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Post  Richard Cranium on Sun Sep 02, 2012 2:43 am

Just starting out, really just starting haven't even broken ground.

Wanted to ask you all about the cheap and nasty detectors on ebay and like sites.

You know the ones $100 claim to be worth $1000, if they worked are they worth while using for a first time out, hoping to make some money to buy some real equipment, of course I'm not talking toys just cheap quality.


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Post  Guest on Sun Sep 02, 2012 7:45 am

You know the old saying, you get what you pay for.
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Post  getascripter on Sun Sep 02, 2012 7:06 pm

Advice ... read through this forum, particularly the sections that are specifically about detector brands, types & models.

Buy the most expensive detector that you can currently afford. If you want to do beach detecting ... buy a detector suitable for that job. If you want to detect for land based gold ... buy a detector suitable for that job. Your goal should be to eventually get yourself one of the Minelab GPX series of detectors ... they are the 'top of the range' and have the best capabilities!

I am not knocking any of the other brands! They all have their place ... but the Minelab GPX series are 'la creme de la creme'
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Post  Richard Cranium on Sun Sep 02, 2012 10:44 pm

Thank you very much this has been very helpful.

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Post  philip.j.thompson on Mon Sep 03, 2012 8:25 pm

My suggestion and I am just a contributor but as a code we need to be seen as respectable. I know dick head might be regarded as funny but to some an affront
My thought only regards Phil Wink

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Post  Richard Cranium on Tue Sep 04, 2012 3:21 am

Phill the younger generations have a title for people using forums like yourself with the intention of doing nothing then being smart to other peoples posts.
They call them a "TROLL" and sir I agree that you might believe yourself to be a "cunning linguist" (you might like that one) as it has taken you two posts to realize that I used some "cunning linguist" skills to build my user name, but for what ever reason you have chosen to "TROLL" my posts please in the future refrain from doing so and just don't even bother reading mine. Thank you sir. Sad

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Post  Show Me The Gold on Tue Sep 04, 2012 4:40 pm

Yeah phill mate ya cant go around telling people what they cant do or cant have as a name (you maybe taken for a green) lol! lol! lol! lol! lol! lol! lol! but on the other hand richard you could be a bit more taste full with your picking of a name on a site that may have small children on it you never no.
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Post  Bushed-Tracker on Tue Sep 04, 2012 4:50 pm

Kates post is right on the money. A $100 machine will never be worth $1000 but may find coins and trash on the beach and in the parks. I say trash because you will dig a lot of it. The more expensive, better designed "coin and tresure" - (VLF) machines will be capable of better discrimination and therefore less junk will be dug. VLF machines have some limitations in the goldfield compared to a Pulse Induction machines due to the high mineralisation making them prone to generating a lot of 'ground noises' in which it is hard to pick out the gold signals.

Having said that there were no PI machines around when I started and we still found plenty of gold.

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Post  Richard Cranium on Tue Sep 04, 2012 6:21 pm

Bushed, great thanx mate, yeah I was pretty sure it was a matter of differing technologies but wanted to check before spending more money on the trip then the detector and coming up empty because of it, now I know if I come up empty it's all my own fault.

And Kate thank you very much, I read a lot of those posts in that topic last night and it was very helpful.

Thanx everyone.


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Post  getascripter on Tue Sep 04, 2012 6:56 pm

You're welcome Richard. I started with an SD2000 and an X-Terra. As I've said in previous posts, the X-Terra is dynamite on the beach!! The SD has taught me HEAPS!!! And HAS found gold, both for its previous owner and for me. I hope it finds gold for it's next owner! I've now worked my way up to the GPX4000 ... so 'Look Out' Bendigo ... I'm on my way over later in the week affraid bounce lol!
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Post  Guest on Tue Sep 04, 2012 7:31 pm

I’m with you Phil! But you know what they say, if the cap fits wear it.
I’m surprised the moderators haven’t picked up on this one???????
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Post  philip.j.thompson on Tue Sep 04, 2012 8:28 pm

Ta 86 maybe I'm just from the wrong generation and don't appreciate the humor. Very Happy Anyway for what its worth as posted previously google up Victorian Goldfields Project for some , I thought, interesting info.regards Phil pirat

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Post  Richard Cranium on Wed Sep 05, 2012 1:15 am

Some very helpful post thank you for all those with some great advice.

Warragul, mate thanks for the heads up, who would have thought as close as Tanjil hey, wow sweet.

Kate thanks for that you really got me on my way to having a plan and making it happen.

And to everyone that actually had something helpful to say it was very much appreciated.


To the others well just stiff cheddar I suppose.

bounce bounce bounce

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Post  BradHolman on Wed Sep 16, 2020 7:39 pm

Hi Guys, I know everyone will drop hard on this, but I bought one of those "CHEAP" metal detectors, mainly for relic hunting as most gold in my area (SE QLD) is micro and usually found by panning, but I discovered during my testing that it is actually not bad as a gold nugget finder.
I had good results on shallow (under 3") targets of .06 and larger flakes and nuggets. The tone roll and discrim weren't too bad either.
For under 300 Australian Micropesos, it is probably good for beginners, who also hunt relics as it bounces down 6-8" on small coins, brass cases etc.
Apparently it is a clone of the Technetics G2 which is considered a reasonable machine for gold and relics. To my mind after down loading the G2 Manual, the functions are exactly the same as the manual that came was in Choinese, which is all greek to me LOL. It operates at 19Khz which is similar frequency to some higher end machines by Garrett.
Hope this helps, Cheers Brad

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Post  Kon61gold on Wed Sep 16, 2020 10:41 pm

G'day Brad, welcome to the forum

Regardless of price or working capabilities of the Chinese made  TX 850  (Tianxum), this forum has not & does not support the buying nor selling of counterfeit cloned metal detectors, regardless of price/make or where they're distributed from. Counterfeit clones take money away from legitimate businesses.
My sincerest apologies Brad, but for the sake of all members on here, a "Buyer Beware", applies to your write up above.

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