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anyone have comments on the FBS 800 coil?
Posted by: sgoss66
Date: May 21, 2011 08:37PM
Everyone...

I'm planning to eventually get a small coil for my SE...and have been thinking SunRay x-5, 6x8 SEF, or EXcelerator EQ2 Pro. Anyone have any thoughts on the Minelab 8" coil? How does it stack up and is it a decent alternative to the three I mentioned?

Steve



Minelab CTX 3030
Minelab Explorer SE Pro
Garrett ProPointer AT
Lesche hand digger
Lesche 38D "King of Spades"

Norman, OK

Re: anyone have comments on the FBS 800 coil?
Posted by: D&P-OR
Date: May 21, 2011 10:17PM
Do a search on past posts.----Those coils have been much discussed several times.-----Also pull up Bryces field tests on them, they are VERY thorough & well written.

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Re: anyone have comments on the FBS 800 coil?
Posted by: sgoss66
Date: May 21, 2011 10:21PM
Hey Del --

I read Bryce's coil field test post that is a sticky on this forum, and I did not see the FBS 800 coil reviewed; I also tried a search on "FBS 800" and it said "no results are found..." :shrug:

Not sure how to find past posts, or any field test that Bryce did, since what I am trying did not work...

Thanks,

Steve



Minelab CTX 3030
Minelab Explorer SE Pro
Garrett ProPointer AT
Lesche hand digger
Lesche 38D "King of Spades"

Norman, OK

Re: anyone have comments on the FBS 800 coil?
Posted by: D&P-OR
Date: May 22, 2011 10:07AM
Hi Steve-----Maybe Bryce didn't do a field test on that individual coil (FBS 800) but I know he (and others) have talked about that coil in the past.-----Perhaps Bryce will "chime in" here & give you his expert opinion on it.-------I'll give you my comment/opinion and you can take it for what it's worth. :smile:-----The Minelab FBS 800 is actually a 7 3/4" coil and I'm not certain but Minelab MAY have dis-continued production on that coil.---If you are interested in that size coil (8 inch)---I would choose the Sunray X-8 (hands down).----It's a little "pricey" but well worth the money IMO.---My wife & I have two X-8's for our Etracs and love 'em.-----Read Bryces field test report on the X-8 and you will see why he and a lot of us really like that coil (for a mid-size coil).-----------Regards, Del

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Steve...check out my field test on the Sunray X-8.
Posted by: Bryce-IL
Date: May 22, 2011 10:12AM
The Minelab 7.5 is a really good coil...and it can usually be found at a good price as well.

For me though...the Sunray X-8 performed just a little better for me here in my IL soil.



Here's the link to my field test post containing over 60 different hunts of various coil tests...field tests published in Western & Eastern Treasures Magazine...comparisons...nicer finds...etc..:
http://www.findmall.com/read.php?19,1055627,1055627#msg-1055627

Been swingin' the coil since 1972

Started out in 1972 with a Jetco Detector...then the late 70's with a Whites 6000:whites:....then in 1981 went to a Bounty Hunter VLF TR 840:bounty:

Then in the early 1980's I went to a Whites 6000 Di Pro:whites:...mid 80's I went to a Whites Eagle II SL:whites:...Late 80's/Early 90's I went to the Whites XLT:whites:

1990's I used the Fisher CZ5, CZ6, CZ7, 7aPro, and CZ70Pro (still have)...and am currently doing some water hunting with my CZ-21:fisher:...

Started using Minelabs in 1999:minelab:

with a brief stint on the Musketeer while also using the CZ's...then in 2002 I switched to the Minelab Explorers and currently use the Explorer SE Pro as my main machine. I also use the Explorer 2 and E-trac often... and have a CTX3030 I use as a backup:minelab: Might also mention I have an arsenal of coils for the Explorers:thumbup:


"Metal detecting is an escape for me and allows me to find some much needed peace and solace.
Being able to clear my head...even if only for that short while...is much more meaningful than any amount of finds that end up in my pouch"
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Re: anyone have comments on the FBS 800 coil?
Posted by: sgoss66
Date: May 22, 2011 12:51PM
Thanks all for the info.

I wasn't specifically looking for an 8" coil -- though I really do like the idea of the 6x8 SEF -- to me it is still a "small" coil, but would cover a bit more ground, and get a bit better depth maybe than a 5" or 6" coil. Otherwise, I was thinking a 5" or 6" coil. But, as you said Bryce, I have seen some nice deals on the FBS 800, so thought it might be a decent option. I understand the point that the X-8 is better, but I think if I can only afford one more coil right now to add to my rig, I would go X-5 (or another 5-6" coil) instead of the X-8. Again, the only reason I thought about the 8" Minelab is because I've seen them cheap...

Steve



Minelab CTX 3030
Minelab Explorer SE Pro
Garrett ProPointer AT
Lesche hand digger
Lesche 38D "King of Spades"

Norman, OK

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Re: anyone have comments on the FBS 800 coil?
Posted by: stasys
Date: May 23, 2011 01:16PM
For price its best small coil and possibly for performance, but personaly never liked smaller than original coil and for me its not worked better in iron. Stasys

Re: anyone have comments on the FBS 800 coil?
Posted by: scott (wi)
Date: May 23, 2011 03:37PM
I hunted with the 10.5 stock coil at a nearby beach and was finding all kinds of wheaties and silver, the stock went on the fritz and I shifted to the FBS 800 for several months and could not find any old coins at that site, after several months I went back to the stock (when I got it working) and I went right back to finding old coins again. The FBS 800 works fine for me for trashier sites where the finds are on the shallow side but I prefer the bigger coils for the deep ones ... trashy or not. Unless I hunt really trashy sites I put on the 10X12SEF (I really like this one, just got it) or 15" WOT because my stock has a short.

I have a 5" excellerator and don't use it much ... at the sites I tried it just doesn't go deep enough. Found just a few silver with it. I must say it never really worked quite right from the start.

I have a Excalibur 800 with the 8" coil basically the same configuration as the Explorer and I'm fine with that on the beach it will hit up to 10-11 inches. I just don't have the same confidence with basically the same coil on the Explorer.

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Re: anyone have comments on the FBS 800 coil?
Posted by: sgoss66
Date: May 23, 2011 08:13PM
Interesting, scott. Wonder why your excalibur 8" coil goes deep, but your Explorer 8" does not...

Steve



Minelab CTX 3030
Minelab Explorer SE Pro
Garrett ProPointer AT
Lesche hand digger
Lesche 38D "King of Spades"

Norman, OK

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Re: anyone have comments on the FBS 800 coil?
Posted by: jd88047
Date: March 15, 2017 10:42AM
Just picked a minelab 8 inch coil up. I have the 6 inch treasure seeker and its a great coil. The stock 11 inch coil is very sensitive and dont understand negative comments on it. I wanted a concentric and not another double d coil. Picked it up new from a guy who got it with his detector. I see two 8 inch coils offered by minelab. The fbs and the 800. Is there a difference in them? I cant find much on this coil. But if it works half as good as my other coils may make a nice trashy park coil for me.

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