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Interesting array of units .. Learning ... and Habits.

April 24, 2018 08:05AM avatar
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Albert
I own an m-6 , mxt pro , new equinox 800 and a new xp deus.
Of your four models I have owned, used, and enjoyed two of them. The White's M6 and MXT Pro. I preferred the MXT Pro (or All-Pro which is the same detector with an 'All' sticker) because I prefer to have a Threshold audio on some detectors when searching in the Discriminate mode, but mainly because I like the 2-Tone Iron ID audio of the Relic mode. The M6 was my handy 'quick-grab' TID model for a lot of uses until I replaced it with the MX-5. The MX-5 gave me very reliable performance and the 2-Tone audio I like to use and, together with my MXT All-Pro made up my two preferred Target ID models to keep in my vehicle.

That was until January and February of 2015. Before that I also had a Teknetics T2 and Omega 8000 V.4 in my regular-Use Detector Team to handle my urban Coin Hunting and remote Relic Hunting needs with Target ID models supported by 2-4 non-display Tesoro units. Then I got a Nokta FORS CoRe in-hand, followed by a Makro Racer prototype and quickly set out to learn the new devices.

But the 'learning' part was rather easy because these detectors had a more familiar design to them, somewhat close to the settings and performance of the Fisher F75 or Teknetics T2, the latter of which I had on-hand, but there were some differences as well. Perhaps the main difference was that the FORS CoRe was 'simple' ... and I like 'Simple'. But it was also 'Functional' for my wants and needs afield and provided ample in-the-field 'Performance.' What more could I ask for?


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Albert
Trying to break the habit of grabbing the m-6 or mxt pro . But need to learn the equinox and the dues.
GOOD habits are hard to break, and maybe not a good thing to try a do. BAD habits are the ones we can develop, and at times they are the more difficult challenges to overcome. From mid-'83 to 2001 I had a 'habit' of grabbing one of my favorite Tesoro models more often than I would grab one of the different visual Target ID detectors I would own. Looking back, as I knew then, that was a GOOD habit because the Tesoro's provided the performance I wanted and needed to better handle the densely iron contaminated sites where I Relic Hunted, and also was the best pick for many of the urban Coin & Jewelry Hunting I did during that era.

My Up until about 2004, favorite Tesoro models were used to find about 90% of all my good quality gold and silver jewelry, at least 85% of the old coins and trade tokens from the ghost towns I hunt, and easily 75% of all the modern coinage I found in urban locations. The rest was found with various Target ID models, mainly the White's XLT, XL Pro and MXT.

From about 2005 to the present I still have relied on Tesoro models for some urban and rural site work, but the bulk of it has been handled by more modern detector designs from White's, and from 2010 I also added a couple of Teknetics to my detector battery. I tried other brands, but was more satisfied with the XLT, XL Pro, MXT Pro, M6, MX-5, T2 and Omega 8000 models with visual Target ID, some were more specific for urban Coin Hunting, such as the Omega 8000, XLT and XL Pro.

Each detector I evaluated took a little learning time to see if it would be a 'fit' in my detector 'team' for what I like to hunt, and for my mobility and health limitations. Some were to heavy or poorly balanced. Some just didn't have the performance I needed, especially to deal with iron. And some were more complex and that's something I don't care for. I don't like to be tinkering around with various adjustment features when I would rather be detecting and finding stuff.

Then there's the audio. Regardless of the brand or model, we have to accept and adapt to the audio or we are just not going to like the detector. The XP Deus, for example, is one model that I just never could get to like. I'll see how the Minelab Equinox 600 and 800 sound and handle this coming weekend as we have several people who have one and are bringing them (and other units) to our 7th Welcome-to-Hunt Outing this coming Thursday thru Sunday here in Eastern Oregon.

All three gold mining era ghost towns have more than an ample supply of building debris, square and round nails, scattered ferrous and non-ferrous trash ... and rusty tin. Man's worst enemy, if ever there was one, for hunting any old and challenging site. angry smiley Sadly, there isn't a smaller-size search coil available for them yet which puts users at a disadvantage, but there are some more open areas, here and there, with a reduced amount of debris they can hunt in.

But learning any new detector, unless it is familiar enough and we are comfortable enough from the get-go with it, does require us to devote ample patience, and plenty of uninterrupted time afield to get to learn it and master it. in your case, as an example, that means we have a GOOD habit of grabbing a detector we know, trust, and are familiar with when reaching for the M6 or MXT Pro.

From a learning standpoint, though, that is really a BAD habit because we don't take learning the new devices very seriously to put in ample uninterrupted time where we can concentrate on learning, understanding and mastering each of the available adjustment features. We have to be comfortable moving about the new detector's control functions so that we can find out if the new model is going to ple4ase us enough in the long run.

When I converted over to the Nokta and Makro brands to satisfy my Target ID detector model needs, it was easier because these sister companies designed the CoRe and original Racer in a way that they were somewhat similar, but not identical. Just very close. In your case, having a new Minelab Equinox 800 and XP Deus, I wonder if it might not be best to pick just one of them to start with and learn it well first. Com. Once familiar and comfortable with it, then compare it afield with your MXT Pro to know any strengths and weaknesses.

Once that's accomplished, grab the other new device and start all over. As you work with the new units and get a feel of how they will work for you, don't hesitate to come on the forums and share your thoughts. I'm sure many readers are curious what others think about the newer models compared with existing reliable detectors.

Monte

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'Regular-Use Detector Team' are models from: Fisher, Nokta / Makro, Teknetics, Tesoro and White's
'Specialty-Use Detectors' are models from: Compass, Garrett and Teknetics
Pinpointers: Using Nokta / Makro and Uniprobe Pointers.
Headphones: Using Killer B's 'Hornet' and White's Pro Star and Detector Pro's Uniprobe ... All w/'tank style' ear cups.
Recovery Gear: Using White's DigMaster digging tool and Signature Series pouch.
Note: Detectors are listed alphabetically by Brand. Models are chosen as desired based on search site conditions.
Some models are assigned for 'Regular-Use' and others are on-hand for 'Specialty Use.'
Additional search coils, mounted on spare lower-rods, are on-hand in my Accessory Coil Tote.


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Survey Question: What metal detector do you own and use?

Monte 490 April 15, 2018 03:18PM

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Albert 329 April 23, 2018 05:13PM

Interesting array of units .. Learning ... and Habits.

Monte 283 April 24, 2018 08:05AM

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Albert 282 April 28, 2018 05:56AM

Back to you, Albert.

Monte 235 May 04, 2018 07:04AM

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WM6 235 April 24, 2018 02:16PM

New Detectors / Old and Trusted

Rich (Utah) 306 April 23, 2018 05:23PM

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Albert 253 April 24, 2018 07:20AM

Re: Survey Question: What metal detector do you own and use?

WM6 264 April 17, 2018 01:51AM

WM6, I have a question about your Euro Sabre 2.

Monte 312 April 18, 2018 02:15AM

Re: WM6, I have a question about your Euro Sabre 2.

WM6 282 April 18, 2018 05:21PM

Interesting comments on the Tesoro Euro Sabre 2. thinking

Monte 278 April 19, 2018 07:04AM

Re: Interesting comments on the Tesoro Euro Sabre 2. thinking

WM6 280 April 19, 2018 07:33AM

WM6, I appreciate the reply. Now, where to shop ?????

Monte 252 April 19, 2018 08:33AM

Re: WM6, I appreciate the reply. Now, where to shop ?????

WM6 251 April 19, 2018 08:13PM

What metal detector do I own and use?

Rich (Utah) 261 April 16, 2018 07:39PM

Yes, but remember Rich(Utah) that you're going to have another new-to-you detector in a week or so.

Monte 235 April 16, 2018 09:08PM

Another new-to-you detector in a week or so.

Rich (Utah) 219 April 16, 2018 09:27PM

I have these to choose fromconfused smiley

Hombre 324 April 16, 2018 03:09PM

A very good outfit, Hombre, and you have 4 models that I especially like. smileys with diet Dr. Pepper float

Monte 230 April 16, 2018 09:18PM

Re: I have these to choose fromconfused smiley

NWCindy 231 April 16, 2018 06:59PM

My name is Hombre and I have an Addiction . . . . smileys with diet Dr. Pepper float

Rich (Utah) 282 April 16, 2018 05:06PM

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NWCindy 264 April 16, 2018 03:23PM

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WM6 279 April 16, 2018 09:24AM

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Rich (Utah) 254 April 19, 2018 08:46PM

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WM6 220 April 20, 2018 05:33AM

To WM6 regarding my expriences and opinions from decades of working in dense iron debris.

Monte 303 April 16, 2018 03:05PM

Re: To WM6 regarding my expriences and opinions from decades of working in dense iron debris.

WM6 233 April 16, 2018 04:34PM

A very true statement, WM6. thumbs up

Monte 208 April 16, 2018 09:47PM

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OregonGregg 222 April 16, 2018 12:10PM

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WM6 230 April 16, 2018 04:15PM

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glabelle 227 April 16, 2018 05:23PM

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WM6 236 April 17, 2018 01:24AM

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desertsmith 328 April 15, 2018 09:47PM

Cal, I have a few questions about your outfit.

Monte 218 April 19, 2018 07:29AM

Re: Cal, I have a few questions about your outfit.

desertsmith 223 April 20, 2018 05:20PM

'Thank You', Cal. Now I'll have to download a manual.

Monte 195 April 23, 2018 02:31AM

Monte's 'Regular-Use Detector Team' and assignments.

Monte 277 April 15, 2018 03:43PM



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