Hard Prospector

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  1. I've used the GB Pro and F19 for years now and came up with my own routine for maintaining ground balance. When detecting in mineralized ground (most gold districts) I got into the habit of every 10 or so swings, hitting the GG while pumping the coil a couple times, 10 more swings and then repeat. After a while you don't even have to think about it and it works well for me. If the ground is super hot and nasty you would have to ground balance much more often but at that point I just go and get the PI. Good luck!..........Rob
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    If weight is no factor, the ATX would be an excellent choice for what looking for. BTW when it comes to depth and the Sand Shark; the pulse width setting is everything and I have found gold rings down to 2' in wet beach sand with my Sand Shark with the pulse width pegged out.
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    Ammie, Parts are no longer being made to the Infinium, if it breaks or leaks salt water you might as well toss it (and the money you paid for it) into the camp fire. Buying a used lemon right off the bat would really be painful here. Besides, the Infinium although it could be called a good multi purpose PI detector, did not really excel at anything. Judging from your posts, what your looking for is a light weight, waterproof, relatively inexpensive PI that can be used for beach swinging and nugget shooting. I'm sorry to inform you that such a detector does not currently exist, but I have a possible solution that won't break the bank. For well below $2000. you could have two brand new PI detectors; Tesorro Sand Shark and the White's TDI SL that would be best suited for the venues your interested in detecting. Not to mention the peace of mind knowing parts and excellent service is there should need be. Forgive me if I sound too bold but many of us have bought detectors, new and used, that have come up short in expectations and high in disappointment. Just trying to help, take care and good luck in what ever detector you end up choosing.........Rob
  4. Unfortunately, the TDI series isn't even "splash proof" let alone water proof and this I learned the hard way, let me explain. For several months I was taking my TDI to the beach and all seemed well as I was very careful to stay above the water line. Then the detector started having issues with static and stability. So sent it off to Whites and several days later got a call from the Tec with the bad news. The circuit board was corroded and even a couple of pots (knobs) were shot. He asked if I had dropped it in water and I replied no, but had been using it a lot at the beach and many of those days it had been over-cast and somewhat damp. Well that did it alright , expensive lesson learned (about a $400 repair) so I bought a Sand Shark which has worked quite well for this type of detecting and also considering buying an ATX for my next shoreline detector. Until White's makes a waterproof housing for it, there will be no more "days on the beach" for my TDI
  5. If looking for a good PI machine on a budget, the Tesoro Sand Shark has done me good on rings in wet beach sand (and underwater) However it should be considered a "dedicated" beach machine though and not really suited for nugget shooting. Another reasonably priced PI for prospecting is the Whites TDI SL, the nuggets it has found me over the years have paid for the detector 5X over Looking for gold in trashy tailing piles, my Fisher F19 has also done a great job. Good luck! Rob
  6. I wonder how the GM1000 would compare to the White's GMT on small gold/quartz specimen pieces?
  7. I've always tried to patronize small business as my folks were SBO's and I grew up seeing the ups and downs of that way to make a living. Bought all of my new detectors from a mom n' pop prospecting shop and glad I did because they were proud of their old school customer service and always did me good should there be a problem with the machine. Unfortunately, these upstanding folks have been the exception to most of my recent dealings with small business operations over the last several years. From boat and rv dealers to gun shops, I could go on and on about the crappy customer service and outright lying I have experienced with many these people. Especially in regard to any warranty issues, once they have your money your the last person they ever want to see again. I really think customer service in general has tanked in recent years no matter the business or venue and its really too bad.
  8. I believe good things are happening concerning the SL these days at White's.......just a bit of patience
  9. That was big of you to help that older couple even though your efforts/sacrifices should have been appreciated just a bit more. I do believe in karma and in my book your good deed just scored a pile of points on that one.
  10. Hey Rod, like we discussed a while ago, the SL has never had the power input to effectively use the larger coils for practical nugget shooting in most conditions. Whites, Coil Tech, Minelab whatever, any coil larger than a 6x10 and the SL becomes unstable and noisy in mineralized hot ground typical of most gold fields. Using larger coils on the SL in these circumstances usually results in backing way down on the sensitivity while turning the ground balance up substantially to stabilize threshold. This results in poor performance at depth especially searching for small nuggets. Good performance with this machine is achieved by using the smaller coils allowing for sensitivity to be turned way up and ground balance setting kept low...... often turned off completely. Larger loops can work quite well (on the SL) in more mild ground conditions like finding 50 cal mini balls on old battle fields or gold rings at the beach. The stock 12" spider works well in these areas. I've spent a lot of money trying the larger coils on the TDI SL and while I have found some gold with them, 90% of my nuggets with this machine have come from using the ;TDI 6x10 DF, Miner John 5x9 FOM, and TDI 4x6 Mono Shooter coils. Two of these coils were made by the late White's Chief Engineer Dan Geyer and are sadly no longer available. It is said that Dan Geyer understood the Eric Foster design and potential better than most anybody. It would have been interesting to see where Dan would have taken the TDI series by now had he not passed so suddenly several years ago.
  11. Tried it out at the Vegas gold show this weekend, feels great with the little round puck coil but somewhat front nose heavy with the larger stock coil......for sure lite for a Minelab. Rep assured everyone it would be out very soon, I for sure want one. Kevin Hoagland has been field testing it for some time and is supposed to have a story/report out in GPAA magizine in the near future (I was told by the GPAA staff at the show)
  12. Cool vid....thanks for posting
  13. I believe White's is in the process designing a new battery pack for the SL to increase input to 14-16 volts (from the existing 12volts.) which by itself will substantially increase performance..... especially on small gold. There may be other mods the engineers at White's are considering to improve the SL's performance as well. You might want to sit back and wait a bit.........Rob
  14. I've seen Jim around Randsberg a few times, once he gave me some good drywashing tips. Nice guy and a real prospecting legend. Glad to hear he's doing well.
  15. I heard this at a club meeting a few months ago and took it as fact.......I must be mistaken and stand corrected.