Tesoro Silver uMaxPrice: $250
Based on 60 reviews
Avg. Durability: 5.00
Avg. Ease of use: 5.00
More features added
Tim from Tennessee
Silver uMax -- Can't Beat It
The discrimination circuit is rock solid and can be used to ID targets. One of my favorite finds with the Silver uMax was a Canadian silver five cent piece dug from about 10 inches. It had holes drilled in the sides, so must have been part of a jewelry piece. To be honest, almost all my great finds have come from the Silver uMax. It has found gold and silver 'a plenty. It is easy to use.
When I am ready to detect, I turn one knob and start working. The detector performs very well in most conditions. The only place it gives me a little trouble is in highly mineralized areas. I tried using it at a swimming beach on the banks of the Columbia River, and it was erratic due to the black sand. If you need something that will give the same admirable performance as the Silver uMax, but can handle a wider variety of ground, you might try the Vaquero. I have used a Lobo a lot too, but am addicted to the lightweight ergonomic design of the uMax models. They are really a pleasure to use.
Other detectors I have owned or own:
Minelab Sovereign Elite (great, but heavy)
Minelab Excaliber (waterproof Sovereign)
Minelab xTerra 705 (love it, very versatile)
Minelab Musketeer (great, but heavy)
Minelab Explorer (FBS good, but not that good)
Tesoro Lobo Super Traq (a favorite)
Tesoro Diablo (no discrimination)
Tesoro Bandido (o.k.)
Tesoro Compadre (good for wife and kids)
White's MXT (good machine, but bulky)
White's Classic 5 (good machine, but bulky)
Fisher 1212X (wonderful detector)
Fisher Gold Bug (no discrimination)
Garret Ace 250 (not so great)
Garret GTA 350 (not so great)
Overall, Tesoro and Minelab are my favorite.
Tom from Idaho Falls, ID
UMax with W I D E scan coil
May loose a little depth but adds a lot more scan area. Even finding nickels !! Just keep it a tad above foil...and thumb it to tab...The disc will drop the nickel right before / at the tab.
I love my w I d e scan. Caution: a near-by E Trac
will make it go nuts !! 10 feet or so...STAY AWAY from other M D ers
Mel from SW Pa
The silver is a fine machine.
B g from Southwest tennessee.
Best in its class for sure.
If the ground is not too unfriendly, it performs really great, it has pulled many coins, two silver rings, one silver bracelet and some other stuff out of the dry sand within 15 hours in three days on a beach. It could find some tiny stuff as well (buttons, foil and Al can pieces).
Not mentioning hundreds of pulltabs and bottlecaps:) I set the discrimination well below iron. That is enough to get rid of rusty small pieces of iron. I choose to dig anything else, as digging in the sand is really easy.
I could find some coins in the wet sand at the water line, but you need to set sensitivity lower and disc above iron to calm the machine down. That will not probably find small gold, but it is sensitive enough to find coins. By the way, I love to dig coins:) I do not hunt specifically for gold, I would need another machine for that.
If you can find one used, just get it. I sold my first one to get another one just a few months after the first one:)
There are some downsides to it. In my house there is some sort of interference which overloads the Silver and reduces the range drastically - but there is no chatter, the machine is quiet. I have never experienced this outside, but where interference could occur, check your range with an air test. The second is (and that cannot surprise anyone) - bad ground with minerals reduces the depth as well. I wish there was some way of ground balancing the Silver on site (which is not possible without opening the case).
All in all, I will keep this machine, no doubt about it. With the large DD coil, it is a great dry sand machine and all purpose coinshooter with great depth, precise discrimination and good separation.
Kremator from Czech Republic
Learning the language of silver uMax
You may know, that it only has one sound 'WÆÆP', but that one sound can be pronounced in many ways and it is!
It takes time to learn, but the effort is very rewarding - I can now quite successfully distinguish between various objects and their size and to some extend how 'rusty' they are - just from the sound.
Of course I dig a lot of junk, but I never miss a coin, and I do mean never! If there is a coin there the Tesoro will find it - I have found small coins (8 mm dia) as deep as 15 cm and larger coins around 20 cm deep with loud and solid signal but I really don't want to dig any deeper until I get more experienced.
Current consumption is low and thus batteries last for many hours.
Pinpointing is relatively precise, but I have invested in a pinpointer which makes digging so much easier.
I will recommend this machine as a first class instrument and have no complaints or suggestions for improvements.
Leo Vendler from Denmark
Forget the Ace 250, grab yourself a Silver Umax
The Silver is made better than the 250 and with Tesoro's lifetime warranty you can't beat it. Get yourself some quality headphones like the Killer B's and you will hear so much more information in the single tone of the Silver! My best finds with this machine was an 1840 large cent, and 1888 indian and a shield nickel. I sold mine recently and now I am kicking myself! You can't go wrong with Tesoro!
DetectorOCD from Dallastown, PA
AT Pro Beat Down!
So getting too our site we started the hunt. My friend dug the first hole. There's one he said a Enfield. About 10 minutes later there's 2 another Enfield. Whats wrong with that detector of yours laughing. I heard him yell 3 up on you man! Not long after that I got a signal with my Umax and I could tell it was a deep one. It wasn't the greatest signal but I knew this sound before from a Cibola I once used.
I called my buddy over and told him to run his pro across it. Nothing! Not even a peep. He tried all metal, sensitivity everything and not a sound! I let him hear the signal and he said it was hot rock! But I started digging and digging and at around 9-10 inches I saw something green! Reaching down in the hole I pulled it out. A button!
I poured a little pepsi on it and there she was a Louisiana button! And all the color left my buddies face! I said will that's 300 you have a long way to go on those bullets to beat this score! This silver Umax is one of the best detectors I ever owned. All accept one which will be hard too beat and that's my old fisher 1266X! But she is close.
Rodney from Maryland
Great little detector
I find and target and dig it but with the other model with all the features I have to scan then I get different numbers on the read out, then it says its a penny, then it skips and says its a pull tab, then it bounces back to reading something else. I spend more time trying to decide to dig or not than if I just dig it with the silver umax. Dont let the 2 knobs and simple use of this machine fool you, its the best model to get.
Robert from Charleston SC
Tesoro Silver Umax
An old side walk was dug up recently and where 2 other garrett hunters had already been, I found 9 shield nickels, 9 indian heads, 1 2cent piece, an 1876 seated dime and 2 pocket knives.
I feel for the price, quality and performance you will not find a better detector. Not to mention excellent customer service from Tesoro. The rest of the reviews pretty much tell the story, you wont be disappointed.
Bud Hughes from Yates Center, KS