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Old 12-29-2019, 01:09 PM
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Let me say I am a relative newb to the hobby, only got serious this past summer since I retired. I currently have an Ace 250 and mostly detect at old home sites, farms and parks. No underwater detecting. The Ace works fairly well since I now understand what its telling me and I do like it. However I would like to upgrade this winter to a machine that has better discrimination, depth and digital target ID. Looking at something $600 and less. Since I like the Garrett and am used to it would the Ace 400 be a good choice? Recommendations?

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Old 12-29-2019, 01:31 PM
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For $600 you could get a Minelab Equinox 600 from a sponsor here or the classifieds. You can call a sponsor and ask for a lower price, they want to deal!

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Old 12-29-2019, 01:33 PM
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Oh yeah, forget about the Ace 400 it's the same as a 250 except with expanded iron range and vdi #.👎

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Old 12-29-2019, 09:22 PM
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If you want to stay with Garrett and be under $600, I'd highly recommend the Garrett AT Pro.

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I agree with the recommendation for the AT Pro. It is the next progression after the Ace series and you would be moving up to a unit that has a ground balance. This alone will give you better performance over the Ace 400 model.

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At pro is a great machine, and a easy adjustment coming from a ace 250..no question, contact a sponsor
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Old 12-30-2019, 09:57 AM
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I'm thinking Equinox 600 is where I want to go. Unless I can be convinced otherwise.

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Old 12-30-2019, 10:18 AM
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I'm thinking Equinox 600 is where I want to go. Unless I can be convinced otherwise.

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If you're set on an EQ600 you shouldn't need convincing otherwise. Go with your gut feeling. No matter which detector you are thinking of getting there will be folks who praise it and those who bash it.

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Originally Posted by stetam View post
Let me say I am a relative newb to the hobby, only got serious this past summer since I retired. I currently have an Ace 250 and mostly detect at old home sites, farms and parks. No underwater detecting. The Ace works fairly well since I now understand what its telling me and I do like it. However I would like to upgrade this winter to a machine that has better discrimination, depth and digital target ID. Looking at something $600 and less. Since I like the Garrett and am used to it would the Ace 400 be a good choice? Recommendations?

Steve
Hey Steve! Welcome to the forum. Lots of good recommendations by members so far (some that I whole heartily agree with) on a new detector and I have an article - Metal Detecting Life that covers various pros and cons of getting started in the hobby and what detector/equipment to get. Give it a read and I hope it helps!

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Originally Posted by Swing4TheRing View post
Hey Steve! Welcome to the forum. Lots of good recommendations by members so far (some that I whole heartily agree with) on a new detector and I have an article - Metal Detecting Life that covers various pros and cons of getting started in the hobby and what detector/equipment to get. Give it a read and I hope it helps!
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Old 01-03-2020, 11:34 AM
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Put me down for the AT Pro. Great detector.

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Old 01-03-2020, 01:25 PM
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Originally Posted by stetam View post
I'm thinking Equinox 600 is where I want to go. Unless I can be convinced otherwise.

Steve
I upgraded from the At pro to the Equinox 800. I recommend the Equinox 600, I almost bought it but decided to go all out😃
You cant lose with the 600!

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Old 01-03-2020, 07:46 PM
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Another vote for the AT PRO. It would be the easiest transition coming from an ace 250.
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I love my nox 600 it was good enough to get my dad to upgrade from his at pro, naturally he had to 1 up me tho and got a ctx just to brag lol


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Old 01-03-2020, 09:29 PM
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Minelab Equinox 600 junk
get the atpro easy to learn.. you can swing it fast
ONLY downside is salt water...
you will not dig the amount of trash that the 600 will find
if you had big coin i would do a 3030 i own both
but NO Minelab Equinox 600 OR 800:
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Old 01-04-2020, 10:28 AM
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After mulling it over I have decided to go with an AT Pro since I have been happy with my Ace 250. One question, what is the difference between the AT Pro and the 55th Anniversary model AT Pro?

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Old 01-04-2020, 11:55 PM
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Originally Posted by stetam View post
After mulling it over I have decided to go with an AT Pro since I have been happy with my Ace 250. One question, what is the difference between the AT Pro and the 55th Anniversary model AT Pro?

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The only difference is the sticker under the control box that says anniversary edition.
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Old 01-05-2020, 11:49 AM
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Iíd certainly check out Calabash Diggerís YouTube videos comparing the AT Pro to the Equinox. My vote is for the 600. Good luck!

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Old 01-07-2020, 04:54 PM
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After a week of online research and forum member recommendations I pulled the trigger on an Equinox 600 from Jeff at Qualitymetaldetectors.net. Jeff gave me a great deal on the machine with free 6" coil and a military discount to boot.

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Old 01-19-2020, 02:43 PM
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Congrats on getting the 600. Iím sure youíre going to love it. Good luck!

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