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I was sent this video, the x-coil runs very nicely in the wet ground, just remember these coils are not water proof so don't submerge them.

I'm not sure if the nugget was stuck down deep or kept sliding back into the hole from the water, but anyway what impressed me was how well the 10" x-coil was handling the wet ground.

Anyway I just though I would share the guys video with you all.


cheers dave

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Yeah see what you mean Dave, in water like that tis hard to tell if it kept falling down in the dig but likely it was on/in the clay so a good depth regardless, top going for the prospector and another Xcellent coil.😉

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Thanks for sharing.  It sounded like it was going to be bigger.

His problem is such a short handle on his pick.  I don't work that hard on bending over any more.  I have a proper handle the size of a push broom stick!  Try it, you'll like it.  It makes for an excellent walking stick too on those steep slopes.


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It looks like he's in a dried up creek, probably one that rarely sees water, you can see its banks on either side.  It's good to see Australia getting a bit of rain to get some moisture into the creek and a bit of greenery around 🙂

I doubt that nugget is a loner, I'd be hitting that creek with all I've got.


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Nenad needs to do some GPX coil comparisons X-Coil vs Evo vs Coiltek Elite. These x-coils interest me but not so much info on GPX x-coils. Most of the videos and comments are GPZ and X-Coil combo. Nice video , seems they run very well and run stable on the gpx Minelabs. 

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57 minutes ago, HotSauce said:

Nenad needs to do some GPX coil comparisons X-Coil vs Evo vs Coiltek Elite. These x-coils interest me but not so much info on GPX x-coils. Most of the videos and comments are GPZ and X-Coil combo. Nice video , seems they run very well and run stable on the gpx Minelabs. 

Your right, and mainly because most of the interest was in the x-coils for the Zed for quite awhile at first and then later on people were asking about gpx/QED x-coils.

Reg Wilson has done quite a bit of using and comparing the x-coils on QED and gpx and occasionally he will post his thoughts, I don't think Nenad has tried an x-coil on the gpx 4500/5000 detectors yet.  Most other people just keep using them and are getting results.

You also have to remember that a lot of people just detect in there spare time and don't really have the time to do endless comparisons, they like the results and just keep using them. :nugget:

cheers dave  

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Most comparison videos are done by people selling products, to me that makes the videos a bit iffy, I like Nenad's videos though.

For someone else that isn't involved in sales to make a comparison video on coils or detectors they're just opening themselves up to ridicule.  I prefer word of mouth and reading peoples opinions on forums, people who own things tend to express their thoughts on them occasionally, however usually the most vocal are those who are unhappy with a product.   If people were not happy with their purchase of an X-coil you'd certainly be hearing about it 🙂

There appears to be quite an active user base of the GPX X-coils on Facebook, especially among QED users so you could join their group and ask about them.  I have a few but I don't have coils from competing brands of the same size to compare to.  I am happy with most of my coils, especially the X-coils, the only coils I've bought that I'm not overly happy with are bundle would coils that don't have the small gold sensitivity I require like the Commanders, a Detech 15x8" and a Coiltek 16" round, these seem more suited to big targets, I knew that when purchasing them though so its my fault 🙂

The 15" X-coil spiral on the GPX destroys the 16" Coiltek bundle wound when it comes to small gold sensitivity, unfair comparison I guess when it's spiral vs bundle.

Speaking of Nuggets found with GPX X-Coils, here's a decent size nugget being found live on video with one.


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      The ground around these areas is full of shot gun pellets as there is a big rabbit problem, we saw hundreds of rabbits bouncing around on the small walk in, most were little babies too that the parents had sent off to play for the day while they get much needed mating time I guess 🙂

      This rabbit hole was quite funny, the little guy spent a lot of time digging a nice hole out, only to find its a short little trip into a dead end of bedrock 😁
      As there are so many shot gun pellets the GPZ can actually be a bit easier than using a detector like the Equinox, the Equinox will give you a nice 1-2 target ID on a pellet, the exact same as small gold nuggets, the GPZ will do a double blip on the surface and near surface pellets as the separate windings pass over them so it's a good indication it's a shallow target, you start to learn after passing over and digging hundreds of pellets what they sound like, they all have the double blip but you also get used to their volume level and sound so you can gradually start to ignore them, with the small gold coming in various shapes and weights the noise and double blip of shallow gold isn't as consistent as the pellet noise, especially after a scrape if they move you can mostly ignore them.  It is a gamble but it's necessary in places with so many pellets.  Shallow gold can do the double blip too but it's volume/sound can often sound a fair bit different to pellets.  Any out of the ordinary double blips are certainly worth investigating.
      It was only about 20 minutes after arriving and I had a good target sound it wasn't a double blip but it did have a nice target sound, wasn't a booming target that's usually a bullet shell or something, just a nice gold sound.  I scraped the grass off the bedrock and the target was still there, very positive sign.

      You'll see in the photo above where I scraped the grass away.

      Sitting on the bedrock was a bit of gold.

      You can see there the cleaned out crack where I got it in the middle of the photo.

      And the location above where it was found on some bedrock up quite high off the ground.

      0.124 of a gram, a decent size for me.
      I was finding a lot of pellets, not necessarily digging a lot of pellets, about 20 fooled me in the 2 or so hours we were detecting, we cut the trip pretty short due to our health issues.
      Not much further along the same bedrock I had another good signal,
      I had to scrape out the crack and smash away at the bedrock to break it out, this one took me about half an hour to recover as I'm always very careful smashing out the bedrock as I've lost gold before when smashing the bedrock and then the gold goes flying off into the air never to be found again.

      It ended up being quite deep, at least 10cm, I had to smash a fair bit of rock out.  I was breaking a bit out, cleaning out the crack, checking it's still there, then repeating the process over and over again, slowly and cautiously as it just had to be gold.

      This is the depth it ended up being, hard to see in a photo.

      It was a tiny little nugget in the end.  0.074 of a gram, it's sitting just above the X-coils branding on the coil in the photo above.  I was very confident I had a nugget so I took a short video showing the target noise prior to smashing out the bedrock.
      You'll see it was a pretty unmissable target.

      And this was it's location on the bedrock, you'll see the dug out crack in front of the coil.

      0.074 of a gram.
      Not long after this I decided I couldn't keep going, the bending over digging all the time was affecting my dizziness, and JW was sitting down having a rest due to his sore foot I guess so we decided to call it quits for the day.  He also found two nuggets, his bigger one was probably .4 of a gram and a smaller one similar to my 0.074, possibly even smaller.
      Some more seasoned guys finding big nuggets in OZ may wonder why I even do a post about two little nuggets, I get a lot of feedback from people learning like myself who enjoy the posts as they find them educational, If I help one person with a story like this then it's been worth it, it's not easy learning to find gold, and any help is good help.
    • By Norvic
      Some criticism has been levelled at the X coils on the GPZ in regards to the coils cable mod bricking the GPZ, myself the two Zs I`ve used for many hours have displayed no such problem, I know of one DP forum member who has reported this problem are there any other users who frequent this forum who have experienced this? Also Dave as the distributor of the Z coils how many customers, in the US,OZ and NZ, no names but numbers if possible who have contacted you with this problem and approx. how many X coils have you distributed, ie how many X coil users are out there in these 3 countries. Whilst it is not a major concern to me because I`ve personally not experienced such a major issue, it is of interest, thus a topic to cover this X coil problem.
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