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The ever-changing state of affairs

25 Jun

Another Compadre

My youngest child has asked that I take him metal detecting. The problem is, when one wants to go so does the other. To solve this problem, I have ordered an additional Tesoro Compadre.

One Metal Detector to rule them all!

In a fit of madness, I have decided to trade my three current detectors for an XP Deus. Lately, I have come to appreciate the joy that is swinging a light weight detector. Plus I still want the power of a flagship machine. The XP Deus fits the bill to a T.

top view of XP Deus metal detector

Presenting…Defiant

Another thing that I look forward to besides the power of the XP and its under two pound weight, is the fact that I can collapse the unit and put it in a bag and carry it with me into the house or into the office. No more leaving my expensive detectors in the car so that some loser can steal them.

I LOVE my V3i! Especially now that I am beginning to understand it. I am going to miss the three frequencies and the analysis tools. I am going to miss the 22 KHz frequency for micro gold. Alas! I think the XP Deus will deliver equivalent power with the added conveniences of no wires and lighter weight.

I will miss my beloved AT Pro. The Pro is the detector I became a proficient hunter with. I found more stuff with it than with any other machine. We were like one me and the Pro. At three pounds, it was my lighter detector but again, the XP is less than two pounds! I may yet regret giving up the AT Pro but the XP may work better in some of the iron infested sites around town.

Last I say good bye to my newest machine; the CZ-3D. I got this machine to get the hard-to-detect coins that I know are there. I have found many coins now that didn’t read like coins at all. The CZ-3D was designed for just this kind of scenario. I didn’t count on the weight of the unit however, especially once I put the 10.5 inch coil on it. Man! I even tried hip-mounting the unit which helped but then I had to adjust my digging style. Nonetheless, this machine quickly earned a spot in my heart by finding nickels missed by everyone else.

So I am counting on the XP Deus to deliver all the things I am giving up and it yet may. I’ve heard the following about the the XP:

1) It works great in iron infested sites.
2) It goes deep
3) It can find nickels , which are notoriously hard to detect
4) You can swing it all day!

All of these things are important to me but the weight issue was what drove my decision. I hunt during the hottest months of the year and I hunt for gold so I dig more targets than other people. It was very important that the machine I use be light and easy to carry.

The ProPointer is NOT dead! 

Reports of the Garrett Propointer’s death have been greatly exaggerated! It turned out that the thing just needed a new battery. Special thanks to my hunting buddy Patton from the Friendly Metal Detecting Forum for lending me his spare propointer which led me to discover that my propointer was not ready for the trash can.

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7 Responses to “The ever-changing state of affairs”

  1. lawdog1 June 25, 2012 at 1:27 pm #

    I think you have completely lost your mind, my friend. I can hook you up with a therapist I know.

    • yaquigrande June 25, 2012 at 1:56 pm #

      LOL! I won’t argue with your assessment!

      I went to hunt a soccer field the other evening. It was 98 degrees and the sun was full on. After an hour of swinging my 4 pound V3i I was out of juice!
      I had been thinking of trading my V3i for an XP Deus for some time now. Turns out the XP Deus was a little more expensive than i thought, so I had to sell my other two detectors to make the price.

      I’m having seller’s remorse but I’m going through with it. BTW, I won’t have a machine to hunt with for another week!

  2. stevessunkentreasures June 25, 2012 at 2:14 pm #

    Hopefully compadre#1 makes ig here quickly. Maybe Patton has an F2 you could borrow! Wait… No cause then you would possibly convert to a fisher man!

    • yaquigrande June 25, 2012 at 3:04 pm #

      LOL Steve! Fortunately, the Compadre is coming on Wednesday or thereabouts.

      I will use these few days to meditate and stretch. 🙂

  3. lawdog1 June 26, 2012 at 3:15 am #

    I was thinking your not the kind to put all of his eggs in one basket. I predict your “one metal detector fits all” approach won’t last long. 🙂 Has the Deus been out long enough to have a proven track record? I have just seen them advertised in magazines in the last couple of months. Not saying you haven’t done your homework. I know better than that.

    • lawdog1 June 26, 2012 at 3:16 am #

      After looking at the price of that thing, you better stretch real good! :O

    • yaquigrande June 26, 2012 at 2:49 pm #

      ha ha ha! Well you know, rumor has it that the folk at Fisher are working on a new detector that will revolutionize the industry. I am putting the XP to work overtime to get me that detector when it comes out!
      That or the people at Blisstool may modify their machine so we can use it on parks. The Blisstool is the deepest machine bar none and it has proven it time and again. It’s just not made for parks.

      Plus I still really want an AT Gold.

      The XP has been out for almost 3 years now. It was just in February of 2012 that it was introduced in the US (FCC wouldn’t let them in before)

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