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auminesweeper    537

I just found this video about the GM-1000, One thing that I have noticed about the GM all along is that it has a fairly fast GB system and this can work against a person, Anyone who has owned certain Whites machines will already know the effects that a very fast GB system can have on target response which is why most of us who own or have owned such machines prefer to work in fixed / or lock the tracking,

I have always thought that Minelab's tracking systems have always been a bit on the lazy side when it comes to speed where as Whites tracking systems can GB them selves within One or Two pumps of the Coil, The GM has about the fastest tracking system ever fitted to a ML machine and I think this is why loyal ML users are having trouble with the GM, because in some settings it will track out targets where as some Whites machine will hold on to some targets when in the Tracking mode,

So if you find that signals keep vanishing with your GM just stop swing over the target and ground balance over a fresh piece of ground to your right or left of you and then re-sweep over the target area, The GM machine is not alone in this tracking out the target and it is not a fault in the machine either, It is doing what a tracking system is meant to do in tracking out the ground and if there is a target in that ground then it will be tracked out, This is why many of the testers have said that "Once you have found a Target" that you should sweep past the target so the GB systems stays focused on the ground and surrounding area and not the Target,

In this video you will see and hear what happens when you keep swishing the Coil over the targets and see and hear it vanish before your eyes, This is very important for you Lads and Lasses who swing them big ML thumpers that ground balance at sun up and sundown, The Gold Monster is a rocket ship in comparison, Not as fast as some but quicker than most anyways I hope this helps,

John.

  

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Ridge Runner    413

Hey John

 Thanks so much for posting your video and a all positive one too. You may never know how much it help others but with me I'll take all the help I can get. By watching yours and others I'll spend less time learning in the field and more time hunting.

Thanks again.

Chuck 

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auminesweeper    537
3 minutes ago, Ridge Runner said:

Hey John

 Thanks so much for posting your video and a all positive one too. You may never know how much it help others but with me I'll take all the help I can get. By watching yours and others I'll spend less time learning in the field and more time hunting.

Thanks again.

Chuck 

G'day Chuck, It's not my video but I thought that people needed to see it because it is detecting 101, There has been so many misguided comments about the GM but I think it is one of the most misunderstood features, and an easy mistake to make.

Most of the videos out there show people fighting with the Gain and the Auto feature where the signal disappears and people are misinterpreting  what is actually happening in the Auto mode, where what is in fact happening is the machine is ground balancing out the faint targets "Not" loosing sensitivity / Depth,

Having to sweep either side of the target might sound like a real pain or strange but it is very much the norm when we are detecting and the only difference is we stop walking,

I am glad it was useful, and if you have time let us know how it works for you,

good luck,

John.

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Ridge Runner    413

John

Come this Saturday I'll be on my way to Colorado to give my GM 1000 a test. This is not the first time I've had this trip planed but I've found out long ago your life is not your own.

I will report back with you here after my two week trip. On that video it may have not been yours but anyone going out for the first time with the GM 1000 it will put them ahead of the game as a nugget hunter.

The great thing about this Forum is so many people like you just want to help others. About the best thing I could offer you is I'd come there and dig for you.haha

The Best to you.

Chuck

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auminesweeper    537

No worries Chuck, don't forget to take a camera of some sort,

Chris R's second video is another one to file in a safe place because he shows you how the GM will wipe out unwanted targets, be it hot rocks or Iron etc

Good luck on the Gold, Fingers crossed for ya mate.

John.

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kiwijw    1,337

A good little video showing the gold signal slowly tracking out in the Auto sensitivity with repeated sweeps. Thanks for that auminesweeper. I hadn't watched it before now. The GM 1000 is a pretty cool bit of kit. The more you use it the more one gets to liking it. I did notice though that he was in iron reject mode all of the time which wasn't giving him the much higher performance & hits as Deep All Metal Mode would. So that .05 gram piece would have lept out a lot more. Surely one would want to run their detector as hot as they can get away with to get whatever gold is within those hotter settings reach. Even if you have to back off the sensitivity or run in Auto +,  but keep in Deep All Metal mode. Unless detecting in an iron trash riddled area & you don't want your ears & sanity getting a constant bashing. As the iron reject mode makes no audio sound on iron (ferrous) but still does on non ferrous items but the Gold Chance indicator will still show iron to the left & nonferrous to the right. You could still stay in Deep All Metal mode in an iron infested area to maintain the best performance & just turn the volume either off or very low & just keep an eye on the gold chance indicator. Try that one Jen58 & Mike54 around those rusty can infested areas on your guys lease.

Good luck out there

JW :smile: 

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