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Yes, a new 'toy' that isn't a bad pick for many uses.

February 13, 2020 08:14AM avatar
Kickindirt:
Monte congrats on the new toy! Hope you really like it. Cant wait to hear your thoughts on that machine. I think you will find that the multi IQ tech has it's own set of unique rules.

Thanks, and yes, it is another 'toy', and just like a kid's toy you're either going to like it or not. Use it or leave it in the corner or toy box. It arrived Monday, and with better weather I have been out a little each day with it trying to get to know it better. Taking it along today on a ghost town hunt where dense iron hangs out just to give it a chance to impress me there. However, I determined before I ever bought it that it was not likely to be a good 'fit' in my Relic Hunting Team of detectors for a few reasons. The main reason is that it doesn't handle dense Iron nail or other ferrous challenges well.

I'm not saying it is 'terrible' in Iron, but I can assure anyone that it is not up in the better-class of Iron Nail or other annoying ferrous junk handling models I own and use.

However, as I sort out the tings I don't like about it, I am also acknowledging its strengths, and as an urban Coin & Jewelry Hunting device it is working well. Too many people offer up statements or forum posts that overly-praise the Simultaneous Multi-Frequency detectors. They either don't have enough field-time in with them and also with a good single-frequency or selectable-frequency detector to learn and know the goods and bads of both ... or ... they are blind to reality and simply absorb a lot of the marketing hype those manufacturers put out.

Like the Equinox models, the Multi-IQ SMF can work OK for a lot of search site applications, especially when not too challenges by iron junk. But the EQ's design to allow the user to select Single frequency operation over simultaneous does have its advantage. I bought the 540 Pro package and have both the smaller 5X8 DD and larger 9X12 DD, but I'm only working with the "more useful" (to me) 5X8 DD to handle the trashier places I'm searching. I'll get to the larger size coil when we move more into spring weather for open-area searches.

Doing several side-by-side comparisons with my four Relic Hunting models the Vanquish 540 w/5X8 DD can't compete with their handling when Iron Nail testing. And I don't care for the ratchet Pinpointing design, but at least it isn't too fast. There was no User Manual, but even then they don't do a great job of explaining the functions for all settings or for the different pre-set search modes. A couple of other less-impressive things I'll mention in a product review. That said, there are enough positives that it definitely has a 'fit' in my Regular-Use Detector Outfit as part of my Coin & Jewelry Hunting Team, especially since I am trimming a lot of units lately.

Monte

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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 02/13/2020 08:15AM by Monte.
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Out for a bit of evaluation and Coin Hunting unit adjustment.

Monte 405 February 11, 2020 08:28AM

Update on my progress ... Going to check a 'Manufacturer Glitch' today.

Monte 247 February 14, 2020 10:16AM

Who Are You! ? And what have you done with the REAL MONTE ?. N/T

UtahRich 244 February 11, 2020 05:49PM

Re: Who Are You! ? And what have you done with the REAL MONTE ?.

OregonGregg 244 February 14, 2020 09:05AM

Favorite types of Pie ?

UtahRich 227 February 14, 2020 10:47AM

Re: Out for a bit of evaluation and Coin Hunting unit adjustment.

diggindeep 256 February 11, 2020 12:25PM

Comparing thoughts about the Vanquish.thinking

Monte 277 February 13, 2020 10:14AM

Re: Comparing thoughts about the Vanquish.thinking

jmaryt 269 February 13, 2020 01:53PM

If I'm enjoying a detector and finding stuff ... that's 'FUN.' thumbs up N/T

Monte 235 February 13, 2020 02:13PM

I enjoy myself not finding stuff smiling smiley N/T

glabelle 240 February 13, 2020 02:22PM

Yes, just getting out detecting can be fun.

Monte 229 February 14, 2020 05:12AM

Re: Yes, just getting out detecting can be fun.

jmaryt 220 February 14, 2020 05:21PM

Funny you should mention that

UtahRich 222 February 14, 2020 12:55AM

Re: Funny you should mention that. Exactly Rich

Kickindirt 217 February 14, 2020 02:42AM

Re: Comparing thoughts about the Vanquish.thinking

diggindeep 249 February 13, 2020 11:37AM

Back to you, sharing our opinions and experiences.

Monte 224 February 13, 2020 03:12PM

Re: Comparing thoughts about the Vanquish.thinking

glabelle 241 February 13, 2020 02:21PM

But I used a single-freqquency detector to accomplish the same thing. N/T

Monte 216 February 13, 2020 03:16PM

The detector of choice is

UtahRich 244 February 14, 2020 01:08AM

Re: The detector of choice is

diggindeep 243 February 14, 2020 11:24AM

Re: The detector of choice is

glabelle 232 February 14, 2020 11:53AM

Passing thoughts and personal experiences from afield.

Monte 253 February 15, 2020 02:10PM

Re: The detector of choice is atgold??

Kickindirt 231 February 14, 2020 09:22PM

Re: The detector of choice is atgold??

glabelle 266 February 15, 2020 09:33AM

Re: The detector of choice is atgold??

Kickindirt 230 February 15, 2020 01:31PM

Re: The detector of choice is atgold??

glabelle 213 February 15, 2020 02:30PM

A Little Help From Your Friends . . .

UtahRich 235 February 15, 2020 06:47PM

A Little Help From Your Friends . . .but ya wasn't there to help.

OregonGregg 279 February 16, 2020 10:16AM

Hey, Rich. I wasn't that harsh, just wondering.confused smiley

Monte 219 February 16, 2020 09:34AM

Re: Hey, Rich. I wasn't that harsh, just wondering.confused smiley

glabelle 209 February 16, 2020 11:26AM

George, I put up another post to continue this discussion:

Monte 212 February 16, 2020 12:06PM

Re: A Little Help From Your Friends . . .

glabelle 218 February 15, 2020 09:56PM

Re: A Little Help From Your Friends . . .

Kickindirt 208 February 15, 2020 10:19PM

Re: A Little Help From Your Friends . . .

Remfire 211 February 15, 2020 09:33PM

You said: "I got it because it may be great for GT hunting."

Monte 257 February 15, 2020 03:04PM

Re: The detector of choice is atgold??

jmaryt 246 February 15, 2020 11:03AM

Re: The detector of choice is atgold??

OregonGregg 212 February 15, 2020 10:33AM

Re: The detector of choice is atgold??

jmaryt 221 February 15, 2020 11:07AM

Re: The detector of choice is atgold??

OregonGregg 211 February 15, 2020 07:25PM

Re: The detector of choice is atgold??

jmaryt 222 February 16, 2020 11:15PM

Re: The detector of choice is atgold??

glabelle 275 February 15, 2020 11:02AM

Re: The detector of choice is atgold??

OregonGregg 219 February 15, 2020 02:14PM

Re: Out for a bit of evaluation and Coin Hunting unit adjustment.

Kickindirt 248 February 11, 2020 10:48AM

Yes, a new 'toy' that isn't a bad pick for many uses.

Monte 268 February 13, 2020 08:14AM

Oh, the horror! eye popping smiley And some testing Attachments

glabelle 258 February 11, 2020 10:10AM

"Oh, the horror! eye popping smiley " ... Yes, 'testing' in both environments gets interesting.

Monte 220 February 12, 2020 10:53AM

Re: "Oh, the horror! eye popping smiley " ... Yes, 'testing' in both environments gets interesting.

Kickindirt 214 February 12, 2020 03:10PM

Joel, I'll get a picture up, and you can test it on the WTHO, too! N/T

Monte 246 February 13, 2020 07:27AM

Re: "Oh, the horror! eye popping smiley " ... Yes, 'testing' in both environments gets interesting.

glabelle 216 February 12, 2020 01:12PM



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