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    Currently: Equinox 800/900, Deus 2, Excalibur, E-trac, Eagle 2 SL90, TM808, MI6, VibraProbe, TRX, TinyTec, Stealth 720 and 920i scoops, etc. Owned/operated many others in 50 years

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  1. I didn't figure this would ever happen, but, I have to disagree with you Steve. With the 900 out and available, I see no reason to buy the 800. It's so much better IMO, that my 800 is collecting dust when it's not a loaner. Sure, you pay a bit more, but, the added features make it more than worth it. If you need a bargain due to budget constraints, get the Legend. I'm still trying to learn the Deus 2. It's still speaking French to me at this point, so, no recommendation plus or minus.
  2. Ok, I'll throw my 1 1/2 cents into the pot. Having been an early detectorist before pin pointers, where we had to wave handfuls of dirt over the coil, I find I can't live without one now, even at the beach. I have 4 different ones. Currently, I like the Mi6 from XP the best. Rechargeable, so not batteries to buy, the charge last for many hunts, compact, comes with a lanyard, and will pair with your Deus should you have one. I have my previous favorite, the White's TRX as a backup. I also have the VibraProbe, which was my waterproof pin pointer before everybody made one. I wore the tip of that down to where I could see wiring. I just dipped that tip in some two part epoxy and it hasn't worn down since. My only problem with the VP is that it's a bit clunky, by that, I mean it's not real ergonomic. Kinda long in today's world, and the shaft diameter is quite big too. It's built very well and works great though and is fairly unique in that it has a mercury (or more environmentally friendly equivalent) switch, where you just turn the tip down to turn it on, and tip it up to turn it off....no switch, sound, or adjustments....just vibration. When you have something falling through your scoop, or, you're detecting in wet sand or mud, a pin pointer can be a real time saver. Shallow targets in turf saves a lot of plugging too.
  3. My computer thanks you for getting the forum up and running again. Initially it was getting blamed for not being able to log on and temporarily had a death sentence hanging over it's head. (hammer in hand!) When I realized that it was just DP with the problem, it got a pardon.
  4. There wasn't a box to check on what I do. I don't tape, glue, or do anything special to keep the coil cover sealed or prevent it from falling off (I've never had that problem). What I do instead of constantly having to pull off the cover to remove any black sand build up, is to just drill some holes in the cover, and flush out anything that may have gotten inside with a hose after a hunt. An added bonus is that it removes a tiny bit of weight too.
  5. Congratulations on your success! What happened to Makro? Yeah, the original Nokta/Makro was a mouthful, but, Nokta still doesn't just roll off my American tongue. I always thought the name would get shortened to NoMak, but, I guess I will need diction lessons....😀
  6. Interesting mods. I'd still be concerned about water incursion. My understanding is that the charging port is a common area for water leaks. How deep do you figure you can go now?
  7. Asking for permission from government bureaucrats can often get you a big NO too. I mean, what incentive do they have to say yes and possibly get in trouble from their boss? I find it's better to just look up the law yourself and take the personal bias and/or ignorance of the law, out of the equation.
  8. The rules here are like what jasong has. The city owns the property but the homeowner is required to maintain it. That goes with repairing/repaving the sidewalk if necessary. That last part is currently being argued as being too much of a strain on the city budget, but, it's pretty expensive to have done by the homeowner too. the permit alone is $2000, and it has to be done by a licensed contractor which adds their fee to the bottom line too. Anyway, I hunt lots of curb strips. I ignore the highly landscaped ones and only hit the ones that look untouched and/or abandoned. I find the nicely landscaped ones to mostly be a waste of time. When the work was done, most of the old targets were dug up and hauled away.
  9. What is a "magnetic locator"? A magnet? If so, a magnet has virtually no effect on gold/silver/platinum, palladium, etc. Only iron/steel type objects.
  10. The Minelab Equinox series is another good option. If you're going to submerge the detector, I'd go with the 700/900 version for sure. It's also the better choice even if you don't use it in the water, if your budget can stand it.
  11. I've helped look for lost items in people's houses with some success. I always try to start by having the person retrace their steps exactly if they can remember each step. As for locations......men generally hide stuff in the garage, workshop, master bedroom, den/study, and attic, in that order of likely spots. Women are more likely to hide things in the kitchen or pantry, master bedroom, and laundry room. A pin pointer can help sometimes, but, a regular detector isn't likely to help. Under certain circumstances, one with a tiny coil and with the sensitivity turned way down can work too.
  12. I seriously doubt losing IDC is a major concern for Minelab in the long run. There's bound to be any number of smaller dealers willing to take the leap to expand their business. They're probably already talking behind the scenes as I type this. If not, setting up a direct mail distributor for Europe wouldn't take much, and probably make them even more money than being simply a manufacturer. In this global market, I'm actually surprised cutting out the middleman hasn't happened already.
  13. It's better to be "pushing 70" than pulling it like me! 😜
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