Tesoro Vaquero

Price: $550
Avg. Score: 4 stars 4.38
Based on 76 reviews

Avg. Durability: 4 stars3.79
Avg. Ease of use: 4 stars4.25
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Inexpensive, easy to learn, deep

May 09, 2006
I have yet to see a detector that is deeper than the vaquero. Some people claim that the tejon is, but from my test with my vaquero and tejon, the vaquero is the clear winner. I can't think of anything bad about this mechine execpt that I would like to see a big concentric coil for it. I'm not a big fan of the 10 x 12 widescan.

Overall Rating 5 stars!


Too simple, too deep

May 03, 2006
Be prepared to do some digging lol. found an Indian head penny at 9 inches. The most stable and deep seeking detector i have ever used. This detector has replaced my Whites DFX. worth every penny.

Overall Rating 5 stars!


Tesoro's sleeper machine!

April 03, 2006

This is just point blank a great machine. Runs quiet and VERY DEEP! Discrimination is good, very good in iron, and is very lite. I have been using it for several months with great success finding very small items that where deep. This machine is SUPER a relic hunter, coin hunter and an OK beach hunter.

Lots of power for the money! You can't go wrong!!

Overall Rating 5 stars!



August 10, 2005
I only hunt Civil War Relics and of the 3 most popular detectors in Virginia, this one outperformed them...I know because I used to use the other brands....I thought the control box on the Vaquero made it look like a toy and couldnt possibly compete..... I was used to a control box that looked like something from the cockpit of a 747!..... Boy was I surprised....I supertune mine and swing all day....featherlight.....if you get one, go back to those hunted out spots!.....

Overall Rating 5 stars!


Best Tesoro ever

November 26, 2004
It is more stable than a Tejon and gets the same depth.

If you don't have a Tejon and want a new Tesoro i would buy a Vaquero.I just like the fact that it's more stable, uses just 1 9 volt battery, has frequency shift and gets the same depth than the more expensive Tejon.
But some may still like the Tejon better since it has a Slow Auto-Tune All Metal AND a FAST Auto-Tune All Metal Mode; Dual Disc and longer Battery life.
I didn't like the battery doors on the Tejon.They gave me the feeling that i have to send the detector in for repair after a few battery changes.Otherwise the performance of the Tejon i had was great.
The Tejon and the Vaquero/Cibola aren't much more deeper than an Eldorado on higher conductive targets like dimes and pennys (About 1 to 2 inch).But they will go much deeper (about 4 inch) than an Eldorado on low conductive targets like nickels and goldrings.
For now i think the power vs price of a Vaquero/Cibola is hard to beat.

I didn't super tune sweet spot test, i did it the way the airtest is described in the manual.I think 13 inch on a nickel and about 10 on a dime is great.
I believe you can get more out of that detector by super tune sweet spot airtesting but i didn't do it to compare it to other
Tesoros under same air test conditions.

Did some more air testing today with the 5.75 coil.
Disc was between iron and 5c, sens at max.

Dime 9 inch , Nickel 10 inch with a 5.75 coil !!!!!!!!!

That's what my Eldorado gets with its 9x8 standard coil.
I am glad i bought that coil with my Vaquero.
I am impressed.There is no detector in the price range that can beat that new Tesoro.This is the detector i wanted, thanks Tesoro.


Overall Rating 5 stars!


Deepest detector on the planet

November 25, 2004
This is with out a doubt the deepest detector I have ever seen. Dug a Barber quarter at 16 inches.

Overall Rating 5 stars!


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