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  1. The adverts say it's 90% detector and 10% operator.

    The Experts say it's 90% operator and 10% detector.

    As to how much a detector is worth paying for depends on the amount of time you spend using it.

    The targets/finds depends on time spent searching and the selection of location and who got there before you.

    In summary. Consider the time you will use it and how important your time is. If your use/value is high get the detector with the higher features and price. To justify your choice divide the price by the hours you would use it, if it is too high drop down a level or so.  REMEMBER you are the one that has to put up the cash. 

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  2. It is great when you get an accurate lost location. I looked for a couple of hours for a wedding ring. She said it was on the front lawn as she had spent all day there. The location was full of junk and no ring. About 3 months later it was found in the house when it fell out of the phone book. As it was a work mate wife he could not apologies more for the time spent on the junk laden front lawn. ☺️

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  3. 1 minute ago, Reg Wilson said:

    Finders was the oldest forum in Australia. It has fallen foul of sabotage from a most undesirable forum.

    A lot of good posts from early days are there. Ken Roberts told me he was setting it up years ago. I visits for  ages before I join in the early 2000s. It seem to have gone through a few bad times were good poster left or died, from 2015 onwards and the new members that join to cause mischief. 

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  4. 8 hours ago, fogrider said:

    I love the 600. It does everything so well. Now that I've learned it's "voice", I can tell exactly what I'm detecting. It works so well for coins-on-edge, and it hit a dime on edge at 6 inches deep.

    Yes, imagine if I had this machine back in the 80"s! How many coins did I miss?!

    The settings that seem to work best up here are Park1, 22-40 Accept, 5 tones, Sensitivity 25, 15 kHz, Recovery 1.

    I found an old Garrett for 20 bucks at a garage sale a month ago. It's pleasantly nostalgic, but quite the "beast".




    I had to buy one of the first Garrett ADS for the wife when they were released at a cost of 4 ounces of gold but it paid for it self many times over. At $20 I might be able to pay for it with finds even today as that is less than a ¼gram now. 😄

  5. 2 hours ago, phrunt said:

    Looks like you're all out of luck and it's developed a fault, if it's out of warranty there is little you can do, fortunately it's not an expensive detector to replace.   Just make sure your coil is done up tightly but there isn't much else you can do.

    As Simon said not much you can do but check all cable, earphone and batteries connections. Let hope that is all it is.

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  6. 4 hours ago, Aureous said:

    The crack can be fixed (if you have a good coil and don't want to take a gamble on the replacement being worse) by simply buying a small amount of MEK or Acetone and cutting small pieces from an ice cream container (white of course) or obtaining scrap propylene from elsewhere and mixing the 2 together in a glass jar for a few hours. The resulting paste can be used as a repair glue by forcibly smearing it into the crack, with a smooth over-cover to reinforce. It sets and seals within an hour or two.

    Aureous the paste the you mention, we used to reseal the coil after repairing the shielding in the coils to stick the base and top back together. Always handy to have in your detecting kit when out prospecting away from home.

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  7. For those that don't have the good gear or only wants to melt a small amount it is possible to grind a hole in a fire brick and use those cans of camping gas with blow torch to do the job. Pure gold melting point is 1064 most lower purity gold melts at a lower Temperature

    Similar small blow torch


    5 lumps melted total weight 17 ounces



    Some of the course gold, crushed via a dolly,  from a 3½ Kilo Specimen that was melted with the fines.


    The largest melt that the butane would make was about 4 Ounces. I hope this helps those that don't want to get a furnace. Borax was the only chemical that was used with the gold when melting it..



  8. The Australian Threepence (or three pence) is a small silver coin which was used in the Commonwealth of Australia prior to decimalisation. It is also the same size as UK old 
    Threepence, Coin Type from Australia - detailed information.
    Country Australia
    Size 16.000 mm
      So at 15mm could be OK for most coins but for jewellery have a look at some small ear rings that may occur in you location. Hope this helps you decide the best size to have for your use.



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