Tesoro Eldorado 1st. gen.Price: $400
Based on 9 reviews
During my research phase I found a craigslist deal on an Eldorado, I bought it and now it's my goto detector. It is not as deep as the ATP but to me it's a nice stable quiet performer. I pinpoint in the discrimination mode only and it is very accurate.
The discrimination is very accurate also. To me thumbing the discrimination knob is so much more intuitive than dealing with a TID machine and coupling that with knowing what a "round" sound from a Tesoro is, I am very confident in what I dig.
My advice, don't get rid of your old detector when you upgrade, the one you upgrade to might be the one you wind up getting rid of. So now I'm happy with two super light Tesoro detectors.
Tim Carleton from Central Texas
Saved cookies from trash
I went out side and laid all the cookies on clean towels on our deck cause the deck is all wood! I got out my Tesoro Eldarado and started detecting one group at a time, I think it was the 3rd group I got the sound I needed to hear, as I started removing the "not chatter cookies" I put them in cookie jar and some where in the last ten cookies I pinpointed the cookie with the screw in it!
I pulled the cookie apart and "wha la" there was the screw the Eldorado by Tesoro saved all those cookies from being thrown in the trash!
I am no longer able to hold my detector in my right arm and hand, I had breast cancer and a loss of muscles, it is to heavy so I am now looking for a new lighter one!
We are both retired now, husband had to retire after 43 yrs at same job to be home with me, I also had brain surgery and then breast cancer but I am missing metal detecting it is a great hobby, just have to find the right one with right price! Would not have anything but Tesoro!
Thank you Tesoro from me and family says thanks for saving the cookies!
Glenda Dunkley from HOME
Not made anymore
The supplied coil was a spider coil, now in the mid 90's I tried this on the lasor and found it no good (wrong)it was me being set in my ways, any way, I always used the widescan so the first thing I did was put on the 81/2" widescan, hey ho the only real differance was the tone, but I quickly got used to it ok, great little detector, easy to ground balance, with the advantage of a 3 way switch-able freq. so if detecting near other tesoros I flick a switch with out stopping (strange that it does not affect the eld, only other machines)all coils work well 12" concentric and the silvers 8" concentric, although I don't use these as my preference is the wide scan.
I have tried them, the only coil I am waiting to try when I can afford one is the sef 12x10, like all tesoro's it is not overly deep, but it has found 3 scattered hoards, very responsive on silver, and relics, in England this machine is my preferred one for Roman sites, with a 8" wide scan coil, the recovery is remakable, with iron as a broken chirp or a one way broken signal, non ferrious it says dig me (but only if you listen) I have lovly coins and artefacts from amongst the iron contaminated ground on Roman sites, I even dig small shards of iron and nails amongst the soil to get out the goodies; easy to use all day, without getting tired, small light and easy to set up, not over balanced by a larger coil.
I use the spider coil on non comtaminated field sites with good results, and the widescan can be used on parks with massive results; Why is this machine good ? Because the machine is not fussy, it does what it says on the tin. 2 grumps, need a larger coil, and the fiberglass lower stem, when its dirty and you collapse it into the middle stem it soon becomes non responsive, and wont fold away, the answer is to get a metal one, I used a lasor one, as it is longer, and the problem was solved, if you see this detector for sale, buy it if you can, most of them are cheap, you wont regret it, especially on contaminated sites.
The two guys I detect with both went out and got tesoros becuase of what they can do. Thank you for reading this and I hope it is helpful.
Andy from Essex uk
New Zealand meets Eldorado
Paul barrett from New zealand
I love it!!
Wjm in ohio from Ohio
BJ White from Reading, PA
Eldorado - One of Tesoro's absolute best!
For under $400, the Eldorado is the best deal out there, in my opinion. I am deeply saddened to hear that Tesoro no longer makes this detector. The Vaquero has taken its place. I hear the Vaquero is excellent as well, but I am here to say that the Eldorado rules! Long live Tesoro!
Phillip Farmer from Phoenix, AZ
The problem with the star system as a review is that no one is consistent with what is a 5 star. If its price range rating than this is a 4 star machine. If it's overall compared to all other metal detectors then it's a two star. With that said I do enjoy the Eldorado an plan on using it in the future.
Fe man from Michigan
Price and Features rate well on this one!
the target. It is not the deepest machine I own, but with the GB and a great discriminator, I rate it up with much more costly units. It loves dimes, and once I practiced with it alot, I could easily determine whether to dig or not. I mostly coin shoot with it, and it's hot on silver aswell as gold jewelry. I like the three piece pole, as I can carry it in a back pack to the woods, and it is very light in the hand when swinging all day. That is another reason I like the 7" coil.
It has a fast retune speed, so the all metal pinpoint is a bit tricky. The ground balance is easy to do, and in my area I have few troubles getting it to balance.It picks out targets well among trash as long as I don't move the coil too fast. I run it wide open on the sensitivity dial most of the time. At some sites I can't though, so I back it off just a bit until it quiets down.
For the money, you get a great warranty, and great tone responce. The disc knob is well marked, and accurate on most targets. The trash items I have most trouble with when hunting old homesteads is large iron, mason jar lids, etc.Screw caps will sound off louder than coins unless the coin is very shallow, but by lifting the coil a few inches off the ground I can tell if the target is too big to be a coin, then I won't dig it.
It works great for "clad hunting" in parks, where I want to move fast to dig the most targets I can in a short time.
An example: I get a good hit, set the unit straight down and touch my vibra-probe on the turf, if shallow, I quickly recover it. If deep I cut a small "U" and probe it again, and it is in my pouch quickly, and I lift the detector straight up, cover the hole and swing away, no arm strap to feed my wrist through.
The adjustable threshold is a good feature too, as I can raise or lower the volume as needed, so shallow signals aren't too loud, or raise it some, to enhance deep signals.
One 9v battery lasts me several days out detecting, and the battery test switch is helpfull too. Hope my experiences with the Eldorado can help someone. I have some nice finds so far with mine, and will use it a long time yet!
I have just about paid for mine just with clad, let alone the gold I found at the lake this summer, and the 1923 quarter in (AU-50) I dug this year too.Happy Hunting.....Paul
Paul of Harrisburg from Pa. U.S.A.