So whats the consensus on the Compadre?

#1
I have a Compadre that I rarely use. I use my ACE 250 with a Sniper Coil almost exclusively,but have been wanting to go back to the Tesoro and give it a workout.

Ive read varying opinions about the Compadre. "Its a deeper seeking machine" ,"Its only for Shallow Targets" "Its basically only good for coinshooting"

So for what its worth,What would be considered "deep" Is 6 inches deep,or is 10 inches deep? Is this all based on the different machine and its capability?

So if my Ace 250 can get down 10" and the Tesoro and a Bounty Hunter can only get down 6",Is my Garrett considered a Deep Machine?

i really want to do some clean up operations in an area that I have hit over and over,and I believe its cleaned out(at least my 250 isnt showing anything)

Think the Compadre will help detect anything different than my Ace already has?

Anyone ever go over a site with 2 different brand machines and had different results with each machine?
 

EBCIII

Well-Known Member
#2
The Compadre finds coins next to and under iron. It is a sweet little unit for sure. Deep is over rated IMHO. I ran one for quite a while? Very easy to use. heck what have you got to loose? Beale.
 

steve07

Well-Known Member
#3
Yes!

I have at times had 2-3 different machines and have had different results with each. My main Machine is my old Gold Mountain King Cobra, I also have a Garrett Ace 150, I got from someone who got into MDing, didn't like it (MDing) and sold me the machine fairly cheap. I also had a Bounty Hunter Texas First Pilot (reportedly a very deep machine per Kellyco), I sold it to a friend, because it wasn't.
I recently got a Bounty Hunter Pioneer 202 as a gift (sort of) and from what I have used it, it keeps up with the King Cobra.
I like the King Cobra for nostalgia, it's a Classic and it still works well, The Ace 150 is a good little machine and I enjoy swinging it once-in-awhile, but mostly lend it out to friends who want to go out and MD but they don't want to buy a machine. The BH Pioneer 202, I think it will become my main machine as I am slowly phasing out the King Cobra, because it is an antique and I can't get parts for it, and the BH Pioneer 202 seems like a good machine.
I'm hoping on getting a good job in 2011 and have my eye on a few machines, by the end of 2011, I'm going to try to have 6 machines total.
This probably didn't help you one bit.
I guess you have to learn one good machine really well, and you will keep up with others, no matter what, because I think that someone who takes their time to learn a particular machine that is rated fairly good by independent reviews, will out do a new person with a fancy machine. I have seen it!!! We can't slam Brands here and I will not.
I saw an old man with a "supposed" Kids toy Detector out hunt a guy with a "Top-of-the-line all the bells and whistles machine in a seeded field. The "Old Man" won, from having more years of experience at MDing then the other guy. That is why I get a bit of a chuckle when I hear "You think this "machine" will help me with more finds?". No, more practice will help you with more finds. One other thing and I see a lot of people neglecting this important factor. Common sense!!! Where would be the best place to look for what I am seeking???
You decide and it will be right.......
 

bwanaclyde56

Well-Known Member
#6
In a seeded hunt in dry sand on a beach I'll take the Compadre over a Minelab or top of the line machine any day. It's light weight and easy to use and in a seeded hunt you don't need all those bells and whistles. Been there done that and cleaned up.
 

tabdog

Active Member
#8
Ive read varying opinions about the Compadre. "Its a deeper seeking
machine" ,"Its only for Shallow Targets" "Its basically only good for coin
shooting"

So for what its worth,What would be considered "deep"? Is this all based
on the different machine and its capability?

Think the Compadre will help detect anything different than my Ace already
has?

Anyone ever go over a site with 2 different brand machines and had
different results with each machine?

So for what its worth,What would be considered "deep"? Is this all based
on the different machine and its capability?


Depth is based on many factors.

Depth in trash is one thing, and depth depth on coins is many other things.
All coins are not equal.

An Ace 250 or a Bounty Hunter QD II that is adjusted to the soil should
find high conductive coins, (on average), deeper than a Compadre.

But, the Compadre will catch up on nickles, 3 cent pieces, coins on
edge, gold jewelry, mini balls, most buttons and on and on.

The Compadre, Ace 250 and Bounty Hunter QD II are not depth monsters.
The Compadre is, in my opinion, deeper than the Ace 250 and the QD II
because I am not a coin shooter. But, they are close.

Why does everyone base depth on high conductive coins????

I sure don't get that!!!

The MXT and others are deeper, but, in my hands, the Compadre comes
in with the best hunters in the Arkansas Treasure Hunters Club. The other
best are Whites, Minelab, Garrett costing several times my $70 MrSpeedy.
I have never met (face to face) anyone I know of that has found as much
jewelry as I have,



Happy Huntin,

Tabdog
 
#9
When I found a 14k gold chain WHILE discriminating out paper clips and hairpins and NONE of my other detectors(except for a 60's Garrett BFO) could even get a beep on it EVEN IN ALL METAL, I got over the depth issue real quick. Then next month, I found a child's gold bracelet that paid for my Compadre by itself. I have the Ace and use it for funsies when coin hunting and don't care if it's deeper or not-I'm grabbing the Compadre if it's a tot lot or similar area. I'll let everyone else worry about depth-the Compadre's got enough for me. It picks up my wedding band at 8"-but I find the deepest so far on coins is five inches. Oh, and I found 4 nickels under some swings that I had searched for 20 years off and on and it was because the Compadre could be set near the iron-infested ground's matrix. It loves nickels and rings-and unbelievably seems to gravitate to dimes. They were only about 4" down-a FULL, MEASURED 4" down but the heavy iron infestation nulled out the other detectors.
 
#10
Compadre user here

I have a Compadre that I rarely use. I use my ACE 250 with a Sniper Coil almost exclusively,but have been wanting to go back to the Tesoro and give it a workout.

Ive read varying opinions about the Compadre. "Its a deeper seeking machine" ,"Its only for Shallow Targets" "Its basically only good for coinshooting"

So for what its worth,What would be considered "deep" Is 6 inches deep,or is 10 inches deep? Is this all based on the different machine and its capability?

So if my Ace 250 can get down 10" and the Tesoro and a Bounty Hunter can only get down 6",Is my Garrett considered a Deep Machine?

i really want to do some clean up operations in an area that I have hit over and over,and I believe its cleaned out(at least my 250 isnt showing anything)

Think the Compadre will help detect anything different than my Ace already has?

Anyone ever go over a site with 2 different brand machines and had different results with each machine?
I have a compadre and it is an awesome machine.I posted some pics a while back of a mess of horseshoes i found .I love the small coil in trashy areas it gets in tight areas in betwen trees and in briar patches around old homesteads. I usually spend the day on a site in the summer months.I take the kids and wife and we all have a detector so i do get to swap back and forth with other machines.On one old cellar hole site I dug up a 1818 large cent a foot deep.I hunted this same site with my other machines. I have a xs minelab sov.a fisher 1280x aquanaut, bounty hunter big bud II and the compadre and a JETCO treasure hawk BFO that still works.Ive had different results using all machines. Im still digging good finds from sites ive hunted over and over again.No matter what detector I take with me in the field I always bring my compadre... not for a backup detector but its what i use first .I will cherry pick a spot out and then go for depth.some days i dont feel like digging deep..lol. With the discrimination set just enough to chatter on zinc pennies I can clean a playground out in a couple hours diggging a minimal amount of trash. I go over it with the bounty hunter to clean out the nickles. I highly reccomend this detector hands down.
 
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