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Comparing thoughts about the Vanquish.thinking

February 13, 2020 08:14AM avatar
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diggindeep
I got a Vanquish 540 before Christmas last year. It's not that impressive in iron. As Monte has said it does very poorly on the NBPT even with the small coil.
I got mine Monday the 10th, and No, it isn't a great choice for handling heavy Iron and Nail contaminated sites.


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diggindeep
It does OK in a park or relic site if there's not a lot of trash around and is a great low priced detector for the salt water beaches. Great depth and very accurate ID in those scenarios.
I've only had the past 2½ days to get out with it, but Yes, it can make a very good Coin Hunting unit. Very functionable depth-of-detection and visual TID is also very good in typical urban coins and jewelry producing sites.


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diggindeep
I've had it out quite a bit along side the Equinox. A few hunts at a local park, 3 days on the beach in Southern California and 2 of my less trashy relic sites. It's not as deep as the Equinox and doesn't handle adjacently located targets very well.
A fellow was using an Equinox at the park I was at and I couldn't discern any difference in performance in Multi-IQ and comparable settings on located targets. He had the 6" DD and I was using (and enjoying) the 5X8 DD.


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diggindeep
'm still a big fan of multi frequency detectors though. A lot of the places I hunt require a metal detector to go deep and handle mineralized soil or salt water conditions, the multi frequency detectors fit that bill, including the Vanquish.
Here we might differ a bit. I've owned and used several Minelab Sovereigns and 6 or 7 Explorer-series models, plus I've had both of the more limited frequency-count models from Fisher and White's. They could do what they could do, and that was fine. But I'll use them, like I will the Vanquish that I am really liking, in the sites where they can work okay and I can benefit from what they provide in performance.

But at the same time, I've been hunting highly mineralized environments for over half-a-century, and made in-the-field comparisons with my own units as well as done some side-by-side work with friends using their favorite SMF, only to find that there are many times when my single-frequency models excel.

Yes, there are times an M-F detector can work just fine, and no argument with regard to the Vanquish ... except for the times when they don't. Dense iron contaminated sites or on a 'stash' of hidden silver coins. You can check that with the EQ-800 and Vanquish using 5 Silver Halves on top of a Silver Dollar, or 2-Silver Half-Dollars on top of 2-Silver Dollars. All uncarded and making bare contact. Multi-IQ isn't always great, nor are some of the single-frequency offerings that struggle with those two test set-ups..


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diggindeep
The Vanquish would probably be my last choice when hunting a Ghost Town though.
Not my last choice, but certainly not one of my first picks, either. I'll be headed off to a ghost town today and will use the Vanquish w/5X8 DD for a while just to evaluate it some more. There are a few cleaner areas, but a lot is just terrible iron conditions. I'll have my deducted Relic Hunting Team of detectors to handle those conditions.


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diggindeep
I do plan on holding onto the Vanquish, as I can always loan it to family members and friends. For the price there really isn't anything that can touch it's performance except maybe the Simplex and that would depend on the site you were going to be hunting.
I know mine is going to stay as part of my Coin & Jewelry Hunting Team of detectors. I have a Fisher F44 if I need to offer-up a 'loaner unit' to friends or family, or to help get permission access to a site. I don't loan out my more favored detectors, and the Vanquish is working into that category.thumbs up

When I do my evaluation write up I'll point out my likes and don't likes, of which every model has some. In the meantime, I'll just enjoy putting the 540 Pro to work on a variety of locations to better learn what it provides, and to have fun. That's what I have always enjoyed about this hobby, is getting out to have 'fun!'

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

Monte 314 February 11, 2020 06:28AM

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

Monte 192 February 14, 2020 08:16AM

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

UtahRich 187 February 11, 2020 03:49PM

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

OregonGregg 182 February 14, 2020 07:05AM

Favorite types of Pie ?

UtahRich 171 February 14, 2020 08:47AM

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

diggindeep 200 February 11, 2020 10:25AM

Comparing thoughts about the Vanquish.thinking

Monte 215 February 13, 2020 08:14AM

Re: Comparing thoughts about the Vanquish.thinking

jmaryt 207 February 13, 2020 11:53AM

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

Monte 177 February 13, 2020 12:13PM

I enjoy myself not finding stuff smiling smiley N/T

glabelle 182 February 13, 2020 12:22PM

Yes, just getting out detecting can be fun.

Monte 175 February 14, 2020 03:12AM

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

jmaryt 158 February 14, 2020 03:21PM

Funny you should mention that

UtahRich 170 February 13, 2020 10:55PM

Re: Funny you should mention that. Exactly Rich

Kickindirt 159 February 14, 2020 12:42AM

Re: Comparing thoughts about the Vanquish.thinking

diggindeep 184 February 13, 2020 09:37AM

Back to you, sharing our opinions and experiences.

Monte 173 February 13, 2020 01:12PM

Re: Comparing thoughts about the Vanquish.thinking

glabelle 181 February 13, 2020 12:21PM

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

Monte 166 February 13, 2020 01:16PM

The detector of choice is

UtahRich 185 February 13, 2020 11:08PM

Re: The detector of choice is

diggindeep 188 February 14, 2020 09:24AM

Re: The detector of choice is

glabelle 174 February 14, 2020 09:53AM

Passing thoughts and personal experiences from afield.

Monte 196 February 15, 2020 12:10PM

Re: The detector of choice is atgold??

Kickindirt 177 February 14, 2020 07:22PM

Re: The detector of choice is atgold??

glabelle 204 February 15, 2020 07:33AM

Re: The detector of choice is atgold??

Kickindirt 175 February 15, 2020 11:31AM

Re: The detector of choice is atgold??

glabelle 162 February 15, 2020 12:30PM

A Little Help From Your Friends . . .

UtahRich 182 February 15, 2020 04:47PM

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

OregonGregg 203 February 16, 2020 08:16AM

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

Monte 161 February 16, 2020 07:34AM

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

glabelle 154 February 16, 2020 09:26AM

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

Monte 157 February 16, 2020 10:06AM

Re: A Little Help From Your Friends . . .

glabelle 167 February 15, 2020 07:56PM

Re: A Little Help From Your Friends . . .

Kickindirt 154 February 15, 2020 08:19PM

Re: A Little Help From Your Friends . . .

Remfire 157 February 15, 2020 07:33PM

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

Monte 199 February 15, 2020 01:04PM

Re: The detector of choice is atgold??

jmaryt 190 February 15, 2020 09:03AM

Re: The detector of choice is atgold??

OregonGregg 157 February 15, 2020 08:33AM

Re: The detector of choice is atgold??

jmaryt 170 February 15, 2020 09:07AM

Re: The detector of choice is atgold??

OregonGregg 159 February 15, 2020 05:25PM

Re: The detector of choice is atgold??

jmaryt 168 February 16, 2020 09:15PM

Re: The detector of choice is atgold??

glabelle 191 February 15, 2020 09:02AM

Re: The detector of choice is atgold??

OregonGregg 165 February 15, 2020 12:14PM

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

Kickindirt 191 February 11, 2020 08:48AM

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

Monte 209 February 13, 2020 06:14AM

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

glabelle 199 February 11, 2020 08:10AM

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

Monte 172 February 12, 2020 08:53AM

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

Kickindirt 161 February 12, 2020 01:10PM

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

Monte 184 February 13, 2020 05:27AM

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

glabelle 162 February 12, 2020 11:12AM



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