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How many still use their Explorer XS?
Posted by: Tony N (Michigan)
Date: May 29, 2017 05:45AM
I recently sent in my Explorer XS to have the top part of the brain box replaced with a new one due to a Minelab repair shop breaking the plastic that holds down the top part.
This happened years ago so I bought an Explorer SE. The XS just sat there.

I hope to get the repaired XS back soon. I am very confident with the XS as it has found many deeply buried coins and other things for me.

Anyway, how many of you still use the XS?

I do, even though I have the CTX
Posted by: Chris(SoCenWI)
Date: May 29, 2017 08:42PM
I still prefer the XS. I do not like that they stuffed all the ferrous values on the 12 line. Minelab took a detector that stood out from all the others and changed it to imitate the rest. A few month ago there was a post from an apparent Minelab engineer that said the reason they did this was to eliminate the "S" curve. What BS, I've been reading this and other forums for years, never heard of anyone ever complain about an "S" curve. First time I heard of this was from Minelab trying to explain why they changed things.

On the XS nickels hit bottom middle, CuN cents slightly above, indian heads in one area, wheaties in a different place, silver another. How the signals bounce from their normal positions gives much information. The XS actually uses much of the screen. With Minelab Etrac and CTX and every other detector from every other manufacturer out there now you just get a bounce a few pixels right or left. Much less informative.

Chris



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 05/29/2017 08:44PM by Chris(SoCenWI).

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Re: I do, even though I have the CTX
Posted by: Tony N (Michigan)
Date: May 30, 2017 09:52AM
I trust my XS, maybe because I have found so many goodies with it. I never even heard of the "S" curve till you brought it up.

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Re: How many still use their Explorer XS?
Posted by: MikeO
Date: June 01, 2017 03:53AM
My hunting bud of 18 years is still using his and does quite well with it.
No issues with it other then I had to install a new Headphone Jack in it for him. Pretty typical problem so, no surprise there.



Detecting since 1979
Findmall member since 2000
Became a dedicated Minelab user in 2000 with a XS

Favorite find ever a 1834 Half Dime (15 years ago)
Oldest coin ever found a 1734 Real (11 years ago)

One of my favotites from 2012 season an 1857 Flying Eagle Cent.
http://www.findmall.com/read.php?19,1795264,1795264#msg-1795264

Favorite coin from 2013 season an 1835 Capped Bust Dime.
http://www.findmall.com/read.php?19,1962866,1962866

Favorite coin of 2014 so far an 1849 Large Cent.
http://www.findmall.com/read.php?19,2034861,2034861#msg-2034861

Favorite Silver of 2014 an 1854 Seated Half Dime.
http://www.findmall.com/read.php?19,2106714

A hunt that will likely never be repeated. Silver Three Center and Seated.
http://www.findmall.com/read.php?19,2115392,2115392#msg-2115392

Oldest and largest for 2015 so far 1807 KG
http://www.findmall.com/read.php?19,2167872,2167872#msg-2167872



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Re: How many still use their Explorer XS?
Posted by: sniffitout
Date: June 01, 2017 12:18PM
I'm still using mine .When something better comes along I'll buy it. When using a WOT I dug a 1900 barber dime elbow deep & it was in the center of the hole. I don't use a pinpointer or pinpoint on the machine . From finger tip to elbow is 161/2 inches. That was in a hunted out park.



2002 explorer xs WOT- 1989 eagle 2- 1984 fisher 1260 - 1981 ADS3 - 1978 VLF/TR - 1973 TR - 1971 2nd class radio/telephone license - 1970 - BFO 13x24 coil 1969 heathkit TR - 1968 cheap $29.00 BFO >>BFO kit with coil wound on a piece of plywood...Place a RB10 a IB300 & a BFO discriminator in there appropriate time frame.

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I don't doubt it sniffitout
Posted by: Tony N (Michigan)
Date: June 02, 2017 09:12AM
I too have the large WOT coil. I haven't used it much except in a clean park setting. I doubt I could get away with it being used in my square cut iron laden yards here.
Is your soil pretty mild? What state do you live in if you don't mind me asking?

Re: I don't doubt it sniffitout
Posted by: sniffitout
Date: June 02, 2017 03:47PM
Tony:
I have no way to measure the soil. This is S. W. Pa.. Coal country, Coke ash, stone iron furnaces & a west wind from the Ohio valley steel mills & a north wind from the smokey city steel mills (Pittsburgh).
Matt

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Re: I don't doubt it sniffitout
Posted by: Tony N (Michigan)
Date: June 02, 2017 04:13PM
The Explorer XS is an awesome machine. I just got mine back from England today. They put a new top on the control box (that another Minelab repair shop broke years ago (it wasn't Kellyco) and a new face place or whatever you call it.

Can't wait to hear those sweet tones again. There's just nothing like the ole XS.

I think there are USGS maps that tell how mineralized the soil is in each state and parts of each state. Can't remember where they are located but I was looking at them for my state a week or so ago.

You would be amazed how well the WOT does in trash....
Posted by: Chris(SoCenWI)
Date: June 03, 2017 08:38PM
Tony,

There is a hot spot half way down the center of the coil that seems to be able to pick up good items in heavy trash. You need to overlap your swings hugely so you don't get the benefit of the WOT's full diameter. But..... It can pick up signals that smaller coils miss, even in heavy trash. I also find it does much better in areas where you can't get the coil close to the ground, especially in dry ground/tall grass.

Chris

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Re: You would be amazed how well the WOT does in trash....
Posted by: Tony N (Michigan)
Date: June 04, 2017 01:08PM
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Chris(SoCenWI)
Tony,

There is a hot spot half way down the center of the coil that seems to be able to pick up good items in heavy trash. You need to overlap your swings hugely so you don't get the benefit of the WOT's full diameter. But..... It can pick up signals that smaller coils miss, even in heavy trash. I also find it does much better in areas where you can't get the coil close to the ground, especially in dry ground/tall grass.

Chris

Thanks, Chris. I never knew that. I'll have to try mine out again.

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Installing a new headphone jack on the XS?
Posted by: Tony N (Michigan)
Date: June 04, 2017 01:13PM
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MikeO
My hunting bud of 18 years is still using his and does quite well with it.
No issues with it other then I had to install a new Headphone Jack in it for him. Pretty typical problem so, no surprise there.

Hey MikeO, what does one have to do to install a new headphone jack? Sometimes I only get a sound on one side of my headphones but when I twist the headphone plug just a little, I get both sides of the headphones.

I imagine you have to take the handle completely apart which means having to take off the detector box? I don't see how to do that on my XS.

Re: How many still use their Explorer XS?
Posted by: Nuke em
Date: June 04, 2017 06:12PM
I have a mint unused secondhand one in reserve. I use my mint Explorer 11 at the moment .



Uses = Minelab E.Trac , Minelab Explorer 11 (might sell) , Minelab Explorer XS , Minelab Equinox 800 x 2 (ordered) , Garrett Probes , Gray Ghost/ Nugget Busters

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You are above average then. :-)N/T
Posted by: Tony N (Michigan)
Date: June 04, 2017 06:55PM

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Re: How many still use their Explorer XS?
Posted by: Charles (Upstate NY)
Date: June 08, 2017 09:09PM
I predict a WOT coil is in my near future, first I have to machine and assemble the Explorer SE Pro Ultralight. The carbon fiber tubing is inbound, coil connectors have landed.

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Re: How many still use their Explorer XS?
Posted by: Tony N (Michigan)
Date: June 11, 2017 06:24PM
I have a Wot. I han't used it a whole wot :-)
Not sure how it does on dimes. Will have to check it out.

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