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  1. Easy answer. Look at machines like a Gold Bug Pro or Fisher F19 and tell me what you think it actually costs to manufacture one. Might not be the Simplex is priced low but that we have been charged a lot for too long and think that’s the way it should be. It costs no more to make a $499 F19 than it does a $219 F22. You are paying for features, not manufacturing costs. They were actually charging $799 for the F19 not too long ago. First Texas in particular was playing that game of selling the same detectors that you can buy as a Bounty Hunter or a Fisher but changing the rod or maybe just
    7 points
  2. I received my replacement 12" X Coil this morning and I'm happy to report the cable inserts with no problems now, drops right into the shaft with no friction, same as the stock cable does. 👍 From what I understand, all the cables now are being wound into a tighter wrap like this, so that's good as it should eliminate the shaft binding. I have not had a chance to get out and use the coil yet though to see how it does.
    6 points
  3. Is great! New Nox in hand in only six days.... after mine flooded.
    5 points
  4. I do warranty all my work in so much as the soldering etc will be spot on. As to guaranteeing they will work on the machine... well I can't test the coils before or after the mods so no. Although if someone want to donate a 7000 to me....😁 As they say, here are no guarantees in life (although we are guaranteed to turn up our toes one day). Although it is guaranteed the govt will try to screw you every way they can and that women are ALWAYS right (even if they are wrong), and that detector prices will increase in price.... so may be there are some guarantees.....
    5 points
  5. Don't get me started on overseas people coming to New Zealand, falling in love with the place. Especially places like Queenstown. Doubling their money due to the exchange rate & our piss weak dollar, buying up real estate, usually just as a holiday home. Inflating prices that your average young working class Kiwi family cant afford in the first place & the gap just keeps getting bigger. The dream now of many young Kiwi families owning their own home is now just that. A dream. Only they are now punished with high rents as well. Money...the root of all evil. The high rolling powers that
    4 points
  6. Wait, With all the work you are doing for others you can't have a 7000? That is not right.
    3 points
  7. Fred; These coils discriminate the same as DD's on the GPX's
    3 points
  8. Over the last Month I have been doing quite a lot of detecting on my local beaches . I found not as much coinage as I used to as cashless society has well and truly kicked in . But the Gold and Silver less society is way off. My total for the last Month other than a few Euro's and other coins was £384.76p , 1 Platinum ring which I found for someone and returned to him . The picture of a ring on its own is the Platinum . 3 Gold rings 15 Silver rings 2 Tungsten rings 1 other that looks like a Tungsten but doesn't say so and a Gold looking Stainless Still ring and a junk ring . I searc
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  9. Fred and MN: Discrimination is not a feature I have much use for. Because I work on "new" ground I rarely encounter junk at depth. It's too easy to get locked into relying on discrimination. I've lost count of the number of times Jimmy, Reg or myself have dug good gold under an old bolt or such on previously detected ground. Moral of the story, don't rely heavily on discriminators when prospecting. All I can say in relation to the CC coils is that the iron reject function works, as to whether or not it is as good or better than a DD then you'll have to ask someone who cares!
    2 points
  10. It's not just brand loyalty that Garrett has going for it, but advertising. In the US, anyway, nobody does that as well as Garrett. But, yes, the question is: "is it enough?"
    2 points
  11. I’m not too worried about First Texas or Garrett. They are going concerns with good markets and engineers and should be able to adjust. FT in particular just brought a new modern facility online. If anyone stands to lose at this juncture I’d say it’s White’s. https://www.detectorprospector.com/forums/topic/4942-waterproof-metal-detector-comparison-chart/
    2 points
  12. Hey JR, haven't you made a spelling mistake there? Shouldn't that be "Kiwied"? 😂🤣 Best of luck out there JW 🤠
    2 points
  13. Calabash, you must have been admiring the one I was using when I came down to visit last winter. Allowed me to swing all day when we were at that awesome colonial button site you put me on. Love it. Steve has great product and customer service to match.
    2 points
  14. You are very welcome. It is a great product!
    2 points
  15. THANK YOU, Calabash, for taking the time to do this review. I REALLY appreciate it, and I am thrilled that you are pleased with the shaft. THANKS! Steve
    2 points
  16. I've used my Tejon on dry sand with great results, but it's useless over wet salt sand. My Mojave does a lot better on wet salt sand with the 7" stock coil and the High Mineralization setting. It does start to chatter if you put a larger coil on it, though. But the 7" is really stable and has found me some nice targets. The Simplex does sound like a promising option, but we'll have to wait and see if it continues Nokta/Makro's track record of producing good machines. Despite Tesoro closing up shop, I admit I'm still really tempted to pick up a Sand Shark for water hunting. It m
    2 points
  17. 17 x 12 Spiral, pings tiny .1 gram bits no worries. Pain in the butt digging them but sometimes they lead to bigger and better chunks as was the case for me today. 76 grams at 18 inches, any detector would have heard it, same with the 6 gram bit. 14 gram bit was a different story, 20 inches down and very quite but definitely a dig me signal. With the X running so quiet it was no worries. A bloody pleasure to use, a complete contrast to my stock 14” which is so touch and knock sensitive, it’s had a hard life so maybe just worn out but it never ran as quite as the X.
    1 point
  18. Published on Jul 22, 2019 by Bill Southern. “I am kind of liking the Minelab Equinox 800 for gold nugget hunting as I use it more. It has some abilities the other VLF detectors out there do not have and man will it hear tiny targets as well as large. I am using stock settings for GOLD 1 in this video and will go into more later on various tweaks. I recommend the 6 inch coil when out for gold nuggets as it is much more sensitive and the smaller size helps with the highly mineralized soils of the Southwestern goldfields. In this video I am using STOCK Gold 1 settings with auto track and sensitiv
    1 point
  19. “Robert Louis Desmarais is the only inhabitant of a Californian ghost town, Cerro Gordo, where he has been searching for a lost vein of silver for 22 years. A 70-year-old former high school teacher, Desmarais used to visit the remote spot in the school holidays to search for ore. But he eventually moved there full-time, to live away from the crowds "up in the mountains, under the stars". Cerro Gordo (Fat Hill in Spanish) was once the most fruitful silver mine in California. "It helped to build Los Angeles," Desmarais says. Convinced there is plenty of silver left, he desc
    1 point
  20. Ha..Ha.. what's that saying .... "LIFE DOESN'T GIVE YOU SEAT BELTS!!"
    1 point
  21. Thank you all for your replays. And Steve's. But after reading reviews. And talking to others. I think the white 24 k. Will be better then the gold monster. Stephen wescott
    1 point
  22. Welcome Scott. I am planning on heading to the Czeck Republic next summer for the World Gold Panning Championships. It’s always a blast. Can’t wait to see the country. May I inquire about the detecting laws over there? And where I can find one of your shafts for the Equinox? great finds there. Thanks for sharing. 👍
    1 point
  23. Yes....I know that all too well. 👍 Yes yes yes. I can't argue with that. Awesome...Happy for you Jin. Good luck out there JW 🤠
    1 point
  24. You set the "iron reject" level of your choice on the GPX's for the CC coils, just like you do with a DD. As I said, no discrimination available on the "Kwed".
    1 point
  25. Some day I would love to find something like that too. Just to hold a piece of history in my hand would be so beautiful.
    1 point
  26. Really I think just the silicon will do it. Lubes it up so it will spin on easy then seals it. If the diameter of the hose is too big you’ll have to mill it, I’d use a four inch grinder and a sixteen grit flap wheel but if your like super Steve you can whittle it down with a spoon. I used the heat to burn off the old silicone from the bullet, only way I could get it clean. Everything was nice and warm when I reassembled it. As gas as the silicon I used what was in the shed, think it was GE tub and bath stuff?Good luck!
    1 point
  27. JR that is no doubt true. However, the tone of the statement seems to indicate a much better discrimination than the stock coils.... It could be that I have become very cynical of much advertising, I would rather get the truth from users. inquiring minds want to know, ya know fred
    1 point
  28. Just a thought on the fried motherboard topic. Has anyone had a look to see if they can be repaired?? A few guys out there do mods on detectors, possibly they could repair the blown components.
    1 point
  29. Between ferrous and nonferrous discrimination....I asked about this in another post... almost no response, I have my doubts...if true he should be selling out! Fred
    1 point
  30. That one was my buddies.... Mine came in today....
    1 point
  31. Many of the times I go out, I do not find enough gold to pay for a coke or a big mac. I always thought that was why it was called a penny weight.
    1 point
  32. I recently installed one of Steve’s Detector Rods on my Equinox and wanted to share a few observations. When I’m particularly impressed with a product, I like to let the maker and others know my thoughts...good or bad. The first impression out of the box was very positive. The build quality of this two piece system, both material and workmanship, is absolutely excellent. The cuttings are smooth and the fittings precise. You can immediately tell Steve uses only the best materials in the overall construction. Being a scientist, his penchant for precision is obvious in everything he does. An
    1 point
  33. Ok, you guys have made me look at Detech for the first time. What can it do for me? Well ... I still have several machines that one of their coils could be put on so here is the beginning of my research. What does this statement mean: THE DETECH BRAND Regardless of the brand that’s stamped on it, there is a big chance that your metal detecting coil is made by Detech! Detech is the first to build coils with magnetic sensors, enabling pulse induction detectors to discriminate between ferrous and non-ferrous metals.
    1 point
  34. Managed to christen the 10" coil with a few nice bits. Was detecting for almost 4 days and found nothing until one hour before having to leave to go home👎 I went to an area my mate found 4 bits a few years ago with his zed. Id been back with my 4500 and the zed but never found anymore. This time i had the 10" x-coil on and was running very conservative settings (sensitivity 3) and easily picked up a murmur in the threshold. At around 3 inches i got a 0.10 gram bit. The past few days id been testing how deep i could get a 0.06 gram piece of gold with the 10" and found some settings t
    1 point
  35. Well back from a few days away detecting and thankfully the rain stayed away as well except for a few moments of drizzle.
    1 point
  36. This mod has been done at the factory on all SL's made since 2015. So, only applies to earlier models (mine is 2013). It consists of removing the diodes D20, and D21, and capacitor C56. You also have to install a jumper across two of the three diode leads on D21. I'll post a pic showing what I did. The effects of this mod are much more subtle than the sweep speed mod. Maybe a 5-8% gain in sensitivity in the air test on the 1 grain gold bar. But, still some gain, though I had to be paying attention to hear it. This mod should not be undertaken unless you have some serious soldering skills.
    1 point
  37. Maybe if you find yellow Koala then your onto a hot spot?
    1 point
  38. No gold for me and it's not because I've not been trying...Been hitting some parks around my area and a couple beaches on the river. The ocean is only 1.5 hours away but still I find it hard to get to for some reason. It's nice to get into the water during the Summer...I was at a beach yesterday and dug about 20 sinkers with my excal.. low tide was around noon and Kids were following me around asking lots of questions...different type of detecting then nugget hunting but you got to work with what you have close to home sometimes. The crucifix is 925 the two rings are fake but look nice anywa
    1 point
  39. This is an interesting read about the usage of foreign coinage in those days.. https://www.crookedlakereview.com/articles/101_135/119spring2001/119muhl.html
    1 point
  40. Really, does that take age...I have always had to plug one ear to keep things rattling around until they stick...somewhere! JW's experience seem to answer the question by experience...not theory.
    1 point
  41. Skate, The Impulse is on the whole slightly less “fussy” than the TDI (I have had two of those). The controls are similar, but there are differences. One big difference is that there is no huge depth penalty like is found in the TDI when the TDI is in GB on mode vs. GB off. Below is a photo which was released after Fisher brought a proto to the Huge Outdoor Expo in Germany. Here is my best shot at explaining how it works. Please note that l have only used a prototype and that only for a few hours per day over three days. Volume and Threshold are pretty self-explanatory. Likewise Sens
    1 point
  42. You're probably spot on as a picnic area. There was an old estate near by that had been burned several times in the late 1800's and finally torn down in the 1940's. It used to overlook one of the ponds and located up on a hill. Nearby is the remnants of old stables/barn that is long burned out as well. The pasture is heavily overgrown. Very tough finding anything as there is pieces of tin roof's, lead and copper flashing and tons of nails as well as 50 years of bottle tops. Even the best machines can't punch through all of that hehe. There are a total of 700 acres that have been picked through
    1 point
  43. Pam, you didn't say where you were hunting, turf, beach or what. Here is my advice. Pick a program that you like the way the audio sounds. Lower the disc to -30. Nothing notched. Put it in 3 frequency correlate mode. Set the Correlate setting to somewhere between 5 and 10 points. The default is 20 points and that is too big....10 is good, try for 8. 8 will give more trash rejection. And then just dig whatever gives a good repeatable response. You should be able to cover ground and get your coil over more likely ring targets and skip a lot of trash. Remember that Corre
    1 point
  44. A funny story actually. I arrived at site and was thinking about which detecftor to use first to find a target to compare. Had Tarsacci mdt 8000, Etrac and Nox with me. I chose Eqx 800 and took off. I get this strong signal with 13 in the window. Said to myself golly this thing sounds like it’s on top of ground. Went to truck to get pinointer just to see how shallow. . Garrett propointer pointer hit strong so I moved some of the sprigs of grass and sage around and saw something. As soon as I layed eyes on it I knew what it was. But the ID told me it was not genuine. I did a small vi
    1 point
  45. The Teknetics T2 was introduced in 2006 and is still in production. It was the first major project released by First Texas (parent company of Teknetics) that involved famed engineer Dave Johnson after he joined the company. Dave had a hand in many top gold prospecting detectors at many companies, including the Fisher Gold Bug 2, Tesoro Lobo, and White's GMT. The Teknetics T2 was one of the earliest metal detectors to gain a following in the Africa Gold Rush of the late 20th century. Although technically not a nugget detector per se, the Teknetics T2 has a very powerful threshold based all
    1 point
  46. Just shipped my middle and upper shaft to Minelab in Illinois. Got a confirmation that they will inspect, repair and return them. They apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused. Can't do any better than that! The shafts didn't wobble but were twisting and the cam locks wouldn't tighten enough to take up the space. They asked for the serial # so I figure some units have the issue. We'll see and I will keep you posted. UPDATE! Got the rods back from Minelab in Illinois. The new rods have the same O.D. as the old ones. The cam locks have a thicker plastic protrusion to squeeze the
    1 point
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