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|Options||Makro Racer||Tesoro Cortes|
|Battery Type||4 AA||8 AA|
|Operating frequency||14 kHz.||10 KHz.|
|Target ID||Numeric||9 Segment+Numeric|
|Tone ID||5 Tones||Multi Tone|
|Ability to change coils||Yes||Yes|
|Ground balance||Auto, Manual, Tracking||Auto, Manual|
|Waterproof||Coil only||Coil only|
|Number of Reviews|| 10
|Avg. User Rating||4.50||4.17|
|Avg. Durability Rating||4.14||4.50|
|Avg. Ease of Use Rating||4.36||4.00|
|Avg. Depth Rating||No data available yet|
Most helpful review for Makro RacerOutstanding detector
The Makro Racer is the third metal detector that I own and use. I am amazed by the quick response of this unit while working in trash. The depth of recovery is unlike any machine that I have hunted with. I'm finding coins at 18 to 20 inches and I know it will do even better. It's very easy to use. It's very sturdy build but very light weight so you can hunt all day.
Gene from USA
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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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