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Minelab Equinox Complete Carbon-Fiber Shafts -- target date for sale MID-JANUARY!
Sat December 22, 2018 10:04 AM

Equinox complete carbon-fiber shaft prototype testing is complete, and parts have been ordered for the first production run!

Prototype testing of the two Equinox complete shafts (each one with a VERY similar, but slightly different clamping cam lock) is now complete! Both prototype shafts performed excellently, with rock-solid clamping strength noted with both clamps. This was a major focus of the design -- high-quality, secure clamping cam locks -- so as to eliminate any potential for "shaft wobble," (as was reported from some users with the Minelab stock Equinox shafts), AND to eliminate the need for the spring button/button hole design. I am happy to say that both of these goals have been successfully met -- with both shafts proving to be very solid/secure, and with this stability achieved without the use of button holes on the shaft!

I would like to note, however, that because my lower shafts do include a spring button (for backwards compatibility with the Minelab middle rod), any customer who wishes to utilize this spring button with my complete shaft, may place a custom order for button holes to be included on their shaft, if they so desire. While this may provide some users (especially salt-water hunters who encounter heavy surf at times) a bit of extra "peace-of-mind," the clamping strength of the cam locks is such that my "standard" shafts will not include button holes. One benefit of a shaft without button holes, of course, is that adjustment length of the lower rod is UNIVERSAL, instead of being limited to specific "adjustment points" at button-hole positions.

In addition to the shafts being very strong/sturdy, they will also be lighter, overall, than the stock shaft -- 129g vs. 189g, respectively. Given this lighter weight, the strong/secure/wobble-free attachment via the clamping cam lock, and the overall aesthetic appeal of carbon fiber, these shafts are an excellent upgrade to the stock Minelab shaft system.

The shafts will come in a few different configurations, with customization also possible beyond these specific configurations (including custom lower rod lengths, etc.) Each shaft will be 34 7/16" long, and will include four holes for arm cuff adjustment, and one hole for the control-box handle. Each will also include a clamping cam lock, for securing a lower rod to the upper shaft, and an end cap at the butt-end of the shaft

Here are a few of the expected configurations that will be available, and initial, preliminary pricing for each...

1. Carbon-fiber upper shaft, no lower rod, permanent end cap.
$79.00 plus shipping

2. Carbon-fiber upper shaft, plus 26" carbon-fiber lower rod, permanent end cap.
$129.00 plus shipping

3. Carbon-fiber upper shaft, no lower rod, threaded end cap (for compatibility with the optional counter-weight system)
$89.00 plus shipping

4. Carbon-fiber upper shaft, plus 26" carbon-fiber lower rod, threaded end cap (for compatibility with the optional counter-weight system)
$139.00 plus shipping

5. Spring button holes can be added to any of the above shaft, as a custom option.
$10.00 per shaft

Optional accessory design is also nearing completion!

Along with the shafts themselves, a couple of unique, optional accessories have been planned for the shaft system -- and I'm happy to say that success is being made on this front, as well!

A counterbalance system for the Equinox shafts is in the final testing stage

As has been mentioned in my past update, a counterbalance system has been "in the works," in response to ergonomic/nose-heaviness issues that have been noted by many Equinox users. I have worked hard to finalize the design, and at this point, can share some details. The counterweights themselves will be comprised of short (roughly 2" to 6" long) lengths of carbon-fiber tube, slightly larger in diameter than the upper shaft. These tubes will screw into a threaded fitting installed into the butt-end of the upper shaft, and can be customized to whatever weight a customer may desire. Additionally, the tubes will be capped with a threaded end cap, which can be removed to access the internal weight (lead pellets). Therefore, the amount of weight is fully adjustable -- weight can be added, or removed, depending upon the scenario (different-sized coil being used, etc.) or the desires of the user.

Based on testing, complete/perfect balance of the 12" x 15" coil is obtained (based on an "average" length adjustment of the lower rod), at 28 oz. Similarly, complete/perfect balance of the 11" coil is obtained at 25 oz. Therefore, any customer who desires to achieve perfect balance when using the 12" x 15" coil, would order a counterweight of 28 oz. (which would be roughly 6" long). Then, through removal of 3 oz. of weight, the counterweight could be adjusted to perfectly balance the 11" coil. Similarly, removal of another 12 oz. of weight would result in perfect balance with the use of the 6" coil.

However, I would also note that if a customer feels that adding 25 oz. to 28 oz. of total weight to the Equinox would make the overall weight of the unit heavier than they desire, lighter, custom-weighted counterweights can also be ordered. While a lighter weight would not perfectly balance the machine, even improved balance makes the unit much easier/more pleasant to swing. For instance, if an Equinox user finds the machine quite comfortable to swing, even for long periods of time, with the 6" coil attached, but when using the 12" x 15" coil the "nose-heaviness" of the machine results in fatigue over time, then a counterweight can be employed -- one with the amount of weight included set to perfectly "offset" the additional weight that the 12" x 15" coil adds to the unit, as compared to when swinging the 6" coil. In this case, a 12 oz. counterweight would be used -- to balance the additional weight of the 12" x 15" coil, thus making the "feel" of the Equinox when swinging the 12" x 15" coil the same as it feels when swinging the 6" coil (without counterweight).

The bottom line is, these counterweights will be offered in a few "standard" lengths and weights, but can be customized -- either prior to purchase, OR simply through addition or removal of weight from the counterweight via the removable screw cap -- to fit any customer's desires/preferences/comfort level. The customization offered, the ease of installation or removal, and the overall balance improvement they will offer, will hopefully make these counterwieghts a welcome addition/accessory to my complete shaft system.

"Herke" arm cuffs will be an optional accessory for the Equinox shafts!

For those of you familiar with Herke arm cuffs, and in particular those who have used Herke cuffs on one or more of their machines in the past, you know the quality that is built into these lightweight, sturdy, aluminum arm cuffs. These cuffs are top-notch accessories that have been available for years, produced for many different brands/models of detectors by Mr. Jeff Herke. I am pleased to announce that Jeff and I are partnering to offer Herke arm cuffs for the Equinox, as an optional accessory with my complete shaft system! At first, the cuffs will be a "limited time only" offering, as only a small, initial batch of the cuffs has been produced. However, if customer demand for the cuffs exceeds current supply, additional production of the cuffs may result in them becoming a permanent offering! Additionally -- as has been the case with Herke cuffs designed for other units, an optional, padded neoprene cuff cover will also be available

As with the counterbalance system, I believe that the quality, durability, and adjustability of these Herke arm cuffs will prove them to be an excellent accessory for my complete shafts!

Please stay tuned for announcements regarding the date when the first of these shafts will become available for sale. Current target date for the shafts, and the Herke cuffs, is mid- January, with the counterwieghts available very shortly thereafter.

In summary, if you are interested in a wobble-free, perfectly balanced, high-quality, complete carbon-fiber shaft system for their Minelab Equinox, please check back often for updates. In addition, if you know of anyone else who may likewise be interested, please share this information with them -- either via this website, or through my Facebook business page at

Happy Hunting!

Steve, Steve's Detector Rods

Minelab Equinox Complete Carbon-Fiber Shafts, COMING SOON!
Wed November 21, 2018 7:33 PM

Steve's Detector Rods has some exciting news to share with anyone who may have interest in a complete, carbon-fiber shaft system for their Minelab Equinox!

I have been at work for the past couple of months on design of a complete shaft system for the Equinox, and am happy say that the design is now very close to reaching final, production stage. I have contracted with two separate companies to produce similar, but slightly different, clamping cam locks -- the key component of this shaft system. These two cam locks, plus the necessary carbon-fiber tubing and a few other parts, are now being produced and will be shipped soon, and once they arrive, I will build two prototype, complete shafts. Once built, the shafts will then undergo a short period of final testing, and assuming no adjustments to the design are needed, this testing will be followed shortly thereafter by initial product launch!

This complete shaft system will be a very high-quality, all-carbon-fiber setup, comprised of a one-piece "upper" shaft (which will replace both the middle and upper sections of the Minelab stock shaft), in conjunction with one of the lower rods that I currently produce. Alternatively, the upper shaft will be compatible with the stock Minelab lower shaft as well, for anyone who wishes to purchase the upper shaft only.

The shaft design will include an extremely sturdy/secure clamping cam lock, constructed of injection-molded plastic and stainless-steel fasteners/screws. This locking system will eliminate Minelab's "twist-lock" system, and thereby eliminate the "wobble" issues which some Equinox users have experienced with the stock shaft. This design, due to the very secure, tension-adjustable clamp-and-lever design, will ALSO permit elimination of the spring-button-and-button-hole design that is used on the Minelab stock shaft. While button holes can be included on the upper shaft for any customer who prefers to continue to utilize the spring button on the lower shaft, the clamping lock system is designed to permit rock-solid, secure attachment of the lower rod to the upper shaft without the need of the spring button/button holes. Therefore, without the need for the button/button holes, this shaft will provide the added benefit of unlimited, universal adjustment lengths (similar to the shaft system employed by the Minelab CTX 3030, or other similar, univerally adjustable shafts such as those included on Minelab's FBS series of detectors, XP's Deus machine, etc.).

In addition to this high-quality, complete carbon-fiber shaft system, a couple of exciting additional, optional accessories are also planned.

One of these accessories -- currently in the late design stage -- is a unique counter-balance system. Because some users of the Equinox have reported ergonomic issues associated with the "nose-heaviness" of the unit -- particularly when using larger coils, this counter-balance system is being designed to address the uneven weight distribution of the unit and achieve perfect balance, and thus maximum ergonomic comfort. The weights themselves will be short lengths of weight-filled carbon-fiber tubes -- the same tubes used on the upper shaft so as to maximize aesthetic appeal. These weighted tube sections will be threaded, and will screw into a threaded fitting in the butt end of the shaft, facilitating quick/easy attachment and removal.

Since the amount of weight needed to perfectly counter-balance the shaft depends upon both the size of coil being used, AND on the length of extension of the lower rod (which of course varies based on individual user preference), several different weights will be offered, so that perfect balance can be achieved in virtually any circumstance.

Another possible future accessory being considered is a high-quality, lightweight aluminum arm cuff, which would replace the Minelab stock arm cuff providing increased durability, and better fit.

Pricing on the shaft system, while not locked in at this point, is expected to be quite attractive, more affordable than any other option on the market! This has been the goal of Steve's Detector Rods from the beginning -- high-quality, hand-made, custom products, tailored to the needs of the individual user, at a competitive, affordable price.

Please stay tuned for full product details -- including pictures -- within the next few weeks, once final testing of the prototype is completed.

In summary, if you are interested in a wobble-free, perfectly balanced, high-quality, complete carbon-fiber shaft system for their Minelab Equinox, please check back often for updates. In addition, if you know of anyone else who may likewise be interested, please share this information with them -- either via this website, or through my Facebook business page at

Happy Hunting!

Steve, Steve's Detector Rods

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