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I myself didn’t buy but just one detector and that was a Equinox 800 . 

I found it to be a great detector for coin hunting and that’s the reason I bought it . The first thing I done was print the owners manual full size for easy reading. I never found the Nox a problem to run . If you had the instruction manual and you could read plus understand you were good to go .

 The only trouble I did have was with the on and off switch. I’d had it having to wait on the 6” coil so I sold it . I told the guy about the switch when I sold it . He used it for a while but called Minelab and they fixed it . I guess it was in trouble from day one .

 Right now I’m just going to sit back and see what 2019 has to offer.


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I bought the Equinox because it obsoleted all my other machines.

I was already a Minelab fanboy, this is my 4th or 5th. This machine allowed me to consolidate into one platform, which is nice.

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I got caught up in the up & coming release of the Equinox. Now history. I loved the whole concept & what Minelab were telling us that it could do.  It ticked a lot of boxes & seemed from the get go to be a very good at everything type detector. Not just great at one form of detecting & just ok at others, like gold prospecting. But great across the whole spectrum, & at a great price. For me being into the gold prospecting side of detecting I got the 800. It certainly hasn't disappointed in its small/tiny gold finding abilities, & that is with the 11" coil. Bring on the 6" &.....well.....that is just that bit more deadly again. I now await the delivery of the 15x12 coil. I also know that I will now more than likely get back into a bit of coin, relic & jewellery detecting knowing I have a very good detector in one for that form of detecting as well as gold prospecting. Along with the GPZ I am feeling pretty content with those two detectors. Knowing & feeling confident that I shouldn't miss too much out there. Cheers

JW :smile:    

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  I bought the Nox 800.  A good coin, relic and jewelry machine with a very good gold mode.  It will complement my SDC and my GPX 5000.

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Crikey, don't get me started as its pretty much my detecting history as well as what detectors I bought.... being new to detecting and wanting to do Gold Prospecting I bought a lot, I started with a Garrett Euroace (Ace350) after the marketing said it finds gold nuggets, found out it was no good for nuggets as it only finds big ones which are near non-existent around here and a lot harder to find, upgraded it to a Nel Tornado coil as it finds sub-gram items according to it's marketing, now it see's larger bits of gold much easier and finds small bits very close to the coil, wanted something better than it, found it was no good for gold, bought a Go-Find 40, no idea why, lack of research on that one but wanted to replace the Garrett, found it was no good for gold and has the same ability as the Garrett with Tornado on small gold, but this part of the story was possibly the end of 2017. 

I read a lot about the T2 being a good gold machine in Africa, bought a T2 and found it was better than all above but with my lack of knowledge I bought a Mars Tiger coil for it and very popular combination in the UK, great coil for coins and covering ground but again not the best for gold, should have bought a smaller coil, it saw small bits of gold with good depths but I was reading smaller coils are better for gold than larger ones so I decided It was the wrong choice again... 

I then became active in this forum, bought two Gold Bug Pro's in Australia as I was confident I would be satisfied with them so one for me, one for the wife, found I was unable to find gold with them (not the Gold Bug's fault I didn't know what I was doing) but was blaming the Gold Bug Pro's, upgraded? their coils to Nel a Sharpshooter and Nel Snake, found they were doing quite well on small gold in testing but still found no gold so doubted the machines ability in the ground around here.  I Bought a 5" coil for my T2 on a trip to Australia, found it was similar in performance to the Gold Bug Pro's with that on but still found no gold.  I was now at hundreds of hours of swinging my detectors.... in all the wrong places with no gold.

Started reading the forum a lot more and found people were having good success with the Gold Monster 1000 so I had to have one, it wasn't long owning my GM1000 when I met KiwiJW as he kindly came to visit me while I was sluicing to say Hi.  I told him of my struggle to find a nugget a week or two later he offered to take me with my GM1000 to a creek I had been going to in the past to show me how to find a nugget, used my GM1000 and found 6 nuggets in a morning with his advice.  Loved my GM1000.   At this point I found it very hard to use my detectors and put down my sluice as I was constantly finding gold with my sluice and never with my detectors but started to find some gold myself with the GM1000.  

GM1000 is still my most successful machine.  Bought a Equinox 800 because I wanted a good all rounder and liked if it could match my GM1000 in gold ability with a waterproof design, it met all expectations and I'm very happy with it and have found gold with it, usually with JW's help.

Bought a GPX 4500 and Joey coil and started to find gold with it with JWs help again, then bought a 14X9 Evo coil for it and found gold with that too, now I'm finally satisfied, I have all the detectors I want and they do what I want well.  Sure I'd like a GPZ7000 but it's just not going to happen... not until the GPZ8000 comes out and the 7000 falls in price ?

So I think that sums up my detector purchases, I'm pretty sure all of that fell into 2018, if not close enough to it as I've only been detecting about a year.  I've since gone back and revisited a lot of my first detectors and found they're much better than I thought they were, especially the T2 and Gold Bug Pros.

Lesson to be learnt there kiddies, do your research "before" purchasing ? but don't rely on everything you read, I am sure you can find a webpage somewhere saying every product is perfect for your needs which is what happened to me.  If you look for it you will find it.  Better off coming to place like here where you get actual advice not "marketing".  Also, often it's not your equipment, it's your lack of knowledge causing you the grief.  If JW didn't come along I doubt I'd have a nugget yet.

I now mainly drive the Gold Bug Pros, GM1000, Equinox and GPX and my wife enjoys the T2 for occasional coin hunting and my daughter has been given the Euroace for coin hunting should she ever choose to join in, she didn't enjoy the lack of discrimination segments in the Go-Find which I originally gave her but it works great at the beach in and out of the water so shes still going to use it sometimes so no detector goes to waste.  I'm not a person who sells things ?

Sorry for the novel, it was good to vent :biggrin::wacko:

Just to clarify in case someone else new to detecting ever reads this, the T2, Gold Bug Pro, Gm1000, Equinox 800 and GPX are all good gold machines, I just didn't know what I was doing but research is still required as to the best for your situation.

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For me in 2018, the Explorer II and Equinox 600. 

The Etrac was my main machine at the time, used exclusively for coin hunting, and I'd always wanted to try the the Explorer II, a predecessor which some say goes a bit deeper with its stock coil and has better tones.  So, when the opportunity arose to buy one in excellent condition, I jumped on it.  I like having the Explorer II in my collection, but prefer the Etrac.

I'd been reading about the soon-to-come Equinox for some time, and wanted to try it, as it seemed to represent the latest wrinkle in Minelab's multi-frequency technology.  Supplies were almost non-existence at first, but I came across a place that had the Equinox 600.  Later, I also bought the 6" coil.  I am thinking of "upgrading" to an 800 for the gold modes, and that may be my next purchase.

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Bought a Goldmonster and a GPX 5000.....

Sold the 5000 and keeping the Monster.  No fault pointed at the 5000 and I could see the potential but I got very spoiled using the Monster with it's simplicity, lightweight, discrimination, loud speaker (no headphone cords), etc.  5000 was (imo) a boat anchor, lousy disc, too many cords, and I was always getting hung up in the brush and having to readjust bungee going uphill or down.  I also spent a full hr once digging 2 targets (deep)….so that was it for this old tired lazy boy.....lol

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Does the Minelab Pro-Find 35 pinpointer count?

Bought it to complement the Gold Monster I bought last year to speed up target recovery. Overall does a great job but tends to flip out at max power and keep beeping away until lowering the power or restarting it.

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I bought a GM 24K and a Falcon MD-20. Bought the 24K because of it's advantages over the GMT. I prefer White's detectors because they work, feel good in my hands, and their customer service. The Falcon MD-20 I bought because I wanted a detector that could see extremely small metals. Neither of my purchases has disappointed me. I'm in the process of building a slightly larger coil for the Falcon.


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