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    Equinox 800 (Detect-Ed Carbon Shaft)
    Whites Dualfield
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  1. Thanks Steve! I think I mentioned the most important points but anyone feel free to ask questions. I’ve got a few hours on it now I also did an air test a couple of months ago and uploaded to YouTube for those interested.
  2. Hey guys! I was lucky enough to test one of the first sample 8” coil units For the Pulse Dive and what I found was very pleasing! From the beginning I was hoping that Nokta|Makro would make a larger coil for the PulseDive so I was very excited when I heard from Dilek that they were doing exactly that! I was given an 8” coil to test and although I admit that it was essentially a finished product already! My first concern was that the larger coil would be too easy to twist off accidentally due to being larger and having more leverage but upon receiving I found they had already thought of this and actually provide the coil with a harder gasket/o-ring so the friction is high making it harder to twist off and very unlikely to come off underwater! 😃 My next concern was that the coil would be overly sensitive causing it to false excessively in mineralised areas or just from salt water but once again my concerns had already been addressed and the machine was stable in salt water however it is important to note that the machine must be turned on or retuned in the salt water because turning it on in air and entering salt water can cause it to false but of course this is a non-issue just important to note for new players. The depth on this coil in air tests is consistently in the range of 30% more than the standard coil and from the hours I’ve put on it I’d have to say this is reflected underwater also. The coverage is also greater so at a guess I’d have to say the 8” coil scans double the volume of sand in a single sweep than the smaller coil does 👌 Pinpointing on the larger coil is more difficult and I would recommend for low/no visibility conditions using the smaller coil for the speed of recovery however with enough practice and the right techniques it is certainly possibly to hone in your pinpointing skills with this coil. One trick I’ve learnt and seen used with other detectors is to turn the coil on its edge once the target is close to narrow down your search even further and it’s definitely applicable to the 8” coil. I’ve had some questions about battery life with the larger coil and I haven’t noticed a difference so I’m not sure if there really is a difference in current draw from this coil or not but I can still get 8 hours from it which Is enough for one day! 😂 Overall the coil is more effected by mineralisation and EMI which is standard for larger coils and pinpointing is a bit more difficult HOWEVER the depth and coverage in underwater scenarios is comparable to other water detectors costing literally 10X what the PulseDive costs. I have now switched to using this detector/coil combo almost exclusively over my other water detectors (whites Dualfield and Garrett Seahunter mk2) mainly for convenience, low/no maintenance, no cables or knobs to fail and no need to wear headphones however I will still use these machines where there are a lot of hot rocks so I can remove them or reduce their signal by adding pulse delay 👌 Cheers, Ed *photo of gold (and palladium) found so far with the big coil*
  3. Ok sweet sounds like a plan, it’s pretty basic really. If you want to pull off 3+ hours you will need a wetsuit even at the Gold Coast over summer I think so a 3mm spring suit would be what I’d go for. When using a wetsuit you need a little extra weight but a 3mm spring suit shouldn’t be too buoyant. If you are going in to surf you will need more weight again but I’d try to avoid any surf where possible as it’s a lot lot harder than it looks 😂
  4. I honestly can not imagine a sea hunter hitting a US penny at 12” but if it is at all possible I’d be extremely grateful if there is a video testing this?
  5. I own both and can fairly accurately comment on both. Essentially the depth of the 2 in salt water is similar with the sea hunter probably having the advantage but the sea hunter WILL feel a lot deeper because it’s a lot harder to pinpoint with than the equinox, this is due to close/shallow targets hitting on the rim of the coil hardest rather than the centre of the coil... it makes things slow but you can probably learn to get faster. Fast recovery is key to more finds. The Equinox WILL leak, it’s really truly is not designed for frequent water use... I’m on my third one due to leaks while the sea hunter is well designed for water hunting.
  6. Has Nokta set up a decent dealer in NZ yet? There is a dealer in Brisbane you could get one off in person which is about 50km’s away from GC👍 It’s so cool, you can just look like you are going for a snorkel and the black one is super stealth. I HIGHLY recommend you get some kind of weight system before trying, it’s 100% a requirement for water detecting IMO.
  7. This little thing actually kills it! My cousin and I have been using the pulse dive in salt water exclusively and although it has a small coil, the ability to swing this thing like mad hugely make up for that fact! So far I’ve found the design/ quality of the PulseDive to be very ideal for salt water hunting. The machine simply beeps and buzzes in your hand, is easily audible through the water and there is practically no maintenance other than just cleaning the rubber seal/gasket every now and then but there is no knobs, cables, headphones or anything that I can see deteriorating on this detector. Depth is definitely surprising when digging targets but still decent in air tests with a nickel/10c Aussie coin hitting at 4” air test and depending on minerals in the sand it’ll hit deeper 5-6” even due to its non-motion nature. Anyone who wants to try water detecting I highly recommend trying the PulseDive, the small size and lack of headphones make it ridiculously convenient and even stealthy if you want to be discrete or are a bit shy! This isn’t really a review but just a quick mention of what I think is important to know about the machine 👍 Here is the gold we’ve found on the last few outings 👊👊👊 Pulsedive Scuba Detector & Pinpointer
  8. No worries mate, It's not a well advertised feature haha. Agreed, it seems like a primitive way to make something as these ears wear out quite quickly and this kind of wear is common across many many detectors!
  9. Hi guys and thank you so much Phrunt for the awesome review, I very much appreciate it mate, glad to hear you are happy! As the maker of the Detect-Ed shaft I just want to be clear that the lower shaft we make already has a spacer built in for washers so that even the standard Minelab washers will stick out 0.5mm further on each side than on the stock lower shaft. I always found that that the stock lower shaft would grind my coil ears down! The “coil-saver” washers were mainly designed for use with the stock lower shaft however, it became apparent that not all coils are equal and that some are tighter/looser than others so it seems to me that it’s improtant to be able to shim your washers for the preferred fitment 👍 Ed
  10. The hardness is 70 if that means anything haha, as for the drainage hole, it is just on the other side of the yoke 👍
  11. COIL SAVERS Hey guys, I just got these in, they are a really simple and worthwhile upgrade The “CoilSaver” washers serve to massively reduce coil ear and coil yoke wear by spacing them from each other to prevent them rubbing together (see photos) These also make your coil tighter on the shaft (no floppy coil) and reduce the chance of snapping your coil ears off as the bolt will not need to be overly tensioned. They come in a pack of eight with two thicknesses so you can mix and match them depending on the wear of your equipment. (Four washers requires per shaft making two full sets Red washer x4 (3mm) Black washer x4 (2mm) These are currently available at www.detect-Ed.com and we do ship international very affordable but our US dealers will surely have them soon 👍
  12. Hello all, as some of you may know, I’m a very keen water detectorist and the Equinox is my go to water hunting machine BUT, last year after about 40-50 hours of water detecting my Equinox did end up flooding from normal (not exceeding 3m) use. From what I have read, this doesn’t appear to be entirely unusual. My suggestion is a waterproof case for the machine that can still let you to do all the normal things with your Equinox whilst adding little weight. I understand this isn’t for everyone but can I get a show of hands for who would like something like this and what it would take for you to consider it? At this point the idea is purely just an idea but if there is enough perceived interest I may just make a handful ? Cheers, Ed
  13. Hey Strick, Thanks for your reply and really glad to hear you like it! Yep just tighten the tension on the clamp and you shouldn't have a problem ??
  14. Wow, it was about this time last year that I first got to thinking about designing a shaft upgrade for my Equinox! It was initially because I was detecting in and out of the water frequently, alternating between the two environments. Each time that I'd get in-or-out I would disassemble and remove the middle rod from my stock shaft (to make it short enough for water use) then hide it on the beach... jump in the water, and then re-assemble it when I wanted to detect normally again. Hence, our first priority was improving usability for both land and sea detecting. We started out by making about 70 of the V1 design before we then got busy further investigating materials, parts and sampling Carbon Fiber. We made some great contacts and continued to further develop the design. I trialled and tweaked the no-wobble custom clamp system and we also made sure to focus on the little details that will give durability and longevity to our products!

Details like; tweaking the ideal low gloss finish (for better scratch resistance), sourcing materials and hardware that can handle corrosive, salty environments. We even focused on setting the rubber coil washers 0.5mm further out to increase friction on the rubber. This was to provide a solution to reduce coil-ear wear (and prevent the dreaded coil-ear snap) in turn minimizing the torque needed on the coil bolt! This journey started on ‘Detector Prospector’ so I want to say thanks to Steve Herschbach for hosting this awesome forum and to the supportive fellow detectorists who have read on, commented and made suggestions! There is no doubt Detect-Ed would be in a different position today if it weren’t for you all! It’s been a long time coming but it’s my pleasure to share with you the finished product… There are many more plans for Detect-Ed’s future endeavours so please stay tuned! If there’s any questions, of course feel free to comment or PM me www.detect-ed.com GL&HH, Ed
  15. Hey Darren, didn’t know you were on this forum! Did I mention to you I was going to name it after the red belly black snake!? Or coincident? Thanks for posting some pics mate ?
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