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|Options||Tesoro Outlaw||Tesoro Cortes|
|Battery Type||9V||8 AA|
|Operating frequency||10.6 kHz.||10 KHz.|
|Target ID||Audio||9 Segment+Numeric|
|Tone ID||Single Tone||Multi Tone|
|Ability to change coils||Yes||Yes|
|Ground balance||Manual||Auto, Manual|
|Waterproof||Coil only||Coil only|
|Number of Reviews|| 5
|Avg. User Rating||5.00||4.17|
|Avg. Durability Rating||5.00||4.50|
|Avg. Ease of Use Rating||4.67||4.00|
|Avg. Depth Rating||No data available yet|
Most helpful review for Tesoro OutlawLove the outlaw
I've been using the Tesoro Outlaw for just over 3 weeks now and based on my location, I have been working hard to get as much search time in as possible before the snow starts flying. Let me make it clear that I have had minimal experience with a real MD though I have studied it for some time and have a good grip on the physics involved.
On arrival, the MD was very well packaged and much to my surprise, my dealer threw in a volume controlled set of headphones and a geologist's loupe. (Thanks Middlesex Detectors). Assembling everything was really easy and I thought the engineering that has gone into the device was extremely well though out. Each of the three coils came with it's own lower pole assembly and velcro strap to keep the cables in place when you are not using them. Battery included was a nice touch as well. The manual recommends using the velcro on your detector shaft and indeed, there are three straps to accommodate each disc. All told I had all the coils ready to go and the main detector assembly in place within 20 minutes.
Prior to receiving the detector, I created a test bed in my backyard with clad, silver, copper coins as well as aluminum tabs and some assorted junk materials I've been collecting for some time. So far I have only worked with the 8" coil and I love it. This thing really likes silver and I was able to detect buried silver coins down to about 9" in disc mode. All metal mode gives me an extra 1. 5", in my soil conditions which seems to be relatively non-mineralized.
I don't have a pin-pointer yet (hello Garrett PP, coming soon) so I have been relying on the MD for everything. To date I have been relying on a single location not too far from my home that has a lot of junk but also a lot of coins. In the summer it is rarely used but in the winter it is filled with hundreds of kids and their parents all sledding down this hill. No one seems to use velcro pockets because I have I have found close to $30 in coins in the last 21 days. The deepest coins have been around 6".
It only takes a little while to get to recognize the sounds associated with coins and keeping my thumb on the disc mode while scanning gives me a pretty tight understanding of what kind of a coin to expect. There is a double beep with coins that are close to the surface which is a big help.
I am still learning to master the sensitivity, threshold and disc settings but so far this unit has completely exceeded my expectations. Next up will be to start testing the big DD coil.
Tee1up from Saskatoon
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Most helpful review for Tesoro CortesCortes
After using a Garrett GTI-2500 for over a year, I decided to buy a Tesoro Cortes. I bought the Cortes because I read that it was very light and went deeper than other detectors. Both are true. When I first used the Cortes, I fell in love with it and put away my Garrett.
At first, I was worried by the manual ground balancing in all-metal mode. But I found that ground balancing the Cortes is extremely easy -- if you're having trouble, then you haven't read the instructions. It took me less than one minute to do and is much quicker to do than to explain. And it's not even necessary if you use the discrim mode!
It detects much deeper than the Garrett -- I was finding targets at over 9 inches deep (bear in mind that the Cortes will detect targets over 9 inches deep, but the Cortes' display stops at 9 inches depth). Even in trashy areas, the target display didn't jump around that much; I was able to identify good targets easily.
Pinpointing is also very easy; making an "X" over a target a couple times in all-metal mode almost always zeroes in on it. But what really amazed me was how well it performed under high-voltage wires. Power lines always interfere terribly with my GTI-2500, even with the sensitivity turned way down. But the Cortes was totally unaffected, even with the sensitivity maxed.
If Tesoro could make the Cortes any better, I would recommend that they put the headphone jack on the back of the battery pack (instead of the electronics housing), and make the discrim mode multi-tone (to match the 9-bar display).
Even without my suggested "improvements", the Cortes is an excellent value and a pleasure to use. I strongly recommend it to both beginning and experienced detectorists.
Bill from USA
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