, and today i have 2 beachhunter id and a sovereign as backup machine. They are modified whith detech coils and bucaneers ip68 connectors. And always used in all metal mode.
Don't know Equinox yet, but for me TDI (pulsescan) is the best for sand and beachhunter id for water.

I hope Fisher Manta will change my point of view... :thumbup:


Sorry for my english, I'm French (nobody's perfect)



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Re: Best water detector:shrug:
Posted by: Nauti Neil
Date: February 13, 2019 11:55AM
Nothing wrong with being French "Fred".......i did a tour of Normandy a couple of years back and didn't want to go home (to England).......i found the French people and the country to be most agreeable.

Re: Best water detector:shrug:
Posted by: LawrencetheMDer
Date: February 20, 2019 01:26PM
Well, doesn't look like a CTX 3030 guy hasn't spoken up so here I am. Hunted for yrs w my Excal, that I love, but my go to water and beach detector for the past 2 yrs has been the CTX. With 17" coil, I cover more ground and find about 11% more things and coins than the CTX w 11" standard coil or Excal w 10" standard coil. Found 13 gold items (11 rings, 2 dental gold) in 4 months in Florida in 2018 and thus far in 2019 have found 4 gold items (3 rings, 1 dental gold). I hunt in salt water and in mild to heavy black sand and both Excal and CTX handle it very well. The CTX moves ahead with discrimination - with the CTX I hardly ever dig bottle caps anymore...they use to drive me crazy with the Excal. Personally, I find the Nox 800 to be over-hyped; the new updated program is giving users fits and many return to the pre-updated software. Also, the 15" NOX coil that just came out is also having issues...I'll be interested in the NOX 800 when they iron all the bugs out with the hardware and software, but until then I'll stick with the CTX 3030.



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Re: Best water detector:shrug:
Posted by: pulltaber
Date: March 09, 2019 07:43PM
My favorite of all time for fresh water would be the original Tesoro Sting-ray I have had mine one since 1992 .I have found over 500 gold and silver rings ,piles of tiny gold gold chains and thousands of hours of fun.It may not go that deep but still hit a gold ring at 8 inch

P.S. I also have a Equinox it is fantastic but not my favorite

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