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 ?
Basically it's because it works and it works bloody well.
They have a good design, performance can rarely be matched so why change
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
Oads headphones work great on all the Laser range.
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