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  1. More on coils. The tops are just to shed debris and attach to detector. GPX11 mono, exactly 11" diameter, 562 grams coil and cable only (no scuff cover or coil bolt) Minelab GPX11 mono coil underside GPX14 DD, exactly 14" diameter, 892 grams coil and cable only Minelab GPX14 coil underside GPX17 mono, exactly 17" x 13", 802 grams coil and cable only Minelab GPX17 coil underside GPX 6000 lower rod 21.5" long, 17.7 mm (0.70 in) diameter tube, 1 mm wall thickness, end 0.90 in width, round washer part# 4005-0117 I've suggested to steveg that a 24" rod would be a nice option. Have to take care of the tall people! Minelab GPX 6000 Data & Reviews Minelab GPX 6000 Accessories and Spare Parts Minelab GPX 6000 Owner’s Manual
  2. In southern Arizona I know of a few areas that have Black Sand as much as a foot deep, and it seems more conductive than average black sand as well, I also know of places where there are Small Very Hot Rocks in Mass. The Black Sands areas I have tested using every possible mode and setting available and with 6 and 11 inch coils with a Nox 800, and even something the size of a shotgun shell setting Right On The Surface is invisible, same using a Goldbug Pro, and just a slight signal using a TDI SL, Nothing at all even with the TDI if even level with the surface, the ground is not just noisy, the sand literally acts like an electromagnetic dampening field..! The Small Hot Rock Areas I tested with the same machines and with different sized coils, the larger rocks I can just move, but the small ones range from about 1/8th to 1/2", many hot enough to clear with a magnet, but that doesn't help with the rest still in the ground, these small rocks Mast non iron targets enough to limit a 1/4" target to just 1 to 2 inches depth. QUESTION -- I see many tout the new GPX 6000, and I have no doubt Minelab finally made an Ergonomic detector, BUT has anyone tried it on the worst ground of the type I just described? Any Suggestions? I believe these area have at least some good potential, but are almost Undetectable in the most promising spots.
  3. When it came to the Minelab GPX group of machines, it did not mention the GPX 4800. Can you comment on the 4800 giving us your perspective on that machine as a gold detector. I have noticed on Aussie Gold Prospectors that a few of the cast are using the 4800 with some success. What are the differences between the 4500, 4800 and the 5000. Thanks .
  4. I am starting this thread to ask the folks who have used both to give their thoughts, opinions, comparisons and experiences with both. I have only seen JP and Rob post on the Nugget Finder coil and have only seen it in action on the Outback Gold Fever Channel. We all know that the 6000 blows away any competition with weight and ergonomics, but would still like to know if it gets any closer to this with Z and the 12”. Performance wise is really what I am after and these two sizes are only an inch apart, but 2 different techs. I am on the fence, do I buy a new coil for my Z or sell/save for a 6000? I am truly in the middle on this based on my terrain, age and gold I am after. My terrain: is the woods and broad gulches. There is always overburden and vegetation so I need the power to bust through that to get to the start of the bedrock erosional surface and hopefully close bedrock. However, wearing a harness does not work and is cumbersome for detecting in this environment, its never flat so you never feel the help from a bungy, its pointless for this area. My age: is 45 and I can go about 5-6 hours max before being whipped, thats not just from detecting but digging and hiking in and out too, so I know as age goes on the hours will be less but new tech could come out too. My gold: is sub grammers, that is the majority. We have hit larger pieces but the bread and butter is sub grammers and the Z is getting them through all that overburden but I am not sure if the GPX6000 would. So my “dream” detector would be ZVT tech in a compactable SDC form with interchangable coils, light and ergonomic. Is that to hard to ask? 😂😂😂😂 So, in the interim, it’s either a lighter coil for the GPZ that supposedly is more sensitive and can get a little deeper and reduce the weight for non bungy users OR a new detector that is lighter, that is also more sensitive at least on surface gold, that we have seen so far, but has the possibility as more reviews come out to see if you can actually hit small gold at depth like a GPZ. Can’t have both, the coil I could afford, The GPX would require selling off the Z. I also don’t have the ability to drive to the closest dealer that would have both in AZ. Thats a two day drive one way. So please, if you may, would love feedback on this vs the two. In the end it sure helps me out and probably many others too. Thanks!
  5. Nenad speaks! https://www.prospectingaustralia.com.au/forum/viewtopic.php?pid=604239#p604239 and the first cover kit for the 6000: https://www.prospectingaustralia.com.au/forum/viewtopic.php?id=36990 Reports coming in from various Australian users, seems the detector does find gold. Now if U.S. dealers could start making deliveries. I have to think that with machines delivered first in Africa, and now in Australia.... any day now? Minelab GPX 6000 Data & Reviews Minelab GPX 6000 Accessories and Spare Parts Minelab GPX 6000 Owner’s Manual
  6. Hey guys. My name is Patrick, I'm new to detection, I'm from Brazil. Sorry for the google translation ,. I would like the help of the most experienced. I know that many have already upgraded their machines to 6000 and 7000. I have a GPX5000 with a 12x15 mono commander and a DD 11 "commander. My nugget hunting region is the most mineralized in Brazil with large companies that remove material. What are the best coils to handle such a hot soil? I am thinking of upgrading to DETECH coils of 15 "ultimate or DETECH 18" closed DD. Am I right with these coils or wrong to deal with high mineralization? Thank you all.
  7. Went to a different, flat beach for a change of pace. I was going to wrap the GPX in plastic and go into the water a bit but found out my Detech coil needs to be weighed down in order to not float. Not a big deal, as it is a great coil and my favorite. I will know better next time and will weigh it down. Because of how flat the beach is, I expected and was granted, lots of bits of aluminum 😆. The number of coins was in line with how things seen to go for me on my area beaches. Found a bit of silver as well. Also found a ring which is either nickel or white gold. It is not as clean as I would expect gold to be, but maybe it is a lower karat. Just somehow reminds me of how some clad quarters look when they are tumbled a lot, coming out looking clean and not that red/green/brown look. Reads a solid 8 on the Nox. I still feel there should be some deep gold and silver there due to the deep coins and deep lead that is still left behind. Also, the number of pull tabs could have been gold rings as well. I do have to say one thing about the GPX line. They are very durable machines. I just hope the GPX 6000 is as durable. My 5000 has done a lot of deep woods hunting as well as the beach hunts. Things do go wrong with it (like the cam locks), but it always powers up and performs well. So, nothing earth shattering, but a decent day at the beach.
  8. Fat Bastard Prospecting, all his videos are entertaining unless you're offended by common Aussie prospector language. He does a quick run with the new 6000, not a great deal of new information but entertaining none the less.
  9. I’ve been detecting for gold for a VERY long time and have seen a lot of crazy things happen over the years but this recent experience takes the cake. On the same day but prior to when I filmed my son Joshua digging some gold with the GPX 6000 I heard Josh calling out to me to come take a look at what he was holding. I was perplexed to say the least because it looked like a big dead stick, so I just assumed he had some sort of interesting critter sitting on the stick and wanted to show me. When he got closer I couldn’t see anything that might have attracted his attention but he was looking at the stick very closely, so I just assumed it must be a tiny critter. Then he started mumbling something about getting a signal and how he had kicked the stick away and the signal had disappeared so he went and waved over the stick again and pow a signal coming off the stick!! At this stage I’m thinking a 22 Bullet or a slug gun pellet wedged in the wood. Then I saw what it was that had got him so excited!! 😝 Yep thats a small nugget wedged into the wood, how the dickens it got in there is anyone’s guess. I’m thinking it was in the gravelly wash around the trees root bowl and the tree had been blown over during a rain event (it’s obviously very old) and maybe a nugget had come up with the root bowl and then been washed across the trunk with the nugget then wedging itself into the crack!! Anyway it seems the GPX6000 can find gold in all sorts of strange places. 😂
  10. Are JP et al trading in their Z7000s in favor of the 6000? Is this the "Go To" machine for everyday prospectors? From initial reports it would appear the 6000 excels at sub half gram nuggets in OZ soils, but isn't expected to compete with the 7000 on bigger/deeper gold. Here in the US, will I have to sell a kidney for the luxury of having both detectors? It may be some time before us CONUS prospectors even see the availability of such a machine, do I sell the 7000 before the market is flooded? Does anybody know what the recovery time is for a kidney donor?
  11. If you haven't read Steve's 'Novel' then do yourself a favour - thanks Steve for taking the time 😉 Spent the day with the 6000. Coil on the ground from about 9.30 until 5 p.m. with a half hour break. Over 2 small areas at different locations that we have totally flogged with GPZ's, a QED, a 5000, an Equinox 800 and a Gold Monster. Areas are probably 5 metres X 15 metres each. Quite a few targets today that just shouldn't be there!! 11 of them lead shot too 🤔 At some stage this morning I had a fleeting thought of disappointment that what I had spent 8K on was not big and heavy and gave the impression that I've really 'got something' for my money. And then I quickly realised that the light and nimble (yet well built and sturdy) 6000 was precisely why I forked out the cash on this new model instead of saving 3K and going for a heavy, harnessed, battery attached, need to work out something to make the audio wireless, GPX 5000. Or even a 4500. Seriously considered both. I'm glad now, and my body will thank me long term, that the 6000 was the final choice. With the 11" attached the balance point of the shaft is about 6 inches closer to the control box than what the Equinox 800 is with its 11" DD and extended to the exact same length. Hence, the 6000 is not quite as nose heavy and just feels really balanced. All day today with no harness, no guide stick, no soreness at all. Nice! The manual says the 14" DD loses some depth but is essentially still as sensitive on shallower pieces. The manual is correct! The 2 smaller pieces in the photo were found with the 14" DD coil - ridiculous!! 😲 They add up to .07 gram together and to be honest I'm not sure how accurate that is - they may be lighter. I read where people said to throw away the DD and buy the 17" - based on the experiences of what a traditional DD offered I guess? I'm not so sure about that. Not a bad patch hunter I would have thought. For a person that has never used a DD though - it is a bitch to pinpoint with 🤣 More time is needed get a feel for it but Steve pretty much confirmed what I was thinking from today re: performance. It doesn't quite have the extreme mineralisation handling characteristics I've found the SDC to have. I did find about 4 hot rocks and did dig some ground noise. Those are rare events with an SDC in the areas I went today. Huge improvement on the hot rocks compared to the QED though. Small gold sensitivity? Well, I think it pretty much equals the SDC in that regard. But, if I already had an SDC and a Coiltek 14X9 I don't know that I would be racing out to buy a 6000 if my main local gold was small and shallow. Big, deep gold? I don't know unfortunately, but hope to find out sooner rather than later 😜 It did find a few deep targets and it obviously 'lights up' targets differently to a GPZ and an SDC as some of these targets were right where they should not be. Today I was fossicking but purely to get some confidence on ground I know well. There are a few other local spots that the 6000 will get a run to, as Reg Wilson would say, pick the last crumbs off the carcass. However, I now feel I've got that light weight yet high performing prospecting machine that I can take out in the field with confidence. Almost forgot. Played with the Threshold On and Off. On for me. Off was just weird. Off is great on the Equinox when coin hunting but I can't see it getting a run on the 6K. Cheers, N.E.
  12. I picked up my 6000 on Monday and have had 3 days of trying out the new toy. First day - i took it to a local prospecting area well known for EMI and tried the 11" mono - the closer i came to the EMI area the less stable it became till it was unusable so i switched to no threshold and lowered the sensitivity - which seemed to work as it was a lot quieter but was capable of sounding off on buckshot. The second day - in same area i tried the 14" DD which totally tamed the EMI so i could run it on manual 10 sensitivity with a threshold. So i am wondering which is better - 11" mono with no threshold and low sensitivity or 14" DD with high sensitivity and a threshold? Also on the second day a friend had his GPZ7000 and we tested a sub gram nugget and a 3 gram nugget. Both machines achieved very similar results - for example on the 3 gram nugget both detectors gave a iffy signal at 24cm but very clear signals at 23cms. Not a real scientific test i know but left us thinking both machines were very similar performance wise. Today i went to the beach to see how the DD coil performed in wet and dry sand - while there was occasional background warbles (i used no threshold) there was no problem in hearing targets loud and clear. Not sure i would use it for my beach work because of the lack of discrimination but for people who like digging everything, are hunting chains or need a bit more depth - it worked. Note - this was not a black sand beach. Likes - With the 11" coil its a breeze to swing - a bit heavier with the 14" but still good. No Sore Shoulder - & with no cords easier to be ambidextrous Set up time and tuning time is minimal. No cords , no battery back pack, no bungy cords - i did not get caught up in thick scrub. Headphones are comfy. Headphones paired easily (better than the Equinox). Confidence in performance tuning. Option of having threshold or no threshold. (switched to no threshold when pin pointing - made it easier sometimes with the 14" coil). Did i mention how light it is? Dislikes - None so far. Could do better (no deal breakers)- A case for the headphones would have been nice (like Equinox). Also a car cigarette lighter charger is not included. Wires on Headphones look pretty flimsy - time will tell if they are up to the job. A few times the rubber headphone socket protector unintentionally opened - its not a real firm fit. In summary - I have a smile on the dial - just need to get to some decent gold fields - maybe will be able to do that this weekend.
  13. The first video I've seen by somebody that knows stuff. 4/18/2021 Digging with PhaseTech - Well, it is finally out, and finding plenty of gold already! The Minelab GPX6000 was a fun project to be involved in. Here's the first of many videos where I will showcase finds, tips and techniques, comparisons and just having fun with it in the field.
  14. I had a chance to meet up with Jim in ma for a beach hunt. Always nice to detect with a fellow forum member. 🙂 Hit me favorite beach for about 6 hours and had to adjust my thinking, since the bulldozers had mostly buried my silver area. Thanks Guys! 😡 So, I moved over to the clad section to at least get to dig some coins. The ratio of silver to clad leans heavily towards the clad. But there was some silver to be found, including the big silver. 71 coins in all (including silvers). Oddly enough, there was not a single zinc to ruin my day. ❤️ Average depth of targets was about 14”. Some different finds of the day were 2 round ball, one being a 69 caliber, the pistol brooch, a chain which looks too thin to be a pull for a light, but still may be. If it ends up testing positive for silver, then it is a neat design for a piece of jewelry. It was really nice to get out, and I was pleasantly surprised that it did not rain as predicted. Today we are covered with a bit more snow than the dusting I thought we were supposed to get. New England weather! 🙄
  15. Minelab GPX 6000 Data & Reviews Minelab GPX 6000 Accessories and Spare Parts Minelab GPX 6000 Owner’s Manual
  16. From luckystrikegold.com.au/product/detectorgpx6000/: “UPDATE 14/4/21 We are expecting the new GPX 6000 in next week in very limited quantities.” Not a peep out of U.S. dealers, but maybe Minelab is telling them nothing. Minelab GPX 6000 Data & Reviews Minelab GPX 6000 Accessories and Spare Parts Minelab GPX 6000 Owner’s Manual
  17. Why don't most of these detectors perform too great on 10 and 100 gram nuggets? This doesn't make much sense to me, I thought that on nuggets this size they'd be real screamers..
  18. So, I decided to try another beach to see if the conditions were the same to find silver. I spent about 2 hours there before I could not stand it anymore. For such an affluent town, the have the dirtiest beach I have ever detected on. The amount of junk targets and iron were overwhelming. I could not swing without hitting multiple targets. I got a bit of clad, and an 8-gauge shotgun shell casing, so I flew out of there. 🙄 The drive back to my favorite beach was now the goal to save the day. I wandered around for a bit with no luck, so back to the same area where I did good before. I expanded out a bit and the silvers turned to clad. Lots of dimes as expected, as they are hardest to find deep. Found a decent amount of silver. I did not take pictures of the trash, but here are all the good finds from that beach. My beach days are numbered, as the crowds are already starting to show up well in advance of Memorial Day opening. I may try another new beach next week for a bit and see what happens. Weather was beautiful…. The people ? - a bit strange. 😵
  19. Went out to 2 different beaches for a mix of GPX and AQ hunting. Tony repaired my headphones for the AQ and also made me a spare set , along with 2 short cables, so I could zip tie the short cable to the machine, and so I would not break the M8 connector. The short cable also converts the M8 to an M12, a more robust connector going to the headphones. So, for the first AQ hunt in a while, I chose my “spot” to see if I could find any low conductors where the GPX had previously run the 18” DD coil. I did not find any coins in that area, but did find little bits of melted copper and lead. So, I ventured out a bit and found the silver Washington quarter,Mercury dime and all the rest of the other coins. I Later met up with a forum member - Jim in ma, at one of his spots. Thanks for the invite up there. 👍 I used the GPX to see if I could replicate the depth and coin count that I have had previously at my silver beach. This beach was smaller in the dry sand area, but the EMI was considerably less. The sand structure was different too, as I did not hit a clay layer or any of the other layers I was used to. But the principle was the same, and I did score a decent number of coins including the Mercury, silver war nickel & .925 ring. All in all, it was a fun time out.
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    Minelab GPX 6000 User Manual, 3.79 MB pdf file, 27 pages Minelab GPX 6000 Data & Reviews Minelab Metal Detector Forum
  21. This video was just posted from Detexpert featuring Debbie Smikoski from Minelab USA. Bill
  22. Download complete GPX 6000 user guide here Minelab GPX 6000 Data & Reviews Minelab GPX 6000 Accessories and Spare Parts
  23. Minelab GPX 6000 Data & Reviews Minelab GPX 6000 User Manual Minelab GPX 6000 Accessories and Spare Parts GPX 6000 INTRODUCTION GPX 6000 Learn #1: What's In The Box - Unboxing of the Minelab GPX 6000 gold detector. GPX 6000 Learn #2: How To Set Up Your Detector - Learn how to set up the Minelab GPX 6000 gold detector. GPX 6000 Learn #2.1: How To Charge the Battery - Learn how to charge the battery on the Minelab GPX 6000 gold detector. GPX 6000 Learn #3: How To Get Started Quickly - Learn how to get started quickly with the Minelab GPX 6000 gold detector. GPX 6000 Learn #3.1: How to Adjust Volume & Backlight - Learn how to adjust the volume and backlight on the Minelab GPX 6000 gold detector. GPX 6000 Learn #4: How To Connect the Bluetooth Headphones - Learn how to connect the ML100 wireless headphones to the Minelab GPX 6000 gold detector. GPX 6000 Learn #5: Intelligent Automatic Operation - Learn how to reduce unwanted interference when the GPX 6000 is configured for intelligent automatic operation. GPX 6000 Learn #5.1: Automatic Sensitivity - Learn about Automatic Sensitivity on the Minelab GPX 6000 gold detector. GPX 6000 Learn #6: Coils - Learn about the three coil options for the Minelab GPX 6000 gold detector. GPX 6000 Learn #7: Double-D EMI Noise Cancel - Learn how to perform a Double-D EMI Noise Cancel on the Minelab GPX 6000 gold detector. GPX 6000 Learn #8: Advanced Ground Balance - Learn about advanced Ground Balance on the Minelab GPX 6000 gold detector. GPX 6000 Learn #9: Using Manual Sensitivity - Learn how to adjust Manual Sensitivity on the Minelab GPX 6000 gold detector. GPX 6000 Learn #10: Turning the Threshold Tone On / Off - Learn how to turn the Threshold Tone on and off on the Minelab GPX 6000 gold detector. Source: https://www.minelab.com/usa/LearnGPX6000
  24. I still love my 4500, but I'll be the first to admit that the GPZ7000 gets the most swing time these days. However, nearly every time I pull out the 4500, it rewards me.
  25. Here are higher resolution photos of the GPX 6000 in each of its three configurations - 11" round mono coil, 14" round DD coil, and 17" elliptical mono coil. Click or double-click photos to access largest version for a closeup look. Minelab GPX 6000 Data & Reviews Minelab GPX 6000 Accessories and Spare Parts Minelab GPX 6000 detector with GPX11 coil Minelab GPX 6000 detector with GPX14 coil Minelab GPX 6000 detector with GPX17 coil Minelab GPX 6000 detector display and controls Minelab GPX 6000 detector rear detail Minelab GPX 6000 detector box cover
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