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  1. G'Day All I would like to clear up a couple of things about my QED experience. As some people are using this as an example as to not buy QED. The QED was my first ever detector purchase, so my knowledge on the working of detectors was zero. True my experience didn't start to well as you have all read. My luck I got a bad coil and if I was an experience user I probably would have worked this out very early. Therefore most of my problems would not have even happened. I did finally work this out with help from people help on forums (By the way this is why we post is it not, to help and be helped). As the service provided by QED is excellent, I got a fresh start with new coil and Detector (The fact I got a replacement Detector as well is a testament to QED exceptional customer service. QED did not have to do this, but product pride is paramount for them, not just a pay check. I don't think any other brand would a have done this) I forgot all about my previous experiences and started again. Anyone who uses this experience as an example of product quality is just grasping at straws. I know other brands have had their share of product malfunctions as well. As you will read I have found gold with my QED and am extremely confident that I will find more. I am so confident that yesterday, when my wife said I could buy latest GPX version , I turned down the offer. If I could afford a GPZ AND I lived in an area where I could use it everyday, sure I would buy one, but this is not the case. I am confident that I have bought what suites my budget, detecting opportunities and is equal to the task. Prior to COVID lock down Trip Update. Last month I traveled down to Victoria for my nieces birthday. While there I took the opportunity to have a swing around the GT. I met up with Goldman for a mornings training which was extremely informative. My knowledge of the QED jumped dramatically with regards to target identification and manipulation of the settings. While with Goldman I found a Three pence the photo of which is on the QED Facebook site. I also had my son with me so Goldman kindly lent him his QED for a swing. We also visited Howard for the latest Firmware for my QED. I am very thankful to Goldman and Howard for all their help, training and professional attitude. I then had a look around Castlemaine, Maryborough ( Where I visited the Goldcentre and bought a Coiltek 14" Elite, I had to buy something ) I didn't find any gold in these spots just heaps of junk. I then met up with Jackpot for two days. We detected around WHROO where Jackpot found 4 small bits and I found one .4g piece. I then headed home back to Brisbane. A truly enjoyable week. I put into practice what Goldman taught me and now I am extremely confident in my target ID and capabilities of this detector
  2. My 15x10 arrived a few days ago. Haven t had a chance to use it yet. To much rain here
  3. What you found is the detectable gold. Dry washing those concentrated areas could pay well.
  4. Here is a bloke doing the air test on the Equinox. This is the test as explained Th test can be conducted on each x coil small the large
  5. Northeast test is just an air test on a table with a ruler under the coil. Select coil factory reset QED and wave target in front of coil to work out max distance of a good dig signal and distance of maybe dig. You just end up with a table for the coil of distances for each target in cm. Once done at factory default you could do the same for what you class as optimum settings for that coil.
  6. G'Day All I see how a comparison Is going to be difficult. I suppose there are enough other comparison to show us the capability of coiltek etc. With all the talk I have no doubt that x coils out perform equivalent coils. The problem for me and I suppose others is where do these coils fit into or current arsenal. The description on the QED website is quite generic. $650 AUD is a choice that has to be as correct as possible. Couple of these coils and we are getting up into the realms of maybe I should have bought a second hand ML. (NArrhhh Aussie all the Way QED💪 QED💪 QED) Even a comparison of x coils against themselves; from smallest to largest. Using a variety of small to large targets at different depth. To see where one coils starts and finishes and the next picks up/Overlap. We could all then see which coil fits into our current coils to fill a specific gap or capability. or Sorry to hear about your back phrunt. You seem to have to largest collection of x coils other than davgold Northeast's air test of the 5c, 20c ,50c seems to be quite consistent across QED and coils. Coins could be replaced with different size gold or do both. Even this test of x coils smallest to largest at QED default or optimum settings (or both) for each coil could show some sort of start and finish\Overlap\Maximum depth distance. Different gold sizes will show what each coil can and cannot see. This test means no hole digging, done on a table, simple to setup and film.
  7. Been a lot of chat about x coil for ML. I would like to see or read a good comparison on the X coil vs the rest on a QED. I am going on a trip to Western Australia in June, so I need a larger mid range coil. I have received advice that the 14" Coiltek is the coil of choice. All the talk is about x coil, but there hasn't been any real comparison posted. I was thinking 15"x10" x coil could be a contender, but lack of comparison or direct info makes it hard to make a choice. Correct me if I am wrong 8" Sadie = Small targets at shallow depth Low ground coverage 11" Detech Ultra = Small targets a little more depth bit better ground coverage 14" Coiltek = More depth start to loose smaller targets better ground coverage 15" x 10" = ??
  8. I received my new QED and Detech coil and went straight to Durikai for a swing. Found Buttons Lead Shot Boot tacks Other Metal Settings MG 242 B 49 A 45-65 G 4-6 M 4 All finds where in the same area covered by previous QED where I found nothing Hot rocks where a problem here. Target signal would be in a single spot, but when dug the signal spread across all dug dirt. EMI I think was why I had to run mode 4. 3 was a bit noisy. 4 was Quiet. Deepest about 19cm that was for a little brass button. 5cent on air test was 19cm also 20cent is weird also least distance on air test. Must be made of different stuff 50cent 19.5cm Started to rain while I was out. Straight away I wanted a waterproof cover. Definitely needs a dust cover One point though I ran the sadie for a bit my MG was at 300 got away with 296 very hot area Very Happy with detector Again Great Service provided I am off and running
  9. Here are the pieces I found last week Same bits scratched up plus a piece I found a while ago same area
  10. I found a couple of these at Durikai last week. Mine where smaller.
  11. New 8000 means🤣 7000 will be cheap.😂
  12. What depth you getting 15"x10" x-coil generally. What would be the best coil on the QED thinking ahead for WA trip later in year. Still saving up
  13. Got a couple big trips planned for this year Tibooburra twice. Once as an individual trip and another on way to WA Goldfields on a tag along trip followed by a bit of personal detecting. I am thinking I will need an x-coil 15 x 10 by then
  14. Spoke with Goldman. Sending my Control Box and 11" Coil back for a Warranty replacement of both. Very Happy with QED service.
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