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  1. Same here Jason, I think thats just the nature of the beast?? Here in CA Motherload country, some areas just drive it into fits from some unknown emi. When its running smooth though, its a killer detector for cleaning up on the small bread and butters. No way would I sell, but if Minelab had a fix, it sure would be appreciated!
  2. Interesting, mine goes crazy too, when set on the ground, but I always assumed it was because the coil was no longer being held perfectly level with the ground.
  3. I think the key to the coil is the shape, not a sensitivity gained. The size is ideal for rough bedrock hunting where you can stuff the coil in tight places and bedrock crags. For open field flat topography, it would be a waste of time, as I also dont see it being much more sensitive than the 11, like you mentioned. And honestly would you want a more sensitive detector. We gotta leave the vlfs something to find.
  4. Picks are kinda expendable items if you use em a lot, but you should be able to hammer out that stub or worst case drill it out in pieces. The Link seymore west sledge/maul handles have worked and held up good for me. Just have to size the handle a bit on a belt sander, and use a little 2 part epoxy when driving it in, and you should be good to go. The gorilla glue epoxy is nice, and not so brittle when set.
  5. Good point, even daily changes in atmospheric pressure. Leaving a tape gap at the vent site might be the prudent thing to do it seems.
  6. Hmmm, so it looks like any full wrap taping of the coil cover cuts the venting off. My guess, if your staying at a set elevation it wont matter much?
  7. Red Ink Mine area in Placer county is where the worlds top crystalline gold comes from, sold under Eagles Nest Mine. I would say thats one reason why Placer county Sherrifs were involved there.
  8. Who's not noticing it, the dead? Haha Ya, off axis, or any inclination other than flat, and its definitely a wild song she sings! Looking forward to using the Coilteks if they remedy this, as I really like the 6000 otherwise!
  9. Goldcatcher I would guess, or bet the statement that you get what you pay for applies here. So if you insert the new Garret in the lineup of top gun gold detectors, it fills in a gap somewhere between a 5000 and 6000. I do like the junk iron disc feature on the Garret though. Hope Minelab gets on that with the next one!
  10. The nice thing with Minelab and related coils is they hold their value and are easy to resell. So even if you find emi levels intolerable, the "rental fee" wont be much and you can just re post the coil on the classifieds here.
  11. The manipulation is endless, all day every day, so who really knows where the price is going. Gains in slow increments and lots of sideways movement seems how the money masters like to keep it. Anyway, hope you're on target Aureous.
  12. Something sounds wrong there if its bump falsing. Should be no more bump sensitive than any other minelab. Maybe check if your coil plug is fully seated, as they are a bit hard to tighten. Otherwise send it back. Scott, the 6000 is a pretty sweet machine when running right. Dumped my 7k and no regrets.
  13. Had that speaker box screw also come loose on mine, but its such a easy fix I forgot about it.
  14. I also have an early one in the US and never had any electronic issues. Runs like a champ. Of course the shafts are pretty lousy. Maybe a spring pin could be added like the old gpx shafts had?
  15. I agree with Steve, that was sure a pity X coils couldnt get the chips from Minelab or allow anyone that right. My guess maybe Minelab felt that the gains from the hotter coils on the Z would compete with the release of the 6000, as the small gold performance gap seems pretty minimal between the two detectors when the Z is running the hot rod coils. Just speculation there.
  16. I found having a magnet in the handle end can get annoying, as now both ends of the pick are reactive. Makes for a lot more false signals, especially when retrieving targets as the whole pick needs to be tossed further away. Just my experience
  17. Its a bluetooth thing because the background sound is not there if you go wired. Its noticeably cleaner audio then.
  18. Yep, some sort of humming ocean noise to me. Must be the same thing we are hearing..
  19. My set gives off a background sound something like the ocean, but when the threshold is on its drowned out.
  20. My 6 also needs about half a dozen adjustments per day. Its tolerable for now, but Id imagine as the shaft wears and polishes it will become worse? Unfortunately Minelab does not seem to make shafts that last or are consistent. The worst offender of them all is the sdc 2300 cam locks. All the guys I know have them taped up as they eventually get loose. I also experienced the same twist shaft on my 7000. Had it replaced once and then it went out again. Probably for guys that hunt mild terrain or occasional weekend warriors its ok, but if you use them on a "professional" level or in hard terrain they just dont seem to hold up.
  21. If someone is looking for a disc. Ive used these guys before and they have good prices shipped, at least in my area. https://qualityfarmsupply.com/products/disc-blade-22x5mm-1-1-8sq-axle If you cut a 5 inch head, I believe there is something like 13 or 14 heads in one 24" dia disc. More if you like a smaller cut.
  22. Id recommend an abrasive disc to cut it. The ultra thin ones, and use something like a curved 2 inch flat bar clamped to it for a cutting guide. The cut will come out straight and you can hit it on a belt sander to make it perfect. I dont see how you would cut a large disc on a bandsaw, plus its very hard alloyed steel. 1.375 tube with 1/16 wall thickness works good for the smaller sledge hammer/maul Link brand handles. I have never tore a handle off and use some large 3 foot picks for stripping overburden. As far a heat tempering I wouldnt worry about it. You are not heating the blade much while cutting and you can go slow when you are near the point. All pick heads will wear out no matter what you do, if your in the rocks anyway.
  23. Plow discs are great. You will get a lot of heads from one disc. Get a 24 inch diameter in 3/16 or 5mm, if you want to keep the pick on the lightweight side. This is one I recently cut for a backpack size pick
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