I was recently given the opportunity to review a Tesoro Sand Shark. With Tesoro already having over 35 years of manufacturing metal detectors an introduction isn’t necessary. They are well known in the industry and to their customers because they back their equipment with a lifetime warranty to the original purchaser, and have built their reputation on their customer service and machine performance.
The Sand Shark is a pulse induction machine that is designed for beach and water hunting. Its coil and microprocessor controlled circuitry make it a good choice for stable operation in a salt water environment. It sees through the salt and transitions well from salt water to wet sand to dry sand. It operates very stable in a fresh water environment. This machine weighs in at less than 4 ½ pounds and provides 10 to 20 hours of hunting time on 8 AA batteries and is capable of submersible depths up to 200 feet. You can purchase the Sand Shark in either an 8″ coil configuration or a 10 ½” coil configuration.
Within minutes of unboxing the Sand Shark I was already up and running. The user’s manual was very easy to understand and machine assembly was a snap. I was all set to hit the beach. By this point in the year we were already banned from the water in our area. With Tesoro’s multiple configuration set up I opted to run the control box in its “under the arm” configuration since I was hunting the beach. I found that this seemed to balance the unit out well for beach hunting. It also has a belt mount option or a spot to mount it in front of the hand grip. Forward mounting would be an advantage in the water because it would help keep the coil down.
Since the Sand Shark is a no discrimination PI machine the face of the control box has just 4 knobs, mode, pulse width, threshold and volume. I started out with Tesoro’s recommended settings with pulse width a little past half way. The volume and threshold were set to personal preference. On the first beach I was already recovering coins within minutes of turning the machine on. It operated very smoothly in and out of the water and from wet to dry sand at the water’s edge. Although I was not expecting to find much on this small beach I was surprised with the number of coins that the Sand Shark located, as well as how sensitive it was to smaller targets at depth.
The next 2 beaches produced similar results. The Sand Shark sniffed out coins at depth, as well as other small targets such as split shot sinkers, fish hooks and bobby pins. It reacted positively to targets and pin pointing, as well as target sizing was a breeze. Even though I had no high expectations of these 2 beaches I was still able to walk away confident in the fact of knowing that with the pulse induction technology of the Sand Shark I had cleared the area very well.
In closing, I must say that I was very impressed with the weight of the machine since it does come in lighter than other water machines. I was also very impressed with the ease of use, it is super user friendly and I especially liked the multiple mounting options for the control box. At its price range and being backed by Tesoro’s lifetime warranty I can certainly see where this machine could have a place in any beach or water hunters’ arsenal. I wouldn’t mind adding one to mine. Recently we have seen some great things released by other manufacturers and based on my experience with the Sand Shark I can’t wait to see what Tesoro comes out with in the future. Keep up the good work!