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Post  2doorpaul on Mon May 25, 2015 11:03 am

Hi all my name is Paul and live in South east SA. While we have great wine over here, gold and prospecting are not on the menu.
I am looking to buy my first detector and while there is a lot of info out there it does get a bit confusing. As far as I can see PI. machines , at the top end , are stand alone but  expensive . My circumstances -  (1) I live 2.5 hours from the closest fields (Stawell) so I may do some coin / relic detecting inbetween gold detecting. (2) I  am new to it, so not to complicated a machine (3) Are VLF machines still in the picture these days  and if so any recommendations ,without starting the age old debate . With a budget $1000-$1500 I realise a top end machine is out of the question but I am keen to give it a go (new or good second hand)
Ps  I also fish , so I get the "DO YOU REALY NEED ANOTHER FISHING ROD " from the good lady so I hope to get a good allround machine instead of several  for different circumstances.(  more towards gold detecting).
Any feedback will be appreciated
Cheers Paul

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Post  sluice box on Mon May 25, 2015 12:25 pm

Hi paul welcome to the forum


im not all that experienced myself in saying that I do believe that you would be better with a pi machine because it seems
as if your main focus would be gold you will still find coins and relics with a pi . there are a lot of good vlf machines that will still find gold
but some  or most  will struggle with the hot ground in areas You should be able to pick up a good second hand minelab sd 2000 2100 2200
or maybe a gp extreme with the money you have there are some good ones on gumtree and ebay at times and a lot of dealers have good second hand ones
with warranty

there will be more experienced people on the forum that will have a better idea than me
that's just my two bobs worth

cheers happy hunting

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Post  2doorpaul on Tue May 26, 2015 2:56 pm

At the moment a Gold Bug Pro looks like a good option for a newcomer like me. Can anyone help me with best place to buy
although have seen good deal online(US) would like to purchase a package deal local.
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Post  rc62burke on Tue May 26, 2015 3:32 pm

2doorpaul wrote:At the moment a Gold Bug Pro looks like a good option for a newcomer like me. Can anyone help me with best place to buy
although have seen good deal online(US) would like to purchase a package deal local.
Cheers
Hey Paul

Sluice box, summed it up pretty good, the best option IMHO for a newbie who wants to find "Gold" & around your budget is an SD2200d minelab PI detector, you WILL find "Gold" with it if you swing over a bit the right size to be picked up.

I have one of these & I also have a "Gold Bug Pro" & an SDC2300, the Bug will frustrate you no end!!! but it will find Gold but they don't get the depth of a PI have a look at post's by this member & what he uses!!! https://golddetecting.forumotion.net/t21626-first-2-for-may

They are a good unit & will serve you well at a good price & become a good back up unit when you upgrade.
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Post  mfdes on Tue May 26, 2015 4:35 pm

Having gone the route of first buying a new VLF myself, in the exact same situation you describe, I'd also recommend buying a secondhand SD series.
I now use the VLF only for coins and relics.
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Post  Digginerup on Tue May 26, 2015 5:30 pm

Q33 For what its worth I agree with the gentlemen above, I have come to know the sound of a happy SD2200d minelab PI detector.... Boing! Boing! bounce  some can be heard from miles Rolling Eyes its still as capable a machine as they ever were.

Wayne. cheers
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Post  2doorpaul on Wed May 27, 2015 9:57 am

Thanks everyone for the advice , I think I will go with the  SD 2200, just wondering what they are like on coins etc.
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Post  rc62burke on Wed May 27, 2015 10:59 am

2doorpaul wrote:Thanks everyone for the advice , I think I will go with the  SD 2200, just wondering what they are like on coins etc.
cheers

It is a metal detector so it will find coins, the only issue you have is EMI around towns, far better to get yourself a cheap VLF for coins, there really isn't a one fits all "Gold/Coin" detector that will excel at Gold.
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Post  mfdes on Wed May 27, 2015 4:09 pm

For coins, a dedicated VLF with good discrimination will work much better.
I hear the Whites PI machines have pretty good discrimination when set up correctly. I saw a video of someone who had set up one to look for coins, I think it was a TDI.
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