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« on: September 11, 2018, 09:40:35 AM »

Can anyone recommend a good beach detector please ? It needs to be light as I am now ancient and needs to be able to take wet sand. I don't want a PI as I can't manage the amount of digging any more but the beach is still producing massively. I use a Tesoro Hawkeye and its brilliant but it can't manage the wet sand. I can spend up to £500 and quite happy with second hand.
             Would appreciate anyone's thoughts/knowledge and experience.
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« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2018, 10:03:24 AM »

Although it maybe a little heavier than you want you will not beat a Minelab Sovereign, any model on the wet sand.
You should be able to pick up a pre-used model for around the £300 mark and you will not be sorry....PaulB.
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« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2018, 10:43:17 AM »

As Paul says the Sov is second to none, but very heavy, but u can buy hip mount bag for it, which is Great and makes sov easy to use weight wise, also if u can get one on a straight shaft makes balance evan better...
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« Reply #3 on: September 11, 2018, 01:39:51 PM »

You didnt give any idea of budget win ! Any of the Minelabs but they are all a bit heavy.  They can all be picked up at a reasonable price. The Sovereign is usualy harder to find.
The all out current favourite is the Equinox. Either the 600 at £679  or the 800 at
£879. Either will do you proud wherever you want to use.
No doubt youíve heard many good reports on them and they will do everything you want and they are realy light weight.
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« Reply #4 on: September 11, 2018, 02:49:34 PM »

He put budget up to £500 val... Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: September 11, 2018, 08:48:04 PM »

So he did. Memory retention of a goldfish these days and thatís assuming it registered in the first place Roll Eyes

Hmmm that narrows it down a bit win. Iíve got an ExTerra 705 doing nothing, nice and light but I only took it to the beach once so canít comment on beach proficiency as I didnít use enough to get the settings sorted.
If anyone knows if itís any good on the beach youíre welcome to it at a budget price.
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« Reply #6 on: September 11, 2018, 08:52:58 PM »

Thanks for all your comments and recommendations. I think the Minelabs would be too heavy for me though. Thanks for the offer of your  ExTerra Val, I might be interested if it can cope with wet sand.
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« Reply #7 on: September 11, 2018, 11:09:27 PM »

Makro Racer are supposed to be very capable on the wet sand Win, and well balanced ,lighter than most, take a look on you tube beach reviews...
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« Reply #8 on: September 12, 2018, 11:47:02 AM »

                             If it's wet saline beach sand you are going to be detecting I suggest that you steer clear of any of the Quest detectors. Although reasonably light and ergonomically designed my Quest Q40 hates wet sand, even in beach mode and now wish that I had perhaps gone for a Racer. 
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« Reply #9 on: September 12, 2018, 01:37:56 PM »

I have a Makro Racer II that I don't use, with 5", standard and Goliath coils.

When I've remembered who I lent it to, then I'll probably be selling it. I used it 6 times myself.
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« Reply #10 on: September 12, 2018, 03:35:33 PM »

How was it on wet sand and what price would you be thinking of?
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« Reply #11 on: September 12, 2018, 10:15:48 PM »

Hey ! Smiley
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« Reply #12 on: September 12, 2018, 11:29:03 PM »

Im sure u would get first offer on it win, as it was your post to begin with  Wink
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« Reply #13 on: September 13, 2018, 05:12:14 AM »

I was thinking of Win when I asked the price!
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« Reply #14 on: September 13, 2018, 10:12:06 AM »

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