Tesoro CortesPrice: $850
Based on 23 reviews
Avg. Durability: 4.50
Avg. Ease of use: 4.00
Ease of Use
Would you recommend this to a new user? No, not really.
Hg from Canada
Takes time but worth it.
Ease of Use
Would you recommend this to a new user? Yes, absolutely!
Mark from Oklahoma City
I have been detecting for around 5 years now and after 5 Whites, a Fisher, 2 Garretts, and 2 Minelabs, the Cortes is a detector that best fits what I want in a detector.
I want a display to give me accurate information about the target, I want knobs instead of menus, I want comfort while swinging,(I don't want to "feel" the coil), light weight, good depth, good battery life, good audio discrimination, and good build quality.
After trying all the previous units, I always found something that bugged me enough to want to move on to the next one. Thank you Ebay. I have had the Cortes for a few months now and have taken it out quite a bit. So far, I am still very pleased with it and do not have anything to fuss about. It took very little time for me to get acquainted with this detector and to feel at ease with it.
I opened up the control housing in order to check out the way it is designed, and I have to say that it is well built. I have included one of the pictures I took while I had the unit opened up, see for yourself.
Roger from Lake Placid, Florida
Tesor cortes vs fisher quicksilver
They worked on all 3 machines and did not even charge return shipping.
Now for the detector. I give it a 3. The one I bought was from the original owner and only 6 months old. The notch mode was rejecting nickels. Tesoro fixed it free of charge.
I test out Machines at the fairground location in Cartersville GA. It's a good place to compare detectors. I used it for several hours. It seemed to mask targets too much. I had an old fisher 1266x with me. After several hours, I compared the two units on signals before I dug them. The 1266x really pulled coins out much better.
The LCD was too hard to look at and lots of stuff came in (at) 95. The depth was quite bad, but a lot of that is Georgia.
If I set the discriminator high for copper clad and silver, I would only hear the high stuff, but the junk metal would reset the display. This makes it extremely difficult in extreme trashy areas.
I sold it and go an old Fisher CZ5. I didn't have this problem with the CZ5. The CZ5 holds the meter position for the last good signal. The CZ5 also had much better depth.
With the great customer service, I hate to give a machine a low rating.
Joe from Canton Ga
That being said the Cortez is now one of the most accurate ID detectors I have ever had. I have hunted two days with it and can accurately predict any coin coming out of the ground. I hunted to day and found over a hundred coins, three rings, and about 5 nickels.
The Cortez is now the best Detector I have had after at least eight or nine Detectors.
I set up the Threshold at almost Null and put the Sensitivity almost at Maximum. I set the discrimination at Foil and set the Notch on Narrow. Nickels hit good and strong showing an ID of about 24. Zincs in good shape hit good at around 71. Zincs in bad shape hit broken in the high 60s. Rings hit as Nickels in size but ID around 14-18. Of Course Dimes and Quarters hit at 95. Deep Cans show as shallow 50 cent pieces or will show LIFT COIL if they are really shallow.
Nickels hitting the ID at 30 or higher are Tabs and sound broken when you listen to them.
I did not use the Wide Notch because it knocks out the Zincs. You must remove the Zincs to unmask the deeper older coins.
My earlier post complaining the Cortez was Chatty was completely fixed by reducing the Threshold. It now hunts nice and quiet. I am not sure about depth right now but I know the ID increased with the Sensitivity increase, because the Display does not bounce around like a Super Ball.
If you are a beginner Metal Detector this may not be the Detector for you because I had just a little trouble getting it set up just right, but after I did get it right, it is a real winner now.
One reason I bought the Tesoro to begin with was the Warranty. If this thing had something not right about it, like I suspected at first, I could have sent it back next week or next year, or my Grandchild could have sent it back and got it fixed for free.
The Cortez is an excellent Detector once you get it set up right and figured out.
Danny Krumnow from Riesel TX
There is no Pin Point on this Machine and the All Metal Mode tunes the target out very quickly if you try to hover over your target for any time at all.
I am still trying to decide if I want to send this Machine back to Tesoro to see if it can be fixed or trade it for something else. Had it one day and would trade it for another Golden Saber without batting an eye.
Danny Krumnow from Riesel Tx
I can always run mine on max giving me great depth, google 'super tuning tesoro's', you can set the cortes up in the same way, ground balance, then run in discrimination mode and crank up threshold, check the depth then!. Some of the other tesoros don't like much mineralization and lose depth cos of it, not the cortes, maybe thats why its still their flagship model?.
I really like the cortes, does everything I require of it and regularly out hunts my friends 'top brand' heavy detectors over the same fields. It's light and easy to use, well made too, I'm very happy with the cortes, I've owned quite a few detectors as well, including some of the so called top brands but I don't think I'll be selling this one for some time.
Dave from Uk
Cortes, good around iron
Just check out how popular the laser hawkeye is (the cortes is even better as the discrimination has more segments hence is more accurate). If your using it to look for hammered/roman coins on iron infested ploughed fields then you can't go wrong with this detector. I've pulled tiny bits of bronze out of amoungst loads of iron because of the excellent crisp signal and id that this detector provides.
When the detector signals 0 you know its iron and I cant begin to tell you how much time this has saved me on digging compared to other machines I've used so when I get a signal other then 0 I dig knowing that theres something down there and not just another lump of funny shaped iron that would fool another detector.
The cortes will id a good target right next to a lump of iron firstly showing a 0 for the iron then id'ing the good target right next ti it with amazing accuracy. Would I trade an inch or so on depth for excellent iron discrimination? hell yes!. Once you get to know this detector you learn that you can trust the iron rejection, I go home with more good finds and less horse shoes/ washers/ bolts etc since owning the cortes.
Simon from Kent uk
Pin pointing with this machine is a dream, really easy to get right on top of the target but could this be partly due to the fact that the targets are never deep? This machine feels natural and is quick and easy to learn just such a shame that it does not go deeper, even my Garret blows this away on depth, even on the small low conductivity stuff!
Ten years ago this detector would have been a real contender but is now left behind. Come on tesoro, update the circuitry in the Cortes to compete with some of your later machines and you would be onto a winner and justify the at the price tag.
Peter from England
Cortes vs. Fisher f75
Steve lemons from Ringgold ga