Tesoro metal detectors, the first uk cibola and vaquero review
Tesoro metal detectors have been one of the most popular makes since the early detecting days, when I heard about the new Cibola and Vaquero it left me somewhat
disappointed, it would appear that Tesoro have re invented the Rapier, just added a frequency shift and changed colour schemes. The idea didn't interest
me so I put it to the back of my mind, as tesoro Tejon was still going to be the flagship of the range.
After the machine had been released in the US I started hearing some really good things about it. I called a dealer friend in the US to get some un bias
information. He said don't compare the Cibola with older models, this is one of the new "hot" Tesoros based on the all new Tejon circuitry. So basically
it has Tejon power without the extra features.
I met with Steve at a local field which has produced some nice Roman finds, many machines can be unstable here Steve
uses a Tejon, this showdown would be an ideal test to see if the Cibola's
performance is really matched to the Animal.
The set up was simple, switch on, turn the sensitivity up to 10,
press the pin point button and set the
threshold so I could hear a slight hum, set the discrimination
to the Iron position...and search.
The Cibola ran very smooth I was impressed on how well it behaved,
high sensitivity caused no problems at all, even when turned well into the
red section. On this site we run the Tejon's at 6 to keep them tame, the
Cibola's Iron rejection was fantastic, I felt the pre set "Iron" mark was a
little high so I lowered it slightly, now it was set to how I preferred to
could hear the iron as a broken sound but not rejected, a good target was always smooth and
Having experimented with the discrimination I was
starting to realise how different the Cibola actually was. With a disc
setting of zero it would only reject the smallest of nails as you raise the
setting it started to reject bigger Iron without loosing small targets,
I can only describe it as "progressive" iron rejection. I found an
Ideal setting was between the minimum and the word "iron", when checking a
signal it was very easy to confirm the target by simply thumbing the disc to
the Iron and listen for the audio change.
What Tesoro have actually done is given
the user a bigger scale or "finer tuning" of the Iron rejection,
which will be a real bonus when searching an ancient site and wishing to
reject a particular sized nail.
Throughout our 3 hour search there was not one occasion where the Tejon out
shone the Cibola, every target was checked, depth was the same we both got
caught out on the same pieces of misshaped large iron, We felt the Tejon
gave a harder hit on the very small and deeper targets, the Cibola gave a soft
This is where our next discovery was made.
The threshold tone was originally set to a slight hum (with the pin
point pressed in), which gave a nice audio indication of depth, However if
it was turned up the Cibola was transformed, small and deep targets were
sharp and loud, the field was almost alive with clicks and spits, this well
behaved machine had just turned on the attitude, in fact if the threshold
was turned fully up the circuitry became unstable, its almost like a second
One disadvantage of running a high threshold tone is that the
pin- point VCO is not so precise. With a little practice you can find the
"sweet spot" where there is a fine balance between a loud and usable
My Cibola finds consisted of 1 Roman, 1 Charles 1st hammered, 2 Strap ends,
at least 15 pieces of assorted lead and dross, not bad for a quick test. I
gave the machine to Steve his opinion is never clouded and always honest and
to the point, he first commented on how light it was, he was
very impressed with the performance and Iron rejection he gave it the thumbs
up, another point he commented on was the Cibolas ability to find good
targets in and around Iron he pointed out a hole which he had just retrieved
a button from, still with iron sound much deeper, the "see through" capabilities were excellent, this machine requires a slow sweep speed for best results a little like the Lobo.
Although I was impressed with this machine I needed another opinion, because
its so easy to get excited about something new and loose the reality of
things. I e-mailed a friend Tony who lives up north but travels
this way regularly with work.
Tone is very critical about machines and puts
them through some almost impossible tests, things that most of us would not
even think about, he is looking for tiny Saxon coins in bad soil littered
with nails where a mere 2 inches depth is considered acceptable. I asked him
to drop in next time he was down as I had something to show him and to bring
a bucket of that nasty soil he keeps telling me about. Tony turned up 2 days
later with his test pieces, machines and soil. We compared the Cibola
against all our machines, several different tests, coins next to
iron, gold next to nails, tiny Saxon coins buried in bad Iron contaminated
soil which stained your hand black when you touched it. The Cibola was
easily on par with the best available I got the seal of approval from Tony
that was good
enough for me.
Yes this is a new "hot" Tesoro, no bells or
whistles just raw power combined with good Iron rejection...what more can a
relic hunter ask for, its been really hard keeping a lid on this
one during testing.
My best find so far,a Silver Roman.
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This is one of the tests we tried with the Cibola
Recovery speed and discrimination
Reject a large nail
Place a coin as close to the Iron as possible, the tesoro cibola
easily located the hammered coin with a clean signal less than 1cm away from
Impressive....I think so, even better when you think the Tesoro Cibola only
will your metal detector pass this test.
The badly mineralised soil test
This badly mineralised soil is laced with tiny Iron particles,
most "top of the range" metal detectors will not even find a small coin less
than 2 inches deep. The Cibola was in the top 3 we tested.
Once again, I must thank you both for your kind
hospitality last Saturday, tea, sarnies & all.. It was great to try out the
new Vaquero. I must say even though it's a manual ground adjust version of
Cibola, it sounds sharp on the Cibola's softer target signature.. The manual
ground adjust 3.3/4 turn is very easy & quick to set up & should not present
any difficulty in setting up for those who shy away from hands on ground
adjustable machines! I found it very forgiving even if not 100%
The Vaquero is a real upgrade in performance from Silver Sabre type
machines! For those who don't like the sound of the Lobo, this is the
machine for you.. Similar performance depth wise, but with the added bonus
of being very light in weight & as the Cibola utilising all the Lobo/ Tejon
coils.. Try it out using the awesome 10/12 open loop widescan!!!
Not just a great cold search coil, but retains excellent sensitivity to
small items, with added depth in not to heavily iron infested areas.. In all
Tesoro have come up with 2 new detectors which given time should become very
popular taking over from the all time favourites, Sabre, B1,B3s..
These new machines are based on the high performance Tejon, but simplified
controls, much like the Laser Rapier, but with a frequency shift flick
switch, so you can operate next to other Cobola/ Vaquero users ie-14kHz..
Give Gary a call [not xmas day]! Don't think his wife would be to
happy? I have found Gary very upfront & honest, as he told
me not buy a Vaquero as I get on very well with my trusty Lobo & felt there
would not be any major advantage apart from weight!
Thanks, all the best. Have a great Xmas, cheers Tony..
Gary , just a few words on my brief encounter with the new tesoro Cibola.
First impressions were that it was going to be another silver sabre/rapier
rehash with no real improvement in performance, but looks can be deceiving!
Although nothing great was found on the short test I conducted, several
buttons and small non ferrous oddities were found at very respectable depth
with a lovely sharp response. tiny items like 22 air rifle pellets and brass
spade connectors were equally forthcoming showing its excellent
sensitivity .Iron rejection was very good ,with only a couple of very deep
pieces being dug (one of these being an iron ring about 3 inches in diameter
found at about 10 inches deep, this would easily fool most machines). To sum
up I would say the Cibola offers great value for money ,its performance
being comparable to the more expensive Tesoro Tejon or Xp Goldmax for a lot
less money. Ash
Thanks lads for your honest
Below are extracts from the Tesoro web
site*note Tesoro give a limited lifetime warranty in the US.
UK machines carry 1 year.
The new Tesoro Cibola
The Cibola (pronounced
see-bow-lah)sebola,sabola,cebola,cabola combines H.O.T. circuitry with
turn-on-and-go simplicity. It is designed for the treasure hunter that does not
want to bother with too many controls. The Cibola is named after one of the
fabled seven cities of gold that the conquistadors were searching after and will
simplify the search for any treasures to be found.
The Cibola’s main search mode is an ED 180 Silent Search discriminate. A
threshold-based All Metal is accessed by the Push Button Pinpoint mode. The ease
of use for the Cebola makes it the perfect detector for both the metal detecting
novice as well as the treasure hunter that has been around for a while.
The new Tesoro Vaquero
During the design phase of
the Vaquero (pronounced va-care-oh)vaqero,vakero, we knew that it was going to be a very
hard working detector. It is designed as an all-around detector, able to do
just about everything that any detectorist could want to do. Vaquero is the
Spanish word for cowboy. When we think of hard work and the ability to take on
any kind of tough job, we think of the cowboys of the old west.
The main part of the Vaquero’s versatility is its three and three-quarters
manually adjusted ground balance. This will give the detectorist the power to
set up his machine to best suit the mineralization conditions that he is
working in and his personal treasure hunting style. The Vaquero adds an ED180
discrimination feature to filter the trash from the treasure and a Push Button
Pinpoint that makes digging up the goodies that much easier. The discriminate
knob is also used to switch into a threshold-based All Metal Mode.
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