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  1. In park 2, 50 tones I discriminate out from -9 to 3 and 39 and 40 (to help cut down on wrap around falseing). I set the tone break at 10 and the tone pitch at 8/25. I originally used this as a specialty setting but have had such good success with it I have used these settings almost exclusively the past several weeks. The Equinox is amazingly adjustable.
  2. That’s correct with a noticeable reduction of the quality of Cabelas products.
  3. Like some others I have zero interest in the Vanquish as it does nothing my Equinox 800 cannot do. If I were going to add a Vanquish type detector, it would be a Equinox 600 in light of the sale prices I’m seeing for those.
  4. You might want to take a look at the Root Slayer Nomad. It’s available on Amazon for $39.00, lifetime warranty and very tough. A bit longer so you don’t need to bend as much while digging and doubles as a walking staff if that’s important to you.
  5. Your mod does look rock solid, should last. I have the Predator Tools model and it’s still going strong after 12+ years of use. Mr. Lesche is the owner of the company and still manufactures his original and iconic hand digger in addition to a variety quality shovels. He did start the company you bought from many years ago but has not been associated with them for years. I have a couple of his products and they are all very well made.
  6. Not the real deal, just a knockoff. The real thing is made by Predator Tools. www.predatortools.com
  7. Many here in the USA do not publish finds because of the Antiquities Act.
  8. I do agree with your basic assertion and I also agree that as you stated in one of your manuals, the upper range of the scale on the Equinox is a wasted part of the scale. If the VID for silver (high conductors) was moved to 35-38, that would allow a more definitive differentiation of lower conductors by simply allowing a more finite definition of the properties of a target. Adding seven or eight more areas (TID numbers) of classification would serve to greatly reduce the stacking of targets. If you are going to stack targets why not stack the good ones and try to classify the bad ones as much as possible? Even so, the Equinox is still a very advanced detector, but nothing is perfect.
  9. Now I see a x coil in my future. It sometimes amazes me how clairvoyant I am. 🙂
  10. That is very good advice to enhance sensitivity to smaller targets in my somewhat limited experience with the QED. As phrunt said, only two or three clicks below null can make a surprising difference in sensitivity. This should also allow you to lower TH. A.
  11. Maybe one of the first detectors tuned for our power grid ( thanks to a post you made Simon) and with the new update. I believe there might be a QED or two out west.
  12. I have had my QED a few weeks now. I am not a expert by any means but I have been detecting since 1980 and with minelab detectors almost exclusively since 2004. This is not a comparison, only my impressions of the QED. In short I am very pleased with the detector. I spent quite a bit of time with it on the coast where I live and had an opportunity to compare it with a 4500 belonging to a friend on 4 different afternoon hunts. We compared the two on real targets in the field and in his test garden in Virginia red clay and on relics in that same soil. I cannot say one or the other is better, but I can say on the literally dozens of targets we ran both machines over, the QED could detect all the 4500 could but 2. This could have been my lack of experience with the QED. In one area with a major power transmission line running through it the QED handled the EMI without a problem while the 4500 struggled a bit. Not counting the coils, I have less than $1250.00 in the QED. It is simple to navigate and set up. It’s lite and uses cheap batteries. For the money, the performance is remarkable. It is a deep detector by my standards. The 5 year warranty is another plus and it only costs about $30.00 to ship the control box back if necessary for repair or update. Would I buy another one? I absolutely would. Were it not for my Equinox 800, I would say it is the best bang for the buck in detectors .
  13. More details please, not sure I understand exactly what you mean. Photo would be helpful if you can.
  14. I believe you can replace the internal electronics by removing two screws, pulling out the old unit and dropping in a new one. Might be worth an email to the service center, they might send you the replacement unit under warranty.
  15. I think the TRX often gets a bad rap due to the horrible users manual that does not mention how to set and use its features. Yes it does react to highly mineralized soils but it has a ground balance feature. I used it for 2 months before I found out about it. It has 4 power settings but you have to go to Whites website or YouTube to find out how to set them. It also performs better if you use the rectangular 9v battery as opposed to AA batteries. Still, overall it is the best performing pointer I have used. I like it so much I just ordered another to have as a spare.
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