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jamonah

Member
Well UPS came a day early yesterday with the new NOX8 !
First impression , (certainly don't want to be viewed as complainer here) was this machine is cool but it could use some meat on its bones.
Gotta say not real impressed with to Rod system, really feels cheap, and lots of wobble as I ran to soccer field up the road for quick spin before work early today.

Recovery speed is great, id, ease to adjust and to sniff out coins is very impressive . So know rods have no bearing on that.

Thoughts , y'all maybe thought same ? What about these carbon fiber replacement rods , anyone switched , what brand /mfg / where purchased if I may ask.

I certainly love Minelab , don't get me wrong just my opinion here.

Thanks all

Joe
 

fwcrawford

Well-known member
A lot of folks have complained about the shaft quality, but the only complaint I had was the coil flopping down every time I set the detector down to dig a signal, but I took care of that issue.
I swing pretty slow (more like scanning than sweeping), so I do not have any issues with shaft wobble.
For water detecting, the factory shaft will probably not hold up long in my opinion and most beach/ water hunters have switched over the the carbon fiber shafts.
 

jamonah

Member
A lot of folks have complained about the shaft quality, but the only complaint I had was the coil flopping down every time I set the detector down to dig a signal, but I took care of that issue.
I swing pretty slow (more like scanning than sweeping), so I do not have any issues with shaft wobble.
For water detecting, the factory shaft will probably not hold up long in my opinion and most beach/ water hunters have switched over the the carbon fiber shafts.

I agree water for sure would pose a problem . I agree with you I am not out weed whacking at my age with my detector , so I am sure it will be fine. I am reminded of the Explorer when it came out . The upper cam lock would come loose and break for some. Lots of my hunting buddies would call it the EXPLODER. I laughed all the way to the bank in 2000 as I was pulling silver right and left out of hunted out parks . So long winded way of say I agree , does not impact the performance. Thanks for your note . J
 

fwcrawford

Well-known member
I agree water for sure would pose a problem . I agree with you I am not out weed whacking at my age with my detector , so I am sure it will be fine. I am reminded of the Explorer when it came out . The upper cam lock would come loose and break for some. Lots of my hunting buddies would call it the EXPLODER. I laughed all the way to the bank in 2000 as I was pulling silver right and left out of hunted out parks . So long winded way of say I agree , does not impact the performance. Thanks for your note . J
I’ve heard them called that too, but they have found a lot of good targets over the years.... never had one myself.
Hope the Equinox works out for you as well....I love mine and have been impressed with it from day one.
Swing it like you do the Explorer and it will find the goodies for you... looking forward to seeing photos of your finds soon!!
Good luck!!!
 

Joe Black

Well-known member
Yep!....factory shaft had to go for me. I’ve been using A complete carbon fiber shaft made by Steve’s detector rods. I purchased mine from Big Boys Hobbies!....The Nox is some much nicer to use with a carbon fiber shaft...It has zero flex & less weight on your arm.
 

jamonah

Member
@Joe Black Thanks for note , going to give it a few hours this weekend and see how it goes. Should be no issues on smooth ground as mentioned to fwcrawford , but in the woods with roots, higher grass may not do it. Yes , Bart is my dealer of choice at Big Boys Hobbies ( not in a Walter White kinda of way) but where I got my NOX and saw the Steves Rod kit . Thanks for note HH J
 

jamonah

Member
I called Steve , super nice guy and very helpful. Thank for the referral to you and joe black
 

jamonah

Member

bigtim1973

Active member
A lot of folks have complained about the shaft quality, but the only complaint I had was the coil flopping down every time I set the detector down to dig a signal, but I took care of that issue.
I swing pretty slow (more like scanning than sweeping), so I do not have any issues with shaft wobble.
For water detecting, the factory shaft will probably not hold up long in my opinion and most beach/ water hunters have switched over the the carbon fiber shafts.


Hey, how did you take care of the coil changing positions when you set your unit down??
 

bigtim1973

Active member
You know my first equinox thatbo owned had the shaft that was bot stable and wobbly
this new one I have is just fine and the cam locks tighten up real nice.

I am very happy with this one.
 

JAN1

Active member
I agree water for sure would pose a problem . I agree with you I am not out weed whacking at my age with my detector , so I am sure it will be fine. I am reminded of the Explorer when it came out . The upper cam lock would come loose and break for some. Lots of my hunting buddies would call it the EXPLODER. I laughed all the way to the bank in 2000 as I was pulling silver right and left out of hunted out parks . So long winded way of say I agree , does not impact the performance. Thanks for your note . J
The Explorer was brilliant on Silver I always knew when it was silver under the coil. 😀 😀
 

IDXMonster

Well-known member
You have adjusted the rods to fit your height....you have then tightened the rotary locks so they cinch down? I thought the rods were fixed a long time ago....
 

fwcrawford

Well-known member
Hey, how did you take care of the coil changing positions when you set your unit down??
I made a support bracket to mount to the shaft that keeps the coil in position without having to over tighten the coil bolt.After the second outiing with the Equinox, I had enough of the coil flopping and made my mind up to eliminate it.
I tried one of the pieces that fits over the existing coil ears later on, but preferred my bracket more and gave the other piece away.
 
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