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Old 10-21-2019, 06:43 PM
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Default Equinox easy swing stirrup.

All of us that use the Equinox know that we need to hold tight to the handle or your hand slides to the top and rubs against
the control box. This can make it uncomfortable at times.

So I thought of an idea that makes it easier and almost grip free. By repurposing the black strap off of a camping chair bag, and some Velcro. One strip is cut at about 13 inches long and placing self adhesion Velcro on it to make a loop. Which attaches to your detector shaft behind the control box. Loop may need to be longer for bigger hands or in the case of wearing gloves.

The second loop goes around a handle and the first loop holding it to the top for easy access. This allows your hand to slide in and out of the loop easy the loop rest on your fingers and the top of your hand. Now there is no need to hold tight and your hand will not sliding against the control box.

I have been using this technique for the last couple of times out and it is very comfortable. This was helpful to me hopefully it is for you also.

The second photo the detector is off the ground 6 in. using only one finger .
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Old 10-21-2019, 08:13 PM
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Nice job! You just solved a huge problem there!

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Old 10-21-2019, 09:04 PM
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Neat idea !!!!

I like thought out homemade solutions !

(Fortunately I have been okay using mine as is)

Is that LCD display cover just to keep off the dust ? (I figure it should be rain proof as is)

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Simply genius! While my hand doesn't slide up into the control box, I do get some hand fatigue, mostly from the back-swings, where my hand is "pulling" the machine into the back-swing, instead of "pushing" it into a foreward swing.
I can loosen my grip for the foreward, but have to regrip for the back-swinging. I do rely on the arm strap to reduce hand/wrist fatigue.
Your hand sling idea may just be the low-grip solution I need, but didn't realize!
I will be experimenting with this now. Thank you!
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Old 10-21-2019, 10:28 PM
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Neat idea !!!!

I like thought out homemade solutions !

(Fortunately I have been okay using mine as is)

Is that LCD display cover just to keep off the dust ? (I figure it should be rain proof as is)

Yes it is a dust cover. In my case it's a mud cover. I am pretty notorious for coming home extremely muddy. It will also help to keep from rubbing off the button decals with my sandy gritty little hands.

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Originally Posted by Mud-puppy View post
Nice job! You just solved a huge problem there!
Originally Posted by Foragist View post
Simply genius! While my hand doesn't slide up into the control box, I do get some hand fatigue, mostly from the back-swings, where my hand is "pulling" the machine into the back-swing, instead of "pushing" it into a foreward swing.
I can loosen my grip for the foreward, but have to regrip for the back-swinging. I do rely on the arm strap to reduce hand/wrist fatigue.
Your hand sling idea may just be the low-grip solution I need, but didn't realize!
I will be experimenting with this now. Thank you!
I get a good idea every once in awhile. This may not be the best solution, but it is one that works for me. Hopefully it will help someone else. Thanks!!!!

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Originally Posted by Dan B. View post
Yes it is a dust cover. In my case it's a mud cover. I am pretty notorious for coming home extremely muddy. It will also help to keep from rubbing off the button decals with my sandy gritty little hands.
Good idea, guess I got to be careful as my gloved hands get muddy/gritty at times also.

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I had the opportunity to see Danís stirrup in person earlier today (we have field permissions right across the street from each other, and we happened to show up to hunt at almost the same time!). It really is a brilliant solution - simple and inexpensive to make, and very effective. He could effortlessly swing the machine just using a couple fingers with no ďride upĒ to the control housing. Plus nothing blocking the thumb from navigating the buttons, unlike another solution that was posted recently. Quickly adjustable to accommodate anything from bare-handed detecting right up to thick winter gloves.

...And apparently the stirrup also makes two-cent pieces fly out of the ground while itís in use I offered to trade my 2 Wheaties I found for the 2-center, and oddly, Dan didnít accept. Offer still stands...Iíll even throw in that watch face!

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...And apparently the stirrup also makes two-cent pieces fly out of the ground while itís in use
What brand is this magic camp chair strap!?!
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Thats a really good idea, I have had this issue with a few different detectors. Thanks for sharing!

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Originally Posted by AirmetTango View post
I had the opportunity to see Danís stirrup in person earlier today (we have field permissions right across the street from each other, and we happened to show up to hunt at almost the same time!). It really is a brilliant solution - simple and inexpensive to make, and very effective. He could effortlessly swing the machine just using a couple fingers with no ďride upĒ to the control housing. Plus nothing blocking the thumb from navigating the buttons, unlike another solution that was posted recently. Quickly adjustable to accommodate anything from bare-handed detecting right up to thick winter gloves.

...And apparently the stirrup also makes two-cent pieces fly out of the ground while itís in use I offered to trade my 2 Wheaties I found for the 2-center, and oddly, Dan didnít accept. Offer still stands...Iíll even throw in that watch face!

Thanks for your feedback. And allowing me to demonstrate even though my truck was parked in the middle of the road. Which is only allowed in a farming community.

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Old 10-22-2019, 06:41 PM
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Originally Posted by cellrdwellr View post
Thats a really good idea, I have had this issue with a few different detectors. Thanks for sharing!
Thanks! Feel free to use this idea. Free of charge.

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I'll have to try this....I don't grip the handle tightly...just loosely and use my hand to "guide" the detector...letting the cuff around my arm carry the weight...but maybe I just never noticed

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