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Tom Slick

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    Mesa, AZ
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    Minelab Equinox 800, XP Deus & ORX, White's DFX x 3 w/ BigFoot coil, Tesoro Tiger Shark & Mojave

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  1. Steve, I understand what you're saying about balance, but that extra weight has to be alleviated in some way and that is the fingers. With detectors being used at basically a 45 degree angle to the ground, and gravity always trying to push the detector towards the ground. What keeps the detector from dragging on the ground is the grip (fingers) wrapped around the handgrip. A person could tighten the arm cuff strap really tight, or tape the detector to their arm, bust most folks just grab the handgrip with their fingers. As an experiment, Put 3 pounds in a bucket, pickup the bucket and se
  2. After being a dealer for a number of years and having bought and sold hundreds of detectors, I have amassed a large assortment of detecting parts and accessories. The White's lower rod attachment point is about .250 narrower than the Minelab clevis. I just used a couple of firm rubber washers to shim the White's clevis to fit the Minelab coils. I've had my Equinox and all three coils since they first became available and have yet to break a coil ear (knocking on wood). I've always been very careful with my detectors. I don't drop them on the ground like I see so many others do and I keep them
  3. This is my third day home after spending the past 10 days in our Covid-19 Intensive care Unit. Touch and go for awhile but with oxygen for the next few weeks, the Doctors think a full recovery is in the future. Quite the wakeup call and despite all the mask wearing, sanitizing, and trying to stay home, my son, wife and myself all managed to get it within a day of each other. Wife & son have recovered and are doing fine. Let me tell you it's no joke. Take care, and I hope everyone has a better 2021. Tom
  4. On the subject of scoops, Short handles make you bend over too far. 👎 Long handles make the scoop heavier and you have to use your foot to kick it into the sand. 👎. About 16-18" handle is just right in the dry sand and san be used in the wet sand if necessary although a longer handle works better in the wet. For the dry, get a scoop with a wire basket as they sift the sand much quicker than drilled or punched holes with a lot less shaking. I prefer Plain steel over stainless as they are lighter and less expensive. Forget plastic and aluminum scoops don't have wire baskets. I'm all for stainles
  5. For Saltwater beaches I've never, in hundreds of trips, ever used a pin pointer. A decent sand scoop is all that's required for the dry sand. For the wet sand or in the water you'll need a whole different, long handled "scoop" and there are almost as many options as there are hunters. Park hunting requires a pin pointer as to not damage or to do as little damage to the turf as possible. Again there are many different pointers on the market. In my 45 years experience, I've found that a quality unit is the preferred road to take. Cheap (inexpensive) Pin Pointers Don't last long and have very poo
  6. EMI can, and does affect both the control box and the coil. Some companies do a better job of eliminating or reducing the effects of EMI on their detectors but most detectors (if not all) still suffer the consequences of EMI .
  7. Boeshield is a waterproof lubricant developed by the Boeing Aircraft Company. Aerosol cans are available at most car parts shores. I've used it for years in the aircraft industry and works great in exactly your type of situation. ed it
  8. I added a Fisher Arm Cuff. They are inexpensive, tough, and have legs or feet to keep the detector upright. I added Sheep skin (wool). (The real thing, not fake sheep skin). It's cool in the summer and warm in winter. I use 3M aerosol adhesive.
  9. I've had trouble like that when my phone has been close. I had to turn the Bluetooth off on my phone, pair the headphones, and then turn the Bluetooth back on , on the phone. I think the headphones try to stay connected to the phone and won't pair to the detector.
  10. I bought an ORX with the 9" HF coil. I liked it so well that I then bought the Deus. I feel the ORX will find every target the Deus will find in iron, both using the same coil. The Deus offers many audio features that make it the better all around detector. Iron sites - ORX or Deus. Parks, Schools, etc. the Deus gets my vote. The ORX has two coin/relic programs (Deus fast and Deus Deep) along with two nugget hunting programs (can be used for coins & relics also) and two slots for user custom programs. Only three tones in fast or deep programs, no five, full, or pitch options. But the ORX d
  11. Tom - I use both the 800 and the Deus. The Deus (or ORX) is my go to iron infested site detector. In the past it was Makro/Nokta detectors, Racer, Racer 2, Multi Kruzer, Anfibio, and the Impact in the iron, but since trying the XP detectors (Deus, ORX) I've sold my Marko/Nokta machines. For the money they are excellent unmaskers but the XP's just work better in iron. JMHO. Wait till you try the HF 9" round coil. Say Hi to Brian for me, next time you see him, and get him to try the Deus or ORX.
  12. If you mean they are going to stop making single frequency VLF gold detectors, that's not a bad thing.
  13. FloridaSon said " Most Beaches are GB=0 Does anyone else agree with that statement? I've hunted Saltwater Beaches on the East Coast and West Coast. Not to mention (oh, I just did) freshwater beaches all over the country. I know for a fact that CA beaches are totally different than Florida beaches as far as GB numbers go. Freshwater beaches are also totally different.
  14. And that's just one more reason we in the U.S. never switched over to using the Metric System. You'll notice that many detectors manufactured outside the U.S. are not sold in the U.S. They don't work here! ðŸĪŠ
  15. Your Family Heirloom is a US Military trenching pick. They are designed to be able to easily remove the handle from the iron pick. The Army made a belt holder for that particular pick. The holder has a place for the handle and another for the pick part. The pick is supposed to be slid over the handle and then the whole thing is smacked on the ground with the handle sticking up to temporarily attach the pick to the handle. Turn the pick so the pick is at the top with the handle poing down to remove the handle. You have some good ideas above if you really want to make the handle permanent.
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