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  1. Thanks David. It seems to me that a few sweetheart deals have been struck between Minelab, Coiltek and NF. NF get to supply alternative coils for the 7000 with the chip in the lead and not Coiltek. But Coiltek get to design and supply alternative coils for the 2300 with the different plug and the existing NF coil range cannot connect to the 2300 without a plug change. Your thoughts? Makes me think that Minelab had no intention of introducing alternative coils for the 7000 all along. Let someone else do all the expensive R&D for the now aging models but keep things under control. Cheers sturt
  2. Hi all, can anyone advise if the Coil cable attachment to the SDC is the same as GPX 5 pin standard? I noticed that Coiltec have a accessory pack to adapt to the SDC 2300 shaft then use a Coiltec coil instead of the supplied unit. I have old coils that I would like to try out. Wondering what effect using another manufacturers coil would do to the product warranty also, cheers sturt
  3. The still photo at the start made me think it was a toilet paper advert. I thought someone might say the paper was dearer than the nugget. cheers sturt
  4. Bloody hell. Oops mind the language. Just watched the video. Its still out there. Is this ground a high mineral content? Looking at the grey colour. Where I go to is red, red, red. Not a hope of using the detector in a normal mode due to hot rocks etc. and the difficult ability to keep a good even ground balance. Anyway congratulations to the people on the ground. Had to get the heart monitor out to check the RPM. Fantastic advert for the NF coil, cheers sturt
  5. Hi Chris. This location was and still is flogged all Winter each year. The whole area would be probably 25 Acres. There is holes 12 inches to 18 inches deep in some locations. I have spent time all over this and eventually was my reason to change over from the 5000 to 7000 series in desperation that I was missing gold. Nothing worse than turning up to the site and find holes in spots that you have already spent hours searching around. A couple of prospectors told me that it was cleaned years ago but each year I find pieces. Now I know if I setup the 7000 properly and dont rush over the ground, the 7000 seriously amazes me what it can find. The contribution from all people on this site is so important especially JP and other professional detecting persons, cheers sturt
  6. Thanks Gold Catcher, been away for a while without the computer. I dont mind digging up.01 Gram pieces all day. Stuffed at the end of the day but a smile on the dial all the way back to camp, cheers sturt
  7. Hi JP. I have experienced the same thing in an area like that which maybe a change in the season temp or atmos pressure. Last October I went to an area that I have been all over with my 7000 before. This area has been scraped before and piled up for dry blowing a long time ago. In two days I picked up 39 pieces all small and very close to the surface, see my photos. Great fun for little reward. I have picked up in the surrounding area larger deeper pieces during the years but this blew me away as how I missed bits in such a close proximity. (check the size of the piece on the left side, would not register on the scales on its own) cheers Sturt
  8. Hi, the Nugget Finder 17x13 evo is fantastic for depth but may miss a few smaller pieces. Over here the 17x13 has held its price fairly stable and you dont see many second hand on the market. Must be good. The spoked version is obviously the lightest option but sometimes rubbing it along the surface for maximum sensitivity can cause the machine to give off false signals, expecially if you catch a rock or stick between the spokes. Not sure if you can get a full scrub plate for the bottom to help you glide over the ground. Anyway a great light weight coil for covering a lot of ground. You tried to lift the GPZ 7000 yet? Now thats heavy, cheers sturt
  9. Hi all, I started with a 4500, found very little was my bad settings. Then a 5000 for a few years, got better at using it and found good gold. Then came the GPZ and the Bank Manager screamed and walked over the same areas and found the gold I missed. The experts that are helping us novices all the time with the technical details on settings and what to listen to are fantastic thanks everyone. I personally get the shivers when reading what it costs to alter and possibly destroy the original equipment to use someone elses coil. Especially if the GPZ owner like myself has brought the detector as a hobby, which I believe is most owners out there. ML love your contributions to their profits and have a laugh behind your back. Why would you not use your GPX with a small coil to get into those tight gaps in the rocks. If you have a GPZ 7000 then you probably take the GPX 5000 with you as a spare if something goes wrong. My drive is a 2000 km round trip as well, cheers sturt.
  10. Maybe if you find yellow Koala then your onto a hot spot?
  11. Hi Jin. I just returned from a trip out WA Bush. I have been experimenting with lots of settings as well. The last two days I reduced the sensitivity fairly low in difficult, high yeild and ferrite balanced on Auto. Had two great days finding small nuggets at a location which has been hammered over many years. I will attach a photo. First day picked up 18 pieces and Second 22 pieces. Not high value but very rewarding. The total area would have been maybe 30m x 30m. Sorry the photo is not real good, but you can see where somebody had dug holes and left them open some time back. I hate that. One hole on the right side of photo. I found nuggets around the sides of existing dig holes. What type of detector was used I have no idea. The ground was very clean of trash and had been scraped by a loader a long time back. Underneath the surface say 150mm down was hard Calcrete. Certainly made the pick bounce but most targets where above the hard stuff. Now after looking at JP posts I`m having cold sweats thinking about reverting to Semi auto then do to manual balance when you want to check for deeper targets. I cant wait to get back. I dug a few holes into the calcrete trying to get clarification on some signals. Eventially I gave up in disgust thinking it was ground noise, a waste of time. Probably me upsetting the balance when digging. Hope nobody finds my patch, cheers sturt
  12. Hi Andy. I was thinking that if you could buy a complete lead assembly without the coil from Minelab with the chip included then join at the X coil or within the lower shaft area below the coiled section? Then you would not need to butcher your existing ML 14 coil lead? Cheers sturt
  13. Hi all. Has anyone thought of contacting Minelab to see if they can buy the Minelab genuine leads for GPX 7000 without a coil? Is it possible the Russian Manufacturer could sell the coils into Australia without leads for people wanting to use them on the 7000 series. Then either the customer or distributor assemble the units here? Is the lead supplied by the Russian Manufacturer only an issue with the 7000 series because the cable runs inside the shafts? I understand that Minelab may buck a bit but they need to look after existing customers who are cutting up leads of their ML 14 coils and future sales to customers sitting on the fence thinking if they should buy a 7000 of something cheaper? Maybe a x coil attached to a GPX 5000 is possible? I have no idea how the leads are connected to the coils but with a little cooperation between both Manufacturers and an Australian distributor that can perform the adaptions could be possible? Regards sturt.
  14. Hi JP. Been watching a lot your work out in the scrub during the years. Thanks for your time very helpful. I`m over in the WA side and need to put my bit in. Even though new to this forum I have gone through the 4500 to 5000 to 7000 series over the years. I look at the posts from persons telling me how good the new x coils work but to me over here I work over old grounds flogged over the years full of hot rocks and minerals. Most areas have been scraped by blades to flatten the ground and get the coils as close as possible to the ground. I am picking up small nuggets usually within 50mm from the surface. The average size is 0.1 grams. I will include a photo of some pieces collected from the Leonora area four weeks ago. So it may take all day to get a gram but I enjoy the struggle, then every now and then out pops a beauty. I use the ML14" coil with the skid plate bouncing on the ground (carefully). I have to run in difficult all the time, high yield, sensitivity 20, threshold 1, vol 12 with the VM12 unit, ground balance auto, all smoothing off. The coil works nice and quiet as long as you balance properly at the start and take your time. I have picked up a lot of small stuff that people and machines have left behind. Any nuggets greater that 1 gram set the machine off so loud that it wakes you up with a fright. In high mineral ground give it a try. All in all the ML14" suits me to a tee. Okay a bit heavy, but I swing without needing a harness and the coil takes a lot of punishment from me. Enjoy the bush out there all, cheers Sturt.
  15. Would love to try a Nugget finder coil 17x11 on my zed. I went from a 5000 series with an older series nugget finder coil. Great combo and found plenty. But now im going over areas ive already walked over and picking up what I missed. Just wish the standard zed coils are a bit lighter.
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