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EX-cal II check up.
Posted by: rottonr
Date: February 25, 2017 05:35AM
This will be the 6th consecutive year on my Excalibur II with no problems to date (Knock on Wood). I am a believer in "if it ain't broke don't fix it" but know I should send it in at the end of this years season for a good going over, especially after half backing over with my car the second year i had it (Don't ask). After reading all the forums about the long turn around time a Kelly Co I sure don't want to send it in now. Quick thought, I know the long lead times for repairs and maintenance sucks but it is also a good sign they they are not just throwing body's at the repairs to get them out the door (My own Silver Lining).


Any thoughts or comments? All opinions matter.

Re: EX-cal II check up.
Posted by: ROBOCOP
Date: February 25, 2017 06:06AM
It's always good to have a backup excal, especially with a different coil, long shaft and pinpoint mod. It will free you up to send off your other unit. Dave at Kellyco does an excellent job, very conscientious.

ROBOCOP

Re: EX-cal II check up.
Posted by: mike k.
Date: February 25, 2017 07:29AM
You might want to send it in now , to get back next year . Yes , a very good idea to have 2 backup excalliburs .

Re: EX-cal II check up.
Posted by: GeorgeinSC
Date: February 25, 2017 08:45AM
It appears that Minelab has finally woke up to the fact that one person can not do all the repairs. I read that they have a place in Arizona that does the Gold Machines and is now taking on the Xcals. Do not know how much that tech may be doing but if your machine has never had the upper o rings replaced then it is way past due.

Minelab USA now actually has a person that is interested in doing Customer Service To be certain I would email service@minelabamericas.com. The lady's name is Cindy and she can tell you if your machine should go to the tech in Arizona.



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 check up.
Posted by: OldCapeCodder
Date: February 25, 2017 07:20PM
BE ADVISED IT WILL BE AWAY 6 WEEKS. THEY MAY OR MAY NOT DO WHAT YOU ASK THEM TO DO. INCOMPETANTS !

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Re: EX-cal II check up.
Posted by: WaterWalker
Date: February 26, 2017 11:06AM
My Excalibur Sword will celebrate its 25th birthday this year and my Excalibur 1000 its 20th birthday (if my memory is correct). Neither have ever been anywhere but on my work bench for "tune ups" and repairs. The 1000 has seen two WOT coils wear out and has the original Sword horseshoe coil on it today. The Sword has the 10" coil form the 1000 on it. Just the way the WOT coils were installed. I can interchange the coils, but I don't mess with the original WOT waterproof pods unless I need to. If you keep a close eye on the cables, use coil covers, and basically take good care of the detectors they should last quite a long time. I have had split ear pad and battery cable failures, WOT coil failures and leaking Sword housing. I have replaced the O-rings and battery assemblies myself, not a task for the weak at heart or a person that is not very handy with tools and the understanding that what ever man put together, man can take apart, but it may never go back together again, and is willing to try anything once. Both of my Excailburs have many thousand hours in water, fresh and salt and have also traveled thousands of miles in search of fun and adventure. They have served me well and I trust they will continue to do so. The most frequent repair I do is to the ears on the coils. As they wear I rebuild them with PC7 a two part epoxy. and I replace the teardrop washers when needed or put a thin rubber washer between the shaft and teardrop washer to take up the wear on the teardrops. Two broken lower shafts, and I used the Whites Diver Rod kit for a straight shaft hip mount setup until going to CF over/under shaft, especially for traveling on airplanes. I just do not like the time without a detector for something I can fix. From what I have seen on the Excalibur O-rings and cables are the two failure areas. A drop of silicon oil on the O-rings will keep them going. I do not use the silicon paste as it tends to attract sand and dirt which can lead to a leak. The cables' outer insulation I have found to be quite good compared to other brands. I have seen and repaired several power connectors and one power connector cable. The battery pod requires the female contact to be cleaned with a Q-Tip every so often. Most important keep the rubber washer on the battery connector in good shape and NEVER use the detector under water without the 3-hole black rubber washer in place. Doing so can totally destroy the pods contacts and battery. Enough said...food for thought.

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Re: EX-cal II check up.
Posted by: WaterWalker
Date: February 26, 2017 11:12AM
My Excalibur Sword will celebrate its 25th birthday this year and my Excalibur 1000 its 20th birthday (if my memory is correct). Neither have ever been anywhere but on my work bench for "tune ups" and repairs. The 1000 has seen two WOT coils wear out and has the original Sword horseshoe coil on it today. The Sword has the 10" coil form the 1000 on it. Just the way the WOT coils were installed. I can interchange the coils, but I don't mess with the original WOT waterproof pods unless I need to. If you keep a close eye on the cables, use coil covers, and basically take good care of the detectors they should last quite a long time. I have had split ear pad and battery cable failures, WOT coil failures and leaking Sword housing. I have replaced the O-rings and battery assemblies myself, not a task for the weak at heart or a person that is not very handy with tools and the understanding that what ever man put together, man can take apart, but it may never go back together again, and is willing to try anything once. Both of my Excailburs have many thousand hours in water, fresh and salt and have also traveled thousands of miles in search of fun and adventure. They have served me well and I trust they will continue to do so. The most frequent repair I do is to the ears on the coils. As they wear I rebuild them with PC7 a two part epoxy. and I replace the teardrop washers when needed or put a thin rubber washer between the shaft and teardrop washer to take up the wear on the teardrops. Two broken lower shafts, and I used the Whites Diver Rod kit for a straight shaft hip mount setup until going to CF over/under shaft, especially for traveling on airplanes. I just do not like the time without a detector for something I can fix. From what I have seen on the Excalibur O-rings and cables are the two failure areas. A drop of silicon oil on the O-rings (under the knobs) will keep them going. I do not use the silicon paste as it tends to attract sand and dirt which can lead to a leak. The cables' outer insulation I have found to be quite good compared to other brands. I have seen and repaired several power connectors and one power connector cable. The battery pod requires the female contact to be cleaned with a Q-Tip every so often. Most important keep the rubber washer on the battery connector in good shape and NEVER use the detector under water without the 3-hole black rubber washer in place. Doing so can totally destroy the pods contacts and battery. Enough said...food for thought.

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