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Poll..what's your favorite owned detector?

Want to get a idea of what's the folks are using these days for my upcoming upgrade..my Tesoro Bandito ll from 1999 seems outdated


  • rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    There are several good brands of MD on the market... For me, however, based on technology, quality and (very important) customer service, I select White's MD's....I am a staunch supporter of White's. Cheers, RickO

  • CCDAMEEKCCDAMEEK Posts: 117 ✭✭✭

    I would recommend a White's DFX 300 (aka: a powder-coated 'Spectrum E-Series') to anyone. The programmability, precision, and additional specialty coils available, to me makes this an unbelievable value, as they are not "new", and can be purchased used at a very reasonable cost. My only knock/wish, is that the control box & screen are not water resistant, so they are strictly a fair weather detector. (There are of course rain covers available, but is too risky to me).

    Pictured is my original Spectrum E-Series that I sold to upgrade to the powder-coated 300 model, which is exactly the same, just powder-coated paint for more durability.

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    Best of luck!

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  • AUandAGAUandAG Posts: 24,534 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I have a Whites as well, but had to put it up as it became too heavy for me to swing for any amount of time. Bought a Tesoro Lobo with no display. I search the desert and dig all signals so a display just means more weight. Bought over 2 years ago and had it out once only. Finally had shoulder surgery and after that healed I gave it a try. Liked it very much. Then knee when out and haven't been out since. Now have a date for a knee replacement in April so perhaps I'll be out swinging again come fall...........ugh.


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  • johnny9434johnny9434 Posts: 27,488 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I use whites as well. garret is not to far behind but only as a back up

  • metalmeistermetalmeister Posts: 4,584 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I built my first from a Radio shack kit. Remember those?
    My Whites Gold master finds everything.

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  • Garret AT Pro. Love it! Wish I had more time to use it and a better location to swing. I live North of Detroit and the pickin is nothing like some of the locations you guy's have.

  • lcutlerlcutler Posts: 502 ✭✭✭✭

    I have a Minelab Equinox 600, but haven't really had the opportunity to use it much yet. In the past I have used Garrett, Fisher, Teknetics, and Tesoro. Hopefully I can give it a workout this Spring!

  • Musky1011Musky1011 Posts: 3,899 ✭✭✭✭
    edited March 23, 2019 2:10PM

    my old Garrett 500 GTA

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  • Namvet69Namvet69 Posts: 8,664 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Back in the old days I used a Whites XLT. Great ground penetration but not waterproof. Lasted for 25 years until I backed my pickup over it. Don't ask.
    Now Garrett At pro which is much better and half the cost. Peace Roy

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