Is it the end for Tesoro metal detectors?

Last night I noticed a message on my Instragram account and I was shocked that someone had contacted me to find out if I heard Tesoro laid everyone off. I couldn’t believe what I was reading! He then sent me a link to the post on the Treasurenet forum. I’m not going to name anyone in this article but this was coming from a reputable gentleman.

I couldn’t find anything else so I took to Facebook to see if anyone else had heard. Some people couldn’t believe it while others said they had seen it coming but to this point no one had really heard anything. I stayed on Facebook looking for any more news on the matter with mostly just speculation coming in.

This morning I woke up and the first thing I did was check Facebook. Of course there was a lot more talk going on and more coming in that it appeared Tesoro did lay everyone off. I waited for Tesoro to be open as I wanted to talk to them myself. I made three calls today that went unanswered which is never a good sign! Throughout the day a few more trusted people had called Tesoro and had somehow managed to speak with them and was confirmed to them that indeed Tesoro laid everyone off in the factory and would soon be closing their doors.

End of an Era

Anyone who knows me can tell you that Tesoro has had a special place in my heart for a number of years. I remember the first time I had the opportunity to use a Tesoro. One was loaned to me for a month to use. It just happened to be spring and the fields weren’t planted yet. I had heard a lot of great things about Tesoro over the years but I will be honest with you, when I unboxed it and seen the size of the housing and that gold shaft, I wasn’t impressed!

I asked to use it so I felt like even if it looked like a toy I had to give it a chance. Within hours of relic hunting with it I was hooked and no longer seen it as a toy. That single tone, toy looking detector went through the iron better than any other detector I had ever used up to that point and I found myself pulling stuff out at great depth as well!

I fell in love with Tesoro detectors for their ability to work through the iron but I know people who can work through modern trash with them and find coins better than a lot of people can with VDI detectors. Then there were so many who bought them for their lifetime warranty and although I’m not a seeded hunt person I have heard they are very popular with those folks.


Why Tesoro fell

I’m really torn over this. It’s now after midnight and it has been on my mind all day. On one hand I blame Tesoro for not keeping up. All of these detectors with sleek designs, multiple frequencies, VDI, Waterproof and the list goes on. While Tesoro on the other hand kept it really simple and hadn’t changed much since their beginning.

On the other hand I think a whole generation of detectorists have no idea what they’ve missed out on and never got to understand the beauty in the simplicity that was Tesoro. Until recently I had not come across a detector that worked better in iron than a Tesoro and that is in all the price ranges. So many people I have talked to over the years just couldn’t wrap their mind around something so simple could beat out their hi-tech looking metal detector. No matter how hard I tried I just couldn’t convince them, some even after proving it to them!

A sad day

While many could care less, I will mourn the loss of a great American company who made great detectors. It’s depressing to me that so many I know could have benefited from a Tesoro who couldn’t put down their hi-tech detector for a moment to give them a chance. I feel sorry for the people who lost their jobs along with the people who have loved and followed Tesoro who like me, are sad to see them go. Like others, I wish something could be done, it could have gone a different way but in the end we will just have to move on.

A lot of metal detectors have come and gone in my life but Tesoro detectors will always be in my collection and I will still use them for many years to come.

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23 thoughts on “Is it the end for Tesoro metal detectors?

  1. All of my older kids started out with Tesoro Compadres. I just bought my 10 year old his first detector about a month ago and yes, I bought him a Tesoro even though I knew they were out of business. I was going for a Silver Umax, but they were sold out everywhere. I finally got hold of a dealer in Florida who gave me a Tesoro Cibola for the price of a Silver Umax! My son loves it! I am not afraid to buy these as they are well made, will last forever, and should the need arise, I can always find someone with the ability to repair them. I am super sad that they are out of business. I hope the rumors are true that someone has bought them out and may be giving it another go.

  2. I have a Tesoro Conquistador which has been great for many years. Tried it yesterday and no sound. Tried fresh batteries, but no result. Any ideas on options ? I tried calling them but got a greeting which said mailbox is full and cannot receive messages. I’d appreciate any suggestions

  3. The end of an era ,I still have about 6 of their detectors and would never sell them,I think not keeping up with the times had a lot to do with it and the cheaper great performing Bulgarians machines didn’t help.R.I.P

  4. Hi from Canada, i just got my new tiger shark in mail,have not used it,read the manual and put it together. I guess there is no reason to send the warrnty card in now?? Did lot of research and compared different machines,ended up buying tiger shark knowing they are out of business, some dealers up here told me they would look after the warranty but when i wanted to buy few extra parts with the detector,o-rings,battery holder etc they dont have them lol,makes me wonder how would they take care of the warrany. Anyways if any of you guys know where to order parts and who would ship to Canada with out me paying an arm and a leg,yes i did find few company’s with ridiculous shipping costs. Thank you. Kari.

  5. Love my Tesoro Vaquero and Compadre. Great detectors and as capable as my MineLab Sovereign GT. IMO, Tesoro was done in by modern marketing. We are conditioned to expect version 2.0 of everything we own. Bigger, better, and more functional. From computer operating systems, to our phones, to our TV sets, constant evolution drives sales. This wasn’t lost on Metal Detector manufacturers where this year’s be-all, end-all detector is next year’s also ran. Tesoro’s keep it simple, if it ain’t broke why fix it approach was no match for ingrained consumer conditioning that newer is better. And, that more bells and whistles will find you more treasure than simple beep and dig technology. That said, I will continue to enjoy my Tesoro detectors for as long as I can.

  6. Tesoro for years has gotten by with redesigning Jack Gifford’s original Technology. Until the release of the New Mojave, Tesoro hadn’t come out with anything fresh since the Outlaw. I know they redesigned most of their models a couple of years ago by changing the color of the boxes and rods, then adding a new coil design.

    After Jack passed away, he left the company to his two sons, James and Vince. James was the “Face” of Tesoro working with the distributors and dealers, attending Gold Shows, etc. When he had to retire due to health reasons, his brother Vince who was in charge of Technology, had to wear two hats. It’s got to be hard to run a business and come up with new ideas.

    Detectorists are hooked on companies coming out with new designs and new technology. They can’t wait to see or purchase the latest, greatest thing. So, is Tesoro’s end because they couldn’t keep up or because we expected too much from them?

  7. Very sad to see the company fold. Tesoro was the best out of all the detector brands for giving a positive hit on Canadian coins. I also liked the sharp, fast tone that the detector made when going over a target. A lot of detectors now make a wonky tone, even in pinpoint mode.

  8. I found this site while googling to try to educate myself about metal detectors. My grandson wants an Equinox 600 for Christmas – he is only 12-years old!! He currently has an ACE 250, which apparently is not good enough any more. I don’t know why. His heart is set on this super-expensive item and even though his parents can’t afford it, they have not said, “No, choose a cheaper one”. I want to help by suggesting a sensible compromise that wouldn’t disappoint him. I would be very grateful if anyone here could help me out. Time is running short!

  9. I’ve heard restructuring and downsizing is i t really a possibility? I wanted a tesoro for years bought two of them back in august a tiger shark and Mojave I don’t have any regrets in my purchase. New models still available and they still offer lifetime waranty at the places their sold?

    1. From my understanding Tesoro is still doing repairs for now as they figure out what they are going to do. I’ve heard rumors of re-structuring or selling and even that they will completely close. For now warranty is good but if they close their doors then obviously the warranty will be void.

  10. Doesn’t matter how many brands, models detectors you have used and owned thru the years. If you have ever used a Tesoro, you always have good fun memories of using them. And usually still have one kicking around, or seem to latch onto another. They are easy to use and do find lots of treasure. I still own and acquire some to pass around.

  11. Sorry to hear of the end of the Tesoro Company. I have had a Tesoro Tiger Shark for years and guys who water detect have come and bowered my Detector to find fine ladies necklaces. I seriously don’t think there is a better water detector. I have found hundreds upon hundreds of rings with this detector. I even have a new Equinox 800, but I still use my Tiger Shark,

    So long Old Friend, Tesoro Company, your still number 1 in my books!


  12. Good article Mike………..thought something was wrong when you said Nathan Jaeger had left the company on one of your programs about 3 or 4 weeks ago. Sad news indeed will never get rid of my Tesoro’s there just something about them that makes me smile when I use them.

  13. Sad news indeed. My first detector was a Lobo Super Traq and it’s an awesome machine. Light weight and works great in highly mineralized soil.

  14. The magic question now is if anyone will provide service. I know my lifretime warranty is no more, but I’d pay a fair price to keep my machines running.

    The only positive on this is now that my warranty is done, I guess it is time to start modding my Compadre.

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