Tesoro DeLeonPrice: $600
Based on 27 reviews
Avg. Durability: 5.00
Avg. Ease of use: 4.33
Joseph from Midwest
Good Detector for Surface Feeding
But I must admit I was shocked when I tested it for depth in my coin garden. I could only get 6 to 7 inches on a silver quarter. Even at 6 inches the signal wanted to breakup. I suspect this machine would only be able to detect a dime at about 4 to 5 inches. This is about the depth of the old 1980?s VLF machines.
The TID meter is a great tool when used along with the sound. I found it awesome for identifying Wheat cents even before digging. I?d say 9 times out of 10 if it says TAB it?s a pulltab. It?s also very good on nickels and general target separation. However, it also reads large pieces of iron as "95" Silver (the reading for silver coins). This machine loves large iron.
This is probably the best pinpointing machine I?ve ever used. I pinpoint in discrimination mode with no problems. Most of the time the target will be dead center.
The Deleon comes with cheap batteries and it?s best not to even bother to load them into the machine. Go buy some quality batteries before you even start. Defective batteries really make this machine chatter and become erratic. Coil covers can also cause problems as dirt works it?s way inside.
While using this machine make sure you use good detector headphones. This will increase depth and prolong battery life.
The Deleon has its place but it?s definitely not the deepest detector on the market. But then, I?ve found that in our state most digs are less than 5 inches deep so the DeLeon is just fine. It?s easy to run so it would make a great detector for those who like to do playgrounds, parks, etc., for newer coins and jewelry. On a scale of 1 to 10 I?d give the Deleon a 7.
Myron from USA
Good TID detector
It runs very stable, although not as deep as a Cibola.
The downsides are: not very sensitive to small gold, even at low discrimination. Also I don't care much for the battery holders.
H from Canada
Like an old shoe!
Mark from Kankakee, IL
Wonderful Unit..Starter to Pro!
I live in Canada, and coinage here reads differently than the US coinage. However, it is soon learned and the 95 is usually accurate ID.(Tabs here are as in the US. All are the same & all over the mid scale!)
I would like to add that some of the other'Brand Names' may dig deeper on silver and copper, but do not like the metal content in the Canadian coinage as well!
Pros for me are: Light weight,packs to a small size/Versitility - all round useage/ good variety of coils/ and fair price... ( even in Canadian $$$)...
Cons as mentioned... Darn Battery cases/no pinpointer/and no Tones!... and the Backlighted feature/ does not bother me as much as some, but I sure would like 3 tones!
I may not get many votes for a helpful report,as some of the problems we have with coinage do not apply in the US... The overall feeling I get from the other reports is that it is a 'Starter' unit...Far From It!... When a unit can dig 10+ inches on silver coins... take notice!
I have had this unit in Gold Fields as well... and altho I did carry 2 additional units, Gold Machines, I did come up with a small grain of gold and neat relics from the mid 1800's! The DeLeon is not noted for being a gold unit, as there is no Ground Balance feature on the unit... Running at MIN Disc and #9 SENS ( no hot rock problem)... a BB sized nugget popped out!(psst... I was using a 4" coil)
Relics are an easy task for the Deleon as well.Small iron certainly no problem around old homestead houses/or parks... The 8x9 spider coil is perfectly matched ,and a wonder for Beach hunting especially in the water, as there is no 'Rafting' as in a solid coil.
No, I do not hunt salt water beaches so I am unable to comment...altho alkali areas have been encountered with little problem.
I would give it a true 4.5 if that ranking were available... and it should be given a Mid-range to Upper ranking as a unit!(altho starters will LOVE IT!)
If you are shopping, give it a good look!... you certainly can do worse!
Rich in Rocky from Rocky Mountain House, AB. Canada
Great starter ID detector
JimF from Atlanta, GA
The more I use it, the more I like it.
I dislike the battery holder doors so much that I almost dropped the score one full point just for that. The design sucks! Otherwise, I am very happy with Tesoros overall design, weight, balance, workmanship and company service. (I can live with the dumb plastic battery door that keeps popping open. That's what duck tape is for!) Depth is very good, but target ID looses effectiveness at "depths" and I depend on my ears at all times. I think my old Fisher 1266x is a little deeper. Very good value, but I wouldn't buy another one until I looked at the new Whites Prizm if I wanted an entry level target ID machine.
David of Madison from Madison, WI