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  1. Hi All - been away for a bit out West on a sales trip and running the coils... Geez I like them but some would say I am bias 🙂 A quick run down for you.... ABS plastic injection moulded housings - 2mm thick for extra strength and assist with minimising any flex when swinging Cable and internal PCB parts all same as Minelab (as do NF coils) - I can assure all that the cables are shielded very well and I do not believe that if there are any issues that the cable contributes to this. High grade LITZ wire - same as what is int he ML coils. in-spec shielding top and bottom of coil Pressure regulation pad to keep out water and dust but assist to regulate the pressure in the coil to minimise any swelling and induced noise Wings thickened for robustness and 8mm nylon nut and bolt. Poly carb label to look good - always! 😉 All made in our Salisbury South manufacturing facility where we have 13 staff plus me (sales and technical) and my wife (CEO & Marketing) building coils and also making electronic windings (inductors,transformers etc) inc. QA, Engineering, Customer Service etc and all other things to keep a small-medium business running... I hope this answers your query on this... Regards, Trevor.
    14 points
  2. I’m fine with eBay, buyer and seller protections, wider audience, calculated shipping options, etc. I’m selling the 6000 because I have an Axiom, and don’t need the 6000 anymore because of that. And I will say categorically that I do not have a GPZ replacement prototype, and would turn it down if offered. Testing was fun at one point, now it’s just work, and I’d rather go detecting. Axiom was my last hurrah in that regard, and even then only because I’d lobbied Garrett for so long on this, that I could not resist. So hit Minelab up Ron, they need a new tester in the U.S.
    14 points
  3. Haven't done any detecting in a while because of the heat. Finally got a break and hit an old park. Very noisy hunting because a few inches down is all coke and coal that they used to fill the park and tossed loam over it. Was able to pick this merc out of the mess. Will use another machine next time over and see if I can find others. Of course I'll shamelessly show off my digger 🙂 Been using that pretty much exclusively because grounds are so dry here.
    12 points
  4. http://metaldetectingforum.com/images/icons/icon1.gif I appreciate everybody's time and input concerning this matter. Here is an update. I wanted to clear my conscience and make a concerted effort to reunite the ring with its rightful owner. So, I contacted A&M again. I was told by the person on the other end of the line that they had sent multiple emails and they had tried calling the number on file. The lady said that they were getting a voicemail full or not set up. She suggested that I send the ring to them and they would hold it until they were able to make contact. I told her that I wasn't willing to do that. She asked me why not? I told her I wanted to make personal contact with the owner and that that's the way I've done it with other rings that I found. She didn't sound too happy about that remark. So on my way to town I got to thinking, why haven't they tried sending the guy a text message. So I called back again, and asked the lady if they tried sending him a text message. She said no they were unable to send a text message because all they had there were landlines. In my mind I'm thinking, you guys are college graduates and you can't figure out to send a text message on a personal phone. I told her I wanted to text the guy and ask her if I could have the phone number. She gave me the phone number and I tried making contact and got the same results that they did. I sent a text with no response. On my way home I got a phone call from A&M, come to find out they were able to get a hold of his mother and he had a new number. I sent a text to the new number and within 20 seconds I got a phone call from the owner. The guy was over the moon that I had actually found his ring. He gave me the story and he told me the exact park where he was and the circumstances in which the ring was lost. Come to find out they were sending emails to his college email which he never uses and he had changed his phone number. The ring is now on its way back back to the owner, case closed. I damn sure am going to use a little bit more discretion next time I find a massive ring like that. Lesson learned.
    10 points
  5. I absolutely loved the 6000, and very much because it was the first PI to get the ergonomics mostly right. It’s a tossup in that regard between 6000 with 11” mono, and Axiom with 13” mono. They both feel great. But put the 11” mono on the Axiom…. I’m really liking that. It’s more like swinging a VLF than a PI. If I was focusing still on Nevada desert country, it might be a tougher call for me. But these days I’m in California more often than not, very steep terrain, trees, brush, lots of rock piles, and nails, endless nails. I’m not lacking for targets by any stretch of the imagination, so another inch is not as important to me, as having a machine suited for the terrain I am hunting in. Long story short I can only use one detector at a time, and I prefer now to grab the Axiom. It was very grudgingly at first, I will admit that. But with each update it’s just got better, and the last got it to the finish line. Any updates from here on out are pure gravy. I’m about as surprised as anyone, really, but at this point I’d grab the Axiom. When I looked in my crystal ball, it just made sense to sell the 6000. Anyone doing the same because I’m doing it… really? Don’t do that! I’m a bit of a contrarian, and a motivator for me is people saying “you can’t use that and do any good.” I’ve always been a loner, and when the herd goes one way, I tend to go my own way. I enjoy tilting at windmills, and poking a stick in Goliath’s eye. I’m mostly rational, but sometimes I really do wonder.
    9 points
  6. I think that is true actually. The Z and the 6000 both are troubled by similar hot rocks and salt ground, that the Axiom handles with ease. Z + Axiom is a great pairing. Or is it A to Z? I placed my vote of confidence - my 6k just went up for sale in the classifieds.
    7 points
  7. Yesterday I was meant to be cleaning up my garage, I'd made a mess of it and the boss told me it must be returned to normal but fortunately for me JW contacted me first thing in the morning asking if I wanted to go for a detect. This was enough for the "boss" to tell me I can do the garage today instead... yet here I am 🙂 We took the coils to a spot we've both detected a lot, a huge amount really but it was a good testing ground for the Coiltek's due to the high EMI envrionment, powerlines, buildings, airport, it's got them all 🙂 I knew from my initial testing at home the Coilteks were working A LOT better for me than my 11" coil, and I now suspect I've had a faulty 11" coil since I got my detector and it explains why I didn't like the 6000. I went over ground I'd done with the 11" coil as a bit of a test for the 10x5" Coiltek, I'd done this ground to the best of my ability and JW has been hammering it too, he's got quite a bit out of this area too. I didn't take many photos as I think most people are more interested in how the coils behave more so than photos of them. We arrived at about 10am, mostly the ground wasn't frozen except in shady spots which was handy as it's been frozen a lot lately. JW put on my Coiltek 14x9" and I used the Coiltek 10x5". It wasn't even 10 minutes and JW comes walking up as he'd found his first bit of gold with the 14x9", right near where we put our bags down, off to an incredible start, I'm guessing it's about .2 to .3 of a gram. Down in the bedrock too. Off to a good start for an area we've done so much. My first target I was sure was going to be gold ended up being a shot pellet, I really have no idea how pellets get into places like this, but they do. I had to move giant rocks by levering them with my pick and dropping them off the cliff, it took a lot of effort and I'm amazed how strong the Davsgold picks are, the jobs I do with them moving and lifting rocks is pretty incredible that they don't break. JW had lost his pick on a previous visit to this area, left it behind somewhere when he left, we were hoping we'd find it but as someone else had been detecting there too ( we could tell by dig holes ) there was a likelihood it was gone. I thought I'd upload this video as it shows the pains of detecting 🙂 The next target shortly after was only a few steps away from this one and it turned out to be a nugget. I'd missed this one in the past as it was well hidden, I had to smash out some of a bush to get the coil under there to even detect the ground, I'd not done that before but when you're in an area you've flogged to death you need to do these things in the hope of finding something. Here is a bit of a video of the find, as with most of my videos just raw footage, I don't like editing as to me raw footage is more informative than a chopped up and edited video. I was happy with the performance of the 10x5", a real game changer for me as I'm confident my 11" is faulty, it's away at the moment at the service agent to be checked, they can't look at it until next week so I'm eagerly awaiting their results, if it's not faulty its a piece of junk and will become a sacrificial lamb to get the one part of it I find valuable, it's chip, if its faulty then maybe I'll be happier with the replacement, soon find out. I switched the detector on and even though in a very high EMI environment and with JW detecting close by with his 6000 I had no significant EMI issues, I didn't even need to noise cancel although I did do one, I didn't need to regularly noise cancel and factory reset often like I did with the stock coil either, in fact unless right near the power lines a noise cancel was never required. Not once during the entire day did my detector go nutty, no police sirens or UFO sounds, nothing! Such a contrast to my stock coil that literally drove me mad, I was so frustrated with the detector I wanted to smash it. I was able to tilt the coil and go up and detect cliffs and nothing, no problems, if anything slightly higher EMI when off the ground due to the interference in this high EMI area from the power lines mostly. Nothing that I'd consider an issue that's for sure. This is the first day prospecting with the 6000 I actually found it enjoyable and started to like the detector. Here is a video showing my experience around and under the power lines with the Coilteks, this is a very high EMI area with houses nearby, power lines obviously, an International airport very close by, I mostly dedicated this to the 14x9" as we all know the bigger the coil the worse the EMI and I think it handled the situation very well, not quite GPZ with small X-coil or Concentric capability as I can run that maxed out under the same lines and keep it stable but for a GPX it did remarkably well I think. These Coiltek's for me are soooooo much better than my possibly faulty 11". My second nugget of the day was one I was more impressed with, it was in a little bedrock area JW and I have both hammered with our 6000's, in the video I said I did this spot with my 8" X-coil on the GPZ but I was in fact wrong, It was my GPX and 11" I did it with, and found a bit of gold within about 15 inches of this nugget using the 11" so we both missed this bit for some reason, The piece of gold I found the last time I used my 6000 was so close to where this one was, in the same line of bedrock only and only about 15 inches away, JW jogged my memory by reminding me the bit I found next to this one in this video was the bit where he came over with his GPX 6000 and 17x13" and even as we dug it out further the 17x13" was completely blind to it until it was near touching the coil. So, after a day of using between the 10x5" and 14x9" I am much happier with my GPX 6000, the majority of problems I had with it are resolved by changing to these coils, if it was that I had a faulty 11" coil then that's great news but if not and these are just that much better than the 11" coil then that's fine by me. The major complaint I had from the day was the shaft twist, especially with the 14x9" coil, not the coils fault by any means but something to be aware of. JW ended up with 2 nuggets also, very similar sizes to mine, one smaller and one bigger one. Getting any in this particular area is very much a challenge these days but a good testing ground. My 6000 went flat so it was game over for me but I went over to JW who had a signal in some bedrock he was trying to smash out, quite close to the power lines and his 11" was working to an acceptable level there I thought but he said some days his is better than others, my 11" would have been doing police sirens and all sorts of strange noises in that same spot. It was a very faint signal and he couldn't smash it out with his pick, the rock was too hard so he's going to have to go back with some heavy equipment, I had the 14x9" on at the time and turned on my detector and it lasted long enough after a rest turned off to go over that target and it got no signal, but that's not a surprise I already figured out the 11" was slightly more sensitive to tiny gold than the 14x9", we are confident it was a tiny bit of gold, so he'll go back and get it. I'm more confident the 10x5" would have had a signal on that target than the 14x9", it's significantly more sensitive to smaller targets. So yes, I now like my 6000 except a few things about it like the wobby shaft and questionable reliability, but it's not going to replace my GPZ, not even close, I still much prefer the GPZ but I'm lucky in that I have a great range of coils for it. And JW ended up finding his lost pick! So a good day for all.
    6 points
  8. I got out this morning to look for a ring and while I was unsuccessful in finding it I did get this nice 18k consolation prize.
    6 points
  9. I'm stoked there is finally another choice/competitor out there, and I'll be putting my 6000 on Ebay too the minute I know I can get an Axiom on my doorstep the next day to replace it and keep me up and running. Normally I'd be raising a stink, posting videos of the problem, trying to encourage some kind of fix. But for the first time in my detecting career we all have a choice and I can simply speak with my wallet instead of my voice now. That's a nice option to have at long last. Looking forward to trying this Axiom out, I could care less what company makes the best tools, I just want them to work, whoever makes them.
    6 points
  10. No "may" about it. The first real competition Minelab has ever faced in PI has finally arrived.
    6 points
  11. I can only answer for myself. Your assumption is it’s all about finding gold. Yes, I like doing that. I also enjoy metal detecting as an activity in its own right, and the equipment itself. Think of a person being a car enthusiast, or something like that. I enjoy using new detectors just to go use them, and figure out how to get the best out of them. I think I also just like new toys. I’m a big kid. There are not many things I like, but I do like tech stuff, so a new computer, or iPad, or metal detector, tops my toy list. I like getting my new toys and playing with them. Never really grew up in that regard I guess. There is actually an entire subset of detectorists who do almost no actual metal detecting at all per se. They make them for themselves, or buy various models, and do endless comparison tests on YouTube. It all just comes down to different people enjoying different things in life. Because yeah, if you just want to go detecting, get a detector, and go detect. Keep it for a decade or more. There is a lot to be said about being 110% proficient with an older detector, then half assed with the latest and greatest. Personally, I’m about ready to settle in and get off the new machine of the week merry go round myself, and am currently weeding out, and selling, half my current stable of eight detectors. And then hopefully just going out and using what’s left, without getting distracted by the latest shiny new model. I know men and women who seem to have similar old model issues with spouses, and thank my lucky stars I’m not one of them!
    5 points
  12. https://www.minelab.com/__files/f/254884/KBA_26-1 GPZ 7000 Tips for Better Ground Balance.pdf "In order to artificially add extra data for improved ground balance calibration, you can use a dust iron toroid, commonly referred to as an electronics 'ferrite'. The electronics industry uses these magnetic cores extensively in computers, televisions, and mobile phones. Ground balancing using a ferrite means that less soil needs to be covered during the initial ground balance period because the ferrite artificially adds very useful data to assist achieving an accurate ground balance." Emphasis added. There is nothing in this document that implies that using the ferrite is mandatory, but simply that it can help aid, or speed up, the ground balance process. Obviously detectors need to ground balance, but not one other Minelab detector needs a ferrite ring, so this is an issue regarding the GPZ, not detectors in general. As it was explained to me the need for a ferrite balance was for soils that lack enough naturally occurring ferrite. In that situation, the GPZ would not balance properly, or take longer than normal to get balanced. For soils with sufficient naturally occurring ferrite, no additional ferrite in the form of the ring is needed. Apparently Oz soils tend to lack this component, but in the U.S. naturally occurring ferrite is abundant. This is what I was told directly by Minelab, and if incorrect, then you'll have to argue with them, not me. I will say that in general, I rebel at being told what my personal experiences are, or are not, and most especially, how to react to things, how seriously to take them or not, etc. That all said, I'll repeat what I said earlier: "Can't swear it ever made a difference in my use in the U.S., yet I always used it as part of my tune up routine. Maybe it helped and I simply don't know it. Long story short, it can't hurt, might help, why not? You want to own the most expensive nugget hunter ever sold, best performance possible.... but that one little thing is just too much?"
    5 points
  13. I tried out my new GGA IIs (for Deus 2) the other day and love them. They use the bone phone output instead of the wired headphone output and have tons of volume. I started with the volume at 6 but found that uncomfortably loud, so dropped it to 5 which is still plenty loud. I also like the sound quality, which I would describe as somewhat like the bone phones sound, but better and without that brain rattling big iron response. Comfort wise; the cup pads of these GGA IIs seem to be softer than any of my original GGAs. Nice molded, 90 degree m8 connector and glad to see they got rid of that cup mounted volume pot. Great job Detector Pro! (BTW that’s not a splice in the cable in the picture; I just have the cable taped to a large zip tie to keep it away from the handle)
    4 points
  14. I figured I would come here to get y'all's opinion on what I should do about a ring that I found. 5 weeks ago I found a large Texas A&M University class ring. I spent three days searching the internet trying to find the owner. I came across a department at A&M for lost and found class rings. I sent an email with all the pertinent information first. After 3 days I went back to the website and found a phone number. I called the phone number and talked to a lady there and gave her all the information again and she said she would do what she could to find the owner. A week later I received an email asking for some more information. It's now been 3 weeks since I had the last contact with A&M. What is a reasonable amount of time to wait before I declare the ring unclaimed? My wife says that in her opinion they weren't able to contact the owner. It's a huge 10 karat class ring. I appreciate any and all opinions, thanks.
    4 points
  15. The SDC 2300 is fully waterproof, folds up into an ultracompact package, and in use is basically a gold vacuum cleaner. Minelab SDC 2300 Information & Review
    4 points
  16. Yes we do... A foam inner core which the windings are laid in - lightweight and strong. 🙂
    4 points
  17. Wow, the video sure does a good job showing the smooth enjoyable stable threshold sound of this detector. Reminds me of the smooth GPX 5000 threshold but with gold sizes more like the SDC's capabilities. If the Axiom is also able to handle the hottest ground, then this is also a super bonus to open up a lot of new areas that had to be ignored before. Great job Garrett, looking forward to getting these in stock even more now. Thanks also Steve and Gerry for all your hard work helping Garrett make this happen.
    4 points
  18. 4 points
  19. Straight at both ends with a 10" coiled section in between, lots of length.
    4 points
  20. But yet I really like the 6000 too. Plus, there is the guilt. Never traded a ML for a competitor...See how far gone I am already. ML did a good job with me.😉 GC
    4 points
  21. Warrens last video had some comments made about not being able to hear the detector audio. They must have read the comments, because this video makes specific note of doing just that. Personally, I think this makes for a much better video, as a number one question people have is about how a detector sounds on the ground, and on the target. This video does show that about the Axiom, for those that are interested. I’ll admit I don’t watch many videos, but I do want to note I very much appreciate those that create them. I see a lot of armchair critics, and my response is “have you ever shot video?” It’s hard work that detracts from the detecting at hand, and as far as I am concerned, is a waste of my time in general, which is why you don’t see me doing many videos. The main thing is they are free. Some comments people make act like they bought something, and got ripped off, when instead they are watching a free video. Just had to mention that, and to reiterate I appreciate anyone who takes the time to make and post videos for others. If you’ve never made them and posted them yourself, you have no idea what a pain it is to make a video more than a couple minutes long.
    3 points
  22. The draw seems reasonable. I spent 4hrs in the water this morning hunting in a low target dense environment at vol 5 and the remote battery indicator still reads full. I popped one of the cups open to have a peak at the "secret sauce" and they're different from what I've seen in my original GGAs with the sealed piezo boxes but still appear to be very much piezo. Also I'm very happy to confirm this morning, they do report gold. 🙂
    3 points
  23. I think you'll be shocked at how much gold the 4500 misses, not because it can't pick up the smaller bits, it just misses gold reasonably big or small that is well within its size/depth limits, it's been discussed often. You may think you've dug up 90% of the gold in those patches, but I highly doubt you have.
    3 points
  24. Hard to understand until it happens to you. In my case, the 6000 worked ok this winter, EMI was there but I could deal with it. Yet, as soon as I travelled up north and started trying to prospect different areas I discovered that the 6000 won't work in some places. Like - at all. No stability. So much wasted gas and time. I don't know what the problem is, but I'm not compensated to figure it out for Minelab. I paid for a finished product. I don't detect on weekends, I am a prospector and this is part of my income and business, I pay taxes on it. I expect my detectors to work when/where I need them to work, or I sell them. Great detector in certain locations. Useless in other locations. I made no secret that the 6000 was my favorite detector to use - until it stopped working in places I needed it to work. So, if a better alternative is available, I'll take it.
    3 points
  25. Heck, that's been the story for at least most of MY life and I bet several others... we're always chasing that next thing that will find us our retirement nugget. You're also seeing a lot of "pent up for many many years" excitement about another option.... at least that's what a lot of my excitement is about... I need a different flavor of Kool-Aid to drink.
    3 points
  26. Your answer is in your question... to a lot of us it "was" broke and to a lot of others, they see features or opportunity not available in the 6k. PS: And a lot of us aren't selling off ALL our gear to get an Axiom, some of us are just downsizing a bit... I sold a 4500 cus I already have a 2300, 5000, 7000 and my dogs are starting to tell me enough's enough.... (I have no spouse to provide that control in my life that I so obviously need).
    3 points
  27. A few observations from an electronics guy, who has used these toroids. There are two distinct 'types' of material used in these toroids: Powdered Iron, and Ferrite. 'Powdered iron' is ultra-fine iron dust, that is produced by chemical reaction, (rather than mechanical grinding etc ). There are some similar nickel-iron alloys ( eg. Permalloy) and other exotics like Sendust that can also be considered 'Powdered iron'. 'Ferrite' is non-metallic ( officially a ceramic ) that's essentially rust ( iron oxide ) with small quantities of metals like zinc, manganese blended into it. This is turned into fine powder by mechanical grinding, and then moulded. They have quite different magnetic properties. Powdered irons have low magnetic permeability, (mu), typically varying from 1 to 100. Ferrites generally have higher mu, from 50 up to 15000. Minelab specify a low-mu powdered-iron toroid, not ferrite, for detector balancing: Quote: "A ‘dust iron’ toroid suitable for the HF frequency band (e.g.1–30MHz with an initial permeability of between 6 and 10) has been carefully selected." Regarding colour-coding: It's primarily a powdered-iron thing, even then, different manufacturers have different coding, and there's plenty of different materials/blends that it's not worth trying to identify a toroid by colour. Magnetic testing will tell you much more. Ferrites have no useful colour-codes, and are often unpainted, as they are naturally corrosion-resistant. So if you're wanting to self-select a toroid for detector set-up, you want permeability, mu, of 6 -> 10, and a physical size that's vaguely the same as the ML suggested type, though it's not critical. For reference, here's Amidon Corporations data sheet for ferrite and iron cores ( pdf ) http://www.amidoncorp.com/product_images/Amidon-Tech-Data-Flyer-v19.pdf
    3 points
  28. I am very intrigued by the Garrett Axiom, and being a 24k owner, I really love the brand and really wanted to get one, so I posted my 6k for sale early last week. I only had it on EBay and here for a short while, but decided to pull it off sale and wait until next year to see what the Axioms do in person. Well, and also as I mentioned to Steve when I asked if he could pull my ad, I decided I should put more time on it learning how to use it and making it do what it was made to do first. Besides, I really do enjoy using it. In the meantime, I also just got a Coiltek 10x5” for it as our areas are small gold in mild soils. Anyways, good luck to those trading theirs for the Axiom, looking forward to reading about your personal experiences with them and maybe I’ll do the same sometime down the road.
    3 points
  29. Jeez. I don't know how I missed, that it will telescope into a nice, compact unit, shove in a backppack..or tie on the back. Nice
    3 points
  30. Too late. The Steve H. effect is in full swing. 😄
    3 points
  31. NDA. And irrelevant really. How many has the Nokta Legend got since it came out? Garrett will be tweaking up until release, and then again after, as user feedback comes in. No handful of testers in a handful of places, can duplicate what 1000 real life users will find, and so some sort of post release update is all but assured.
    3 points
  32. Nice job finding that mercury dime. I always love finding those and find the design of them to be just beautiful. Your digger its doing great in that hard ground. Nice design on those.
    3 points
  33. The history of these forums is a little complex. Once upon a time, there was only one, this one, the DP (Detector Prospector) Forum. The website ultimately is an information repository, and I try to organize things so people can find them. There is search. There are tags. But the main way to find things is look for the right forum. I added forums as things got busy, and so we now have brand forums, and activity forums. Coin & Relic, or Jewelry, for example. This forum still is the most popular, and acts as a catch all. However, I do sort it out periodically. After things drift back a few pages, I delete some fluff threads (Happy Birthday, Merry Christmas, today's weather), and move other threads to other location. If I move threads in the first couple pages, I leave a link to the new location. These links expire after a short time. Older threads I simply move. In a nutshell, if you go back a dozen or more pages, you will only find general prospecting threads in this forum. Discussion of locations, geology, etc. but all threads that are about a model or brand, do get moved to the appropriate brand forum. This has been a long winded way to tell you that if you are looking for old Minelab threads, they are in the Minelab Forum, White’s threads in White’s Forum, Garrett threads in Garrett Forum, etc. Brand specific stuff posted to this forum are welcome, everything is good. This is just a public service announcement to explain why threads may appear to get deleted, when in fact they have simply moved. One of the most powerful ways to find things here are the tags. Click one now just to see.
    3 points
  34. I returned a class ring before. You can look up the classmates of that year and school and find out whos it was by the initials inside. Class rings are 10k, scrap value less than $600 but worth way more to the person that lost it if they are still alive. Good way of building karma :)
    3 points
  35. I totally get your perspective Steve, I remember in one of your old post you mentioned how you enjoy the latest new tech, be they detectors, computers, and such. I understand why you would want to get rid of some of the older detectors and get this new one. I have a spouse and 3 children and my first priority is my family, although I have been serious about the search for gold for well over 30 years and have had some darn good success at it. I think I have found my find of a lifetime 3 X and joined the pound club to boot. The future may give me a 2 pounder , like Jennifer stated " we're always chasing that next thing that will find us our retirement nugget," and if that means buying the next and possibly the greatest new detector to keep that dream and hope alive , then its worth it.
    2 points
  36. It was nice to see the detector on actual targets with audio, the guy needs new scales though now he's using an Axiom and finding the smaller gold if he wants to see what it really weighs, he kept finding targets that were 0.00 of a gram not because that was their weight, they were more than that, his scales are just inaccurate 🙂 Still, picking up targets this sort of size which my guess-o-meter would say is a 0.04 to 0.05 of a gram is a decent small nugget so it shows the detector is capable of smaller gold. Seems a really nice detector from what I've seen so far. I really look forward to when general users start to do videos. I understand what he's saying that everytime he does film it's a pellet and every-time he doesn't it is gold as the gold he's getting is so close in depth to the pellets it'd be very hard to know when to turn the camera on. I'm a bit luckier than that with the gold being at more depth than the pellets so I turn on the camera once I'm confident it's not a pellet, I do get a few stuff up videos but more often than not my videos are gold on their first attempt.
    2 points
  37. That's probably a good thing. They should take their time and not pop out updates every few weeks that can cause new problems. As they get closer to the 1.0 version, I would hope they take as much time as they need to get it as perfect as possible, but V0.71 is working pretty well for me, so I'm in no hurry.
    2 points
  38. I am a bit surprised why anyone would sell, trade or rid themselves of a perfectly great detector and a new one like the GPX 6000 for the new Garret Axiom, its not as if its going to get you the gold of all a sudden because you have a new detector. I suppose I am old fashioned, frugal, cheap call it what you want, if it ain't broke why fix it. Finding gold takes way more then a detector, you need access to gold fields, you need time to learn the machine that you have, and a lot of time behind it digging thousands of pieces of trash. I am sure the "New" Garret Axiom is a great performing detector, I watched the videos and it sure gets the small stuff!! I am not knocking it at all and would love to have one, but hanging up ole Betsy ML 4500 just doesn't feel right for me, she still sniffs out the mosquito poop, the deep lunks she has found many times, if it aint broke, why replace her. Just a thought I had this morning wanted to share, a rolling stone gathers no moss.
    2 points
  39. That's exactly why I still have mine.... just like I have a brand new dry suit and a Brownies Third Lung I've not used in years since moving to Arizona... I LOVE the little SDC, it's so hard to sell it but I seriously foresee (especially after seeing Warren's latest video) that in Arizona at least with no water on my property my continued loyalty to it is based on non realistic reasoning and more for sentimental reasons.... I've always felt when using it for a specific small gold session, that if I'm walking I might as well be carrying a detector that can get the stuff at depth as well and used my GPX with the Sadie but the Axiom info seen so far really just (I'm assuming) seems to be a rig I can grab instead..... PS: Thanks for the animated gif... LOL.... that didn't help... LOL.. I LOVE the way it folds up, that's why I've never tossed a Coiltek on....
    2 points
  40. I agree. kac, aren't you going to tell us what detector you were using? And how deep it was? Funny how the out-of-focus date looks like 18/17. 😁 (Both nickel and quarter of that year had this overdate.) AFAIK that overdate has never been reported for the dime. That would make your ~$5 find with about 10,000 times as much, not to mention the fame that would go along with that fortune.
    2 points
  41. WTG ! Miracle save ! 👍 Lost your class ring ? Keep your HS and College contact info updated folks !
    2 points
  42. No, I would not buy one. I was on the original list to get one and dropped out as I started hearing about all the problems and that the ability of being able to identify iron was exaggerated and had no practical use. Long before the limited came out I was suggesting a non-waterproof model to keep the price down. I think they would have sold a lot more machines that way and avoided the leaking/corrosion problems. I think they need to go back to the drawing board and start over with a more streamlined model. Lower the price and just make it the high performance PI detector that it really is. Call it the AQ Beach for wet sand and water up to knee deep. No speaker, no headphones, under $1000. If that shows promise, then go ahead and design a submersible version.
    2 points
  43. Your digger fits dimes perfectly !
    2 points
  44. Nice condition too.
    2 points
  45. Anyone wanting to make a battery for the excalibur this would be the easiest. The 18500 Li-ion 1700 mAh batteries will fit into the stock battery pod. One needs to have 2 next to each other and the other on top. The run time is about 35 hours. Run time for the 18650's with 2200 mAh 3 cell is 57 hours. I would imagine a 6 cell 18650 battery would run easily over 100 hours, but than you have to consider the extra weight of the 3 extra cells.
    2 points
  46. Again, that page is out of date, I need to update it. Newer tags are missing, and some old tags have changed, and so will take you nowhere. The majority are fine however. I was busy selling detectors today, but will get on this by tomorrow latest, and get the list fully up-to-date. By definition the tags you see on the forum listings are all valid tags. The problem with that index page is I made it by hand, and have to manually update it. And that only happens in times like this, when it is obvious I've put it off too long. The beauty of the tags is they cut across all forums. I make sure everything gets appropriate tags. Its a lot of work to keep up at times, and so you will see me do it in bursts, but in the long run it basically creates a huge number of subforums arranged under every tag heading. Very handy once you figure it out. zlynk was the last tag I added, and if you click it and look, you see it grabs the subject from multiple forums.
    2 points
  47. Lots of pictures I hadn't seen as well, plus the picture of those big nuggets inspires the drive to chase the gold. Been mining in Nome, had a lot of fun and came away with a nice catch of gold and caught a lot of salmon as well, great experience. All the best, Lanny
    2 points
  48. At the beach I generally dig everything 13 and up regardless of how it sounds and only ignore 12 and below when I get tired of digging non-ferrous trash. Steel Lobster trap pieces will often ID as non-ferrous but can usually be identified by mixed low/high signals although some do sneak through and I have to dig them. Deep gold that is right on the edge of detection can also have occasional low tones but will still have that nice gold sound. Any time you pass up a small target with non-ferrous VDI, you take the risk of missing the precious metal.
    2 points
  49. He did not reply, but I will tell the numbers I prefer to dig when using the Equinox. #'s 6 - 18 cover the majority of gold/platinum rings that I have recovered. Only 16 of the 200 rings register a reading outside of those numbers. If you want to play the odds, the 5 best #'s are 10, 13, 14, 15, & 16. Those 5 #'s account for over 50% of the 200 rings. The 2 best #'s are #13 & 14 as they register 50 of the 200 rings = 25%. We all know nothing is foolproof and all of these numbers can be slightly off if targets are at depth and or on edge or under/over another different target. But if you enjoy playing the odds and saving time, I have yet to find anyone with a more extensive test. Good luck everyone.
    2 points
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