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Coils: Minelab Vs. Coiltek?

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I'm considering buying (yet) another coil for my ML X-terra 705 -- 15 inch DD operating at 3kHz.  Often Minelab and Coiltek offer complementary (different size/frequency/winding) coils, but in some cases, as what I'm considering, they offer coils that appear to be quite similar.  Given that the Coiltek costs about 50% more, I'm wondering if I should apply the "you get what you pay for" standard advice or save $100 for a future coil purchase.  :wacko:

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The new Minelab 15" 3kHz coil is the exact same Coil as the Coiltek WOT.  It's just grey, labeled Minelab and is cheaper.  I had one for a short time and it is a fantastic coil for the 705.  Very deep and quiet in bad ground.  Deeper than my CTX 3030 17" coil combo on dimes.  Well worth the price.

https://www.minelab.com/customer-care/product-notices?article=269779

Bryan

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On 1/7/2017 at 3:25 PM, Cabin Fever said:

The new Minelab 15" 3kHz coil is the exact same Coil as the Coiltek WOT.  It's just grey, labeled Minelab and is cheaper.  I had one for a short time and it is a fantastic coil for the 705.  Very deep and quiet in bad ground.  Deeper than my CTX 3030 17" coil combo on dimes.  Well worth the price.

Thanks, Bryan.  This is exactly the kind of response I was hoping to get here.  Show me a site that even comes close in cooperation/assistance among members!

What makes me a bit concerned is this:  I can understand why Coiltek&Minelab would go into a cooperative agreement here.  Coiltek apparently has a superior product and Minelab has the marketing and sales network.  What I don't understand (and thus makes me suspicious) is why the price went down so drastically.  One thing I've noticed about coils (not necessarily tied to one manufacturer) is how the prices fluctuate.  And it's not just the downward direction.  It's Minelab's business and decision to set the prices where they feel they will make the most profit in the short run and long term, and we've seen this in the past; it's no secret.  But are they going to continue to sell a coil they don't build (and thus share the profit) at 2/3 of what Coiltek was asking, or is this just a hidden introductory offer?

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Minelab could have made a quantity buy, versus Coiltek selling one here or there. Or maybe Minelab licensed the design and is getting it made in it's own facilities for less? Or consider this - Coiltek probably had to pay a good licensing fee to Minelab to make an officially approved X-Terra coil since they have a proprietary chip inside to sense the frequency. Minelab does not have to pay itself that fee. Look at how much a 5 x 10 Joey coil costs for a Minelab PI from Coiltek and then what the same coil costs from Coiltek to fit a CTX and you will see what I mean.

We can speculate all we want. If it was some unknown company I can see being suspicious but I personally sure would not be worrying about buying the coil if it has the Minelab name on it instead of the Coiltek name.

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1 hour ago, Steve Herschbach said:

I personally sure would not be worrying about buying the coil if it has the Minelab name on it instead of the Coiltek name.

Agree.  But actually my concern was a price increase in the near future from the market $190 (compared to the market $290 that Coiltek retailers  were charging).  As has been mentioned here before, price reflects more on what the sellers feel the market will bear than the manufacturing+marketing costs.  Maybe it's  $50 cost for them....

Just bought a used Coiltek, so I should be good-to-go.  Thanks for the helpful responses.

 

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