Tesoro CompadrePrice: $200
Based on 48 reviews
Avg. Durability: 4.91
Avg. Ease of use: 5.00
Great for a yard with over 100 years of trash
Tesoro Vaquero, Tesoro Pantera, Tesoro Conquistador µMax, Tesoro Bandido II µMax, Tesoro Sidewinder, Fisher CZ5, Fisher CZ7a, Fisher 1236x2, Fisher 1266xb, Fisher Gold Bug Original, I decided to dig every signal. The problem is they all run together.
For my trash infested yard the best detector that clearly separates signals is the Tesoro Compadre. Had I known ahead of time, I could have saved thousands of dollars and just bought the compadre. Some of the other detectors are better machines, but not for my yard. I had sold my new compadre with the 5.75" coil. I recently bought a used one with the 7" coil. I can say the older ones appear to be hotter. It air test a quarter (at) 7" and the newer compadre air test a quarter (at) 5".
I just bought a new compadre with the 8" dougnut coil, but I have not received it yet.
Max Depth: 5 inches on US quarter
Ease of Use
Would you recommend this to a new user? Yes, absolutely!
Joe Worthington from Canton Ga
I bought this one for my mother for x-mas
Crawdad from Albany Oregon
Tesoro compadre, the chubby king!
So my serious message to you all is this! After detecting for over 25 years, and using just about every machine on the market, if I had a choice of, an xp deus, xlt, explorer etrac, CS r1, and every other 500/600/700 pound plus digital, I would, believe it or not, pick the compadre!
As I hear you laugh, DONT, WHY? Because 9 out of 10 coins are within the first 5 inches of the ground anyway, well within the compadres range! Power consumption? 1-9 volt pp3 that lasts for ever! So no outlay, super super light, so no fatigue whatsoever! One knob that does it all, switch on, set disc, away you go, detecting in seconds, so no confusing programmes to have to set up and fanny about with!
By the time my friend had set up his etrac, I had 10 chubbies in my pocket!
And, all of you out there must all admit, if you get a half decent signal, and no matter what the meters telling you, you will dig it anyway, just in case its that gold ring! Even if the meter says pull/tab, you'll still dig it! True? So, there you have it, the little tesoro compadre, an awesome little detector that will easily keep up with the big guns and still find all you want it too! Happy hunting!
Harry from Redcar, england
Compadre - I had to try one
I had to try one to satisfy my curiosity. I'm rather pleased. In comparison the depth is about 1 inch less than my Cortes or the Conquistador. This is because of the coil size and I guess the sensitivity is internally set to about 8. This comparison is in DISC mode.
It's easy to identify a target rather quickly by moving the DISC setting. It's easy to reach with you thumb.
Pinpointing is not that bad with the 5. 75 coil.
I wouldn't mind the machine costing $10 more and have a coil jack so you can change coil sizes.
It's a great machine. I may find myself using this one a lot.
Joe from Canton Georgia
Tesoro Compadre rocks!
Day one in our front yard my wife and 2 children ages 7/3 recovered some coin and two vintage matchbox cars, one of them a near mind VW Sirocco model. . . (pretty sweet). . Haven't scored anything monetarily valued yet but of the 3x she and the kids played with it its value is priceless, a great family hobby that I'm thankful I'm part of!
Travis K. from NE Pa.
Norman Stiles from Ogden, Utah
found 93 cents not bad considering the temp was 30 degrees the ground frozen and or muddy 2 quarters, 2
Nickles, 2 dimes 14 pennies,1 child's snap on earing
1970s 30 caliber bullet that used to hang on a chain
1 key 1 bottle cap one zipper one chunk of metal very small all with the discrimination just past iron I have used other machines with more bells and whistles and they did not do as good right out of the gate . . and I'm sure I'll do better once I learn the machine, but so far I'm in awe. looks are very deceiving don't be foolled by this little Giant!
Steven J from Canada
Great for the beginner
Jim C from Iowa
Simple, Effective, Economical
One can swing it all day as it is so light. There are no display screens to distract you from the hobby. Discrimination works very well with no noticeable loss of depth at its maximum setting.
If one wants to get into metal detecting at a low cost with a machine that will find you coins, silver and gold the Compadre is your best choice hands down.
Cougar from Northern Michigan
Do not be fooled by its(toy like) looks
Last weeks finds
Victorian Silver Florin 1890
George 3rd farthing 1799
Tudor Hammered Silver Penny
Pewter ink well
RAF cap badge
London North Eastern Railway button
Large amounts of drinks cans, bottle tops etc
The Compadre always finds something,
if you are looking for turn on and go this is the one.
R Neill from Northampton, England