Reviewing Minelab Equinox 800

Posted by Rian S. Anderson on 1/9/2020

Minelab Equinox 800 - 1/9/2019

It's been almost two years since we started using the Equinox 800 metal detector so we decided to jot down a few of our thoughts.


Over the last two summers a friend of mine and I have been hunting a local park that has been detected to death over the last 40 years.  Every person in town who gets a new detector runs right over to this park and tries out their new detector.  We've also detected it with other detectors over the years and we were somewhat successful, we found clad coins of course, wheat pennies and on a good day we even dug up a silver coin or two.  


Then we both bought a New Equinox 800.  At first we both had days where we wanted to wrap it around the closest tree. Copper pennies were all over the place on the digital readout. Reading from 20 to 35. Some days it seemed the only thing it wanted to find was rusty nails, bolts and anything else that had rust on it. My buddy in the beginning used to refer to the Equinox as a "turd on a stick". It seemed an appropriate name at the time. Fortunately, something positive  eventually came to light. We both noticed, "the turd", on other coins, quarters, dimes and nickels, including silver, had very consistent numbers. 


Thankfully, neither one of us followed through with making the detector part of the tree and after a few outings we slowly figured out how to use the Equinox. We figured out what to ignore and what to pay attention to. We learned that copper pennies for some reason just give the Equinox fits.  For whatever reason the digital readout on copper pennies is still all over the place. They seem to be the Equinox's kryptonite. To this day it's still disappointing when you get a solid 35 and you expect it to be a silver half dollar or quarter and it ends up being a fuc.... copper penny. You just have to learn to live with it, we have. Eventually through trial and error we did learn how to set up the detector correctly. It was worth every second we spent bitching, moaning and learning. 


Counting 2018 and 2019, we have pulled well over 200 wheat pennies out of the ground, over a 100 silver dimes, old nickels, a 1910 Barber dime, 1905 Barber quarter, and a Standing Liberty quarter with no date on it.  And we can't forget the ton of clad coins. We have found multiple rings and a few necklaces also.  This from a park that has been hunted to death with other detectors.  So what's making the difference? It's gotta be the Multi-IQ folks.  The multiple frequencies of 5, 10, 15, 20 and 40 is a killer on old coins.


We do have to add that since Minelab's last update we definitely dig up far less rusty nails, bolts and other rusty iron. The update works well. I now dig up very few bottle caps if any.


So, if you're ready to start finding the good stuff, order yourself an EQUINOX 800 today. You can't find a better detector to buy for $899.  If you buy from us and you live within a reasonable distance we'll be glad to train you on your New Equinox 800. Give us a call and we'll discuss our definition of reasonable distance. We're located in Southeast Idaho.