Tesoro Tiger Shark
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January 01, 2009
I have used the Tiger Shark for about 3 years now and have found more in
jewelry and coin value than the unit cost me, so I would say I am
satisfied. I have been successful on land, wet salt sand beaches and in
shallow water. I have found coins at 10" deep on the beach, but the hailo
effect of corroding metals might have enhanced the depth since the coins
were always corroded. I have also found a steel belted tire at 3' deep. I
like the fact that the coils are interchangable, and I do use different
size coils for different condtions.
I have had the unit or coils
repaired three times now and all it cost me was the cost to send them back
to the factory. I didn't expect the unit or coils to break down this many
times, but if this is common, the lifetime warranty is a good thing. a
couple of drawbacks: 1) The unit falses at the saltwater surf line where
the wave action is moving the sand around. 2) Discrimination is difficult.
It is not possible to "Just dig the gold/mid-tone targets". Overall, I am
satisfied with the performance, but if I get another unit it will be more
stable in salt water and detect deeper so I don't miss anything. If I
could get that with better discrimination too, it would be a winner.
Update on repair
May 03, 2008
Looking forward to getting my repaired Tiger Shark back, but am a little
disapointed that I am being charged $195 for the repair. So much for the
Bud Slater from
Tiger Shark is very easy to produce the goodies.
September 06, 2007
If there is one thing wrong with the Tiger Shark is it is under priced for
it's performance. It is the only VLF that you can change coils yourself as
it has a connector. Will respond to gold chains, something other detectors
find hard to do. Easy to pinpoint and deep too. Has a great Ground Balance
control unlike the persets on a few other water machines. Very easy on
It' a good one
June 13, 2007
I tested a new "Tiger Shark" today in an area I know to be target rich. I
have gone over it with my BHID 20 times or more and always come up with a
pouchful. I used the tiger for about 3/4 of an hour.2 gold rings, 40 coins,
and 10 odd sinkers, plus the usual trash. Easy swinging, perfect
bouyancy,depth,pinpoints in the slow am with the best of them. That is 4
stars, the downside for the money is the headset. the audio is good the
construction very poor. slips off the ears, just a pain, always adjusting
Gilbert Roy from
Great - BUT....
January 10, 2007
For our salt water diving expedition we bought a Tesoro Tiger Shark and a
Garrett Sea Hunter Mk II (also reviewed). The Tiger Shark was meant to
give us a few more options (or so we thought) and ensure we had a back-up
The performance of the Tesoro and the Garrett were both EXCELLENT but
obviously the Tesoro had a few more tweaking options available just giving
the performance edge on the land. Very little to seperate them in the
Now comes the BUT..... Unfortunately it only lasted 3 dives due to water
leaking in at 25m! And YES we did look after it. We loved using the Tesoro
up to this point! If it wasn't for the leak I would completely recommend
this detector. Even with the additional options (over the Garrett Pulse) it
was easy enough for a beginner to get excellent results.
If it didn't leak I would have given this 4 or even 5 stars. At such a
high price I would have expected it to last longer though! Hence only the
1 star. Now I have to get it repaired! And I will - because it was lovely
to use... such a shame.
Bud Slater from
ONE Fine Underwater Detector
July 10, 2005
I have been using my Tiger Shark for shallow water hunting (10' or less)
for some time now and I am really impressed. It ground balance very nicely
and is very sensitive to small gold and silver targets. I have found
numerous small gold and silver ear rings and also chains. However, your
recovery scoop needs to have very small holes to recover these small
targets. I lost quite a few before I solved this problem.
I have found gold rings deep enough that it took as many as 5 to 6 deep
scoops (big 8" Scoop) to get them in my scoop, leaving a hole in the bottom
well over your ankles.
I have never had a water leakage problem and the white coil makes it easy
to see in murkie waters.
As far as I am concerned, this is ONE Fine Detector for my type of
Cyril B. Smith II from
Colorado, Springs, CO USA
Tiger Shark *****
March 19, 2005
I recieved this for my Bday. It is heavy (4lbs) but that is only the
control box. It can be mounted on your hip, or under the arm rest for
better weight/balance. The rod is virtually weightless after hip mount.
Great in fresh water.
Tesoro tiger shark
July 29, 2003
I have used the Tiger shark for 2 years. Very sensitive will detect deeper
than the Sting Ray but I use both of these detectors when I go hunting. I
like the interchangeable loops. Still getting use to the Tiger Shark so far
have found 12 gold rings. I like the Tiger Shark or the StingRay better
than I did the 1280x fisher. I might try the CZ 20 some day but I do like
the Tesoros. G G G
Greg gust from