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Vanquish. My First Impressions After Buying It.


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Yesterday i took my XP ORX to my dealer and swapped it for the Vanquish 540 Pro .

I know i have said a few things in the past about it and i said i wouldn't buy it . Well i have .

When i opened the box i saw the red (still yuk) , thank %$&* for a box cover lol

I unpacked it and put it together and apart from the awful colour i thought it was well made . Apart from the battery cover which i think will cause trouble . I think there will be a few breakages . I also noted the different shade of red of the cover. 

The control box buttons layout is fine but like other machines i have seen the coil lead goes into a tight spot in the side of the control box. Chubby fingers might not like that .

Unfortunately the upper 2 shafts are painted , they should have been Carbon Fiber , i can see the paint being chipped a lot like they do on the ET / Explorer's .

The stem locks look good but i dont like the coil bolt idea. Desi Dunne said that on his last video i saw before he passed away. Its a pity the middle shaft didn't collapse up above the top one like the Deus does . Could have collapsed to around 20 inches instead of 30 in.

The coils look a good size and the small one will be good for Irony / trashy places . Pity the target numbers weren't 99 instead of 40 .

I tested a few coins and the depth seems good at full sen's and the recovery speed seems good .

I checked my new Maz headphones to see if they worked with my adapter and they do , i also paired the headphones out of the box and listened to them . They seemed ok but both sets of headphones seemed quieter than if just going without headphones. That might affect targets being heard for the hard of hearing . 

I will also not be using the batteries out of the box , being only 1.2 volts and not 1.5 v that many disposable batteries have i will use disposables and use rechargables as back ups. I am used to getting a lot more power from batteries and Minelab's tendency to chuck any old stuff into the box ( batteries / Headphones ) lets them down and the RNB batteries of the ET prove that Minelab could do a lot better . 

On the Nox there was an update that helped with knocking out crown caps , i think the Vanquish could do with that update if it can be done.

Overall it looks not to bad a machine but like the Nox did it will have its place . I wont use it everywhere . As i think most that know me my ET is my main detector and Minelab will have to come up with something much better to prize my hand off that . 

I still think that Minelab have made a machine that looks to much like a red Garrett Ace just in time for Garrett to come up with something that might be a lot better at the same price ? 

I have to say the Vanquish is mega easy to set up . If Nokta/ Makro didn't think of it Minelab could have called this machine the Simplex . I will call it " Piece of q!55 " . I hope it finds my beaches a piece of q!55.

If my beaches look right late next week i will use the 540 then . Before that i need to find some bicycle tyre innertube to put over the upper painted shaft to stop it scratching on the stones on the beach . 

 

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47 minutes ago, Nuke em said:

Pity the target numbers weren't 99 instead of 40 .

I'm complaining the same bad tendancy by Minelab,  compressing tid scale since the Nox was launched.

I'm tired by the old Ctx, but still can't leave it to rest due to the multiple tid numbers type.I suggest You to try soon as you can any kind of gold ring/chain/ear ring and any other thing you might like to find in the beach, with the hope to obtain playing with the few settings a different id number from different objects.

I said those Minelab vlf with compressed tid scale are dig it all machines unless you want to leave gold down with supposed trash or coins reading.

 

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4 hours ago, Nuke em said:

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Unfortunately the upper 2 shafts are painted , they should have been Carbon Fiber , i can see the paint being chipped a lot like they do on the ET / Explorer's ....

Overall it looks not to bad a machine but like the Nox did it will have its place . I wont use it everywhere . As i think most that know me my ET is my main detector and Minelab will have to come up with something much better to prize my hand off that . ...

I have to say the Vanquish is mega easy to set up . If Nokta/ Makro didn't think of it Minelab could have called this machine the Simplex . I will call it " Piece of q!55 " . I hope it finds my beaches a piece of q!55.

Carbon fiber yes but carbon is expensive so that the Vanquish price would not have been the same with carbon shafts. However I have replaced the lower and middle shafts on mine with carbon shafts , this was rather to save weight than protecting the paint ... Actually. I saved around 100grams with these 2 carbon shafts ...

Yes the Vanquish is very easy to set up , no mess with the settings , just set the sens to max , choose the detection mode , and the machine is ready to use ...

Vanquish 540 vs Etrac , the Vanquish will be lighter 1,3kg vs 1,8kg . I have been using an Explorer XS in the 2000s and this machine is not the lightest ... I am not a beach specialist I use my Vanquish inland only , however I am looking forward for your beach tests with the Vanquish... 

 

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6 hours ago, palzynski said:

Carbon fiber yes but carbon is expensive so that the Vanquish price would not have been the same with carbon shafts. However I have replaced the lower and middle shafts on mine with carbon shafts , this was rather to save weight than protecting the paint ... Actually. I saved around 100grams with these 2 carbon shafts ...

Yes the Vanquish is very easy to set up , no mess with the settings , just set the sens to max , choose the detection mode , and the machine is ready to use ...

Vanquish 540 vs Etrac , the Vanquish will be lighter 1,3kg vs 1,8kg . I have been using an Explorer XS in the 2000s and this machine is not the lightest ... I am not a beach specialist I use my Vanquish inland only , however I am looking forward for your beach tests with the Vanquish... 

 

I think my next search will be with ET , after that the 540 . Probably Saturday next week. Work till then.

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On 7/10/2020 at 1:55 AM, Nuke em said:

On the Nox there was an update that helped with knocking out crown caps , i think the Vanquish could do with that update if it can be done.

Unlikely since the Equinox update was derived from Vanquish in the first place.

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2 hours ago, Steve Herschbach said:

Unlikely since the Equinox update was derived from Vanquish in the first place.

Pity , I have seen that the Vanquish loves Crown caps .

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2 hours ago, Nuke em said:

Pity , I have seen that the Vanquish loves Crown caps .

I have never relied on Equinox iron bias for crown caps.  In my experience dealing with crown caps at the beach with the Nox,  crown caps do give primarily high tones, so those less adept at picking up the telltale clues are often fooled.  Specifically, they give notoriously unstable target ID readings and marked iron grunts off the coil edge when in AM.  They are pretty easy to ID in that manner and I will usually move on without bothering to even scoop them to be certain.  I have no reason to believe that the Vanquish would not behave similarly.

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