Tesoro VaqueroPrice: $550
Based on 76 reviews
Avg. Durability: 3.79
Avg. Ease of use: 4.25
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Before I give it the review, I just want to respond to the previous posting.
Sure you can't believe everything on this site and what you said is somewhat true. But if you did have a machine that had some serious design problems, the reviews would show it.
Before I bought my Vaquero, I read the reviews on this site and Amazon. I formed some questions and called the manufacturer and two major resellers.
I concluded this was the best machine for me.
I metal detected heavily in the 1980's.
The machines I have owned were
Bounty Hunter Red Barron
Bounty Hunter Outlaw 290
Whites 6000 Di Pro (heavy)
Tesoro Conquistador uMAX(good but not deep in mineralized soils)
I found it works well with the 5.75 inch widescan coil. I also bought the S.E.F 15X12 inch widescan butterfly coil. I wish the vendors would give different coil options.
The 5.75 inch widescan coil goes as deep at the stock 8X9 concentric coil, but filters out the trash well.
The 15X12 Butterfly S.E.F. Widescan coil goes about 20" on a quarter doing an air test.
I chose the Vaquero over the Tejon becuase of the reviews and talking with the vendors and the manufacturer. It also left me more room to purchase more Coils.
If you had a $600 budget, I would buy the Vaquero and a S.E.F coil before would by a Tejon. I'm not knocking the Tejon, but you would have better setup for relic hunting in mineralized soil.
Joe Worthington from Canton Georgia
Great machine, the Vaquero.
Gerald from Shiloh, TN
What a Detector!
Dell from West coast
Rod from Busselton western Australia
No confusing meters to mess with, just a simple to use deep hitting detector that will amaze you at how sensitive it is to tiny objects. This detector will find items you missed with your other detectors. There is nothing in its price range that even comes close to the performance of the Vaquero.
Roger S. from Jacksonville, Il.
I still need to get used to pinpointing with the Vaquero because it does behave differently than my DFX. One thing for certain, the DFX is heavy and an hour or two of swinging it starts to take its toll. The Vaquero is a featherweight and can be swung for many hours with no fatigue.
Gregg from So. California
Fast light deep ,
This little machine works the soil like a little terrier sniffing out targets missed by so called top end machines included my own explore 11. All in all for UK hunting tesoro have come up with a real winner, fast recovery, great depth, super discrim, best of all price.
Stuart from England
Reveiw for tesoro Vaquairo
I amassed quite a collection, it was easy to operate and light as a feather. In 2005 I finally retired it. I got a vaquaro which has turned out to be just as good, I am very pleased with its ability as an awesome relic machine.
My main intrest is civil war relics, which these tesoro machines have made happen......Buy the way, when I purchased my vaquaro in 2005 I handed my bandido down to my younger brother. To this day the old bandido still brings him much success in the field.
Walter haskell from Williamsburg,va u.s.a.
Amazing metal detector!
I found my confidence growing in what was worth digging. This little gem was right on target, and I found I knew what to dig and what not to dig very quickly after digging a few coins. I was also able to identify each coin before I dug, simply by rotating the discrimination up, until the beep stopped.
Before I dug, I compared a few targets with my Etrac and to be honest, I found I preferred the Vaquero. Don't get me wrong, the Etrac is an amazing MD, and I love it, but based on ease of use and confidence in target ID, the Vaquero gets my vote.
It became almost too easy finding coins and with each beep, and a turn of the discrimination knob. It seems, the more complicated the MD, the more difficult in what you have below the coil. I get the feeling this little gem will be with me on all my future hunts, yea, it puts a lot of fun in metal detecting!
Mike from New Jersey
First year detecting
Have found coins with foil or a nail in the same hole if you want to find older coins IH wheaties large cents they show up differently on the disc closer to the 2 o'clock position they start to fade at the 3 o' clock but if its repeatable but faint its good, must be the corrosion on them?? Just slow down run the disc a little before 5cents if there is too much target noise and no disc where there are fewer targets then scroll up to i.d. and decide to dig or not.
Ground balancing is easy. Battery life is ok stick with Duracell alkaline.
Nick from Western maine