Tesoro VaqueroPrice: $550
Based on 76 reviews
Avg. Durability: 3.79
Avg. Ease of use: 4.25
A few comments.
Nad from Central, central OHio
Best of the HOT detectors
Everyone knows it's light and runs on a single 9 volt battery, but it's a lot tougher than it looks, and it really does have great depth, air testing not far behind the Tejon. I am not fond of the pinpoint button, wishing Tesoro had made it a click on and off button so you could hunt in all metal if you wanted to without moving the disc dial. Also, hunting in disc cuts out some small iron even if you set it at its' lowest point. But that's not entirely a bad thing, unless you want to hear everything that's in the ground. As a relic machine the Vaquero will stand up to about anything on the market, and at $420 or so it really is a steal. It hits hard on deep coins too, but as a die hard relic hunter, I rarely coin hunt.
John Samsky from Manassas, Virginia
I have used this detector to find hundreds of coins and many civil war relics. The light weight and one 9v battery are both added plusses to me. Before I had the Cibola or Vaquero I was using a target ID machine and found lots of coins but quickly realized it was not a machine for relic hunting (I like to do both). I am sure that I passed over some goodies with that machine but was relying to much on the target ID instead of the signal. I have not seen another detector out there yet that I would prefer over my Vaquero. If you have the patience to learn this machine I don't think you will have any regrets, and if you are new to the hobby it will take some time, but for me it was all fun time well spent.
S Byars from Corinth, MS
The plus side-Light weight.
1 nine volt.
Negatives-Cant see all the depth this thing air tests out to.
Don't find much...
Supposed to be good in trash.I can run full sensitivity in trash ground and its quiet?.They need to go back and install a real pinpoint.
Looking at this machine, its got just about everything I want, but just don't find a lot. I ran the tesoro for a couple of months on and off. Broke my 1236 out, and ran same areas. Got more coins in an hour than I did in a week with the tesoro. Maybe its trashy areas? I'm not sure. Gonna give it another test this year coming. If it don't pull..It's gotta go...I'm not going to give this a low rating yet, because of possible human error...
Brian Feras from Flint,Michigan
Brandon Marshall from Baker City, Oregon
Very good detector
Since that day I have done very well with this sweet detector. I found my 1st gold with it. A very nice 21k gold ring in a tot lot of all places. In a span of 3 weeks I found my 1st Buffalo Nickle, a nice 1942 Quarter, a 1940 Dime and my favorite find a 1937 Walker Half dollar.
The Vaquero is so nice and light, and easy to use, I really enjoy hunting with it. It will be a part of my hunting for a long time to come.
Beale Carter from Burlington NC
Best Detector I Own!
One 9volt Battery That Lasts
Easy Manual Ground Balancing
Very Sensitive To Small Targets
No Confusing Treasure ID
True Threshold Based All Metal Mode
Supertuning=Two to Three Inches More Depth
Pinpoints Without Being In Pinpoint Mode
Cons- Knobs Can Be Moved If Bumped With Hand
The very first target I dug was a gold ring at an old school site. If I had been using my GTI, I would not have dug the ring because of it's ID as a pulltab. The depth is astonishing considering it only runs on one 9volt battery. The only problem is if I'm not careful, I can move the knobs by bumping them with my hand when picking up or putting down the detector. The only improvement I can think of is for the knobs to have notching instead of free turning. Did I mention this thing is DEEP? Deeper than my other detectors. I couldn't believe how much deeper it goes when supertuned. I don't even have to use the pinpoint button. The targets beep right in the middle of the "D" in the coil. I can even tell the size of the targets by moving the coil in short sweeps, forward and backward over them. I recommend this detector to everyone, newbie to pro.
Jason H. from East Texas
" Very Good detector but not that good "
performance over the model it replaced.
Rick from North Carolina
Great all around machine
Pros.. Very lite
uses one 9 volt Cons .single tone,no display
Really good depth
easy to ground balance
Loves small brass and copper
gets little interference from power lines
And the best of all,life time warranty
Trent Nunley from Minot AFB
Light deep and sensitive
The Vaquero can take a bit of getting used to compared to my R1 for the simple reason the R1 does all the thinking for you once set up whereas the Vaquero gives you the clues and leaves a bit of interpretation left to the user but once you have mastered it then it is a cracking machine. Light, easy to swing, a battery that lasts ages and very very sensitive. Where it does score over the C Scope R1 is in nail infested ground as it can seek out the good stuff from the rubbish, a feat the R1 struggles with. You may dig a bit more large Iron with the Vaquero but you soon get used to the notion that "if the signal moves around, its probably iron", this is the little bit of interpretation I was referring to earlier.
No fuss, no confusing screen,4 knobs to set and then off you go and IT WILL find you good finds at depth in every search condition.
One negative though but only a niggle, the dreaded Tesoro 'Stem Creak'. There is one stem joint close to the control box and the fit of the stem to collar is not perfect and therefore the stem moves and creaks in the socket. Cured by inserting a thin sliver of plastic in the join to close the tolerence.
15 reviews for the Vaquero to date on here and all positive,I don't think any other machine scores that highly, including Minelabs. The same goes for the Vaqueros younger sibling,the Cibola so that must say something incredibaly positive about the mighty Tesoro Vaquero.
Pete D from Monmouth - Wales - GB