I currently use three ‘top of the range’ metal detectors, one of which is the Laser Rapier and due to the close similarity
between that and the new Euro Sabre, I was very interested tosee how they compared.
The Euro Sabre at first glance looks very similar to the Rapier as Tesoro have brought this model out in black. However, as you look more closely you can see several modifications have been made, the most obvious of which is that it now comes complete with the new lightweight 9 in. x 8 in. ‘spider’ coil br added depth.
Those of you who already own a Tesoro/Laser should take a close look at this coil as it will increase your finds rate and still pinpoint the exact spot to dig so as not to have to dig huge holes.
Sensitivity (depth) — Goes from 0-1 0 and then into the red
Discrimination Unlike most other ‘top-end’ Laser/Tesoros, the discrimination can be lowered to ‘hear’ more iron signals and thereby increase its depth.
Ground Balance — Early models used a ‘ten turn’ ground-adjust to tune out the ground and keep the machine stable. This model has a 3-turn control thereby making it much, much quicker and easier to set correctly.
Threshold — Use in ‘All-metal this control can be adjusted so as to keep the machine’s background noise to an acceptable level (e.g. fairly quiet).
9 in., an Edward I penny at 7 in. and a cut halfpenny at 5 in. I then turned the disc control to mm. and went into Iron Blank. Now I found the pre-decimal penny at 10 in., the Edward I penny at 8 in. and the cut half at just over 6 in. Lastly, I then flicked the switch across to Audio and now the in-air depth was increased to a predecimal penny at 1 0.5 in., the Edward penny at 8.5 in. and the cut half at 6.5 in.
Whilst checking the above I was surprised to see that I got more depth by using the Iron Blank switch than by using the variable discrim. control, even though I altered it several times. Normally you would expect the reverse to be true and it is important, as I will now he using the machine in a different way to what I had been expecting.
Battery/All Metal/Discrim. — Existing Tesoro/Laser users will know that you normally search in discrim. but flick to All Metal to pinpoint. The Battery test is the best they have used so far. Push it and you get 8 bleeps for a good battery, less as the battery runs down. Note — The usual pinpoint has been replaced with a much better version which rises in pitch when directly over the target. Those who have used the VCO on the XLT will recommend it.
Iron Blank/Off/Audio — The above controls are good, but it is this new switch that should prove a winner with detector users. If put in the Off position, you will be searching in All Metal. In Iron Blank you will reject most pieces of rusty iron and still locate small Roman coins and hammered silver, In Audio you will be searching in All Metal but the tone will discriminate between iron and non-iron (high tone — good, low tone — bad). Note — you must ensure that the discrimination control is set to Mm.
I first set the controls to what I would call ‘normal’. Sensitivity as high as possible without being unstable, Discrim. set to reject most iron, threshold sound just able to be heard. Iron ID off and in Disc. Mode. In this position, in air, I could find a pre-decirnal penny at
Out on Site
based on my ‘Bench test’, I set the machine up as follows. Threshold — faint noise, sensitivity — high as possible without chatter, disc — min, mode — disc and iron ID — audio. The machine was ground-adjusted as per the instructions (note — this should take less than 10 seconds or you are doing it (wrong) and the only thing that you then need to do is flick the mode switch to all-metal (pinpoint) when you get a good signal.
The machine was set up so that it would give a signal on all metal targets, both good and bad. All you then had to do was listen to the tone and dig the high tones and ignore the low tones (iron). The site being searched was fairly quiet (not much iron) so this was an ideal spot to use the extra depth. During the day I had perhaps a dozen ‘two-way’ signals (high and low tone combined). The instruction hook says that these are unusual lumps of iron e.g. iron washers hut I dug them all and sure enough they were all iron. I suggest all detector users dig ‘doubtful’ signals no matter what metal detector you own, as this is the only way you are going to learn.
I also dug some of the smaller ‘low’ tones and these were all lumps of rusty iron, as expected. The high tones all turned out to lie non-ferrous, ranging from very small Roman ‘grots’, pieces of silver paper (they could equally have been hammered silver coins) and a pocketful of interesting bits and pieces. The machine therefore proved that it was working exactly as it was intended.
The following day, I tried it on the beach at Bournemouth. The machine was set up similar to that above only I turned the Iron ID switch off and used the discrim. control to reject the ringpulls. I usually dig the ringpulls as well, but within a couple of minutes I quickly realised that there were simply too many of them around and they had to go! During the day I wandered over to the wet sand and as expected the machine immediately started sounding off. I tried using the disc. control to reduce the problem and also lowered the sensitivity, hut although this helped, I was still struggling. Normally I would have gone back to the car and put on my own 7 in. widescan coil which works quite well on the wet sand but I was by now over a mile away so I returned to the dry. I have used many machines on the beach and only a very few (an reject the standard ringpull and yet still find the 2Op coin you can now add the Euro Sabre to this list. I actually found just over £8 in 2Ops alone,so it is well worth checking your own machine out as I am presuming that many of the other detector users on the beach were rejecting ringpulls and also losing this coin. Something that is worth pointing out is that many of you will be currently using a 7in. or 8 in. coil on our present machine and the signal of this larger spider coil is going to take a couple of days to get used to. Generally speaking. a smaller coil with give less depth but a very strong and sharp signal .The larger coils will give more depth but the signals are not as sharp as you have been used to. However, after a couple of days use you will have got used to the new quieter signals and you will definitely see your finds rate increase you dig deeper. The good thing with the Euro Sabre is that the ground adjust allows you to change coils quickly, so you can put on any standard Tesoro or Laser coil.
I only had a couple of hours to spare on that day, so I took the machine to a local site that has been good to me in the past. It is still understubble with large tuffets of grass, but the recent heavy rain has made the ploughed fields difficult to walk on, let alone detect on, so this was ideal. As I had searched this field several times recently, I switched it into ‘Audio’ mode. as with most metal detectors, they search much deeper if you search in All-Metal and then use either a meter or Audio tone to separate ferrous from non ferrous. I fully realised that this was going to mean that I was going to hear every piece of iron that I walked over hut by listening to the tone, I could leave it in the ground!
I should have stopped searching at midday, but the weather was perfect and a really nice Edward I penny, York mint made me decide to forget the shopping and stay a while longer. There was quite a lot of iron around, hut I have never foundit to be a problem as long as you know that it’s iron. After about four hours I had three hammered silver coins, eight Georgian/modern coins and lots of interesting ‘bits and pieces that I had missed with previous machines. What was particularly interesting was that for the last half an hour I tried the smaller 8 in, coil and didn’t get one positive signal. I can only presume that most of the surface targets had been removed and that the extra depth on the new spider’ coil was making the difference.
Over the past 20 years I have had the opportunity to try out virtually every metal detector that has come onto the market.
Of these, probably only a dozen have stood out from the crowd in terms of quality and good value for money and you can now add the Euro Sabre to the list. This machine will he of particular interest to those of you who currently own older Tesoro/Laser models who have been waiting for a good reason to upgrade —well, here it is! The Euro Sabre has excellent pinpointing, the ability to change coils quickly and extra depth through using the new spider coil. Most importantly though, you can search in Iron blank and when you hear a doubtful signal (spitting), a quick flick across to Audio and you can tell by the tone if it is iron!
On a personal level, I am a great fan of using smaller coils (7 in/H in.) on my present detectors and I would want to use the large spider coil for extra depth and either the 8 in. polo or 7 in. widescan for the ‘junky’ sites. II any of you are about to buy this machine, thenit might be worth speaking to your local dealer to see if he is able to offer you a special deal if you bought the Euro Sabre with two coils — instead of one! On the minus side, I could come up with nothing other than the name. Previous models have used the names Bandido, Eldorado, Toltec, Lobo, Rapier and so on, whereas the name Euro Sabre does not project the same image. however, they can call it what they want if ii does the business and this is a very, very good metal detector that is going to sell in large numbers. suggest that you visit your local metal detecting shop and give it a try. I guarantee that you are going to like it — it is just a question of will you want one coil, or two?
The Euro Sabre is now on sale at all major dealers at £489.00.
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