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    Alaskan living in Nevada
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    Equinox 800, Goldmaster 24K, V3i, DFX/Bigfoot, F-Pulse, Time Ranger Pro, MDT 8000, Impulse AQ Limited

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  1. I'm tempted by the eBay one above just because it looks ok and is easy to get. I'm sure it would do well enough for me to just give it a go a few times. This has all the makings of something I think is a good idea, like hunting micro jewelry, but which after a couple tries I decide I have better things to do with my time. Only way to really know is give it a go. Who knows, maybe I'll sell all my detectors and just be that crazy old guy raking the beach.
  2. APEX TESTING July 6, 2020: KG and Ringy's first video in a series of tests and tips on the new Garrett APEX metal detector. KG finds big silver! Dual volume controls are featured.
  3. This thread has too much good stuff to leave in the classifieds, so I moved it here. previous threads: https://www.detectorprospector.com/forums/topic/2544-coolest-rake-ever/ https://www.detectorprospector.com/forums/topic/11582-raking-for-gold-on-the-beach-and-in-the-water/
  4. It’s possible, if you post what it is you are trying to confirm. Dimensions of what?
  5. A non-ground balancing PI detector like White’s Surf Dual relies on the operator swinging the coil at a level height over the ground, while the auto tuning threshold acts to keep audio variations in line. It’s all about coil control, and on bad ground you have to slow up and work more carefully. Increasing the pulse delay and lowering sensitivity are also part of dealing with bad ground, but the real secret is coil control.
  6. That nails it, and only time will tell if the components used are up to the long term task. So far, hand built, carefully tested detectors, and a roughly 10% failure rate.
  7. I guess I’m one of those amateur tourists then. Yes, I want a detector to have an external speaker. When in dead silent desert with snakes, or completely silent woods with bears... I prefer to hear what’s going on around me. And I don’t need headphones in the first place when it’s quiet, and the nearest person is miles away. No testing needed. I learned a long time ago with Minelab, that when a new model comes out, I just need to get one and go detecting!
  8. I’m sure I will. I don’t think it’s a matter of luck. I carefully maintain my gear, and do things like use nylocks, etc. You could definitely say I am the kind of person that babies their gear. When I dig, I work and wiggle instead of power forcing it. I’m fine with the size also. If I’d wanted bigger I’d have got it, but having used this size scoop in the past I find I get the majority of my targets on the first scoop. Excellent report, a good counterpoint and warning to those who are rougher on their gear than I am - thank you!
  9. I guess you have the distinction of being the first failure serious enough to warrant a return to HQ. That sucks, as it looks like you are doing well.
  10. More to the point, they already made the investment and make the machine. The Excalibur, possibly the most popular dive rated detector sold. In my opinion detectors rated to ten feet are basically wading detectors, sufficient for some light duty underwater use on a recreational basis. If a person wants more than that, they should be looking at units rated to 100 feet or more. Will those be cutting edge electronics? No. It is indeed a very limited niche market, and you basically have the Garrett Sea Hunter, Fisher 1280 and CZ21, and Excalibur to choose from, now that the White’s Surf PI is out of production. All older units, meant to serve the need of those wanting genuine dive type detectors. Even they will leak, but not as soon and in far fewer numbers then machines rated for ten feet. I doubt any new machine from Minelab will be rated for more than ten feet, and will not replace the Excalibur. It will probably be the Minelab “dive detector” for another ten or twenty years. The Fisher 1280X has been in continuous production since 1985, over 35 years now.
  11. Minelab would tell you to buy an Excalibur. Machines rated for ten feet are not serious contenders for commercial type work, which is the category you are in.
  12. You got it backwards. The Minelab 2021 fiscal year starts in July 2020. The clock is ticking.
  13. Yes, fixes were applied as issues arose, and a GMX would have all of those. I'd not touch a used first year MX Sport with a ten foot pole.
  14. Seems like a piece of pipe cut lengthwise and a sleeve/washer would do the trick. I'm fine with hardwood myself, like hickory sledgehammer handles.
  15. I agree Jim. I was on the other hand specifically answering the GMX question. I've got three White's detectors right now and am not losing sleep over any of them.
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