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A nice reply, Brian, and I generally agree.

June 26, 2019 06:08PM avatar
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Cal_Cobra
Great points Monte.
I was just having some fun pointing out how even Gerorge described the Minelab Equinoc 800 as fitting several points that I consider 'Simple.'


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Cal_Cobra
I think the EQ800 is a very simple turn on and go detector, if you want it to be. Even Minelab's own quick-start guide makes it simple:

Quick Start - 4 easy steps to get started:

1. Turn on
2. Select a detect mode
3. Noise cancel
4. Begin detecting

Steps #1 and #4 are no brainers, steps #2 & #3 are completed in 30 seconds.
Of course selecting the desired search mode is important, just like on most other detectors in this 'modern era' of high-tech digital design. It's really no different than why I like and prefer the XP ORX:

#1.. Turn it 'On.' It shuts off in the search mode you last used and that's generally like saving to start up in your preferred mode and setting.
#1A.. If you start up in a factory Default mode or program you can make any preferred changes to the default settings. All would be done in 10-15 seconds.
#1B.. If you start up in a program '5' or program '6', those are your custom-saved settings and NO adjustments are needed. Kind of like using a Nokta, Makro or Nokta-Makro CoRe, Relic, Racer 2, Impact, Kruzer, Anfibio.thumbs up You simply Turn-it-On.


#2.. You just start detecting.

For ME, I almost always prefer the 4.. Coin Deep. default program, and the ONLY adjustment I make to that at 'turn-on' is select Sensitivity and increase it from the default of '90' to '98' or '99.' Then start hunting.


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Cal_Cobra
You didn't even have to mess around with ground balancing (which is also simple), as the EQ samples the ground and self adjusts the ground balance, but I would suggest it for areas that have challenging ground conditions to get the maximum performance from it.
Nope, usually don't have to with the ORX, but can, and many of the other models to compete with the ORX and EQ -800 do not require GB before hunting, either, for various reasons.


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Cal_Cobra
Now you can make the Equinox complicated if you wish by playing around with the advanced features, but even these are well documented in Minelab's manual, lots of YouTube videos showing various optional setting adjustments, and we even have some books from long time detector authors to help move the ball along if you're still stuck (although all of that information is available gratis on the web).

Is the Equinox perfect, not by a long shot. Is it the best detector on the planet, no. Each search mode was designed for specific search conditions and types of targets, and I feel that the Equinox, while perhaps not the absolute best over some other top performers, is good enough to keep up with them if you put the time in to learn the machine and offers enough versatility that for 99% of it's owners it will get the job done, and do a great job while detecting side by side with your buddies that have to have those "best of class" single purpose VLF detectors.
The Minelab EQ-800 does make a nice detector choice for many people to serve as a "General Purpose" or Do-It-All detector to handle most average/typical needs at a variety of sites. If I want an 'edge' in those really dense iron contaminated sites we like to hunt, while the EQ-800 is good, MY preference today, to better handle unmaking of desired non-ferrous targets, is to grab my Nokta Relic, Nokta CoRe or XP ORX.


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Cal_Cobra
I see it as another tool in the detecting tool box. If I'm at a heavily iron infested site, I'm grabbing my Multi Kruzer with a smaller coil. For just about any other conditions, the Equinox will do a great job. If Minelab ever releases more coils for it, like a 6x10" closed loop DD for ghost towns and gold prospecting, that'll up it's posture, and if they offer a concentric (if it's even possible on that platform), that will make others happy for hunting in the junky iron infested ghost townsy type environments.
Here I give a big applause to the folks from Nokta-Makro for quickly providing their consumers with an excellent array of search coil sizes and types to choose from. Minelab did produce a nice 6" DD for the Equinox, and I really hope and wish for a 5" or 6" round Concentric or DD coil from the folks at XP.

To be honest the White's MX-7, w/6½" Concentric coil, is a serious contender to join all these just mentioned as a decent-performing model. I feel it is the best land-based offering in the current White's line-up, and also at a reasonable price. All the other manufacturers have some serious catching up to do.

Monte

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Question for Monte.

D&P-OR 148 June 20, 2019 06:00AM

Some Detector & Coil Comparison Results ... but incomplete.

Monte 167 June 22, 2019 07:32AM

Re: Some Detector & Coil Comparison Results ... but incomplete.

Digstrashtomuch 108 June 23, 2019 08:11AM

You brought up several points I agree with.

Monte 76 June 24, 2019 05:29AM

Reviewing detectors, 2019

glabelle 128 June 22, 2019 05:08PM

Re: Reviewing detectors, 2019

DesertRokon 58 June 28, 2019 05:50PM

Vic, I wish you thee best of success!

Monte 61 June 29, 2019 04:29AM

Re: Vic, I wish you thee best of success!

DesertRokon 49 June 29, 2019 11:22AM

Re: Reviewing detectors, 2019

glabelle 70 June 28, 2019 07:22PM

Re: Reviewing detectors, 2019

DesertRokon 47 June 29, 2019 10:19AM

George, 'Thank You' or clarifying your reply.

Monte 52 June 28, 2019 10:16PM

Re: Reviewing detectors, 2019

jmaryt 61 June 26, 2019 11:53AM

George, here are a few examples of what 'SIMPLE' might be.

Monte 67 June 25, 2019 10:39AM

Re: George, here are a few example of what 'SIMPLE' might be.

Cal_Cobra 54 June 26, 2019 02:37PM

A nice reply, Brian, and I generally agree.

Monte 46 June 26, 2019 06:08PM

Detector of the Year - EQ800 ! ! ! !

UtahRich 98 June 22, 2019 06:52PM

Re: Detector of the Year - EQ800 ! ! ! ! Nope!!

Kickindirt 67 June 23, 2019 04:38PM

Re: Detector of the Year - EQ800 ! ! ! ! Nope!!

jmaryt 61 June 25, 2019 11:05AM

The Equinox 800 isn't all that expensive for what it offers.

Monte 63 June 25, 2019 05:27PM

Re: The Equinox 800 isn't all that expensive for what it offers.

Cal_Cobra 43 June 26, 2019 02:18PM

Similar to what I had to pay for early Tek. T2 upgraded versions and a couple other brands

Monte 38 June 26, 2019 06:11PM

Re: The Equinox 800 isn't all that expensive for what it offers.

jmaryt 51 June 25, 2019 08:56PM

Re: The Equinox 800 isn't all that expensive for what it offers.

Cal_Cobra 44 June 26, 2019 02:20PM

Somebody say Tesoro ? .

UtahRich 64 June 25, 2019 09:05PM

Re: Somebody say Tesoro ? .

Cal_Cobra 44 June 26, 2019 02:39PM

I have no concerns about my Tesoro models. And they very seldom need repair. N/T

Monte 35 June 26, 2019 06:13PM

Re: Somebody say Tesoro ? .

jmaryt 48 June 26, 2019 08:38AM

Models costing less than $300? Sure!

Monte 52 June 26, 2019 01:13AM

Re: Models costing less than $300? Sure!

jmaryt 43 June 26, 2019 08:40AM

Re: Detector of the Year - EQ800 ! ! ! !

WM6 95 June 23, 2019 03:55PM

Re: Detector of the Year - EQ800 ! ! ! !

Cal_Cobra 61 June 25, 2019 11:00AM

Re: Detector of the Year - EQ800 ! ! ! !

jmaryt 48 June 25, 2019 08:59PM

The EQ-800 is a good unit, but the questions to make a selection are:

Monte 63 June 24, 2019 08:44PM

A Deeper Beeper -

UtahRich 75 June 23, 2019 07:43PM

?? A Deeper Beeper ?? - You have three of them.

Monte 58 June 24, 2019 08:59PM

Three Detectors Walk Into A Bar . . . . . .

UtahRich 51 June 24, 2019 11:51PM

- - - - and the new guys asked, "Who's that old guy and what does he do?"

Monte 57 June 25, 2019 09:05AM

Re: - - - - and the new guys asked, "Who's that old guy and what does he do?"

jmaryt 43 June 25, 2019 09:26AM

Re: A Deeper Beeper -

WM6 66 June 24, 2019 02:21AM

Re: Detector of the Year - EQ800 ! ! ! !

glabelle 72 June 23, 2019 05:08PM

Re: Detector of the Year - EQ800 ! ! ! !

Cal_Cobra 34 June 26, 2019 02:45PM

Re: Detector of the Year - EQ800 ! ! ! !

Sodbuster 51 June 24, 2019 11:23AM

Re: Detector of the Year - EQ800 ! ! ! !

WM6 59 June 24, 2019 03:37AM

Re: Detector of the Year - EQ800 ! ! ! ! WM6 measurements

glabelle 53 June 24, 2019 11:24AM

Re: Detector of the Year - EQ800 ! ! ! ! WM6 measurements

WM6 65 June 24, 2019 02:41PM

Re: Detector of the Year - EQ800, but prob not for long

OregonGregg 91 June 23, 2019 01:52PM

Pick a detector, Go Hunt.

UtahRich 67 June 23, 2019 06:20PM

Re: Pick a detector, Go Hunt.

OregonGregg 99 June 23, 2019 06:48PM

Re: Pick a detector, Go Hunt.

D&P-OR 45 June 25, 2019 05:37PM

Greg buy a Minelab or XP ?

UtahRich 40 June 25, 2019 09:01PM

Re: Pick a detector, Go Hunt.

OregonGregg 63 June 25, 2019 06:05PM

Sent you a p.m. Gregg.---------Del

D&P-OR 45 June 26, 2019 06:21AM

Re: Pick a detector, Go Hunt.

NWCindy 64 June 23, 2019 08:01PM

Re: Pick a detector, Go Hunt.

Sodbuster 48 June 24, 2019 02:48PM

"Have fun. H. H." smileys with diet Dr. Pepper float ... Quite true, we should be having fun with what we do.thumbs up N/T

Monte 36 June 24, 2019 09:01PM

Re: Pick a detector, Go Hunt.

WM6 59 June 24, 2019 03:44AM

Re: Pick a detector, Go Hunt.

NWCindy 46 June 24, 2019 03:33PM



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