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Longtime lurker, first time poster as they say. I've been coin detecting for about 2.5 years and now want to try gold detecting. Although I consider myself a decent detectorist when it comes to coins, I have no experience detecting gold. I don't even know if there is gold in my area...but I'm going to give it my best shot to find out. That being said, I don't want to go out and buy a dedicated gold machine right now. I would like to try what I have, see if it looks promising and then maybe get a GoldBug II.
I tested 6 of my 9 machines on small pieces of lead down to 0.2 grams and the Tejon gave the best air test results (as expected as it is the highest freq. machine I have). I was using the stock 8x9 concentric coil. My question is - what would be the best small nugget coil for the Tejon? My ground is 'hot' as my AT Pro normally ground balances at 94, so I think a double DD or 'widescan' would be best. I am looking at the 5.75" widescan and the 10" elliptical widescan. Would the 5.75" be significantly better than the 10" on small nuggets? Should I be looking at the NEL coils also?
Thanks in advance for any insight or help you can give. I'm anxious to try my hand at gold detecting and want to get the best coil for the Tejon to give it a shot.
Steve I have just been reading your Review about the Lobo and the Lobo Super Traq, Now the Lobo has Manual Ground Balance and the Lobo Super Traq had Auto GB and it has built in pre set Ground Balance setting, To me Tesoro are Rock solid in the fact they have A Life time Warranty and the KHZ seems to be in the right place, In the UK they Got Tesoro to tune them for the UK because we needed a lower disc Range and they are Sold under the Name of Laser and the Laser Hawkeye even Has A Screen on it But it Runs at 10khz, One thing I do Know is Before XP came along Over here Tesoro and Laser were the Top Dogs when it came to finding Hammered Coins and to tell you the Truth I still have doubts if any machines can beat them at finding Hammered coins, And if people were to come over here I would suggest that they Bring one of them with them or my Old Faithful and what would be the US equivalent Model, See here:- http://www.detecnicks.co.uk/Laser_Hawkeye.html
So Seeing as the Tejon runs at 17.5khz and it has Manual GB and the Tejon with the Pro Upgrade has Auto GB as well surely these might be a Better option, Or does the GB not have enough Range Adjustment to suit Prospecting,
The weight of the Tejon would Suit A lot of Older Gentlemen Like VanursePaul Norvic and Fred of coarse, with the weight of 1.43 kgs or 3 Lbs to me these Machines would suit those of us that suffer Back and Shoulder problems,
How does any of this relate to your findings, Thanks Mate
By Steve Herschbach
Something new for you Tesoro fans finally. Tesoro has released a new model called the Tesoro Mojave. Tesoro website link. Interesting little machine, specs out like a deluxe Tesoro Compadre in my opinion (12 kHz, ED 180 discrimination) and for a list price of only $279.00 (discounted to $251 on the internet). The Compadre is a remarkably good little metal detector for its price but was always limited by a hard wired coil and one knob operation. For you Compadre fans this might take it to the next level. The Mojave uses Epsilon series 5 pin coils and so a large number of inexpensive coil options already exist.
Operating Frequency 12 kHz Searchcoil Type Round, Concentric Searchcoil Size 7" diameter Searchcoil Family Epsilon Cable Length Approx. 3' Audio Frequency Approx. 630 Hz Audio Output 1 ½" speaker and headphone jack Headphone Compatibility ¼" stereo plug Weight (may vary slightly) 2.2 lbs Battery Requirement One 9 Volt DC (alkaline) Battery Life (typical) 15 to 18 hours Optimum Temp. Range 30° to 100° F Optimum Humidity 0 to 75% R.H. Operating Modes Silent Search Discriminate/ED 180 High/Low Ground Condition Selector Switch Stealthy Black Micro Housing and Hardware Fully Adjustable Sensitivity HIGH/LOW Ground Selector Fully Adjustable Tri-Colored Zone Discrimination Waterproof Coil Featherweight 2.2 pounds Fully Adjustable rods ¼" earphone jack External Speaker 9 Volt Battery for 15-18 hrs All Epsilon 5 Pin Coils Interchangeable Lifetime Warranty Tesoro Mojave Owners Manual (Very Slow Download)
By Rob Allison
Funny you mentioned the Tesoro Mojave. A guy called me about 2 months ago looking for one of these units. He said he uses it for gold prospecting in Western Australia of all places. He said the Tesoro brand is very difficult to get over there and he went through several of these units, looking for another one. Why he was using this unit for nugget shooting is another questions, but sounded like he was finding gold and was happy with it.
On another note about Tesoro, I sure wish they had they a good Tesoro that would run against at least the entry level PI's on the market today. I honestly believe Tesoro has some of the best customer service in the World. They also have a lifetime warranty on all their metal detectors.
I remember in the late 90's I had an original Tesoro Lobo go down. I called Tesoro and they said bring it up today. The guy said if I drove it up, he would look at it and repair while I waited. During this visit to the Prescott facility I had the unit worked on, fixed and tuned up in just a few hours and during that time they toured me around the office and warehouse. Some of the most friendliest people I have ever met. I could only wish some of the other manufactures were in the same boat.
Jack Gifford was the owner and head engineer at Tesoro Metal Detectors in Prescott, AZ. He also worked for Bounty Hunter & Fisher.
Just my two cents,
Rob's Detector Sales
Hello new here and to detecting.
I bought a new Lobo st in 2004/2005 played with it a bit and pulled the batts and put it away for a few years.
i didnt have much luck with it .
i have a gold piece 24k about .51 grams and .400 long .200 wide and .050 thick, how deep should i be able to detect this piece.
ive got several silver dimes and quarters older pennys going back to 1890s. im setting up a test field with the coins in zip lock bags. and rope markers
added some junk and nails as well .
should i be able to detect a 1971 penny at 6 inches in any mode? im getting nothing, and i see videos at 8 ,10 ,12 inches
and nothing on the gold at 3 inches, could there be something wrong with the detector?