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  1. Hi guys, Long story short, i was given an unused sd2200d today! Amazing generosity from a friend. My mate remembered his father had bought the 'best' detector some 15 odd years ago and was often talking about finding gold nuggets! Unfortunately he passed away before realising this dream - in fact apart from turning the machine on to check it worked, it hasn't been used. I have some fun research to do. While having found gold on several occasions i have only been in this game for a couple of years so while the reputation of the 2200 hasn't eluded me I am certainly unfamiliar with the machine. I have no intention of selling it. Infact I would like to find some gold with it to drop off to my mate & his family. I did wonder when or if a detector becomes a collectable though and maybe shouldn't be used - as this 2200 is like an un opened toy, not a scratch on it! I own a 7000, my wife has a 5000....so i wonder if there is a unique occassion where the 2200d might shine? I will research a bit to find out if any of the new generation NF or elite coils can be used on this so i can interchange with the ones on the 5000. Anyhoo I thought i would share this story and the gift...hope it brings back memories for many:)
  2. Sd2100 Needs Repairs

    My Minelab SD2100 needs to be checked out. It will suddenly go into overload three times in a row, just as if you were swinging over your pick, and then go back to running normal. It won't handle EMI's any more no matter what I do. The control box has never been opened up to my knowledge but I'm not the first owner. The problem is constant with the three coils I've tried and with the power cord. It has happened in different areas. I've not shaken the box to see if there is a loose wire inside. I can only say that it's gotten bad enough to be unusable. I'm wondering if it's a problem with the tuning circuit as the tuning screws do nothing when trying to tune out EMI's. Minelab will not work on it so I need suggestions for a repair station I can send it too. This 2100 has found a lot of gold and isn't ready for the dump yet! Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks! Stickwhipper
  3. So, for strictly nugget hunting which one would you say is the better choice, the Garrett Infinium LS or the Minelab SD2100V2 with Doc's Gold Screamer power pack?
  4. Hello all,I'm a longtime lurker first post. I prospect mainly in the Mohave Mountains behind LHC AZ. I'm currently using a F19 and am somewhat successful on the shallow small stuff. I'm going to upgrade from or compliment to my F19 with a PI. My budget is around 1k. I have a chance to pick up a gently used sd2200 for $800. I can't help wonder if I'm better off with that or a TDI sl. Any thoughts or advice is appreciated. Thanks!
  5. I bought a used DD coil for my SD2200 V3 and the first trip out I got a 21.4 gm nugget under a big rock down about 9 inches. That coil runs so quiet that all I heard was a faint good sound that I knew it should be gold. The last nugget that I found was at Ganes Cr. two years ago.
  6. Quick question guys, Do all the coils on these machines interchange? Also how good is xt17000 model?
  7. Hi there, I'm in the market to buy my first gold metal detector. My heart wants a new SDC2300 but my wallet is not cooperating with this idea. Unfortunately there seems to be virtually zero used SDC2300 models on the market. However, I've found a used SD2100 for sale for $850. Are the two models even comparable in quality and ability? Please lend me your perspective.
  8. I got an SD-2100 a few weeks ago along with 3 coils, an 11" mono, an 8" mono and a 14" coiltek mono. Not sure how the original owner ended up with that package, but that's what he got. Anyway, I tried it a bit and found the dreaded threshold warble a bit much to put up with. I did a lot of reading on various forums and found various references to steadier threshold with increased supply voltage using various battery packs. I posted in one forum's classified, looking for a Coiltek Pocket Rocket system used. Nobody came up with one, but it lead to my meeting a great local prospector type who had an older Reeds Li-ion battery system/amplifier. He kindly passed this on to me since he no longer had his SD-2100. There were a couple of snags along the way, like a dead charger, but I eventually got it all sorted out. This box is about a third the weight of the original battery and the input from the battery pack is 11.4 volts with the output adjustable up to over 8 volts. Mine is currently set at about 7.4 volts. I am delighted at being able to maintain a really smooth threshold, even though my EMI environment is pretty bad. Checked side by side with the original 6 volt battery, the difference is pretty great. All in all, it is almost as smooth as the Garrett ATX, and I believe it is more powerful. I will be playing with these two more to investigate sensitivity to small gold and larger objects at more depth.
  9. If anybody wanted to waste their time by crawling around the various forums under my handle lytle78 – they would probably see that I have expressed a certain skepticism about Minelab and the pricing policies. On the other hand I am no dumber than your average rock and I knowledge that their current top-of-the-line model GPX 5000 is probably the world's greatest gold detector. Not being an accomplished gold detectorist or prospector I'm not in a position to shell out five grand or thereabouts on the metal detector. Last week and opportunity presented itself to buy a minelab SD2100 at an attractive price with an assortment of nice coils. It arrived today it works fine and I look forward to playing with it in my ground here in gold canyon Arizona – where there is no gold – and comparing it to my White's TDI. So far only one thing has struck me. Although it's noisy as hell here in what are now becoming suburbs with underground electric service and lots of cell towers – I could by moving the tuning control around find a reasonably calm threshold. When I tested the various coils on my 1.5 grain 18 karat gold bead – in air test – I got a very disappointing response. Needless to say having spent a nice piece of change on this thing I was disappointed! I then laid the test bead down the ground in the clear spot and found that the response was much better with the bead on the ground than waving the bead across the coil with the coil in the air. Clearly this requires further investigation and may be pretty good evidence for the old saw that PI detectors don't air test all that well but they do a lot better than the ground. Standby for more data – and feel free to ignore it all if you see that is something I posted. Cheers to everyone - really like the new forum - look forward to learning a lot.
  10. My first PI was the SD2000 which I had modified. My second PI was the GP3000. And now my current PI is the GPX5000 Below are my results for my total nugget haul so far : The SD2000M found 7.3% of the total with an average weight of 3.25 grams. The GP3000 found 28% of the total with an average weight of 2.13 grams. The GPX5000 found 64.6% of the total with an average weight of 1.18 grams
  11. Me And My Old Minelab SD2200D

    The Minelab SD2200D was the first Minelab PI model I really used a lot. I tripped over this old photo from 2000 of me and my SD2200D taken by Jeff Reed. I am pointing at the location where I found a nice 8 pennyweight (20 pennyweight per ounce) nugget. This was high in the Wrangell Mountains of Alaska.
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