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  1. So I'm stuck at home and decided that I wanted to crush some rock that I had. It was just a hair over a pound of rock, but these were all pieces that were found with a detector. None had nice gold showing, most had no gold showing but were quartz, from a district known for producing high grade, and made my GM1000 sing. None were good candidates for specimens, none really made the detector scream, so I thought these were good bits of rock for crushing. One piece was from California, the rest were from a little obscure gold district in Nevada that produced very little but what they did produce w
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  2. In South Australia we are really limited to public accessible fossicking areas. We have two areas open to the public at Echunga: Chapel Hill & Jupiter Creek Diggings, and another area which is the old Gumeracha Goldfields. The area available to the public is now a pine plantation, so access is via a permit available from ForestrySA. So when 90% of the old diggings has had pines planted on top of it, unfortunately a lot of the old gold workings such as shallow diggings, test pits, shafts, wash piles etc are simply no longer visible, so it does present a challenge of knowing where to l
    11 points
  3. Video uploaded really quick!
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  4. One good thing about social distancing was not having relatives for Easter dinner at our place this year so that we didn't have to clean the house! That afforded a couple hours of detecting time. Sadly, the football field and baseball fields I normally frequent were all chained off. So, I had to get creative. I detected around the outside of one of the diamonds and ran the 15" Equinox coil over this recent drop. I would not have seen it just walking past it, so I still count it as a find even though no dirt was dug. The chain is .925 and the cross says 10K. There are a couple names on the part
    3 points
  5. If you want max depth for any target in hot soil and can afford to dig iron, trash, and anything else it pings, you might also want to look at a pulse induction detector (Minelab GPX or similar).
    3 points
  6. I like Garret myself. I like their fan base too. Lots of down to earth people that are nice to be around. I hope they continue to do well and help keep the treasure hunting equipment industry diversified in product offerings. HH Mike
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  7. Minelab Equinox 800 and 6 inch coil. XP Orx with white high frequency 9”coil or 9X5” coil. Nokta Makro Multi Kruzer, Gold Kruzer or Anfibio Multi. Jeff
    3 points
  8. Fisher is not accepting pre-orders. If some European dealer is doing so, it is without their cooperation. The plant in El Paso is under a shut down order from the El Paso mayor. No US dealer has been notified of any specific plans for launch of the AQ and I would be very surprised if any of them are soliciting pre-orders without knowing when it will be launched, how it will be marketed and what it will sell for. There is credible information that the initial batch will be limited and it may well be that the production rate is kept low until the real size of the market is
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  9. Sounds like hype to convince people to preorder if I ever heard it. “Give us your money or lose your place in line and wait forever” is a game as old as the ages with retailers. I’d say just the opposite. Unless you are 100% certain you don’t mind being a test pig and all that entails, hold back a bit on this one for reports from people you trust.
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  11. Thereis very little user adjustment on the Vanquish series. On the V-540 you can change the Volume and Sensitivity, and that's about it other than switch from High Iron Bias to Low Iron Bias if desired. Then you have the three factory-default modes with their own default-designed Recovery Speeds. All the user can do to 'customize' performance for the 'Custom' mode or program is this: 1.. Determine which of the three factory Programs you prefer with regard to Recovery Speed .. and .. 2.. Select the Discriminate segments you want to accept and then 'Save' those settings.
    2 points
  12. I know about the 'updateable' comment from the podcast before, but not sure they have an 'update'; or that the service tech knows how to do it; or if they have a 'fix' for the Vanquish GB design glitch. I've tinkered with the Equinox 800 a couple of times in the past .. briefly .. w/o making any adjustments to my friend's settings. I was interested in the Vanquish 540 Pro Pack because I liked the looks of, and potential for, that 5X8 DD coils as a mid-sized coil for most sites I hunt to cover the 'fringe' area. Also to be used as a 'scouting-unit' I had reservations about the V-540 be
    2 points
  13. Tim from Blue Lead Gold Productions and Gary ( Two Toe's ) got to do some Metal Detecting and Boulder rolling Look at the Gold Nuggets they Found !!!!!!! I'd say it was a Great Day !!!!!!!! TM 010
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  14. Thanks Lunk. I have dug other cornflake nuggets over the years, even one not too far away with the 5000 and old 18" mono, but with the GPZ they are very common up there. A few have also fallen victim to the 14x9" Evo in more recent years - something about the flat wound elliptical that really sniffs out flat thin pieces.
    2 points
  15. Brass hammers are also used for non sparking when working around flammables. I use a small one on my lathe and mini mill to tap parts into place without damaging them and to pop out colets etc. Give it a tiny scratch and see what color the metal it or are you scared? heheh
    2 points
  16. I did learn something I was curious about concerning the recovery speeds. Relic mode is equal to recovery speed 2 on the Nox. Coin mode is equal to 5, and Jewelry mode is equal to 4. Wonder what the custom mode is equal to? Also the 5 freqs are weighted the same for each mode unlike the Nox.
    2 points
  17. My neighbor calls me Elmer Fudd when he sees me digging for gophers but I think ole Elmer was after wabbits lol delnorter- I know nothing about moles as I don't have those here. The same people make a smaller version trap for moles...I actually bought 6 of them as they will work on the smaller gophers as well. Gotta have the right sized trap for the right sized hole. https://www.ebay.com/itm/6-TRAPS-TRAPLINE-MOLE-TRAP-STAINLESS-STEEL-USA-MADE/323238687925?hash=item4b4286f4b5:g:jyAAAOSwhfJc5Yxs Lunk that will work for sure but its a last resort...kind like the re boot b
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  18. Hello from Chicago! I'm Blue and I just started metal detecting last December and it's been great. I'm still learning a lot about my machines and having a grand time with them. Unfortunately, it's not going too great outside right now so I guess it's the best time to do research for new spots. 🙂🙃 Just wanted to stop by and say hi to everyone!
    1 point
  19. Been staying Home due to the Convid19 virus but seen a small window to get out yesterday. Got my much needed exercise at a private beach. Water was calm and beautiful with plenty of targets. Being my first trip out since March the 15th I could see changes, good and bad in the bottom. Since the winds and water were calm I went for the faintest targets in all metal with the excalibur. Slowly working a area about 800 feet off shore. Two 10k gold rings, and a few crusty silvers. First was a class ring I believe to be from the early 1900's, no markings which would place it before 1906. The second
    1 point
  20. Nice cross and chain. I have hound a few small gold crosses with my Nox. Nothing too deep, only a few inches. I'm in Florida too!
    1 point
  21. I agree with you that they came so close with the Vanquish 540 Pro Pack. Easily out-classed anything in the lower to mid-price range from White's and Garrett, and also bettered most of those from FTP with features and in-the-field performance. But anyone who's used the Nokta / Makro Simplex + knows it still has features and adjustments that surpass the Vanquish. I thought the same as you did. Add Automated or Manual GB and more adjustments for a single frequency for the 'Custom' program slot. I'd be fine with 10 kHz, 12 kHz or up to 15 kHz for a single frequency. Physical packaging
    1 point
  22. Yeah, it's all completely innocent. Nobody has any interest at all in getting people primed up to buy this detector. I'll bet not one dealer out there has any names on a list of potential Impulse buyers just waiting to get in line. Whether taking a pre-order now, or paving the way to have people lined up to place those pre-orders, it's all the same game.
    1 point
  23. ... nothing is impossible, I heard that the Vanquish V 540 on the pre-production test software was able to tune off the red brick when turned on / if the coil was placed on the brick ... when the detector was turned on ...
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  24. I'm not even done watching the whole video yet and I can say I need one of those Jaw rock crushers... what is the make and model if it is something that is still made? strick
    1 point
  25. The TDI SL should do ok in hot dirt too.
    1 point
  26. The Rain can't stop Jeff and Gary (Two Toe's ) as they head to the Hills in search of those elusive Gold Nuggets. Jeff has his White's Gold Master V-Sat (VLF) Metal Detector and Gary has his White's TDI (Pulse Induction) Detector see which one finds the most and biggest Gold in the California Mother lode. Clear that Bedrock and check those Crevice's there might be Gold Nuggets hidden in there !!!! SG 018 Thanks for watching !!! Jeff
    1 point
  27. For Equinox and Vanquish - the service center will only test and replace faulty hardware which means straight up replacement of a faulty coil/cable, control pod, rod/stem/cuff, associated headphones and wireless audio accessories, or Equinox battery (if defective within the first year). Everything is surface mount, microelectronics now. Gone are the days of detector tuneups and tweakable potentiometer, variable capacitors, and inductors. It is a throwaway electronics world now which has both upside and downside. As "repair" technicians, not software designers, they have no authority to al
    1 point
  28. Back out Tuesday...One Gold and two silvers...But Monday's storm has changed the way this spots bottom looks. Almost like someone came thru with a huge dredge and removed the sand, In some areas. Just a guess after three hours reconning the spot I would say there was close to 4 foot of sand removed in some area's and others untouched......which I have seen before above water but never this much deep in the water. Unfortunately the little area I could get into held only iron..More time will be needed to see where the sand has gone and search the huge troughs / cuts.
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  29. Lately I've been trying to figure out how to gain new permissions during these trying times were in. I don't want to knock on doors, but I would like to be ahead of the game once this problem passes. The other day I got lucky and noticed a truck pulled over to the side of the road and stopped to see if he needed assistance , turns out it was a local property owner who was out running his dog, due to being cooped up in the house. We started to talk and I realized he was from a particular 10 acre property I wanted to hunt. So I asked him if I could hunt his property and he said yes. I usuall
    1 point
  30. I like it. Is the cross hollow or solid? If its hollow that would make a good test piece as gold crosses are normally hard to find due to their angularity and low conductivity. HH Mike
    1 point
  31. Also in the original post I mentioned that its specific gravity is about 6.2. The common copper alloys (common brasses and common bronzes) have s.g.'s close to 9. IMO Carl is on the right track when he says 'pot metal'. I think that is a broad spectrum of alloys, all of which are easy to melt and not very robust. Pot metal often contains zinc, although that's another element which has density up there with copper, around 9. But alloys don't necessarily reflect the densities of their constituent elements, and there are a few low density elemental metals (like aluminum and magnesium) wh
    1 point
  32. I’ve had good luck getting access to ranches to detect by offering to help with work around the ranch. Fixing fences, gates, and helping with other work has gotten me into some very productive areas that haven’t seen a detector. Ive found if you show your willing to take care of the land and leave not leave holes all over property owners rarely say no.
    1 point
  33. The 18650x4 battery mod is really easy to do. I have three battery packs, the stock blue label for 8 AAs, the stock orange label 12 volt NiMH and the 14.8 volt modded pack. The modded pack is10% more sensitive with the Whites and MJD coils. With the Coiltek TDI coils and Nugget Finder smaller coils sensitivity is 15% or more than 12 volts. Jeff
    1 point
  34. Good stuff, Nenad! I like the thin, cornflake nugget in Part 2.
    1 point
  35. Thanks strick I’ll check the smaller ones out. Yes Fred the mole are after the grubs and worms. Hey, maybe if I try fishing for them with a worm on a tiny hook. Ha ha, I may have something there. Easier on the yard and such as well Lunk.
    1 point
  36. It is obvious..... it is a water powered brush?
    1 point
  37. Every tool has its purpose, my guess is its a Chinese repro. That being said it is a cabinet makers hammer. Remember not all nails were steel, and upholsterers used the same kinds of hammers for brass and copper tacks. These hammers were not just used for furniture. They were used for leather work as 2Valen said, but also used for inlay work to help set veneer. You wouldn't use a claw hammer to straighten a fender (Well maybe). These hammers were made to be low weight as not to damage your project. A really big one would be about 8.oz. The one you have looks like it was used for the wrong purp
    1 point
  38. The Fisher F2/F4 shares some of these characteristics, too. Most of the electronics is powered from a regulated voltage derived from (9V+9V)=18V , but the audio stage is run off a single 9V. So weak audio but fully functional detector is common ...
    1 point
  39. This is crazy. Was listening to podcasts at work today. At around 50:23, Debbie from Minelab says the Vanquish "IS" updateable. Wish Minelab could clarify this mess. https://www.spreaker.com/user/admrr/rerun-debbie-smikoski-of-minelab-talks-a
    1 point
  40. Very interesting. An old Gold Bug 2 (the GB2 uses two 9V batteries) trick involved the fact that the detector could actually run off one battery. So one battery supplied both the detector circuit and audio. The other battery apparently supplied just the detector circuit but not the audio? If you lost a battery you could run the detector on one by placing it in the appropriate slot. Or, when the detector ran “dead”, swapping battery locations would add extra hours. Seems that dual power circuit scheme carried over into the single battery design.
    1 point
  41. Join in the search for Gold Nuggets in the California Motherlode with Nugget Hunters Gary ( Two Toe's ), Prospector Jerry ( California Motherlode Prospectors ), Jeff ( Smithsgold ), Bedrock Bennett, and JC ( Minin Hawaiian ) as they search for elusive Gold Nuggets. The Nugget Hunters COMING SOON !!!!!!!
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  42. Paul, yeh, I can see that would be a good shop class project. (Found a pic online of one which was made in shop class, but it was steel and last part of the project was to harden it.) Mine is cast so maybe not hand made -- were yours done on a milling machine? Your picture is convincing, DoD. Right size and everything! But for nails and tacks, why not steel? Now the soft metal makes sense, Tim -- hammering on something even softer (leather). Mine looks like the 'Harbor Freight' cheap-ass version, but at least it didn't rust being in the ground all these years. Low density
    1 point
  43. This technique will get rid of any yard pests!
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  44. Yep. completely unknown and unworked areas are the go. These can lead to significant finds. Even in a small populous state like Victoria (Aus) there are areas that have not been worked at any time in the past or present - and many miles from known gold fields. As Dale says, do the research and follow the geology. You will often draw a blank but when it pays off, it can seriously deliver:
    1 point
  45. I now things move slowly at FT but is is obvious to me that at this point it is more than a mechanical issue. I'm beginning to doubt whether the AQ as it is currently will even launch.
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  46. Garrett rocked the detecting world with the ACE release and they rocked it again with the AT release. They may well be getting ready to do it again. HH Mike
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  47. Thank You! The cool silver ring is really gold, the Chesapeake Bay is very hard on it gold. I've even got several 18k gold that was stained. Being in the water here for over a hundred years takes a toll. The one pictured is 10k and since it has no fineness marks that would put it before 1906, when they passed the Gold stamp act of 1906/07, where all gold and silver had to be marked. (USA) I'm guessing but the ring had the emblem add and they used silver to attach the emblem. Which caused the emblem to turn crusty like silver...Before and after pictures..
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  48. Little Johnny is a big help also..you can see gopher mounds in the distance and I've already got close to 40 of the little buggers in the last 3 weeks! strick
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  49. Yes Steve..I dont want anyone to think its a walk in the park on my account.I too struggled with it and still have learning to do.Its a unorthodox unit.Its quirky.The worse the soil a person has the better results he may have with it.But you dont turn it on and get blown away on inland sites.It takes time to see what its doing and how to tune it find it out.Study what you see is happening and notice things its doing other units are not doing or struggling to do on in soil targets.If a user starts to pay attention to this he will see its strongest point. What i mainly wanted to do is how
    1 point
  50. Join the Nugget Hunters as we search for Gold Nuggets in the California Motherlode. We search for the Nuggets the 49ers didn't get. With Gary ( Two Toe's ), Prospector Jerry ( California Motherlode Prospectors ), Jeff ( Smithsgold ), Bedrock Bennett, and JC ( Minin Hawaiian )as they search for elusive Gold Nuggets. The Nugget Hunters Part One
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