By Reg Wilson
Firstly my thanks to the guys at Coiltek.
After dreadful weather here in central Victoria, and recovering from surgery, this morning dawned clear and sunny. Nice hot coffee and before the dew was off the ground I had the 6000 cranked up. Rudimentary reading of the manual the previous day saw the new detector humming sweetly after a short warm up. JP had been most helpful with a few tips on the local Finders forum, so it was quite easy to feel a certain amount of confidence as I ground balanced and paired up the headphones, which are surprisingly good compared to some of Minelab's previous offerings.
There is a shallow but substantial lead running west to east across my fifty acre property which yielded a small amount of gold to my GPZ a few years back. I had gridded out the most promising area at the time, so it seemed obvious that this would be a good place to test my new toy. Not bothering to take a pick I headed off towards the east end of the block.
Where on earth did these signals come from? A number were I am sure just shotgun pellets, but a few were at a reasonable depth as I tilted the coil to get some idea of just how deep. The more interesting signals I marked with boot scuffs and will check out within the next few days. I did not get to go back for my pick as a visitor turned up to have me check his detector.
Initial impressions; Pretty damned good.
I don't know how many 6000s are already 'in the system' as complete units in the box ready for use but the Covid count in Malaysia is forcing them to shut down some things.
Be prepared for a long wait with the chip shortage.
I went out to what may be my last visit to my silver beach before opening day. It is a lot busier with preparations going on for Memorial Day, but If I am lucky, I may sneak in one more visit. I only need a couple more silvers to make 200. Lucky my wife went along as the heat was starting to get to me. It was nice to have someone be able to go back to the car and take some of the heavy targets and bring me back drinks. Hunted from around 8:30 to 3:30. I was toast after that. I started out again looking for low conductors and on my second hole I found the 10K Class ring. Hopefully, an easy return since the full name was engraved in the ring. Because of that I ended up digging a lot more iron than I wanted to. I was not planning on clearing areas of iron, but finding the ring made me change my plans. I did not get a lot of good targets this time around by clearing iron. Almost all of the silver found was not near any iron. Weather definitely played a part in how fast I dug targets. Full sun all day and hotter than they said it would be, probably around 70, with almost no breeze. So that beach still has good targets for me, but much harder to get in quantity. I guess I will be doing parks or cellar holes on my days off from now on. Time to put away the GPX and pull out the Equinox and learn some new tricks for the parks.
By Steve Herschbach
Australian prices. I have not converted to lower U.S. values as Minelab will not do an exact conversion. But it gives you the ballpark figures. Availability? Don’t ask. But pricing looks reasonable, coils especially.
Minelab GPX 6000 Lithium-Ion Battery part # 3011-0432 AUS$239.00
Minelab GPX17 17″ Mono Coil part # 3011-0427 AUS$529.00
Minelab GPX14 14″ Double D Coil part # 3011-0426 AUS$499.00
Minelab GPX11 11″ Mono Coil part # 3011-0425 AUS$449.00
Minelab ML100 Wireless/Wired Headphones part # 3011-0435 AUS$199.00
Minelab GPX 6000 User Manual
Minelab GPX 6000 Accessories & Spare Parts
Minelab GPX 6000 Video Training Series