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Post  Wombat on Wed Sep 09, 2009 7:56 pm

I'm thinking of getting a Garrett Pro-Pointer but I don't know what they will be like in our highly minerised ground like what we have in the Triangle. Do you get minerial interference when trying to pin point, or do they have some sort of ground balancing built in. I would be very interested in anyone's experience using this type of pointer or any other pointer on the market. (Any feed back will be gratefull)
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Post  GoldstalkerGPX on Wed Sep 09, 2009 10:42 pm

G'day Wombat, Not to sure about the Garrett Pro-pointer. There is a fair bit of helpful information in 'General Prospecting Answers' under the topic Pinpoint Probes posted by Granite.
Hope this helps. Cheers
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Post  nero_design on Wed Sep 09, 2009 10:47 pm

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I like them immensely - even over several other pinpointers that I've used in the past. It's self calibrating and is not as responsive to minerals as other, similar devices... essentially, it just responds to metals. The response to a target is both audio AND vibratory so you can tell where the target is even when wearing earphones.

Another forum member told me he had heard about the Pro Pointer triggering a response from a Minelab GPX 4500 in the hands of another detectorist and I have met a person who claimed that the Pro Pointer would cause his detector to respond to the pinpointer even when the pinpointer was switched off and held at a distance from the control box of the detector - which I believe was sporting the 15x12 Semi-elliptical monoloop. It seems odd that the complaint stated that the problem occurred even when the pinpointer was turned off. I can only assume that some strange sort of resonance was taking place between the coil and the pinpointer.

However, this certainly isn't my experience, even with the same coil and detector. With so many people using the Garrett Pro Pointers and with their robust build (I've dropped mine onto hard stone from shoulder height several times without a problem - ouch!), there must be quite a few of them out there now. The main benefit of this pinpointer is that it speeds up target recovery, is water-sealed, can be used close to the coil (closer than a Pulse Induction pinpointer like the Vibra Probe 570/580 will allow!). The main purpose of the device for most of us is to prevent pick-strike on a nugget or to retrieve coins faster. Hundreds have been sold in Australia and they've been very popular in other countries (especially in the US) as well.
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Post  Out4Fun on Wed Sep 09, 2009 10:50 pm

Hi Wombat,

I have bought a Pro-Pointer just recently, but have not received it as yet. However, from what a friend showed/told me, the pointer is not picking up the smaller gold from a distance, e.g. for a 1g piece you have to be as close as 2-5 cm to get a signal. The really small bits are not picked up at all.
From my point of view the biggest advantage of a pin-pointer is: You are using a big coil and you get a good signal. Pin pointing with the coil is difficult and I dug quite often passed the target. Having a pin pointer would make life a little bit easier in a case like that.

Also I think as they are not that sensitive you would not require any sort of ground balancing.

I should receive my unit within the next few days, if anybody is interested I can report back once I had my first tests.

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Post  MS on Wed Sep 09, 2009 11:42 pm

Good product and made well , easy to use and very usefull
You will like it .
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Post  Beer Beeper on Thu Sep 10, 2009 11:21 am

http://www.coiltek.com.au/accessories.htm
SWITCHING BLOCK Item # MO2 To avoid changing coils, Coiltek has a ‘two way’ adapter to allow switching between your search coil and your probe coil. Easily attaches to the detector stem.

PRICE: $125.00
Garrett Pro-Pointer Coil1

http://www.coiltek.com.au/goldsearchcoils.htm
COILTEK 1X8 INCH PINPOINT PROBE (25X200MM) Item # PIN1 Damaging a nugget while digging it out can serious reduce its value. Don’t damage those valuable nuggets. This probe allows you to locate and pinpoint your target accurately in the hole.

PRICE: $137.00
Garrett Pro-Pointer Pin1


Or instead of the PROBE above, you can use a CoilTek GoldStalker round 6" mono or use a 10" x 5" coil for a pinpointer on a lower stem hooked up to the SWITCHING BLOCK above. To pinpoint in the hole once you have found a signal with a larger coil first.

Has anyone used the CoilTek 1X8 INCH PINPOINT PROBE above?? How does it work on small gold??

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Post  Alwaysback on Thu Sep 10, 2009 7:47 pm

For what it's worth the Pro Pointer is magic on Coins, saves big holes. I haven't used it on gold yet, but I am going away for a week later this month and will let you know how it goes. I am thinking that it will prevent digging past the nugget.

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Post  Wombat on Fri Sep 11, 2009 5:10 pm

Thanks fellows for the info.
The Misses ordered one today for me as a late birthday presant. I hope it will save a lot of digging.
Cheers Wombat
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Post  Guest on Fri Sep 11, 2009 9:36 pm

how close to say a coin does it work? how much are they and where do u get them?

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Post  madmax800 on Fri Sep 11, 2009 9:48 pm

Claimpeg, Mine took 2 weeks to arrive, $139US delivered to my door.
PM if you want a link.

Great service from this place. the best I have ever had.This shop is online and truly good to deal with

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Post  madmax800 on Sat Sep 12, 2009 1:39 pm

I have sent the seller email asking If I can post his email address here so you can deal direct, he is the best seller.,Name is Ed

Keep in touch once i here back from Ed.

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Post  madmax800 on Sat Sep 12, 2009 7:47 pm

Hi Every one.
Been in contact with the seller of the Garrett Pro Pinpointer in USA.

If you would like to deal direct with him (ED) then this is his email address.

pavlasek@charter.net

If you want to check him out on Ebay then go here.

http://myworld.ebay.com.au/txpremium?ssPageName=ADME:X:CEM:AU:1181

Regards

John

Just copy the above links then paste into you browser
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Post  nero_design on Sat Sep 12, 2009 11:16 pm

I'm sure all the Australian dealers on the forum (and even the official Garrett rep) who go to the trouble to buy and import the same will be pleased with the efforts that will cut them out of a sale. LOL! If this keeps up, you'll eventually have to buy everything from overseas in the end!

UPDATE - TODAY ---BTW: Garrett Pro Pointer seems to have two coils that it's not fond of:
1/ the 16" Round Mono Advantage Nugget Finder. (my experience)
2/ the Semi-Elliptical 15x12" Mono Commander. (another person's experience)

Both of these two coils have somewhat similar outputs and characteristics.
I was working with the 16" Round Advantage today and found that the ProPointer could still be employed but this was after switching off the speaker to the detector via a small switch that I had installed in the actual speaker. Other coils are completely unaffected by the ProPointer.


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Post  Guest on Sat Sep 12, 2009 11:18 pm

how far away do they work..on say a coin size target?

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Post  madmax800 on Sat Sep 12, 2009 11:20 pm

about 2 inches which I like.
I had a pistol probe but that was 5 inches and was too far as it mde it hard to find the target as it scanned on the side also.
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Post  Granite on Mon Sep 14, 2009 6:27 pm

We have been using the Coiltek pin point probe over the last 4 days and found it does the job extra well. Even on a little 1/4 gram nugget it will give you a good signal at about 1.5" to 2" in caprock. We have been searching on caprock near Sandstone and got 2.5ozs in just over 4 days. Most of it was in flamin' hard rock and out 2 Gads and 3 picks are now so blunt they wouldn't cut butter. Without the Coiltek probe we would be still out there trying to find some of the deeper nuggets.
Cheers, Jim.

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Post  madmax800 on Mon Sep 14, 2009 6:32 pm

Hi Jim,
I bought the pistol probe off you. I have a 4500 and an Etrec, both of these detectors made the probe squeal so on sold it. Now use the minelab X1 and the Garrett pro.

Are you still over in the west. Peter and Lornba are back home. I caught up with them yesterday for a chat and to see all her gold.

Hope your health is ok.

Regards

John
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Post  Granite on Tue Sep 15, 2009 11:15 am

Hi John, good to hear from you again. I'm sorry to hear the pistol probe didn't work for you. I didn't have any problems with it when I used it with the 4000 fitted with the 14" Coiltek mono. The Coiltek probe is a bit of a nuisance to change but we got around that by marking the signals and going back with one detector fitted with the probe and the other standard. Could get a switch block but couldn't be bothered as we don't usually do that much work on caprock.

Say hello to Lorna and Peter for us, we are still in Sandstone, waiting for our mail to catch up. Didn't arrive today so have to wait till Thursday now. That gives us two more days to get our tally up to 20oz.

I have recovered well from hernia surgery and now fit as a fiddle, well as fit as a 65 year old fiddle can get. They do say the older the fiddle the sweeter the tune??? Cheryl is also well and doing her very best to keep her tally above mine, but I am creeping up on her now I also have a 4500.

Cheers, Jim

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Post  Guest on Thu Sep 17, 2009 2:12 pm

Why is everyone so hell bent on purchasing their detecting accessories from the States when many of them are available here? Is it just for the sake of saving a few dollars?
Wouldn't it be better to support our local dealers who have been the pioneers of metal detecting in this country. These blokes have gone to a lot of trouble to be able to supply us with a wide range of metal detecting equipment as well as Back-Up service; Sure when you buy from the United States the UK and if you are a nong, China you will get what seems to be a lower price and an International warranty but even with this warranty you still have to send your item back to the place of purchase in order to get the benefit of the warranty. I think in the long run when things go wrong and repairs are needed then I think you will find that it would have been better to have spent a bit more money and purchased locally.
This way the money stays in Australia and our local dealers stay in business.
Items such as the Pro Pointer which can be purchased on Ebay for around 140 dolars US plus 20 dollars postage might cost 50 or 60 dollars extra in Australian dollars but that has to somehow cover import costs and GST (payable on imports over 1000 dollars AU I think) and still have a bit left over (not much) for profit which then goes back into the buisness anyway.
Next time you think about buying your detector from overseas, give it a bit more thought and then buy local.
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Post  madmax800 on Thu Sep 17, 2009 3:29 pm

Hi Adrian SS,

I am getting sick of all the do gooders here who open their mouth before doing any research and who think they have all the answers.

I only could find 1 outlet that sells these probes here in Australia and they want $235 AU . If I can Import 1 for $95 au less then as far as I am concerned they are ripping us off. If I bought 2 from the US dealer he would ship for free so if he can buy them from Garrett, then sell to me and cover all postage from USA then he must be making a few $'s on the deal so why can't the aussie dealer.

You might want to spend a bit of time searching for 1 of these in Australia thats around the same$150 Australian , if you find any then post a link and stop giving others who are trying to help out others here a hard time.

Max to you
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Post  GoldstalkerGPX on Thu Sep 17, 2009 5:09 pm

Madmax, Your right mate, I've tried to find one in Oz with the same result as you. Looks like at this stage the US is the go, I would prefer to buy from Oz of course.....But then we have the same problem with everything. Australia is one of the few countries in the world who could be wholly self sufficient, but that is not the nature of the beast now is it!!
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Post  mallee00 on Thu Sep 17, 2009 5:47 pm

Max, you might save by buying from the U.S. but dont expect the Australian dealer to do any warranty work. Read your owners manual, customers outside the United States must contact the retail outlet where their product was purchased to arrange for repair or warranty service. I purchased mine from the Garrett distributer in Australia and at the time it was $60 dearer than i could have got one from the U.S. but figured that for the 2 year warranty it was worth it. mallee00 and the mutt

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Post  Jigalong on Thu Sep 17, 2009 5:56 pm

I have two USA pinpointers for sale in the "For Sale " area.
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Post  Guest on Thu Sep 17, 2009 9:24 pm

Well it looks like I stirred a hornets nest.

Max, You very very clearly have not got the remotest idea of the costs involved in running a buisness that requires the importing of an item for resale here.
I purchased my Pro Pointer for approx 60 dollars AU above the standard US price (not the Ebay Price)and you can take it from me that is not a rip off price.
The metal detecting market is very limited here in Aussie; Only a small fraction of the population has a detector so if you want to run metal detector supply buisness selling an imported product to a limited market and if you want that buisness to survive then you will have to price your product accordingly because if you price your item to be competitive with overseas prices your buisness will very quickly spear in with wheels up.
Of course if a person doesn't mind living on spuds and rissoles then maybe the price could be kept down a bit.
And as far as Research is concerned; It s a fair bet that I have forgotten more research during the past five minutes than what you have done in your entire life.

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Post  Fisherman on Thu Sep 17, 2009 11:46 pm

G day all
While mallee00 makes a good point and i'm all for supporting the local bloke i also have four kids and a mortgage.
So Adrian if i can't afford to buy an imported product from within Australia should i be denied that product even though in this day of the internet i can source it myself with hardly any effort?
By the way we love our rissoles and spuds.

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Post  Guest on Fri Sep 18, 2009 5:47 am

G/Day Brett,
I also enjoy my spuds and rissoles, been living on them most of my life and I don't even have a buisness ( went bust because of cheap imports,now its just a hobby)
I agree with you totally, get what you need by whatever means it takes; I am just trying to make a point.
It is because so many Aussies buy from overseas that a great many of our local small buisnesses are going bust and also the reason Australia is going down the gurgler. This country is only a shadow of its former self as far as being a primary producer is concerned; we import far more than we export.

Max mate,
At last count there are 13 legitimate outlets in Australia where you can access the Pro Pointer.

Adrian

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Post  Tunnel Rat on Sat Oct 03, 2009 5:27 pm

I purchased one last week before heading to the triangle for a couple of days.Fixing it to my belt off I went.Firing up the 4000 with a 12in N/F eliptical I was greeted by a detector in berserk mode.Nothing I did would settle it down.Whats different today,I thought.......the pinpointer!!!!Fair dinkum I could not have it on my person anywhere or the 4 would go nuts.It wasnt even on!!!Back to the fourby for you my friend.Fire the 4 up again and shes smooth as a babys bum,found 4 species and 3 bits.Returning to melb I took it back to Miners Den and explained the problem,a full refund was recieved,thanks Geoff.
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Post  Guest on Sat Oct 03, 2009 6:47 pm

HI Tunnel rat,
Yes the Pro Pointer does seem to produce quite a target responce from the ML PIs when fitted with a largish coil (10ins and up). The Infinium also will detect it at 4 or 5 foot when the pointer is turned off. There is no electrical interference when turned on (for Infinium).Some PIs running a high PPS may pick up some elec interference when the pointer is on
It is a curious effect ( when turned off) from such a small target and I understand the cause is under investigation.
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Post  madmax800 on Sat Oct 03, 2009 10:39 pm

Adrian SS wrote:
And as far as Research is concerned; It s a fair bet that I have forgotten more research during the past five minutes than what you have done in your entire life.

Adrian

Adrian SS,

1st up,are you full of yourself or what "you have forgotten more research that I have done in my whole lifetime. Blah, blah, blah...gees"

I am not a fool. Of course I would rather buy the Garrett Pro from an aussie dealer.
Can you put up links to the 13 dealers here. I want to send them all an
email asking if they can sell it to me for the same equivalent of $139
us delivered to my door. I don't care if its retail , ebay or what
ever. I just want a fair deal

If not then I am afraid i will be shopping overseas again.

You might have more $'s than me so you support the overpriced Aussie dealers .
Thanks

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Post  Guest on Sun Oct 04, 2009 9:17 am

HI John,
Lifes too short to go on bellyaching about trivia and getting people off-side, sorry for getting you stroppy.
I am certain tho that you will not get the pro p here at US prices.
As for money; At last check after 63 years on this earth I have the grand total of 500 bucks to my name; That was yesterday, today it's less.

I do not have email links to the other dealers but I can list their Business names.

QLD:

North QLD Miners Den: (07) 4051 4413, Jim Adlington Enterprises: (07)4743 4717.

The Open Range: (07) 4632 1389, Eureka Detectors: 0432 604 970.

Venture Gear Australia: (07) 3286 5296

N.S.W:

The Cedars Gift & Rock Shop: (02) 4782 6444, Goanna Gold Detectors: (02) 4938 7670.

Yass Outdoor Sports and Camping: (02) 6226

W.A.:

The Prospectors Patch: (08) 9379 3636

TAS:

A.I. Electronics and Hobbies: (03) 6424 8322, Ultimate Fishing & Outdoors: (03) 6425 1968.

N.T.:

Geminex Northern Territory: (08) 8947 0202

S.A.:

Goldmining Centre: (08) 8396 7455

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