By Gerry in Idaho
I've read a few posts from those who have both and their input is pretty much what I expected.
Having fun (especially with others) is the majority of why I enjoy detecting. Only a select few actually do it for a living and do well. The rest of us (me included), enjoy the hunt, adventures, comradery with like minded friends, and getting some gold on occasion. It's looking like the GPX-6000 is getting the majority of gold better than the GPZ-7000. So, is the extra weight worth the rare occasional big nugget? Lets go a step farther. Say the ZED hits a 4 ounce nugget at 34". Will the 6000 hit that same nugget at 30", 32" 33" or 34". Say it's 2" less and only gets the chunk at 32". It's still near 3' deep which is deeper than most folks enjoy digging and or most other detectors out there.
So the reality for most folks, the GPX-6000 at a cost savings of $2000 and over 2 pounds lighter, better ergonomics, no more tethered into a harness, more user friendly, real wireless Bluetooth phones, is the best option for most.
Like I said in another post. There should be a convoy of GPZ users heading down the highway to get the new GPX-6000 and having more fun, more gold more often. I can help make that smile happen.
Anyone have a point I am missing or totally off, please chime in.
Pic of the nugget will probably only be a few inches in depth difference between the 6 and 7. But the majority of us would probably hear if with both machines at 30 or more.
Hunted a few hours with a good friend today. Half of the hunt was in All Metal and the other half in Tones Mode. I dug everything today trying to learn the machine. Those Corona caps became predictable in Tones Mode. All Metal seems to run a bit more stable and punches really deep. I originally thought the piece of a bracelet I recovered was junk until the 10K stamp was pointed out. No sign of the rest of it in the area, but Ill take it.
My personal observations only, quick testing with no appreciable methodology. Make no conclusions based on my limited time with the machine.
I had Steve's 6000 for a couple hours this morning. At sunup I detected up a swale where Jason had found a couple nuggets yesterday. I gridded a section 6 ft wide and about 25 yds long. I marked 7 undug targets, 4 definite dig me signals and 3 iffy threshold warbles with the 6000 and 11" coil. I then covered the same ground with my 7000 and 15x10 Xcoil. The 7000 had no trouble with any of the 4 dig me targets and found no new targets. Nothing but Ground and Salt noise over the questionable targets. I dug the clear targets, first 2 were micro nuggets in the .2 gram range. Third was a shallow hot rock and the 4th was surface trash. I ran the 6000 back over the questionable targets and couldn't get anything repeatable.
I wish I had known JP's thing about the speaker/EMI because I was noise cancelling often, especially if I set the machine down for any length of time.
Jason's summary from yesterday sums up our limited joint testing quite well. My feeling after this limited time is that if I were 5 years younger, I would stick to the 7000 with the array of X-Coils to suit the conditions. But, I'll turn 67 years young next month and my detecting shoulder has been nagging me for several years. I have fashioned a hipstick that transfers the detector weight into the frame of an archery fanny pack with shoulder straps. I thought it was great until I swung the 6000 with 11" coil. Regrettably, I decided to run the 6000 with the 17" coil with no bungee this morning. 45 minutes and I was done, hence my abbreviated time on the 6000. I'm gonna want a bungee for the 14" DD or the 17" coils.
N. Nevada at this time of year is tough to hunt. The weather is great, but the ground has enough moisture to make the salt darn near unbearable in many places. The 6000 with 11" coil tames it some, but there's no magic absent the DD coil. Hot rocks are about the same as the 7000, although I found the Auto + with nearly silent threshold chops the tailing edge of a hotrock signal. You'd still have to dig them, but without enthusiasm.
Am I buying one, probably. But I'm not rich and doubt I can justify $13k worth of detectors. I'm going to need to make an either or decision.
This is an update on the lower shaft that snapped into two pieces on a Sunday morning wet sand hunt on April 25. I list events in a timeline.
Sunday April 25 about 10:00 AM the lower shaft broken into two pieces after 30-45 minutes of detecting in the wet beach surf.
Monday April 26 in the morning I emailed First Texas with pictures of the broken shaft and received a RA from FT and shipped it back to FT Monday afternoon April 26. I posted a message on the Impulse AQ Facebook page pictures of the broken shaft an received a reply from Russ Balbriona that said “Hello Joe- Russ from Fisher here. Email me email@example.com. I'll get you taken care of.” I also posted on here at DetectorProspector a post with pictures and received a response from Alexandre that said “Thank you for you feedback. We are ready with the Mechanical Team to understand and solve the problem. A lower rod will be sent to you in exchange, and we are studying the phenomenon. Tests are already carried out internally with high lateral pressure, we will continue in this direction to understand. I contacted the whole team when I san the message today.
Thursday April 29 at 10:23 First Texas received the broken shaft which was signed for by someone named Mocosta.
Friday April 30 at 3:47 (on the beach detecting with my Equinox) I received a call from First Texas. At 4:05 I received an email from Felix at First Texas that said “We just received your lower tube and is being analyzed by our engineers/quality and will call you on Monday to follow up with you – stay tuned.” And that my voice mail was full. (it did have one 22 second message about my car warranty in it)
Monday May 3 I called Felix early as I had an appointment later that day and he said Engineers/quality would decide IF they would replace the shaft under warranty.
Today Monday May 10, 16 days after the shaft broke, 15 days after First Texas was made aware of the break with pictures and responded to me, and 12 days after First Texas had the broken shaft in their possession.
So the update is “there is no update”.