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EX-cal II years of service
Posted by: rottonr
Date: January 09, 2017 06:59AM
I read a lot of posts of machine problems and sending in their machines. I am wondering if they are the minority or not so much the majority but way more then there should be.???


I got my Ex-cal II (No modification other then the shaft) in the winter of 2012 so it has 5 years of fresh water hunting with maybe a week of winter salt water hunting thrown in a year and no major problems. I did have to get a new battery and replace the knob caps.


How about a survey? Your machine, years of use, salt or fresh water, modifications, problems.

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Re: EX-cal II years of service
Posted by: surfman
Date: January 09, 2017 08:14AM
I bought my first one in 2010. No issues what so ever. I don't go deep though.



Been in the detecting hobby for around 17 years. Currently using; Minelab CTX3030 w/stock and 6" coils. For beach and water I have two Minelab Excaliburs. An Excal II, 10"on an Anderson Carbon Fiber over and under and a Blue 1000 with a 12x10sef on a green Anderson over and under. Both with remote PP and modified headphones.

Oldest Copper; 1694 King William&Mary

Oldest Silver; 1792 Half Reale

Gold Coin; 1852 $1.00 (Found with ATPro)

YouTube Channel; surfman1968

Re: EX-cal II years of service
Posted by: Dirty_Coins
Date: January 09, 2017 08:31AM
Within the first 10 hunts the pinpoint knob came off. I really love the machine but I wish they would fix those knobs since its such a known problem. I've only had it in fresh water.

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Re: EX-cal II years of service
Posted by: Champ Ferguson
Date: January 09, 2017 09:11AM
No problems for about 5 years. Sporadic use tho, mostly salt beaches on vacation.
Only mods (until I get Joe's kit later this month!) are a straight shaft and knob guard.



Minelab CTX
Minelab Excalibur II
Minelab Safari

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Re: EX-cal II years of service
Posted by: surfman
Date: January 09, 2017 10:41AM
Yeah, the knob issue is well known. Both of mine have replacement knobs, shafts, modded headphones, new batteries as well as the remote pinpoint mod. I even put a 12x10sef on one. The knobs can be had at your local Radio Shack. You have to be very careful with the pot's. They're known to fail but usually last quite a few years. My original Excal 2 has had zero issues but I pretty much baby them.



Been in the detecting hobby for around 17 years. Currently using; Minelab CTX3030 w/stock and 6" coils. For beach and water I have two Minelab Excaliburs. An Excal II, 10"on an Anderson Carbon Fiber over and under and a Blue 1000 with a 12x10sef on a green Anderson over and under. Both with remote PP and modified headphones.

Oldest Copper; 1694 King William&Mary

Oldest Silver; 1792 Half Reale

Gold Coin; 1852 $1.00 (Found with ATPro)

YouTube Channel; surfman1968

Re: EX-cal II years of service
Posted by: GeorgeinSC
Date: January 09, 2017 11:29AM
When I purchased my Xcal I put a knob guard and straight shaft on it before I ever took it to the beach.

I did have a problem with my Excal II after the warranty expired and it had to go to the shop twice to get it repaired. I had lost concentration and hit a rock with the coil. My Fault. Machine would work sometimes and sometimes it would not detect a quarter at an inch. The machine actually had two problems and the intermittent coil was overlooked the first time as the machine worked when they tested it but would work some times and sometimes it would not. It took them a while to determine that it was the coil. While they had the machine in the shop they changed the upper "O" rings on the control shafts as they tend to dry out and need to be replaced every year or two.

My Xcal has more than paid for itself in the three and a half years that I have owned it.



Minelab Sovereign GT With an assortment of coils
Garrett Pro Pointer
Leche digging tool
Minelab Excalibur II
T-Rex 9.5 wet sand scoop

Re: EX-cal II years of service
Posted by: John(Tx)
Date: January 10, 2017 11:21AM
same as you, got new battery and replaced caps and have lubed O rings but have never had problems and oh yes, did shell out for some GG phones...

Re: EX-cal II years of service
Posted by: ROBOCOP
Date: January 11, 2017 03:22AM
All my Excals still work, even Sword #95.

ROBOCOP

And one Sovereign XS 2 PRO




Re: EX-cal II years of service
Posted by: rottonr
Date: January 11, 2017 05:54AM
Holy Moly, that's alot of machines!!!!!!

Re: EX-cal II years of service
Posted by: stateguyt
Date: January 11, 2017 06:58PM
Well i have a problem with mine and its been almost two months now i sent it in to kellcyo(they are the ones that fix the machines for minelab) and still dont no what wrong with it.Because i have not herd from them.
What i here there so back up. But going on two months
How much issues do they have with there machines. Are there that many machines broken

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Re: EX-cal II years of service 21 YEARS AND STILL GOING
Posted by: WaterWalker
Date: January 12, 2017 02:49AM
Back about 1995 I bought a used Minelab Sword (original Excalibur) which I still have and use.
The problems I have had to repair were open power cable (twice), leaking O-rings, leaking around control knob tube and the control housing (the tubes were originally glued into the control housing), leaking battery tube (originally the bottom was a second piece which was glued into the main tube, replacement of the battery (first time with Sun-Ray, second time with a MAXXPACK), a minor repair on the headphone speaker hardware and replaced all knobs with brass and stainless steel fastening knobs. The two modifications I made were the addition of the waterproof WOT coil connector and WOT coil and cut the ears on the battery pod to fit the Excalibur 1000. The Sword is still going strong and is packed to go on vacation in a couple of days. I have about 5000 hours in the water with this detector.

About 2002 I bought an Excalibur 1000 as the Sword was down with a bad power cable, I was leaving on a vacation the next day, and no time to repair the Sword.
The problems I have had NO problems to fix on the Excalibur 1000, I have added replacement knobs with brass and stainless steel fastening knobs and replacement of the battery, upgraded the battery to the RNB 3000. I have about 7000 hours in the water with this detector. The Excalibur 1000 is also going strong is packed and is also ready to go on vacation. Vacation for me, hard work for the detectors.

I did not mention a lower shaft that was destroyed when a bus driver in Cancun closed the door before I got the Excalibur into the bus. The general maintenance items such as the spring clips, nuts and bolts, and adding a bit of epoxy PC7 to the inside of the coil ears as they wore and the teardrop shaft washers. I also used Whites dive shaft handle until I went to Carbon Fiber Over and Under travel shaft - only one shaft to pack! Oh yes, I do pack 2 lower shafts.

Re: EX-cal II years of service 21 YEARS AND STILL GOING
Posted by: treasure_hunter
Date: January 12, 2017 07:07AM
Have owned owned 4 excals, still own 3 excals, 10 years of using them, total of 3 trips to repair center and one was my fault when detector fell off my truck and cracked the coil, next was a short in headphones and last was an oscillator went out on one.....

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Re: EX-cal II years of service
Posted by: dewcon4414
Date: February 09, 2017 06:57AM
If its broke its happened to me.... just as Joe lol. mine went several times the first year ....ML told me i hunted to much. Honestly, they were right. I hunted 6 to 8 hours 7 days a week. I swapped over to the Blues some time back, dont hunt as much, and moved the pod back 4" from the cuff keeping the pod out of the water more. Havent had much trouble since.



Xcal II, Blue Xcal 1000, Sov GT, Exp SE
Whatever you do in life, surround yourself with smart people who'll argue with you.... John Wooden.
D. Meeker

Re: EX-cal II years of service
Posted by: sandnsea49
Date: February 11, 2017 06:31PM
I have used my excal 1000 going on 10 years. Never had a problem till now. The cable wire from the headphones is corroding and actually flaking off. The heat here in Florida is harsh on plastic or rubber. Dries it out and splits or cracks it. I need to find out where to send it for this repair. Nor sure if I should send it to Kellyco or someone else since it is not an electronic issue, just wiring.

Re: EX-cal II years of service
Posted by: OldCapeCodder
Date: February 20, 2017 02:03PM
I have have an Excal 2 for 6 years NO PROBLEMS ! I also have a CTX-3030 that has been in Minelab Warranty Repair for 6 weeks. I am fed up with Minelab an will never buy another one of their products

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