Jump to content

Recommended Posts

I was wondering if the aftermarket coils were that much better than the Minelab, i.e Coiltek.

I'm very hesitant to go Coiltek because the GPX was designed to use only Minelab coils?

My fear is i don't want to hurt my GPX 5000 in the long term by putting a coil on it that Minelab doesn't like?

It seems like everyone with a GPX is using a aftermarket coil. I especially like the Coiltek 9" Elite

I'f you were me would you get a Coiltek coil?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Coiltek and Nuggetfinder have both been making compatible coils for Minelabs, a long time. That said you may have a warranty issue if you get a very rare defective coil...it does happen.

Minelab coils are often underrated...they are as good as any in my opinion....

I suggest you use the mono and dd coils that came with the detector, learn the machine, read the manual...

and then you too can buy 15 different coils...just teasing, I have been there

fred

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Okay thanks fredmason. I'm going to stick with Minelab :)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

There is absolutely no reason not to use Coiltek or Nugget Finder coils on your GPX. In fact I would say limiting yourself to only Minelab coils would be avoiding some of the newest and best coils for the GPX. Minelab stopped making new Commander models years ago. Commander (Minelab) coils are generally underrated in my opinion also, but do not take advantage of some new innovations in coil design that have come about in the last few years. A lot of people think very highly of the Coiltek Elite coils.

  • Like 5

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

You're just as likely to hurt your GPX 5000 with a faulty Commander coil as you are with a Nugget Finder or Coiltek coil and the risk of that is extremely slim, they're just as well made and my opinion is they're better quality construction than Commanders and as Steve said above you get the added benefit on some of the newer coil features they've come up with over the years.  A lot of discussion on the forum at the moment is about Minelab and their lack of effort involving coils.

This being one of the major reasons to go aftermarket, the new types of windings

https://www.nuggetfinder.com.au/spiral-wound-coils

and here are some more reasons why they're often better including waterproofing and the pressure relief valve.

https://www.nuggetfinder.com.au/design-features

Keep in mind the Commander coils aren't even waterproof, just water resistant from being rained on, if you want to go near water you need to go to the after market guys.

They even make anti interference coils to help around powerlines and bad EMI areas.

Each to their own of course, whatever works for the individual, I'm very much in the aftermarket coils team!

That Coiltek 9" Elite would be a killer coil and I am betting would blow the 8" Commander out of the water with it's sensitivity to small gold being flat wound.

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Apparently, I am outdated...what are the Coils made by Minelab called? 

Phrunt, I never said it was likely. But non-stock coils on a machine with a warrenty can/do and will create problems-no matter how rare.

I realize there are many new coils available but I will maintain that no beginner needs to buy extra coils until they have learned their new machine.

However, if buying more coils is what he wants-buy, buy, buy...the dealers will love it. They certainly got plenty of my money. And I found gold with every coil I ever bought. Did I need them, no...but, I did want them, so, I got them!

just my opinion

fred

  • Like 1
  • Haha 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Minelab Commander Coils

Click the image below for larger view.

I really like the 15 x 12 Minelab coils but where you really do need to go aftermarket is the big coils. I would never swing an 18” Commander coil when I could be using a much lighter aftermarket coil. The Minelab coils are very good, but they are also heavy.

I generally agree with you though Fred. People go chasing off after coils way to soon in a lot of cases when simply mastering what they have would be more productive.

79FB6748-B92B-45A0-A98D-763BC72E408F.jpeg

Minelab Commander Coils For GPX Series Detectors (work with GP and SD series also)

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thank you everyone :)

I will stick to the Minelab 8'inch for awhile. But i was also thinking of ordering a Coiltek Elite 9"inch so i'll have it for the future just in case the coils become unavailable.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
5 hours ago, fredmason said:

However, if buying more coils is what he wants-buy, buy, buy...the dealers will love it. They certainly got plenty of my money. And I found gold with every coil I ever bought. Did I need them, no...but, I did want them, so, I got them!

just my opinion

fred

Hi Fred,

Sorry if it sounded like I was saying you were wrong, nobody is wrong, it's just what they prefer.   I just know I much prefer the aftermarket coils as I've compared on real targets in the ground against the Commanders that I've got and they do appear to work much better for me.  I get many many more pellets in a day when using a flat wound coil over a bundle wound coil in the exact same area which demonstrates to me how much more sensitive they are.    As you know a majority of our gold here is tiny so having a coil capable of detecting the smaller gold is vital, I can find gold with the Commanders but I'm more likely to find gold with the flat wound modern coils, JW's done a good job of cleaning up the bigger stuff ?

A lot of people haven't even tried one of the flat wound coils yet.  You can retain the small gold sensitivity on a bigger coil when flat wound.

Minelab have no way of knowing what coil you've had plugged in, if your GPX failed under warranty while using an aftermarket coil there is no way they won't repair it. 

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

GPX failures due to coils are almost non-existent anyway. A coil may not perform well but it's not like a GPZ where things actually fry. The SD/GP/GPX is very forgiving in that regard, which is why there is close to 200 coils been made for them over the years.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  

  • Similar Content

    • By PG-Prospecting
      This past weekend i was running the GPX 4800, and my buddy was using my equinox 800.  I will say that i could not be within 30 to 40 feet of the equinox, it gave the GPX fits, and if you got closer than 10 feet the GPX  was just screaming like it had a beer can under the coil.  I found this interesting since its usually the other way around with the GPX giving the VLF detectors fits.  Guess it has something to do with the Multi IQ that the equinox is running.  
      Has anyone else experienced this?  
    • By garikfox
      I was just curious and was wondering what the GPX-5000 has that the GPX-4800 doesn't have?
    • By PG-Prospecting
      So this Saturday im heading back out to the property that produced 4 nuggets with the GPX 4800 last time, using the 11 inch coiltec elite.  
      The area we will be focusing on has mainly been known for producing larger nuggets in excess of 5 grams.  My question is, is there any advantage to use the 11 inch coil vs the 15x12.  
      The 15x12 obviously gets more ground coverage but  would think the two would be about equal on depth to larger nuggets.  The 15x12 is probably less responsive to smaller nuggets compared to the 11 inch.  
      Which would you use on ground that was just clear cut with targets that will generally be on the order of 5 grams or larger?  
       
      Thanks for the help
    • By shredmandan
      I see the Minelab GPX 4500 is being discontinued. If the price goes down is it worth it to pick one up or has what replaced it that much better? Perhaps a premium will now be asked for the remaining new GPX 4500's? Is now the time to buy??
    • By garikfox
      Hi everyone, i'm excited! I just purchased a GPX-5000. I got 10% off the total. With an additional 8" commander mono coil, the total came out too 3.8k.
      I studied for awhile on which one to get, the GPX-4500 or 5000. I figured for 1k more I could get the better one, so I got the GPX-5000, Yay!
×
×
  • Create New...