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Laser Trident metal detector review
I know exactly what your first question will be...why have Laser released another machine that looks exactly the same as the last model ?
Laser logo
Laser trident full picture
Basically it's because it works and it works bloody well.
 They have a good design, performance can rarely be matched so why change things.
the new laser trident detectorLaser Trident range

Pictured above the new Laser trident 2
Features are very similar to the Tesoro Cibola and Vaquero one might say it's a combination of the 2 machines utilising a fixed or manual ground balance allowing ease of use for beginners with the option to manual ground cancel for the more confident.
Click the ground balance into fixed...you have a Cibola
Turn the ground balance to manual...you have a Vaquero
Trident face plate
One thing I have noticed with the Tesoro / Laser range people use them, then at some point get tempted to try another make... and who can blame them the glossy adverts are so well written by PR guru's who can resist.
Then after a short break it's back to the good old simple honest Lasers again.

 Kind of like a detecting affair then you finally choose the steady trusty wife or girlfriend over the scatty bird down the pub, it was good fun, but was never to last..

Back to the Laser Trident

My first test was at home placing several coins underneath the trusty tub of mineralised soil, the Trident II just located the small Roman coin with a faint click which I would not have dug, the hammered penny was loud and clear and so was the 10p with the coil 2 inches above the tub.
 These test results were exactly the same as the Cibola and Vaquero. When fitted with the 10x12 widescan coil the Trident gave a good clear signal on the small Roman coin.
Frequency switch
This is only used when you are searching along side another machine using the same operating frequency, there is no performance difference in any of the 3 settings.

Recovery speed and discrimination
Exactly the same as the Cibola again with a nicely spread discrimination at the lower end of the scale, allowing the operator to choose which size Iron to reject. The range can be adjusted to reject tiny nails, large nails then coke , foil and so on..see Cibola test. Large square Iron broke through the discrimination to give a signal, but this is common with most detectors on the market today.

In the field
Set discrimination to the Iron position, threshold to a faint hum when the all metal / pin point button is depressed, ground balance fully off into the fixed position, sensitivity to maximum and that's it off you go.
The Trident has a very quiet operation sometimes I found myself pressing the pin point button just to check it was still switched on, unlike my Tejon which keeps me alert as it is constantly giving out signals to analyse.
However when the Trident passes over an accepted target it springs into life, the audio tone is a middle to low pitch which is very easy on the ears, deep targets can be identified buy a softer more distant sound which is also faint in pin point mode (providing the threshold is set correctly). Raising the threshold level will work the machine harder and may make it unstable, slightly more depth can be achieved by using this method but all targets shallow or deep will have the same loud audio level.

The Laser Trident works best with a slow sweep speed.

Iron rejection was on the whole very good I did get caught out on some large pieces but the signals sounded suspect before I dug them, rather than a short beep the sound was longer across the coil with a slight clip after the coil had passed. Also the target appeared to move location when I tried pin pointing, a good target was in the same place under the coin in both discrimination and all metal as the coil was swept.

The Trident with the 10x12 widescan coil
The 10 x 12 widescan coil did not over balance the Trident, I felt no fatigue after 2 hours searching. I found that the manual ground balance was not required as this coil appeared to be in very close "tune" to the original 9 x 8 supplied.
 Operation was very still very quiet with clean 2 way signals on everything I dug, I have yet to test this set up on a pasture field, however air testing gave some very impressive depth results.

Remember Oads headphones work great on all the Laser range.

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