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Post  adrian ss on Sat Mar 21, 2020 3:34 pm

Has anybody out there used the 600 over salt water beaches. Is it a leap forward over the Safari or 3030.??


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Post  bicter on Sat Mar 21, 2020 6:24 pm

Adrian,
I use the 800 so cant comment on the 600 with regard to settings. The 800 is a step above the Safari particularly in the wet sand. The 600 uses the same technology as the 800 but, and don't quote me here, the 600 doesn't have the preset for gold or'supplied with the bluetooth headset.
Given its using the same tech as the 800 without the 2 higher frequencies of 20 & 40khz, theoretically it is as good as the 800 on the beach without the access to all the configurations of the 800.

People are using the 600 quite successfully on the beach.
I assume you've read the Minelab comparison here https://www.minelab.com/community/treasure-talk/equinox-600-vs-equinox-800
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Post  adrian ss on Sat Mar 21, 2020 9:34 pm

Thanks for that info.
Although I have several vlf detectors none of them are all that flash on small gold chain and other small gold jewellery Items.
So I want to weed them out and try to find a multi frequency machine that is excellent at the beach and can hit on these small jewellery items.
I have found a ton of stuff over the years and have plenty of gold and sil rings but the chain department is lacking.
Most of the detectors that I have that can ping small gold chain etc are high end vlfs that do not work well at the salt beaches so I have been thinking of replacing a few of them with a 600 or 800. The 800 is out of my price range so i need to know that the 600 is up to the task?
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Post  bicter on Sun Mar 22, 2020 7:29 am

I have found a couple of chains, they have been shallow and difficult to hear. I think I was possibly pinging the clasp.
Going by the test you posted earlier, you are probably better to use the SDC if you're mainly chasing chains and are prepared to dig lots of junk targets.

Would like to read a comparison of the Gold bug and the SDC when detecting at the beach for gold chain.
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Post  adrian ss on Sun Mar 22, 2020 8:22 am

I have not done a direct comp at the beach between those two detectors but in my back yard the GB kills the 2300 on small gold chain.
I now use the GB DP at the beach in pref to my infinium but use the finny out in the deeper water.
About all I can say at the moment is that The GB has detected aussie 20 cent pieces at between 15 and possibly 18 inches in damp beach sand.
The ground balance was maxed out in the water but the tecta was running quite well with a now and again false sig.......This is in All Metal mode only. The disc mode is not good in the water or over wet sand.
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Post  ivanll on Sun Mar 22, 2020 5:47 pm

Some VLF detectors have no trouble detecting a small gold chain that is until you set the GB to wet salt sand use such as 00.

Your TDI with certain coils have no such trouble.

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Post  adrian ss on Sun Mar 22, 2020 6:06 pm

Hi Ivanll.
I have only tested with the stock single field coil. I do have several other GPX coils here from 6 inch to monster elliptical that I will try out...If I can find where I buried them in the shed.......Do you have a particular recommendation?
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Post  ivanll on Mon Mar 23, 2020 10:59 am

My preference is a 10x5"DD on the TDI/SPP and 12" dual field on the TDI Beach Hunter.

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Post  ivanll on Tue Mar 24, 2020 2:09 pm

Finny with 7x3.5" DD coil, but you'll have to move the coil as slow as when gold prospecting, any faster and it's blind to small gold.

Video test on my FBook page ..... but not for long.

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Post  adrian ss on Tue Mar 24, 2020 7:26 pm

Have just tried my gpx 5 x 10 coiltek mono and the result was poor being only very very marginally better than the stock TDI mono on a small gold chain. Detected the clasp weakly but not the chain. Tried various settings of threshold, gain, gb  and timings.

The 7 x 3  on the finni works and detects this chain but is nothing flash and as you say, a very slow careful sweep is required.

My GB DP Pro nails this chain through the flagstone paver with coil approx 6 inches above the paver.

Chain is 18k. wt is 3.0g

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Post  ivanll on Tue Mar 24, 2020 9:29 pm

Use the GB DP Pro it was made for that purpose.

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Post  adrian ss on Thu Mar 26, 2020 6:30 pm

Tried the ML 11 inch Commander mono and it performs very well on the TDI. More stable and slightly better sensitivity than the stock coil to the previously mentioned gold chain.
Like it and will leave it on for a while.
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Post  adrian ss Yesterday at 8:19 am

Does anybody know much about the Vanquish 540.
Appears to be the same as the EQ 600 but in a different package??
Seems to be inexpensive.
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