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  1. Ok everyone, I am going out again tomorrow with two 7000's, one with the new long type patch lead, and a 7000 with the original type patch lead, both with 17x12 spiral coils and hopefully get some reasonable video, even though this video will be on the same testing area and same target that I have been doing all along since I started testing and using x-coils, this is an old gold field and has given up gold to various detectors over the past 30 odd years. There is very little gold left but is still a good testing area. I will also have a GPX4500 and the 12" spiral x-coil and a 12" NF evo
    11 points
  2. I have to agree with Madtuna. The retailers I have dealt with have been nothing but honest with me, and that includes Davsgold who sold me my two X coils for the GPZ. Also, the maker of the X coils has shown himself to be a very honorable person. I will be attempting, weather permitting, to do some head to head testing tomorrow or Monday between the 12 and 17 X coils, and the standard GPZ 14 over some buried nuggets. All my anecdotal results so far have shown them to be superior than the standard coil, pulling gold from places that I have done to death with the standard coil. C
    7 points
  3. Honestly, no matter how many videos, no matter how many credible testers, no matter how much evidence, there will always be sceptics. If you're the builder or the retailer you have no hope in hell as in their eyes you're biased or a liar and it's all about the sale.
    7 points
  4. So very true Phrunt, I am not reviewing a product again on DP, I took a breather reviewed my and other X coil reviews and asked myself why bother, just be an early bird and get the worm. Selfish that attitude may be especially as I believe the majority gain from such reviews.
    5 points
  5. Regardless of the amount of words goldenoldie, I can vouch for the effectiveness of the X coils.
    5 points
  6. The manufacture has been working on that size spiral coil for a fair while now, looks like he has it now. Yes it is an exciting breakthrough to get the spiral winding in a very small coil. cheers dave
    4 points
  7. Well, today is a very exciting day for me. As you all are very aware and often find amusing New Zealand mostly has small gold and bigger ones are few and far between....our bigger ones tend to be the rest of the worlds smaller ones This means sensitivity to small gold is something we strive for. It's one of the reasons I'm really enjoying the QED as it's got great small gold sensitivity. I've always wanted the most sensitive coil I could get my hands on for the GPX, I invested in a Coiltek Joey 10x5 bundle wound and it's a really good stable little coil but then when I got my Nugg
    4 points
  8. Jonathan, I think that this is somewhat understood with the knowledge that you have received one of the latest coils from Xcoils as was stated on a different thread. You have left the door open a bit because you say 'still' so there may still be some official recognition of these coils yet to come. We hope that Minelab will make a licensing deal or some kind of commitment to its Zed customers to provide more coils that outperform existing coils. This still does not put Minelab in the 'game' of making any new coils for the Zed. It is my understanding (not alone I might add) that Mi
    4 points
  9. Went out for a bit earlier today and found these. The quarter was shallow on edge of what was a small orchard. The locket hinge still works but the photo has disolved away. Locket was pretty deep under a good size rock. Think it was silver plated at one time. Grounds starting to freeze so might be getting close to the end of the season. I'll call it a day when my digger makes a clank sound and I can't dig.
    3 points
  10. Hunt the camp didnt go so good BUT found a few relics...
    3 points
  11. Reviewing a product or even talking about liking a product can very easily open you up to ridicule. It's a shame as a lot of the time people talk about products they like to help people. I'm not just talking about coils here, this goes on with a lot of products. Eventually enough people have to product to form a critical mass whereby the negative views people have can't deny the fact people like a product because it's a good product. Madtuna was spot on. As for dealers, used car salesmen have a bad wrap, but not every single one of them is a shady character. 🙂 The discussion is pe
    3 points
  12. Hi, all! I just wanted to mention that in the spirit of the Holidays, Steve's Detector Rods will be giving away one carbon-fiber complete Equinox shaft (upper shaft and lower rod), AND one carbon-fiber Equinox lower rod, to two lucky U.S. winners. Two separate drawings will be held on Dec. 18, one for the complete shaft, and a second for the lower rod. Entry into the drawings is completely free, with no purchase required -- and the entry period is open from now, through 11:59 PM on Sunday, Dec. 15. Additionally, ALL entrants into either drawing will qualify to receive 10% off of any item
    2 points
  13. Tried a new area for metal detecting last week, Nothing AZ, it lived up to its name. Spent 5 days and came up with Nothing. Lots of quarts, black sand looks good but no gold.
    2 points
  14. Iffy Signals Nov 29, 2019 - Minelab Vanquish 540 Depth & Recovery Test with 8" Coil
    2 points
  15. Thanks for the tips Chase! I do actually have a second detector, a lobo supertrak with a DD and a concentric coil. Don't know if it would do any better, but if I make it back there I'll take it along and try everything.
    2 points
  16. Was in a field that was an orchard way back, had the Tejon cranked on sensitivity so it would just stop chattering. Going along and not even a peep for a while. Hit the all metal and nothing! Turned it off then on again and no signal! Figured I forgot to charge the lithium batteries as I usually do and of course I took the spares out of my pouch. Went home charged the batteries and they recharged really quick (usually take 2 hours from fully drained). Tossed them in, powered the machine up and Nothing!!! My heart sank. Checked to see if the headphones were ok and it turned out to be the inline
    2 points
  17. The highly mineralized soil part of your equation is going to make this tougher on you VS someone else that is just wanting to eliminate iron. Any detector has trouble dividing the ground minerals from iron and then again to divide the iron from non iron...particularly in ground where the mineralization IS a form of iron ore. What typically happens is that the non iron targets will start to "read" as iron on most machines, or at least the ID is dragged down into the iron range (or up, depending on how you look at the iron scale). Now, for nails and such...that is hard to say too. It d
    2 points
  18. I know this doesn't help most Equinox users, but when iron gets really bad, I usually just switch over to my Deus (or the less expensive ORX which works just as well) and a smaller coil. This is is why I have been saying for months, that the two detectors compliment each other. I love them both and would not be without both in my truck for any detecting situation. But here are some iron site tips for Equinox/Vanquish users because they can still get the job done: Make sure any ground noise is cancelled out by properly ground balancing your detector for each mode you plan to use.
    2 points
  19. The hollow support pieces are filled in with shoe goo, and the solid part has marine epoxy applied. The Groovy part...….the coil cover can still be snapped on. Dave
    2 points
  20. There is no amount of visual evidence that will convince everyone, the best evidence is when someone you know is using or doing something and say, hey check this out. This goes for detectors and coils and combos of...and as always what suits one no matter how good it suits someone else. I have not stopped using the GPZ700 with the x-coils in favor of the GPX with x-coils, but people are asking for x-coils of the GPX model detectors, I am showing what x-coils are available, I cant be everywhere and so a few others are using x-coils on the GPX4500/5000 and like what they are achieving.
    2 points
  21. Very cool ring that was found 2016: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7691793/Amateur-metal-detectorist-finds-gold-Medieval-ring-tipped-fetch-50-000-auction.html
    2 points
  22. Worth the watch, good information for you Detector Prospectors! Lesson 1 - Where Does Gold Come From? Lesson 2 - How To Find Lode Gold Deposits
    2 points
  23. I'm quite pitiful. First ever for me. I dreamed I had the AQ. Craziest dream, I could see the controls and all the features. The whole time (in my dream) I was wondering why I had one. When I woke up I was even more puzzled. In the 20+ years of using metal detectors I've not one time dreamed about any of them. Strange. Must be a SUBCONCIOUS thing I guess. Even though I'm very interested in the machine, I don't think I would ever purchase one just to use one week out of a year but you never know. I'm more interested in the land version to replace my TDI but what goes on beh
    2 points
  24. The Fisher Impulse AQ Ltd is a new pulse induction (PI) metal detector released in June 2020. The Fisher Impulse AQ is the first of a series of new pulse induction detectors from Fisher Research. The AQ (AQua) is a waterproof model intended for beach and water hunting. Pulse induction technology offers extreme performance on highly mineralized beaches that inhibit the depths attainable with VLF metal detectors. The Impulse AQ has been released first as a limited production model (less than 100 units will be manufactured), the Impulse AQ Limited. This machine has a depth rating of three fe
    1 point
  25. I find myself also using the Orx more and more. I'm finding it pretty equal with the Equinox. The Orx is better hunting gold jewelry in Gold modes. Gold Kruzer 2nd for gold jewelry. Equinox 3rd. It doesn't false either. Better in iron. It's becoming my main detector. Detectors I have: Equinox 800 w/ 11" and 6" coils XP Orx w/ 9" hf coil Gold Kruzer w/ 9.5x5.5 concentric, 9.5x5 dd, 4x7.5 dd coils Lobo STmodded w/ 8" and 5.75" concentric coils
    1 point
  26. Shot a video of a small nugget I found yesterday using the XP ORX in Carefree Arizon...... If anyone is interested :
    1 point
  27. Hit a local school lot twice the past few days, no silver, but the Equinox is a quarter finding machine ... And to boot nabbed a Sacagawea dollar ... Only old place I have permission on had the old home bulldozed and there is scrap literally everywhere and Im not experienced enough yet to detect this environment. Had lots of fun, got dirty and needed advil afterwards..LOL Cheers Brian
    1 point
  28. he is in production // finally .. I find it amazing that your dealer does not speak a French seller already takes pre-orders without delivery date .... price announce France / Europe 2490 euros 2020 Edit: The Impulse AQ has been revealed - see details here
    1 point
  29. Gold found! A 102.3g nugget found with a metal detector and drilling to come. https://stockhead.com.au/resources/lefroy-hits-visible-gold-in-maiden-drilling-at-hang-glider-hill/
    1 point
  30. Yeah well this is a Minelab forum and you Nokta/Makro fanboys should just stay over on your own forum! My feeling about Vanquish is it nailed it's design goal - choice between Garrett Ace and Vanquish is a no-brainer. Between Vanquish and Simplex I choose Equinox, best of both worlds. Minelab Vanquish 540 vs Garrett Ace 400
    1 point
  31. Not so fast... Not necessarily a universal sentiment. I like the Equinox but of the two value machines, personally prefer the Simplex because, unlike the Vanquish, it is different than the Equinox which I already own. The case could be different for someone who doesn't already have an Equinox. Of course, neither are it's equal. Apples and oranges. [For clarity regarding the referenced quote above - Note that Steve is quoting "iffy signals" so I am referring to the iffy signals' quote which may or may not have anything to do with how Steve feels about Vanquish]
    1 point
  32. iffy signals also did a Nokta/Makro Simplex+ vs Garrett AT Pro video. When asked on YouTube what he thought of Simplex vs Vanquish, read below..... “MD Melbourne15 hours ago Quite a nice detector iffy, In your opinion what do you prefer this or the simplex? REPLY Iffy Signals 15 hours ago Hey Jim, i prefer the Minelab because of the multi freq and the 5 tones in all modes. Simplex is stuck in two tones for there deep mode. Vanquish has 5 tones for all modes. Anyone who likes the Equinox will most likely like the Vanquish. Other than the fact that it looks like a Fire T
    1 point
  33. Fiddling with iron bias helps but too time consuming for me, I haven't tried switching frequencies on big iron as I don't find it often enough however I find the quickest easiest method is just to use pinpoint and if the target feels way too big and it's a number 12 to 15 (usually 13 for me) it's not worth my energy digging it 🙂 When I am fooled lately it's usually a big old rusty washer.
    1 point
  34. Gosh Jonathan, you just need to have patience with us mere mortals.
    1 point
  35. I don’t know how many times I have to tell people on this forum that ML were originally approachable. The X coils were/still are highly developmental and constantly going through changes and revisions with big differences between coils over small time spans.
    1 point
  36. Sometimes you come home with your pockets empty..Sometimes you come home smiling... (Seeker)
    1 point
  37. Yesterday which was Sunday November 24th while everyone else was watching football I was underground detecting for pockets of crystallized gold 🙂
    1 point
  38. Heat treating should be done last as once it is heated again you lose the temper and can't get it back. I cold form the parts from annealed and normalized. stock so it is easy to work with, then weld then heat treat. For the tip shape this model is intended for groomed grass. The spade point makes it easier to pop out the plug or cut a flap with fewest passes. spade point makes it easier to scoop the dirt out. Something I found the bayonet style a little annoying to do. I am working on a larger model for field and relic which will have a narrower blade, etc. I'm just waiting on the p
    1 point
  39. This is the 2nd video from Nov 24th, this shows the before and after pictures of how the gold looks with a light cleaning and the water gun process to get them clean! https://youtu.be/WRD_STVYsSU
    1 point
  40. There may have been some misunderstanding of what I posted. I do realize that frequency adjust is a local, not global setting. My point was that in some cases a change in microfrequency (via the noise cancel) can take a mode from extremely noisy to quiet. I've never seen this before in 450+ hours of operating the Eqx 800. Usually it's a small effect, if any. That is, when in a quiet environment it doesn't matter what microfrequency you are in -- they are all quiet. But in a (broad band) noisy environment it also matters little as you can't quiet things down by simply doing a noise cancel
    1 point
  41. I'm not showing off ...... But it really works once you tune your ears well !!!!!!!...... I pick limited trash, the sounds and woof woofs are evident to trash and gold ..... I do pick up some lead bullets once in a while ..... Congratulations on the nuggets !!!!!
    1 point
  42. If you are starting out stay simple. Jumping into 50 tones or anything you are not comfortable with will just make your life harder. Why 50 tones? More audio information for those that hunt by ear. More information overload for those that may not need it. If all you want to do is dig non-ferrous there is nothing wrong with two tones. I am a proponent of the default stock modes for beginners. Beach detecting? Beach 1 for dry beach, Beach 2 for water. Adjust sensitivity as high as is possible while keeping the detector stable. For hunting iron make sure you have the latest update so yo
    1 point
  43. I am not really looking for a new detector to add to my arsenal. I think my Deus, Equinox, and GPX cover the bases pretty well. I keep an MXT and F75 DST around mainly for nostalgic reasons (like a guitarist collects guitars) and because they were classic designs in their day with solid performance, features, design, and ergonomics bar none in the case of the F75. I laso keep my Tek Delta around because it was the detector with which I really learned how to detect and helped me form a passion for the hobby. Plus they all support concentric coils which are advantageous under certain conditi
    1 point
  44. I had a F22 and now a F44 and they are virtually the same machine performance wise with the same size coil. F44 just has Gb and a few other things. I expect they will give them new paint jobs and lower the price below Simplex on the F44. With the 7.69? frequency they are really hot on coins. I mostly hunt playgrounds and don't need a machine to pick up targets 8-12" deep.
    1 point
  45. F44 may be “recycled” tech but is still a very capable machine. My buddies girlfriend uses one and when we all hunt together it keeps up with other machines him and I use that are supposed to have much more “horsepower”. Just reaffirms the reality of VLF tech being maxed out long ago and knowing your machine is far more important than how new it is!!
    1 point
  46. The BEST cover for the beach is NO cover. Zero sand, water, black sand.
    1 point
  47. On a plain sand beach it'll be totally ok I think. We have some beaches with more than hand big stones here and there... Hunting mostly in the dark, I sometimes hit such a stone accidentally, and I'm pretty sure that the cover prevented some wear & tear..
    1 point
  48. I hunt almost every day year round for 2 to 3 hours when the weather isn't below 25F or above 100F. It's good exercise, my dog gets to go too, and I get to detect!!!! I change up the pattern sometimes but 90% of the time I am hunting for coins and jewelry with my Equinox 600 with 11" coil or my Fisher F19 with Detech Ultimate 13" coil. Usually my Nox is in Park 1 or Park 2 discriminating -9 to +4 and my F19 is in disc mode, iron volume 11, tone break at 55, discrimination 35. Today, like most days I was concentrating on the pull tab, ring tab/beaver tail, zinc penny range looking for gol
    1 point
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