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Who Has Had Issues With Their Gpx 6000?


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Guest Just Dave
2 hours ago, Reg Wilson said:

Jeff McClendon, I am hoping that the QED that you purchased is the PL3 which was a good unit for the price. I am no longer involved with QED as I had a major falling out with the builder who insisted on putting the PL4 on the market without any testing. The new model was, in my opinion, inferior to the PL3 and after voicing my thoughts I was dismissed as a dealer.

Just Dave, as the new spokesperson for QED, has followed the builder in being a Minelab hater and posts his anti Minelab rhetoric on their Facebook page, from which I am banned, hence the posts here of his criticism of Minelab.

Just for clarification, I am simply a QED user (and one of Reg's old customers). I post my finds and little else on facebook. As someone on a limited budget,(I'd love a ZED) my only ML hate is price, and I will freely give my opinion about it and/or the QED when asked, or when it's the topic of discussion.

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48 minutes ago, Just Dave said:

The amount of issues being reported worldwide calls for an admission of a problem

I know a lot of the QED history predates you but that exact same statement levelled at QED over many years resulted in...well, less than a positive response.  Minelab certainly haven't come out and said "There's no problem, it is all of the users fault".  

And the purpose of this thread is the exact opposite of "nothing to see here".   It is genuinely letting the world know what the current issues are with the GPX6000, warts and all.  Minelab do watch this forum.  Minelab will be seeing the feedback and Minelab are fixing the issues as they arise.  One can only assume they will also work hard to eliminate the issues in the future.  

And, not that it has anything to do with this thread, but I have owned both the QED and the GPX6000 and the performance is night a day in the GPX's favour IMHO.  And yes, I did know how to use the QED properly.  In particular, the audio and ground balance system were far inferior.   Sorry Steve as this is off track - clean up what you feel is unnecessary.  

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1 hour ago, Just Dave said:

That's not what I was Implying. The amount of issues being reported worldwide calls for an admission of a problem, something they are yet to do. Dealers being left to bear the burden of explanation, with only covid being used as a reason is lame. Covid will be here for a while, where's the guarantee the faults won't? And if you are unlucky enough to get a bad one, why are some having issues with a replacement and only being offered repair? These are users words, I'm simply repeating them.

These are just your opinions, nothing more. Nobody has to do or not do anything just because you say so, Minelab least of all.

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Northeast, Chalk and cheese, and as you say before my time.

For the price the 6000 would/should be ahead. But comparing an international billion dollar company product, to something made by a bloke in his shed in Ballarat is hardly fair. That said I think the current software version gives performance better than said price difference indicates, should you be able to handle one, I'm sure you'd find it a nicer beast to use. imo

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7 minutes ago, Steve Herschbach said:

These are just your opinions, nothing more. Nobody has to do or not do anything just because you say so, Minelab least of all.

I've never assumed anything else.🙂

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1 minute ago, Just Dave said:

I've never assumed anything else.🙂

Excellent. The thread is for users to report issues they are having with their machines. You are off topic, I’ve been patient, but unless you have an issue to report with a machine you own, then move along.

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I'd like to know the percentage of failures of the GPX 6000, I'm sure it's quite low with how many appear to be in peoples hands.  Those with a fault scream from the hilltops so you know the faults exist, those that are content and happy with the product you rarely hear from.  It is abnormally higher than you'd expect but I doubt it's as bad as it may sound.

While the faults are real they haven't put people off the detector, it's selling in great numbers and very few people regret their purchase, most are extremely happy with it and many who own it have owned the other high end detectors so their expectations were very high and it's obviously met or exceeded those expectations.  The GPX 6000 didn't just have to satisfy the new to detecting market with little to no expectations of how it should perform, it's not really in the market they purchase in, it had to please the seasoned high end detector buyers and it has done just that.  Those that get faulty ones get the faults sorted out under warranty then they get to use it and find out what a great detector it is and many have come out saying how happy they are once they get a working one showing their recent gold finds with it.  One thing I've noticed the people that have had the faulty units are not the ones bagging out the detector.

Minelab would be just as annoyed with every faulty detector as the owner of the detector is, they lose money and reputation every time it happens.  I have had to warranty various Minelab detectors and have nothing but absolute positive comments to say about their warranty service, yes of course I was disappointed my products failed but I couldn't be happier with how the failures were handled, flawless. 

I will admit I was put off getting one early due to the faults, and am in no rush to get one after comparing it to what I've got, but I still would love to own one and may end up doing so, especially once they've had time to sort the issues.

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3 hours ago, Reg Wilson said:

Jeff McClendon, I am hoping that the QED that you purchased is the PL3 which was a good unit for the price. I am no longer involved with QED as I had a major falling out with the builder who insisted on putting the PL4 on the market without any testing. The new model was, in my opinion, inferior to the PL3 and after voicing my thoughts I was dismissed as a dealer.

Thanks Reg. 

I really enjoyed using the QED PL3 I owned for about a year. Nice detector. Difficult to ground balance in North American high magnetite iron mineralization.  Also, it was shipped to North America without being adjusted for our 60 Hz electrical system so EMI was hard to control......sounds familiar concerning the GPX 6000. How a mistake like that can happen is beyond me. I was told to just not use it near urban areas which happens to be where I live and often relic detect. Many of my prospecting sites are near big power lines too. Oh well.

I was an early owner of the GPX 6000. Like I mentioned above, I was turned off by its hyper sensitivity to US EMI using its mono coils. I was extremely impressed with the 14" DD coil and the seamless way the GPX 6000 could switch between mono and DD coils. I sold mine and regretted it. I picked up a used one recently for an incredible price that came with several extras. It behaves exactly the same as the first one. I will just patiently wait for a smaller DD coil from Coiltek.......hopefully.....please!!!!!

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Jeff, I don't know why there have been complaints about the EMI in regard to the 6000. Is it just the USA or other parts of the world as well? Mine purrs like a kitten, but it has been suggested that perhaps it is the audio system that I use. Is the speaker the problem, or maybe the Bluetooth, neither of which I use. 

It has been suggested that I am just lucky. Maybe, but it seems unlikely.

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I’m not having EMI issues outside the norm in Nevada and  California at least. More like the GeoSense programming loses its train of thought for a bit, detector audio goes nutty, and it takes a couple resets to get it stable again. And even then it’s more like SDC stable, not GPX 5000 stable. I’d not say mine purrs like a kitten, more like spits like a cat! Whatever, it darn well finds the gold.

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