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Re: Some more Excal questions (please bear with me)
Posted by: sonnar28
Date: August 31, 2017 10:46PM
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Greg (E.Tn)
I contacted Minelab Kellyco prior to sending my Excal 1000 in for mods and a checkup. I plan to have the machine modded with a pinpoint switch, coil replaced, and have them address the O-rings, and some issues I am having with it. I asked, but they no longer do the mod which allows the user to change coils--said they were just having too many problems with that.

All that being said, I am opting for a smaller coil than the standard 10" coil, and want to get some opinions from you guys.

And, Minelab told me that any sovereign coil I find will also work on the Excal. So, here are my options, so far:

8" Minelab Tornado Coil--supposed to still have decent depth, will be easier to sweep in river current, and should be easier to maneuver between rocks;

NEL Sharp 5" (Sovereign coil)--Don't know much about this one, and I am kinda afraid it might be TOO small.

NEL Sharpshooter 9.5"X5.5" (Sovereign coil)--I figure the depth should be better with this coil, also the pointed toe will allow me to get in between crevices better than a round coil.

Last question: the Sharpshooter can be modded with a 3' cable. I think I probably need this if I opt for this coil.

The guy I talked to at minelab was very nice and informative.

I need all the advice and feedback I can get on this. Also, if anyone has any coil suggestions I'm all ears.

Thanks;

Greg

The 800 coil will definitely have the advantage on a rock strewn bottom, trying to use the 1000 coil in that situation will beat up the coil and frustrate you. There are some rocky areas in the Caribbean that I visit from time to time, I use the Excal with the 800 coil there as I could not really work it with the 1000 coil.

You won't lose much depth using the 800 coil (vs the 1000) as you can crank up the sensitivity on the 800. Also, you will cover rocky ground just as quick as target recovery will be much easier with the tighter pinpoint from the 800.

The elliptical coil is harder for me to maneuver as the toe gets stuck sometimes, a round coil seems to roll smoothly around rocks. The 5 inch coil does not have the depth that you will need for most sites.

Good luck!

Charles


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Some more Excal questions (please bear with me)

Greg (E.Tn)359August 30, 2017 09:59AM

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ROBOCOP145September 01, 2017 09:12AM

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dewcon4414140September 01, 2017 05:52AM

Yes, I get the nulls. One place we hunt has a gigantic logging chain stuck in the river bottom, that causes a big section to null out.N/T

Greg (E.Tn)116September 01, 2017 07:10PM

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OldBeechnut151September 01, 2017 07:39AM

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sonnar28133August 31, 2017 10:46PM

Thanks Sonnar, that was what I was hoping to hear.N/T

Greg (E.Tn)119September 01, 2017 07:03PM

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OldBeechnut163August 31, 2017 01:03PM

Thank you Old Beechnut. I move a lot of rocks, too. :biggrin:N/T

Greg (E.Tn)117September 01, 2017 07:04PM

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ROBOCOP125August 31, 2017 05:29AM

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Greg (E.Tn)132August 31, 2017 10:11AM

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ROBOCOP139August 30, 2017 06:13PM

Keep in mind I'm not hunting a flat environment,

Greg (E.Tn)120August 30, 2017 10:45PM

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OldBeechnut146August 30, 2017 04:58PM

Beech:

Greg (E.Tn)120August 30, 2017 10:46PM

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ROBOCOP136August 30, 2017 04:17PM

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pasttom139August 30, 2017 02:01PM

pasttom

Greg (E.Tn)128August 30, 2017 10:43PM



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