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|Options||Tesoro Sand Shark||Whites Surfmaster PI Pro|
|Battery Type||8 AA||8 AA|
|Operating frequency||600 PPS.|
|Tone ID||Single Tone||Single Tone|
|Ability to change coils||No||No|
|Waterproof||200 feet||100 feet|
|Number of Reviews|| 16
|Avg. User Rating||4.25||4.70|
|Avg. Durability Rating||4.17|
|Avg. Ease of Use Rating||4.17|
|Avg. Depth Rating||No data available yet|
Most helpful review for Tesoro Sand SharkSimply the best.
I've been using the Tesoro Sand Shark for nearly a year now. It is hands down the best salt water machine on the market. From Jan 1 2011 until now, May 19 2011, I have found 105 rings. (26 gold, 35 silver, 44 junk). That does not include the 3 gold necklaces, or the multitudes of silver necklaces and bracelets found, nor the droves of earrings, both gold and silver.
I hunt typically 4 days per week. Many of my hunting pals use the excal. The Tesoro Sand Shark outperforms them with regularity. It is deeper than the Excal, even with the 8" coil.
It is super sensitive and does find the small gold that the excal, and most of the rest, can't.
There is no discrimination on this machine. It is a straight PI machine. You will dig trash and iron. Just like the rest do. Excal will null on iron which is nice, but now that the Bobbi pins are made of non-iron material, that feature is now worthless.
Do yourself and your wallet a favor. Get this unit. You'll not be disappointed and you'll have the finest PI machine on the market.
Did I mention the lifetime warranty? LIFETIME!
DewGuru from Gulf Coast, Florida
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Most helpful review for Whites Surfmaster PI ProSurf Master PI Pro
Call it bang for the buck. I've used this PI PRO two full seasons and I can't be more pleased. It goes deep doesn't everyone say that. I often scoop holes so deep that during the recovery I have to bounce on the scoop to get it to bite then step out and to the side of the hole and pull the scoop out. I'd be over my head otherwise.
I've recovered very small thin rings that were approx 1/2 dwt. a small white gold floating heart that was almost 2/3 dwt. The larger gold and platinum wasn't able to hide as well.
I use a Fisher shaft weight as I have the lighter coil, works well, minimum effort to keep it on the bottom. If you are going to hunt mostly in the water like me you should consider the weighted coil. Otherwise just get the shaft weight and light coil, if you like to hunt the wet sand too.
The PI PRO is not my first choice for dry sand (the big ashtray) as there is usually so much trash & foil I grab a VLF. But dry sand is a night hunt thing for me, while the sharks are feeding.
Battery life is fine, I keep track of my time and change them when I get to about 20 hours to avoid having to do it when I'm hunting and the PI is wet. You also should break down and clean the rods after each salt water hunt so they don't freeze.
One nice feature is being able to use the edge of the coil to pinpiont or detect crevices in the rocks.
You'll hear the SAT doing it's thing as you lower the coil beneath the surface then get it to the bottom where it gets smooth and does not false. It will pick up red bricks though and every piece of junk around. Hey, I've pulled gold, silver and old coins out of the ocean that were under iron.
I can buy any detector Aquastar, Excal etc. but the PI PRO performance price break is unbeatable IMHO. So with the cash saved over the other choices I bought a new CZ-20 too. So goes life with a PI PRO...dig it all leave the place cleaner than you found it. You can see some PI finds of mine at Whites web site under customer stories.
YTCoinshooter from USA
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