Confused = Umax or Vaquero???

#1
I thought I was set with the Umax and then started reading on the Vaquero. I am just looking for a back up machine and a machine to put on the ATV or Motorcycle and hit cellar holes and some parks. I understand that the Vaquero has the ground balance, but do I really need it? I can do without the pinpoint as it sounds easy by x-ing with both machines. What is everyones opinions?
? I am hoping to buy in March and now I am getting confused. I am in the North East if that makes a difference.


Fire away with your thoughts and experiences if you have tried these two machines. Thanks
 

MinelabMan

Active Member
#4
Here's the specs and features for each, couldn't get them side by side :doh:
Silver uMax
FEATURES
  • Microprocessor Technology
  • MicroMAX Design
  • Low Noise Circuitry
  • VLF 10 kHz Frequency
  • One Drop-in 9V Battery
  • Push Button Battery Test
  • Silent Search All Metal Mode
  • Silent Search Discriminate Mode
  • 8" Concentric Coil
  • Interchangeable Coils
  • Built-in Mineral Rejection
  • Lifetime Warranty
SPECIFICATIONS
Operating Frequency
10.6 kHz
Searchcoil Type
Round, open center concentric
Searchcoil Size
5" diameter
Cable Length
Approx. 3'
Audio Frequency
Approx. 630 Hz
Audio Output
1 ½" speaker and headphone jack
Headphone Compatibility
¼" stereo plug
Weight (may vary slightly)
2.2 lbs
Battery Requirement
One 9 Volt DC (alkaline)
Battery Life (typical)
10 to 20 hours
Optimum Temp. Range
30° to 100° F
Optimum Humidity
0 to 75% R.H.
Operating Modes
Silent Search All Metal
Silent Search Discriminate

LIFETIME WARRANTY
Suggested Retail Price
$299.00
Vaquero
FEATURES
  • MicroMAX Design
  • VLF 14 kHz Frequency
  • One Drop-in 9V Battery
  • Variable Threshold
  • 3 3/4 Turn External Ground Balance
  • Ultra-lightweight Design
  • 9x8 Monolithic Coil
  • 3-Piece Knockdown Pole
  • Lifetime Warranty
SPECIFICATIONS
Operating Frequency
14.3 kHz, 14.5 kHz, 14.7 kHz
Searchcoil Type
Monolithic (Carbon Fiber)
Searchcoil Size
9 x 8
Cable Length
Approx. 3'
Audio Frequency
Approx. 293 Hz or VCO
Audio Output
1 1/2" speaker and headphone jack
Headphone Compatibility
¼" stereo plug
Weight (may vary slightly)
2.2 lbs
Battery Requirement
One 9 Volt DC (alkaline)
Battery Life (typical)
10 to 20 hours
Optimum Temp. Range
30° to 100° F
Optimum Humidity
0 to 75% R.H.
Operating Modes
Threshold-based All Metal
Silent Search Discriminate
Pinpoint Mode
All Metal Fast Auto-Tune

LIFETIME WARRANTY
Suggested Retail Price
$525.00
 

EBCIII

Well-Known Member
#6
IMHO I would get the Vaquero? It is a deep hitter for sure. Like Sandman says give Tony a call and talk to him. He will help you decide, Beale.
 
#7
Sounds good, Tony is actually the one I was going to see hopefully next week. I stopped by his place in the past and picked up a few things. Great guy! The girlfriend is in the market for a detector, too.
 
#8
Ground Balance is the key here ....I too am in the N.E. ....If you plan on hunting the various area's in the N.E. like fields, parks, beaches , and varied land area's that have varied soil conditions, then the Ground Balance will really help you ....The other machines are basically automatically gound balanced on the positive side which can work for certain circumstances but not all .... I will STILL be getting a Vaquero specifically for the simple reason that it has ground balance ....It's that important to me .... Having that proper ground balance will allow you to run your machine to it's full potential when balanced properly ....My thoughts are that the reason that the Vequaro does as well as the Tejon is the fact that it has the ground balance feature ... The uMax machines I don't think are bad machines , but the Vaquero is that much better .... Jim
 
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