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The Equinox Finds gold alright!

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My summer season consists of a lot of VLF detecting at some old tertiary channels with quiet ground and exposed bedrock. I’ve been using a Gold Bug 2 with a 6” coil for years and found thousands of nugglets with it for quite a few ounces. It decided to crap out on me and I thought it was time for a change after seeing a Gold Monster squeeze out some good gold from old ground. After researching I decided to go with an Equinox 800 I picked up from Chris. I can say it exceeded expectations with the 6” coil. I only had an hour to spend at an old patch that was hammered with GPZs and Gold Bugs and Gold Monsters. FIRST SWING popped out a gold bug caliber speck. In a half hour 4 more popped out and I decided to give it a try at a cabin site where I found some great relics and bottles and an 1872 seated dime and 1911 nickel.

It was a wooded cabin with foundation intact and long period of occupation so the trash density is as high as you’d expect. I’ve hit it hard with an XP Deus but thought this 6” coil might have an advantage. The ground is incredibly hot, as in hot with a GPX and GPZ, it drove the Deus nuts and definitely was a chore with the Equinox but with patience I was able to get new and impressive targets. The cabin was built on gold ground and sure enough a foot away from where the nickel was found I picked up the biggest flake in the photo. It’s a flake at only 1.8 grains. I don’t know how this thing picked it up. I also picked up a handful of birdshot lead and small copper sheet scraps amidst everything in the heart of the site. 

Needless to say this thing rocks. And yes it can find gold as well as a gold dedicated machine. It’s the first dual purpose machine I’ve ever seen that can perform at the top of the spectrum with both. No coins or relics this day but I only had a half hour to look and it found incredible targets in the most difficult of sites. I think it could excel on half dimes and $1 gold coins if they’re around. So many of my patches have cabin or town sites around them and now I don’t have to hike in two machines or spend the full day with only one. Can’t wait to see what more time will produce with this thing. 

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Yes !! A truly versatile machine in many diverse situations it ~ performs extremely well! on dry land or in the water ~  I think it is a much better machine paired with the 6” Coil!!! to me the 6” is the perfect coil for the 800.  and for what I use it for!  &  it paid for itself quickly!

 Plus... it’s light as a feather easy to pack into tight areas !!! I am very happy with mine too! 

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Great report Mike and nice nuggets! Your comments are really appreciated because I get asked so many times by potential customers as to how the Equinox performs on gold. In fact, most of the time they want to know how it compares to the Gold Bugs or even the Gold Master. I know you have spent hours swinging the Bug, so hearing that the EQX exceeded your expectations means a lot...Thank you again for the business and for taking the time to post your findings. Keep up the good work!

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