Review of the TELE KNOX Telescopic Shaft for the Minelab Equinox 600 and 800

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Review of the TELE KNOX Telescopic Shaft for the Minelab Equinox 600 and 800

Post by fred » Tue Jun 18, 2019 11:13 pm

I was recently asked to review the new TELE KNOX telescopic stem for the Minelab Equinox. I only received one as they were being released so I wasn’t able to test it before the discussions about them started online. I have now been out with it half a dozen times and this is my take on it.

Unpacking

The stem arrived in a snazzy soft fabric sleeve inside a hard plastic tube along with a handle fixing block and a bag containing an end plug, four spare washers, four spare locking clips complete with nuts and bolts, and a couple of allen keys (aka hex keys).
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My first impression was that the new shaft was very light and the shiny red pattern was particularly striking.

Assembly

I set about assembling it in a similar way to the original Minelab shaft. There were no instructions but guidance is now available in MRX’s video.

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The complete armrest is fitted in predrilled holes near the end of the top shaft and the end plug inserted in the end of the shaft.

The new handle fixing block must be used because the carbon fibre tube has a groove in which the new fixing block locates into. The control handle can be positioned anywhere on the upper stem that is comfortable before securing it by inserting and tightening up the four fixing bolts from the original handle.

The poles simply push into each other and slide in and out to adjust the length. Each stem has a red area on the end which I assume is the limit of the extension. The flip clips do not feel very chunky but they certainly do the job. On my TELE KNOX both stems were prone to slipping so I used the smaller allen key to turn the metal bolts in the clips to tighten up the grip just a little.
The locking clips are made of fairly soft plastic so they shouldn’t be overtightened.
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The rubber washers that hold the coil in place are a similar shape to those from earlier Minelab detectors. They hold the coil very securely and, in my opinion, are an improvement on the tear shaped washers that come with the standard shaft.
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Statistics (apologies for using both metric and Imperial units)

Weight

The assembled weight of my standard Equinox is 1324 grams and the weight of my one with a telescopic stem is 1216 grams, so it is 108 grams lighter. My Equinoxes are well used and uncleaned so there may be a gram or two of mud and sand included on either or both.

Working Length

The maximum length of my standard Equinox is 57 inches while with the telescopic shaft it is 53 inches. This isn’t actually a significant difference because the additional length of the standard Equinox shaft is wasted because of the fixed position of the handle.

Transporting Size

With the new shaft the Equinox will slide down to 23.5 inches with the coil at right angles to the shaft and just under 28 inches with the coil flat against the shaft. In both cases when assembled the arm cup fixing screw prevents the two lower shafts sliding all the way in. If the arm cup was removed during transport the assembled Equinox would be about 1.5 shorter. The standard Equinox shaft is 43.5 inches and 48 inches respectively.
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If you were going to take it completely to pieces to bag it up then the maximum component length is the lower shaft which is 21 inches long and the maximum width would be that of the search coil.

In Use

When used with the standard and small coils the Equinox does feels lighter and is not unbalanced. It has a slightly ‘whippier’ feel to it but that is not to its detriment, just different and a reminder for me to slow down a bit.

After a few sessions I had to tighten up the control handle and the arm cup but they now seem solid enough.

It must look good as I have even had a few comments about it.

Caveats

After a mere six trips out there are still some unknowns.

Carbon fibre is a fairly soft material and is prone to wear. My CTX carbon fibre shaft eventually wore down and became loose, although this took several years. I would suggest that it is important to ensure that the stems are wiped down before they are closed to remove any grit or sand which can easily scrape carbon fibre.

I didn’t try the telescopic shaft with the 15 inch coil so I don’t know how it feels or behaves with one.

I haven’t yet used it for heavy duty work like stubble bashing so I have no idea how it will fare in that sort of environment.

Summary

The TELE NOX is a very nice looking and well designed bit of kit. The reduced weight is welcome and I particularly like how coils are attached. The place where it really scores over the Minelab shaft is portability. Not only will your Equinox now easily fit in a bag, a car boot or leg well it is very easy indeed to carry when closed up.
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Re: Review of the TELE KNOX Telescopic Shaft for the Minelab Equinox 600 and 800

Post by Bors » Wed Jun 19, 2019 10:00 am

Yes very good write up Fred it has to be said and well described.I couldn`t bring myself to go for the red version though.
Being an "in the background type of person "and never wanting to draw attention to myself by having any focal attention grabbers about me, I plumbed for the plain black CF shaft and reluctantly had to accept the bright red Coil to shaft connector . I`m aware that its been mentioned that in the near future there is going to be available an option of the coil to shaft connector being black if so desired.
Myself I found the "Red " shimmer version of the shaft with red trimmings a bit too Christmassy for my bland taste. :))
All thats needed next is a large Red glitter bauble dangling from each ear and were all set for an early Christmas. :D
On a serious note though, I prefer black as it doesn`t attract Wildlife attention as much as the Red will. As we know Wildlife see`s Red as a Danger colour so if you want to blend in around Wildlife or if you like to see any in the countryside , personally RED would not be my choice to blend in with the browns and greens needed in the countryside.
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Re: Review of the TELE KNOX Telescopic Shaft for the Minelab Equinox 600 and 800

Post by SuperRed » Wed Jun 19, 2019 10:06 am

Comprehensive and well-written Fred... many thanks.

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Re: Review of the TELE KNOX Telescopic Shaft for the Minelab Equinox 600 and 800

Post by Junior » Wed Jun 19, 2019 10:13 am

Superb Fred.....

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Re: Review of the TELE KNOX Telescopic Shaft for the Minelab Equinox 600 and 800

Post by Dangerous Norman » Wed Jun 19, 2019 10:14 am

Bors wrote:
Wed Jun 19, 2019 10:00 am
Being an "in the background type of person "and never wanting to draw attention to myself by having any focal attention grabbers about me, I plumbed for the plain black CF shaft and reluctantly had to accept the bright red Coil to shaft connector . I`m aware that its been mentioned that in the near future there is going to be available an option of the coil to shaft connector being black if so desired.
Myself I found the "Red " shimmer version of the shaft with red trimmings a bit too Christmassy for my bland taste. :))
I was going to order the All Black version but ordered the red/black by mistake. I'm pleased I did as I love the colour. The bottom (coil section) is black on all shafts. There is a 29" bottom section they will swap with the standard 21" section if you request them to do that when ordering (£35 if ordered separate).

I fully agree with Fred's review. I'm just waiting for the control head arm fold down connection to be released but they have said the additional battery unit is to be released first. There is also a S curve centre section in the planning.

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Re: Review of the TELE KNOX Telescopic Shaft for the Minelab Equinox 600 and 800

Post by Blackadder43 » Wed Jun 19, 2019 11:06 am

Very good review Fred ::g
Its on my xmas list as the family never know what to buy an old fossil like myself

Having watched mrix unboxing and putting together video i have to say it does look an impressive piece of kit
And the weight reduction is not to be sniffed at in the grand scheme of things
Some folk spend many many hours swinging machiens, so it all adds up
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Re: Review of the TELE KNOX Telescopic Shaft for the Minelab Equinox 600 and 800

Post by fred » Wed Jun 19, 2019 2:31 pm

Dangerous Norman wrote:
Wed Jun 19, 2019 10:14 am
Bors wrote:
Wed Jun 19, 2019 10:00 am
Being an "in the background type of person "and never wanting to draw attention to myself by having any focal attention grabbers about me, I plumbed for the plain black CF shaft and reluctantly had to accept the bright red Coil to shaft connector . I`m aware that its been mentioned that in the near future there is going to be available an option of the coil to shaft connector being black if so desired.
Myself I found the "Red " shimmer version of the shaft with red trimmings a bit too Christmassy for my bland taste. :))
I was going to order the All Black version but ordered the red/black by mistake. I'm pleased I did as I love the colour. The bottom (coil section) is black on all shafts. There is a 29" bottom section they will swap with the standard 21" section if you request them to do that when ordering (£35 if ordered separate).

I fully agree with Fred's review. I'm just waiting for the control head arm fold down connection to be released but they have said the additional battery unit is to be released first. There is also a S curve centre section in the planning.

Thanks for pointing that out about the 29 inch stem. :D
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Re: Review of the TELE KNOX Telescopic Shaft for the Minelab Equinox 600 and 800

Post by fred » Wed Jun 19, 2019 2:33 pm

Bors wrote:
Wed Jun 19, 2019 10:00 am
personally RED would not be my choice to blend in with the browns and greens needed in the countryside.

Unless you do a lot of detecting in the Summer and Autumn! :D
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Re: Review of the TELE KNOX Telescopic Shaft for the Minelab Equinox 600 and 800

Post by Dangerous Norman » Wed Jun 19, 2019 6:06 pm

fred wrote:
Wed Jun 19, 2019 2:31 pm

Thanks for pointing that out about the 29 inch stem. :D
Someone with a 15" coil purchased the 29" bottom shaft even though the 21" shaft on the 11" coil was ok for him. Said he fixed the longer shaft to the 15" coil so that there is extra support for the large coil and quicker to swap over in the field. It makes sense to me, lol.

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Re: Review of the TELE KNOX Telescopic Shaft for the Minelab Equinox 600 and 800

Post by mrcheeky » Wed Jun 19, 2019 6:19 pm

Hiya can someone tell me what the bottom of the shaft part is called where the bolts go through please and if anyone can link me to where i can purchase please ty
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Re: Review of the TELE KNOX Telescopic Shaft for the Minelab Equinox 600 and 800

Post by mrix » Wed Jun 19, 2019 6:39 pm

mrcheeky wrote:
Wed Jun 19, 2019 6:19 pm
Hiya can someone tell me what the bottom of the shaft part is called where the bolts go through please and if anyone can link me to where i can purchase please ty
Hello its actually called part 1 of the tele knox construction :)) , unfortunately there are no spares presently available, well there are a few but they are held back just in case any of the stems have any issues with that part and if a replacement needs sending out.

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Re: Review of the TELE KNOX Telescopic Shaft for the Minelab Equinox 600 and 800

Post by Iron Mask » Wed Jun 19, 2019 9:03 pm

mrcheeky wrote:
Wed Jun 19, 2019 6:19 pm
Hiya can someone tell me what the bottom of the shaft part is called where the bolts go through please and if anyone can link me to where i can purchase please ty
That is part of the lower shaft which will be available as a separate purchase from the complete kit however the lower red but will not be sold separately as a single part.
There is no plan to sell any of the components separately. If a replacement part is needed then it will be dealt with specifically.
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