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Vanquish Shipping To Dealers After Nine Months

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The Minelab Vanquish was first reported as in development in April 2019 and is finally now shipping to dealers worldwide. I am not counting the early pre-release to one big box store, Dicks Sporting Goods. This also was not unexpected. Almost all dealers except a few told customers not to expect the detector until early 2020. In that regard the Vanquish is pretty much on target. Still, I wanted to officially note that it has been nine months passing between first mention and general widespread availability. The trend, and it’s not just Minelab, has been for ever earlier mentions of detectors on the way. The Nokta/Makro Simplex and Fisher Impulse are a couple other recent examples. It appears that waiting up to a year or more is not out of the realm of possibilities.

I’m just putting this out there to generally address the inevitable “when’s it going to ship” questions that arise when new detectors are announced. The answer is, later rather than sooner, and don’t hold your breath. :smile:

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Regarding the real availability of the Vanquish detector ... I can say ... that my minelab Vanquish 340 detector was sent to me today, so European dealers are starting to send detectors from the first shipment.

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Steve,

Thanks for posting the info about the Vanquish.  This is where I think Minelab, and Fisher for that matter, have it wrong.  Look back to last year and the excitement and dialogue about the new machine.  I remember following it and getting jazzed myself.  Now, nine months later, all that comes to mind is "meh" as my son would say.  Minelab let the interest dip into a flatline lull but not having the Vanquish ready to go in a timely manner.  Now maybe it will go gangbusters but in my world when you tease a product you need to have it ready to sell or else buyers move on.  Fisher would do well to give that some thought while they continue their tight-lipped launch of the Impulse AQ. 

Just my humble two cents.

 

Bill

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I don't know about that, while I don't agree with their method of release and the wait associated they've made a very good detector, amazing for the price.  It's working better on small gold than my Gold Bug Pro,  It's working better on coins than my T2.  It makes my other entry level detectors like the Garrett Euroace (Ace350) and Go-Find 40 that I own seem very primitive.  The first time new detectorist that this detector is aimed at is now in for a real treat. 

Using something like the Go-Find as a first time detectorist can easily put you off, digging so much junk due to it's lack of Target ID's.  Now with the Vanquish and it's super stable target ID's these new users will find detecting much more pleasurable, they can just go cherry pick modern coins at the beach to learn how to detect and have good success.

For the market this thing is aimed at it's an outstanding detector for performance, the other manufacturers best watch their back.  Their high end machines are possibly being over taken by an entry level detector in performance with it's multi frequency and in some ways features too..  I love the red back light, the telescopic shaft is good, the wireless audio is great.  Target ID's are rock solid.  It even has volume control..... I'm looking at you Gold Bug Pro.

I'm very happy with it, the only thing I can fault so far is it's arm cuff.  You'd need to have popeye's arms for it to fit your arm and even then if your arm pushed on it the thing would just bend out anyway, it's made out of such thin flexible plastic some packaging food comes in is stronger feeling.

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Thanks for the info on how you find the vanquish.  Looks like a great machine.  As someone that wants to get into detecting, but doesn't have a machine yet, this looks like a great place to start.  Need to save up for one.

It's a little overwhelming with all the machines out there.  And I decided not to go down the route of a super cheap machine and getting disappointed.

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1 hour ago, maimas said:

It's a little overwhelming with all the machines out there.  And I decided not to go down the route of a super cheap machine and getting disappointed.

Very wise, the Vanquish is a great detector for the money.  So is the Simplex.... in the cheaper price ranges they're the two I'd be looking seriously at.  The Vanquish has the advantage of multi frequency where as the Simplex is waterproof with a few other little features.   If you want to do beaches the Vanquish has a clear advantage there with it's multi frequency operation

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Hi

I have tested the Simplex+ during several hours for a shop here in France .  It is good machine with some drawbacks however  , it is front heavy 1,42kg and there are no optional coils available other than the big 11inches stock coil.

I have not yet tested the vanquish but it is seems  lighter ( 1,3kg for the 540 , 1,2kg for the 340 )  , 3 coils available. But it is not waterproof  this could be an issue in some situations ( high hygrometry in the air for example )

I think that the Vanquish will be better than the Simplex , but this has to be confirmed , I will inform you on my tests as soon as I have the Vanquish

 

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On 1/28/2020 at 12:41 PM, palzynski said:

I have tested the Simplex+ during several hours for a shop here in France .  It is good machine with some drawbacks however  , it is front heavy 1,42kg....

'Heavy' is of course a relative term.  1.42 kg (3.13 lb) is not heavy even in 2020.  Yes, there are lighter detectors.  I think the XP Deus still holds the record, but as has been discussed here many times, balance is more important than weight and the ergonomic gold standard Fisher F75 is ~3.5 lb (1.6 kg).

If you meant 'toe heavy', then yes.  But the Simplex would still share that feature with most detectors under 3.5 lb, assuming attached to a moderate sized coil.

 

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I wonder if the Vanquish models sent to NZ are an international model and the boxes for Australian ones are different.

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This is on the side of my box,  I would think the ones sold in Australia would have an Aussie flag and say they supply the Australian Military.  NZ doesn't have much of a military so I doubt we even have military metal detectors.

 

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On 1/30/2020 at 2:07 AM, GB_Amateur said:

'Heavy' is of course a relative term.  1.42 kg (3.13 lb) is not heavy even in 2020.  Yes, there are lighter detectors.  I think the XP Deus still holds the record, but as has been discussed here many times, balance is more important than weight and the ergonomic gold standard Fisher F75 is ~3.5 lb (1.6 kg).

If you meant 'toe heavy', then yes.  But the Simplex would still share that feature with most detectors under 3.5 lb, assuming attached to a moderate sized coil.

 

GB_amateur , the weight of a detector  is not a relative term , a weight can be measured and it gives a very good idea of the ergonomy of a machine ( ease of swinging ). Have you ever tried an XP Deus or Orx ? If not , compare the Deus(0,85kg)/Orx( 0,74g) with a Simplex+ ( 1,4kg ) , you will see that there is a huge difference in ergonomy between them. With an Orx I can spend several hours detecting without any pb. With the Simplex+ I have to use an harness otherwise I am sure to have issues with my back in the coming months ..… All the efforts done by the manufacturers to reduce the weight of their machines are welcome . Fisher for example who will propose their new Impulse AQ at 1,5kg instead 2,4kg for a GPX. 

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