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  1. Fascinating post, Joe. You are never lacking for ingenuity. I think the reason that companies like ML aren't developing products like this is simple: the creative development team guys don't hunt.
  2. It reminds me of the question "what's heavier, 5 pounds of feathers or 5 pounds of lead?" I've tried a counter-weighted Equinox and to me the more weight you add the more fatigue you encourage. Not for me. Honestly, I wish that there was a version of the old Bigfoot coil that would run on a MInelab. I remember a couple of guys who hunted with those on their White's machines at Santa Monica years ago and did really well. These mega coils are just too darn heavy.
  3. Thanks for the feedback guys. It sounds like a counterweight is a good idea if I decide to go for this coil. I had a chance to borrow a 15" ML coil and didn't care for it. Too nose heavy for me but I don't have a counterweight on my 800. Bill
  4. I"m curious if anyone has tried the Coiltek 15" NOX coil and if so their thoughts on it. This is the coil: https://coiltek.com.au/coils/nox/15-nox-coil/ I used a WOT coil for several years and liked it but ultimately the weight did me in. The coverage area of this new coil intrigues me but I am concerned about the weight. Bill (S. CA)
  5. For those of you who hunt saltwater beaches with the Apex I can confirm that the update does give better stability in the wet. I used my updated detector at Santa Monica Beach in Los Angeles this weekend and it was rock solid. GB was a consistent 11/12 with very little falsing even at max sensitivity. I dug an Iphone over a foot down in the wet sand and it was a good solid signal. The Apex is in my view is a salt water beach sleeper that offers excellent performance for a very attractive price point. There were eight guys hunting when I was there and they all had a certain brand of machine that pretty much owns the beach these days. In comparing finds with them the Apex held its own. I have used that certain brand of machine since it came out and can tell you that you don't lose much, if anything, with the Apex.
  6. I've picked up a 1970's-era Garrett BFO in decent shape but it is missing the battery tray. Kellyco and Garrett no longer carry them, though Garrett says that they have other trays that should work. I'd really prefer to get the one that matches the detector. Anyone got one laying around that they would part with? I've attached pictures of the detector and what I thinkis the correct battery tray. Thanks. Bill
  7. Hi everyone. My name is Bill Paxton and I write frequently for Western and Eastern Treasures magazine. I'm working on a new article called "Detecting By the Decades" that is about how detecting has changed from the 1960's until now. As part of this article, for each decade I am going to focus on a machine that, in its day, was considered one of the top ones to use. I've got almost every decade covered with machines I or my friends own and a few oldies that I have picked up. I am having trouble finding one, that being the Fisher 1260 series of detector. What I'm looking for is a working 1260-X (my first preference), 1265-X or 1266-X to purchase for the article. Since the magazine doesn't cover purchases for the article I am paying out of my own pocket. I'm looking for a "wall hanging/back of a dusty closet" price in the $25.00 - $50.00 range and I would cover shipping. If anyone has one of these detectors they would part with please let me know. I'd be happy to make mention of the previous owner in the article and include a picture no problem. Thanks for giving my request a look and feel free to message me if you either have one of these detectors or know where I might find one. Many thanks. Bill
  8. Interesting. Almost makes you wonder why Nokta/Makro didn't offer interchangeable handles. It would be easy enough to do and they obviously have some ingenious designers. Personally I prefer T-Handles because I feel like I can get more torque on tough plugs and digs since the handle is attached directly to the shaft. I've used "D's" before and there can be give to the handle if it isn't super sturdy.
  9. Joe, I was wondering why you had gone quiet. You always thank the Lord when you hit a gold. Looks to me like He was watching over you. Rest up my friend, and so glad that you are still with us! Bill
  10. Fantastic finds. I'm in S .CA as well but was land locked all weekend. A friend hit big at a cut north and I saw there were cuts south as well. What machine were you hunting with?
  11. Gold chains read "1." I've dug several at the beach as have my buddies. One friend even dug three "1's" and it was three pieces of a gold chain. The Equinox is the only machine I have ever used that will find gold chains. By the way, they were in the wet sand. So dig the "1's" at the beach!
  12. Well put, Dewcon4414. Gigmaster doesn't claim to be an expert and is quite honest about his lack of experience with the detector. I personally commend him for not coming off as your usual self-professed expert on a machine he has barely used. Also, for those of you who haven't tried to do videos of your hunts, they are exceedingly difficult to produce and edit. It's not like you have a camera crew and director along with you. As far as I am concerned, anyone putting the time in to post videos of this or any other machine should be commended.
  13. Nice ring, Joe. Just a few random comments...First, Fisher should really consult with you before going into production. You could save them a lot of time, frustration and money! Second, I don't know how things are for you since you are out in the water, but here in S. CA the beaches are more crowded with hunters than depositors these days. A buddy of mine was at Santa Monica yesterday afternoon at around 3:00 and there were FIVE other hunters up on the dry! On a Thursday? I've been hunting these beaches since 1980 and I've never seen so many hunters. Plus we are getting 24/7 shifts, too. I was out with a buddy on Tuesday and ran into a guy and his wife who had been at the beach since 6:00 AM. He said when he got here a group of guys was leaving who had been there since 3:00 AM and they had encountered more hunters who had been there since midnight! It still pays to be good and lucky but it used to be that you had to monitor beach conditions like tides, periods, surf, swell direction, etc. Now you have to add "number of hunters" to the mix! Oh well, it's still a lot of fun and when you are hooked, you are hooked! Keep the gold coming! Bill
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