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Pawpaw

New member
Folks, I'm very new to this forum so please bear with me. I have a question. I can use either a AT PRO or a Equinox 800 for simple park and playground detecting. Other than the depth thing achieved from each machine, which would you choose and why? Any serious complements would be greatly appreciated. Thanks Pawpaw.
 

jayhop

Active member
Folks, I'm very new to this forum so please bear with me. I have a question. I can use either a AT PRO or a Equinox 800 for simple park and playground detecting. Other than the depth thing achieved from each machine, which would you choose and why? Any serious complements would be greatly appreciated. Thanks Pawpaw.
Are you saying you have both?
If I had both I would always use the equinox until something on it broke and use the AT Pro as a backup.
I really like the customization of the equinox 800.
One big advantage is the adjustable iron volume.
I've never owned an AT Pro but have seen several videos from people I respect showing that the equinox out performs the AT Pro.
If I didn't have either one I would wait a month or two and try to get the new nokta makro simultaneous multi frequency machine.
There are too many problems with the equinox as far as build quality. I hope to be out of the minelabs soon.
 
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jkline

Well-known member
My kid slays the silver with his ATPro. I think this machine would be simpler than the nox, if simplicity is what you are looking for. He doesn't like my Minelabs, calling them 'unnecessarily complicated'... lolz.
 

Pawpaw

New member
Are you saying you have both?
If I had both I would always use the equinox until something on it broke and use the AT Pro as a backup.
I really like the customization of the equinox 800.
One big advantage is the adjustable iron volume.
I've never owned an AT Pro but have seen several videos from people I respect showing that the equinox out performs the AT Pro.
If I didn't have either one I would wait a month or two and try to get the new nokta makro simultaneous multi frequency machine.
There are too many problems with the equinox as far as build quality. I hope to be out of the minelabs soon.
Thanks for the comeback. Appreciate it.
 

Pawpaw

New member
My kid slays the silver with his ATPro. I think this machine would be simpler than the nox, if simplicity is what you are looking for. He doesn't like my Minelabs, calling them 'unnecessarily complicated'... lolz.
Thanks. Appreciate the come back.
 

WaterWalker

Well-known member
I own and use both. They are pretty much equal for land detecting. I like the wireless headphones of the 800 so much I purchased Bounty Hunter wireless for the ATPRO. Going to the beach I have found gold with both, but the 800 wins hands down in salt water. The multi-frequency of the 800 in most cases is superior to the single frequency of the ATPRO at target IDing. Both have optional coils. I like using the 4.5" on the ATPro better than the 6" on the 800. Talk about dry sand beach coverage, it is hard to beat the 17" BIG NEL coil, if you can handle the extra weight. Each detector will shine in a certain environment over others. What really counts is which is works best in your environment, how well you learn to work with the detector knowing its strengths and weaknesses. Don't forget about comfort, headphones - wireless is my favorite unfortunately (at this time) none will work with the control box submerged, the extra cost of accessories i.e. waterproof headphones, optional coils and their availability. OH, did I say the best is the one you can afford and get to "KNOW" the best. Which ever one you decide on, spend the time to read the instructions, watch videos talk to other in your area.
 

Missouri -- Ma Betty

Well-known member
I own and use both. They are pretty much equal for land detecting. I like the wireless headphones of the 800 so much I purchased Bounty Hunter wireless for the ATPRO. Going to the beach I have found gold with both, but the 800 wins hands down in salt water. The multi-frequency of the 800 in most cases is superior to the single frequency of the ATPRO at target IDing. Both have optional coils. I like using the 4.5" on the ATPro better than the 6" on the 800. Talk about dry sand beach coverage, it is hard to beat the 17" BIG NEL coil, if you can handle the extra weight. Each detector will shine in a certain environment over others. What really counts is which is works best in your environment, how well you learn to work with the detector knowing its strengths and weaknesses. Don't forget about comfort, headphones - wireless is my favorite unfortunately (at this time) none will work with the control box submerged, the extra cost of accessories i.e. waterproof headphones, optional coils and their availability. OH, did I say the best is the one you can afford and get to "KNOW" the best. Which ever one you decide on, spend the time to read the instructions, watch videos talk to other in your area.

WaterWalker: Good Advise for the past, present & future Treasure Hunters--I know because I used one detector (Spectrum XLT) to do most of my detecting, White's Detectors, because our CEO of the Club was associated with White's who sponsored our Midwest CoinShooters & Metal Detecting Club of St. Louis. MO! Never used a Pin Pointer either as they weren't being made the years I did most of my detecting! Good luck in finding lots of Hidden GOODIES! Ma
 
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